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Salon Slides Into Larger New York Office

SalonLogoHere’s the first salient number: 65%. According to a rep for Salon Media Group, that’s the year-to-year revenue growth for the company as it crossed 500,000 Facebook likes and 300,000 Twitter followers.

Here’s the second salient number: 6,523 square feet. That’s the size of the company’s new NYC headquarters, into which staff have moved today.* The new digs are double the size of the company’s previous Manhattan office space.

Salon is closing in on its 20th anniversary, a fact that led us – on this #tbt – to browse through the FishbowlNY archives and land on this Rachel Sklar October 2005 item:

Salon’s turning ten next month — which seems crazy, by the way — and they’ve kicked off the celebrations by getting a sleek new look. It’s their first redesign since mid-2000 and as media websites get sleeker, more efficient and easier to navigate with even more content, it’s been overdue for a while. It looks great…

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2014 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Mirror Awards — which celebrate the best in media reporting — have been announced. The winners will be announced June 4 at Cipriani on East 42nd Street.

Below are all the finalists. Congrats to everyone who was nominated.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

 Best Single Article – Digital Media

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Capital New York’s Sexiest 60-Second Interview Yet

CapitalProLogoOne of the features of Capital New York’s brand new “Media Pro” morning newsletter is something called The 60-Second Interview. Participants so far have included Curbed CEO Lockhart Steele, Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min, former FishbowlNY editor Rachel Sklar and, today, Glenn Beck.

The Daily Caller got a kick out of the fact that present in today’s e-mail version was the editorial annotation [CUT?] ahead of The Blaze founder’s praise of I Love Lucy (Beck’s Ricky Ricardo praise was indeed excised from the Web side). Meanwhile, at The Blaze end, assistant editor Erica Ritz seems to have felt the need to confirm to her readers that the conversation is not a hoax:

Glenn Beck told Capital New York in a “60-second interview” that he actually admires a number of reporters from the mainstream media.

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It’s V-Day for Muck Rack’s Vine Journalism Awards

VineLogoIf you have not already nominated yourself or a fellow journalist via Twitter using the hashtag #VineAwards, there’s not much time left. The submission deadline for the inaugural Vine Journalism Awards, an endeavor that triangulates the App with Muck Rack and Twitter, is 5 p.m. ET today.

From there, the impressive panel of Rachel Sklar (Change the Ratio), Jeanne Brooks (Online Media Association) and Bob Garfield (NPR’s On the Media) will judge what they feel are the best examples of micro-video reporting. The results will be announced next Wednesday at Twitter NYC headquarters:

Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news and Andrew Fitzgerald, interim head of news, will be on hand to lead the discussion and share Vine best practices.

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2012 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has unveiled the 2102 Mirror Awards finalists. Winners will be announced June 13, at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Below is the complete list of finalists.

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Miller-McCune Is Holding Its First NYC Event This Thursday

Here’s an interesting event for media watchers we thought you all might like to know about: Miller-McCune magazine is hosting its first New York City event tomorrow morning: a live debate on “Keeping It Real — Offline Values in an Online World.” The talk will take place at 8:30 a.m. (with breakfast at 8:00) at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue and will be moderated by Miller-McCune‘s editor in chief John Mecklin. Panelists include Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia University; Dalton Conley, New York University and Elsewhere, U.S.A.; Rachel Sklar, Mediaite; and Eric Klinenberg, New York University and Public Culture.

Registration is required, so be sure to send an email today to julia@rosengrouppr.com.

Extreme Makeover: Online Profile Tips at SXSW

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Web 2.0 consultant Leora Israel photographs Nick McGlynn during their SXSW panel.

One of the major themes at SXSW was how do you effectively manage your privacy while simultaneously managing a stellar online profile?

Beyond the big think talks on the subject (Doug Rushkoff and danah boyd), NY-based web 2.0 consultant and nightlife photographer Leora Israel assembled a panel to discuss this in a more intimate setting. The panel included Nick O’Neill, who runs Mediabistro partner blogs SocialTimes and AllFacebook.com; nightlife photog Nick McGlynn; and Lookbooks.com co-founder Jonathan Levy. Jo Blackwell-Preston, who owns Dop Dop salon in Soho and is Creative Director for L’Oreal Professional, offered styling services to willing participants.

