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Kara Swisher’s Stated Goal: One ‘Really Good’ Scoop Per Week

About a third of the way through Benjamin Wallace’s crackling New York magazine profile of 51-year-old tech journalist extraordinaire Kara Swisher, there are two reminders of how effectively she blankets her beat.

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Exhibit Re/a:

Swisher has heard of current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer holding a meeting in which she graphed the impact on Yahoo’s stock price of various Swisher posts.

Exhibit Re/b:

“It is a constant joke in Silicon Valley when people write memos for them to say, ‘I hope Kara never sees this,’” says Facebook’s [Sheryl] Sandberg.

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John Homans Exits New York Magazine

JohnHomansPicCapital New York has the memo. Circulated to New York magazine staffers on Monday, the communique announced the earth-shaking departure of executive editor John Homans for Bloomberg Media’s forthcoming Politics vertical. There, Homans will rejoin former colleague John Heilemann.

As Capital’s Jeremy Barr notes, the memo from New York editor Adam Moss features some “salty” language. Per Moss:

Personally I will miss his sly New England wit and the very warm B-side to that A-exterior. But mostly I am sure I will never stop hearing him bellow, “OK, what the fuck?” to no one in particular, by which he means what the fuck should I do now?

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Glossy Mag Vet Amina Akhtar Joins theFashionSpot

AminaAhktarPicAmina Akhtar, a former New York magazine fashion editor, executive editor at Elle and digital editions editor for Vogue, is about to start as the editorial director of a website launched 13 years ago – this month. Per comScore, theFashionSpot – a community of designers, stylists and influencers that is part of Evolve Media’s TotallyHer brand – notched 2.5 million unique visitors in May.

From today’s announcement:

Amina’s most recent stint was at Vogue, where her responsibilities included managing the tablet edition. Prior to that, she was the executive editor for elle.com, where she oversaw all online editorial while working closely with marketing to develop custom content advertising packages.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record | Apple Settles eBook Suit

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USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record for ESPN (TVNewser)
ESPN’s last World Cup before turning over the broadcast rights to Fox Sports is off to a good start: Monday night’s USA-Ghana match was the most-watched men’s soccer match ever on ESPN or ESPN2, drawing 11.1 million viewers per minute. Capital New York Univision averaged 4.8 million viewers for its language coverage, according to overnight data from Nielsen. All told, an average of 16 million people watched the game live on television, with at least 1.4 million more watching (legally) online. Bleacher Report But even before that game, ESPN was already enjoying some of its best ratings ever. Through the first 11 games, the networks of ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC had averaged about 3.7 million viewers. That was a 2 percent bump over the 2010 World Cup, which of course included a weekend game featuring the United States and England on ABC. If the ratings from that England match are removed, ratings were up a rather mind-blowing 37 percent. AllFacebook Team USA’s thrilling 2-1 victory caused some 10 million Facebook users to produce more than 15 million interactions on the social network, according to the Facebook Data Science Team. Variety The soccer tourney has already broken the previous global record for online-video streaming. Monday’s Germany-Portugal match drove a peak of 4.3 terabits per second of streaming video on the Akamai Technologies content-delivery network — blasting past the previous high of 3.5 Tbps for the U.S.-Canada men’s hockey semifinal during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The streaming-video peak for the USA-Ghana match came in at 3.2 Tbps, behind last Friday’s 3.5 Tbps for the Spain-Netherlands contest, according to Akamai.

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Inveterate Hitchhiker John Waters Takes Another Shot at Manhattan

When your article begins with this:

Hitchhiking Through New York City With John Waters”

And then immediately follows, before any article text, with this:

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You’re well on your way to a Divine bit of feature-interview journalism. Freelance writer Mark Yarm hung out with the 68-year-old Waters last month as the Baltimore native, with two other signs besides the one shown above, did some signature promotion for new book Carsick. Out this week, Waters’ latest tome details a recent cross-country hitchhiking trip from San Francisco to his beloved hometown.

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New York Magazine Writer Crashes Silicon Valley Mating Call

Great angle.

