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Posts Tagged ‘Phil Bronstein’

Esquire Gets Interview with Navy SEAL Who Shot Osama Bin Laden

Esquire has quite a scoop in its March issue. Inside the issue Esquire has published the first interview with the Navy SEAL responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden. Not just one of the SEALs on the mission; the SEAL who shot the most infamous terrorist in the world. In fact, he’s referred to only as “The Shooter” in the piece by Phil Bronstein.

Aside from getting the SEAL to give his account of what happened that day, the most interesting aspect about this piece is that Bronstein gets him to open up about what has happened after that day. Not much, it seems, has gone well.

The Shooter explained to Bronstein that now that he has retired, he has been left with no pension, no medical insurance for his family, no assistance transitioning to civilian life and about a nine month wait to gain access to medical benefits for himself.

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Report: Sale of SF Weekly to Be Announced Today

Just before Christmas, we told you about the imminent expected announcement by Canadian-born media mogul Todd Vogt of another Bay Area acquisition. But the trail went cold into the holidays, perhaps because CPAs and due-diligence folks have a right to a Christmas break just as much as the next person.

Following a weekend item in the San Francisco Appeal about the opinions of Phil Bronstein and Clint Reilly regarding another possible Vogt transaction, Appeal publisher-editor Eve Batey this morning has the scoop:

A source close to the deal tells The Appeal that the sale of Voice Media Group’s Weekly to the San Francisco Newspaper Company, a consortium including “co-owner, president & publisher, The San Francisco Examiner & Bay Guardian” Vogt and the CEO of Canadian newspaper company Black Press, will be announced this morning…

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Report: Bay Citizen in Merger Talks with California Watch

It sure didn’t take long for Phil Bronstein to make some major additional impact on California Watch. Just weeks after leaving the San Francisco media world for the vanguard non-profit’s Berkeley boardroom, the Bay Citizen is reporting that its own two-year-old operations may soon be folded into CW.

It makes sense, mainly because the founder and benefactor of the Citizen, San Francisco investor and philanthropist Warren Hellman, passed away in December at age 77. Per the report:

In the weeks before Hellman’s death, sources say, he began discussions with Bronstein, then a vice president at Hearst Corporation, to take over as chief executive of The Bay Citizen when Liz Frazier stepped down. Her last day on the job is Monday. She declined to comment for this article…

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Saying Goodbye To E&P

epOct09.jpgIn an article charting the demise of newspaper industry trade pub Editor & Publisher, The Los Angeles Times blames Web sites like mediabistro.com:

“Online journalism news aggregators such as Romenesko regularly relied on stories by E&P, linking to them for reporting on a new study or analysis of anything relating to the newspaper industry.

But Romenesko and other free sites such as Mediabistro.com also snatched readers and job listings that might have landed in E&P‘s classified section.”

Yes, classified revenues have left print behind for the Internet and everybody wants to read content like that of E&P‘s for free on the Web. But there was nothing stopping its owner Nielsen Co. from selling off the pub to a company that would have kept it alive — even if only as digital version of itself.

We’re sad to see another publication (and its Nielsen-owned sister Kirkus Reviews) close its doors in 2009. We’ll also miss all the scoops and insightful news about our industry. Too bad Nielsen didn’t take WebMediaBrands’ offer to buy E&P earlier this year. We would have welcomed them to the family!

But as the title heads towards closure at the end of the year, various good-byes are sprinkling out from staffers. After the jump, parting words from senior editor Joe Strupp and former cartoonist Steve Greenberg.

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Good Riddance To The Mainstream Media? Not Quite Yet

The New York TimesDavid Carr stole the show at last night’s Intelligence Squared debate on the merits of the mainstream media, when he pulled out a print out of fellow debater Michael Wolff‘s Web site Newser all full of holes. Carr had cut out every story on Newser that came from the main stream media to prove his point: new media couldn’t exist without venerable mainstream pubs like the Times.

Ultimately, Carr’s side — debating against the proposition “Good Riddance to the Main Stream Media” — won the night, with 68 percent of the audience agreeing that we should not, in fact, say good riddance to the MSM. But Carr and his mainstream-representing colleagues, Phil Bronstein from the San Francisco Chronicle and the Nation‘s Katrina Vanden Heuvel, may have just lucked out. Their argument for maintaining the mainstream media seemed to simply boil down to the fact that there are some good things about it that need to be preserved, and new media is taking the best and claiming it for itself. Also, without the mainstream media, where would the debaters all work?

(More video and pictures after the jump)

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NYT‘s Bay Area Edition Stirs Up Plagiarism Controversy

The New York Times may have only launched its San Francisco Bay Area section just last week, but it’s already finding itself in the midst of a controversy. Our sister blog BayNewser has the scoop:

Yesterday, San Francisco Chronicle Editor at Large Phil Bronstein wrote a blog post that “all but accused the New York Times of plagiarizing a Chronicle story about Oakland Police Chief Anthony W. Batts for its inaugural Bay Area edition last Friday,” BayNewser reports.

The Times issued a release today denying the allegations, and now Bronstein has published a mea culpa on The Huffington Post.

However, although Bronstein apologized for his ultimately incorrect assumption, he did take the Times to task for publishing a story that was basically told in two other California pubs:

Times, don’t ignore all the good things I said in the post just because you’re the paper of record and you can — I expect a lot for $900-plus a year. Like a lead story in a news section that hasn’t shown up, in very similar form (or, in the case of the Long Beach Post-Telegram, in different form) everywhere else.”

Not Behind the Times; Bronstein Alleges the NY Times’ Bay Area Edition has Done . . . Well, Something — BayNewser

Phil Bronstein named editor-at-large of Hearst newspapers

TN-399068_Bronsteinpic.jpgPer CNN: “Hearst Newspapers announced today that San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein will be shifting his role from running day-to-day operations in the newsroom to taking on broader strategic responsibilities at the paper and for its owner, Hearst Corporation. Bronstein will remain executive vice president of The Chronicle and will assume the title editor-at-large, both for the paper and for the newspapers division of Hearst. A new editor will be announced shortly.”

SF Chronicle Takes Readers Calls and Turns Them into Comedy Gold

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The San Francisco Chronicle has turned the tables on irate readers who call the paper and rant–the calls are pod-cast on the website.

The feature, called Correct Me If I’m Wrong, starts off with a message from Phil Bronstein introducing a call from a wannabe editor who’s a stickler for accuracy and has an obsession with pilotless airplanes, aka drones. Drones. Drones. Drones, you idiot.

FBLA foresees Bay Area pranksters turning the feature into a sort of “open mike night” on the Chron’s dime.
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