Leora opened up by stating that “Everyone can be beautiful- all you need is a photographer, a stylist, and a personality.” Simple enough, but who wants to put that much effort into it? Quite a few, it seems. The panel was packed, and though people were interested in the makeover portion, the conversation quickly turned to managing privacy, particularly on Facebook. The group offered savvy advice that amplified danah boyd’s research findings: only 35% of Facebook users understand their privacy settings, which means that 65% of the user profiles are public and available for anyone to view. The advice? Know your privacy settings. Decide on your profile objectives, and how you want to be portrayed online.

But, does anyone outside of your immediate social network really “see” your profile? Yes. A hiring manager for Playboy was the first to speak up. “We’re hiring an editor,” she said. “When I looked up the candidate’s Facebook profile, she had very inappropriate photos posted. You might think that at Playboy, it wouldn’t matter to us- but, we weren’t looking for a model.” The candidate was immediately disqualified.

Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3, and Rachel Sklar, Editor-at-Large for Mediaite, were two of the makeover participants and echoed the sentiments of the panelists. Louderback pointed out the “different rings of trust” that should determine who can view which part of your online life.

Some tips from the conversation:

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Social Media Week Panel Delves Into The Role Of Social Media Editors

SocialMediaWeekLogo.jpgSince it’s Social Media Week here in New York, we thought we would take a minute to highlight an interesting panel from yesterday afternoon.

Sister blog WebNewser was on the scene at the Time & Life building to hear former Fishbowler and current Mediaite editor Rachel Sklar, New York Times social media editor Jennifer Preston, and EW.com managing editor Cyndi Stivers talk about the role of social media editors in newsgathering organizations, on a panel moderated by Time Inc. director of community strategy for lifestyle digital Melissa Parrish.

Some choice insights from the panel included learning what your audience wants to read on your Twitter stream. Said Sklar:

“For Mediaite, it was different because we were a scrappy little start-up financed by Dan Abrams and whoever his private investors are, with a very small team — four of us. As soon as we launched, I became the unofficial PR Newsfeed of Mediaite.

I don’t have much of a filter in terms of the stuff I post.

I was responding to every single negative comment on my personal Twitter, and I started getting emails from people saying, ‘Whoa, you’ve got to back off a little bit.’”

Stivers agreed that news judgment is sometimes necessary:

“I think a lot of times people do forget about the user experience or think about it as an afterthought: Would I be annoyed if I had to click to another page and it was only three lines? Would I feel duped? Would I feel misrepresented?”

And Preston’s insight into how social media is used at the Times was very revealing:

“As journalists for The New York Times, trust is key. You have to make sure you’re providing as much real-time information as you can, but you have to verify it.

You do not join the Cindy McCain or Michelle Obama fan club on Facebook.

We’re not allowed to say “tweet” yet at The New York Times, but you can post to Twitter through TimesPeople.”

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TVNewser: Katie Couric was among those honored at the duPont Awards at Columbia University last night.

Guardian: About 40 people have taken voluntary buyouts and are leaving Guardian News & Media.

The Business Insider: Former Fishbowl-er Rachel Sklar denied she’s leaving Mediaite, but she may…some day.

CNN: An unauthorized biography of Oprah Winfrey is due out later this year.

Washington Post: Ian Shapira critiques a Vanity Fair article about Kentucky’s Creation Museum. Defending his home state, Shapira said, “Vanity Fair took the cliched route, pointing a huge rifle inside a small bowl full of wriggling fish. The reporter relied on snark rather than a more deeply reported exploration of the museum and, more important, of the lives and mindsets of visitors there.”

2009: The Year Of Philanthropic Journalism

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Will 2009 be remembered as the year that new media companies, under less duress than traditional print organizations, stopped Scrooging around and started giving back — or at least encouraged their readers to?

Two months ago, The Huffington Post launched its first charity-oriented vertical site, HuffPost Impact, which celebrated Christmas with its socially-conscious 12 days of Giving. And Tina Brown‘s Daily Beast heralded its own vertical, Giving Beast, just one week later.

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