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Joseph Meyer, Brother-in-Law of Jared Kushner, Named Observer CEO

Joseph Meyer, the brother-in-law of Jared Kushner, has been named the Observer Media Group’s new CEO. Meyer comes to the company from Elliott Management, a hedge fund. He is only 33 years old.

“Joseph will oversee business operations and will focus on making investments and exploring acquisitions,” wrote Kushner, in a memo. “He brings years of experience identifying growth opportunities and will help the Observer Media Group expand in the areas it already serves and bring its fresh voice to entirely new markets.”

Kushner’s full note can be seen at Daily Intelligencer.

Wanted: Writer With a Wry Sense of Humor

What distinguishes the salmon-colored New York Observer from other city pubs like The New York Times and New York magazine? “A sharp eye for the absurdities inherent in the New York scene, a greater focus on the characters who define the city and a wry sense of humor,” says editor-in-chief Aaron Gell.

Even though most of its content is written in-house, freelancers who fit this bill have a good chance of landing a byline, as there are a handful of contributor stories in every issue.

Got a great idea for these highly sophisticated readers? Get editors’ contact info in How To Pitch: The New York Observer. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Emily Witt Leaves The New York Observer to Write Book

Emily Witt, who primarily reported on book publishing for The New York Observer is leaving the paper to do what most journalists want to do, write a book.

She confirmed with Capital New York that the book, acquired by Faber & Faber will be a “thoroughly reported cultural history of female sexuality in America.”

Very different from writing about Barnes & Noble, celebrity publishing deals, and classic lit, but interesting all the same.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Gwyneth Paltrow Goes Topless for Vanity Fair, July 1
  2. Longtime WINS Traffic Reporter  Steps Away After 20 YearsJeff McKay, July 1  
  3. The New York Observer Lists “Power Couples,” July 6
  4. One-Time New York Anchor Fired in ChicagoSteve Bartelstein, July 5
  5. Justin Bieber Vanity Fair: On Pace to Be the Worst-Selling Issue in 12 Years, July 5
  6. WNET Takes Over Programming of New Jersey Network, July 1
  7. Ashton Kutcher vs. the Village Voice, July 1
  8. New York Post Fires Reporter Over Leaks, July 1

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Newest New York Observer Features Fantastic Weiner Cover

This is the cover of today’s New York Observer. Elizabeth Spiers posted it on her Tumblr earlier today. If that’s not a classic, we don’t know what is. Also, recognize that pose?

New York Observer’s New NYO Magazine Wants a Managing Editor with Zero Experience

Trying to break into the media job market? It’s not easy. If you’ve just graduated, it seems like those cushy managing editor-type jobs are years and years away, only available after slogging through unpaid internships, endless freelancing, and mountains of aggregation. But actually! New York Observer‘s as yet unlaunched NYO Magazine, we learn from Business Insider, has posted a want ad for a managing editor which requires ZERO experience. But you have to accept a $30,000 dollars a year salary to, well, build and run an entire magazine. Hmm.

This is what you’ll have to do:

“The Managing Editor will be primarily responsible for Observer Media Group’s newest editorial product, NYO Magazine, but will also oversee various other publications and sections including Observer Philanthropy, The Educated Observer, real estate magazines and travel magazines… [You will] manage a crew of five interns… New graduates are encouraged to apply…”

Business Insider says this “sounds like a situation set up to fail,” and we can’t say we totally disagree. But we’d be impressed by any recent graduate who had the self-confidence to think that they can run a new magazine on almost no experience, and control an unruly crew of 5 interns on top of that. Takes some nerve. Click through to Business Insider if you’re interested in accessing the listing.

 

Village Voice Media Editor Sends Enraged Email to New York Observer over Escort Ads Story

New York Observer media reporter Kat Stoeffel reported that Village Voice Media was drawing a huge amount of revenue — by some estimations $2.1 million — from escort ads on its classifieds site Backpage.com, even when organizations like Craigslist had shut down their erotic services sections due to lawsuits regarding child prostitution and trafficking.

Let’s just say this story went over somewhat badly with Village Voice Media. Terribly, in fact. Executive editor Mike Lacey wrote a long, invective-filled response to the Observer today, sounding near apoplectic with rage. Every other sentence contained an insult for Stoeffel. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but here are some highlights:

Stoeffel is the overly powdered aunt that haunts family holidays. At dinner, she’s left her teeth in a glass of water on the bedside table. She’d like to chew your goose. But she’s left to gum your bird while forgetting the grandkid’s names.

Admittedly, we’re not entirely sure what he’s getting at there. But let’s continue:

Because she is neither competent nor engaging she should not be allowed to discuss religion or politics, let alone sex and journalism.

And that’s just how it begins!

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Sarah Douglas Named New Culture Editor of The New York Observer

Just yesterday we reported that New York Observer‘s culture editor Christian Lorentzen was heading to the London Review of Books. And just like that, he’s been replaced.

The Observer announced today that Sarah Douglas, currently a staff writer at Art+Auction magazine and its affiliate website, will be the new culture editor at the Observer.

Editor Elizabeth Spiers said about Douglas, “She has a great eye for a story and I know she’ll produce a smart, sophisticated culture section that I look forward to reading.”

Douglas also ran the U.S. editorial office of the London-based The Art Newspaper and has contributed to New York magazine online, The Economist’s quarterly Intelligent Life and The National, among others.

“I’m excited to bring my knowledge of the arts to a leading paper that covers all of the cultural disciplines that thrive in this city,” Douglas said.

Why Isn’t the New York Observer Covering Trump?

Donald Trump‘s clunky, absurd, and arguably racist birther claims and attention-begging presidential run is the sort of story that the New York Observer is known to cover with relish. But, as John Cook at Gawker and Ben Smith at Politico began tweeting earlier this week, the paper has been silent on the subject.

Maybe this has something to do with the small fact that the Observer is currently owned by Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

Observer editor Elizabeth Spiers tweeted back: “Guys, we are covering it! (Which you’d know if you actually called me—or asked).” While we wait for the piece, Cook speculates about the tricky situation Spiers is in. Trump, as everyone knows right now, has incredibly thin skin when it comes to his coverage in the press.

There’s not an easy answer to the question of how your newspaper should appropriately cover your boss’ loathsome father-in-law… But the current strategy, with Trump sort of loitering around the edge of the Observer‘s coverage—and frequently without a disclosure of his relationship to Kushner—while he’s in the middle of what certainly looks like another swindle, feels awkward for everyone.

Update: the Observer does feature an interview Trump gave on Talk1300 today, though once again it fails to offer any opinion on Trump’s antics, and only lays them out. In the interview, Trump says, “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks,” and — as proof? — there’s a picture of him posing with Snoop at his Comedy Central roast.

Zachery Kouwe Resigns From New York Times Over Plagiary Charges

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This has not been a good month for looking over your shoulder and copying your classmates work: Just last week, Gerald Posner from The Daily Beast resigned after he was caught by Jack Shafer copying portions of The Miami Herald in his columns.

Now New York Times writer Zachery Kouwe has resigned from his business beat over at the newspaper after it was discovered that his role at Dealbook involved at least six instances of copying of press releases and other news sources word for word.

So what was Kouwe’s excuse for the misdeed? Apparently they keep him so busy at Dealbook that he didn’t have time to realize that he was inadvertently stealing other people’s words.

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