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Following much outcry about Bay Area startup Dating Ring’s very public attempts to herd in eligible east coast women and match them up with fully employed San Francisco men, Maureen O’Connor convinced event organizer Lauren Kay to let her crash the party. From her New York magazine piece, hilariously headlined “I Got Shipped to California to Date Tech Guys:”

One-hundred twenty-nine donors and $10,222 later, plans were in motion. Fifteen lucky women were selected to make the trip; each would go on two “curated” dates selected and planned by the Dating Ring.

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New York Magazine Sparks Post-News-Mayor Ruckus

Here’s how it all went down.

On Sunday, New York magazine posted “Chirlane McCray’s City,” the Web version of contributing editor Lisa Miller‘s profile of Mayor de Blasio’s wife.

NYPost_0519On Monday, the Post and Daily News front-page framed the interview revelations as being of the “bad mom” variety. And today, in the pages of the New York Times, there is coverage of a quickly convened Monday de Blasio presser:

The mayor decided midday on Monday that he wanted to address the headlines, and ordered his aides to organize a question-and-answer session with reporters. “It suggests a tremendous misunderstanding of what it means to be a parent, what it means to be a mother,” de Blasio said of the coverage.

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In Touch Feeds the Alec Baldwin Media Beast

Shutterstock_AlecBaldwinWhat exactly did Baldwin do this time? Well, according to the In Touch Weekly exclusive, he was handcuffed by some NYPD after biking the wrong way through Manhattan and then, when stopped, not having ID.

At the end of its “still developing” story, In Touch shares two very different eyewitness accounts. For Baldwin’s sake and, in large part, our own, let’s hope the first of the two witnesses quoted is the accurate one.

Page Six has GPS details of both the arrest – East 15th and 6th Avenue – and alleged nearby two-wheel infraction:

“Alec was riding his bicycle the wrong way on Fifth Avenue this morning and, when he was stopped by police, he didn’t have ID, so he was handcuffed and arrested.”

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HarperCollins Keeps a Lid on Explosive Zodiac Killer Claim

MostDangerousAnimal_CoverWhen the B.G. Dilworth Agency brought this particular book proposal to HarperCollins 15 months ago, it was a “standard acquisition process except for the NDA.” That according to a publicist at the publisher who spoke to New York magazine’s Elon Green.

Green’s exclusive Intelligencer item last night has tipped a wave of rippling media coverage today about a son’s claim via The Most Dangerous Animal of All (hitting shelves today) that his dad was the infamous “Zodiac Killer.” Gary L. Stewart came to this frightening familial conclusion after 12 years of research. From Green’s item:

For months, dozens of HarperCollins staff — sales, marketing, publicity and legal — have managed to keep a potentially explosive new book almost entirely quiet. The Most Dangerous Animal of All is being published Tuesday but still has no cover art on the publisher’s website…. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, its Amazon sales rank was #140,113.

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Former Billboard Editorial Director Points to Egregious Example of ‘Echo Chamber Reporting’

LadyGagaARTPOPOn Monday, BuzzFeed’s Myles Tanzer introduced a whole new audience to Angela Cheng, a pseudonymous music blogger who recently shifted her very questionable act from examiner.com to the URL popmusicgadfly.com.

Entangled in this trail is former Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and industry superstar Lady Gaga. The publication of the BuzzFeed story led Werde to reluctantly chime in via Tumblr and sparked a follow-up post from Cheng on April 1. We’re going to focus on Werde’s post, since it addresses the “Culpability of the Media” and what appears to be some very lazy reporting:

On November 17, 2013, “Sabrina O’Connor” [another mysterious examiner.com blogger byline] posted a story on Examiner.com that claimed Lady Gaga’s Interscope label had spent $25 million to promote her album ARTPOP, which had been released 11 days earlier.

Within days that number had been repeated in seemingly any outlet that could credibly cover such a matter: Business Week; New York magazine; Business Insider. A couple of weeks later, the New York Post published a razor-sharp hatchet job on Gaga, once again, floating the $25 million figure.

(Credit where it’s due: the only outlet I could find that called bullshit, and did it the very next day, was Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411.)

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