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Salon Revisits the Time an NYT Reporter Was ‘Swung on the Flippity-Flop’

RickyMarinPicIn hindsight, one of the few consolations is the fact that social media had not yet reared its Hydra-heads when the New York Times was fooled by a Seattle woman’s faux grunge glossary. Can you imagine the hashtags that would have sprung from the 1992 article being exposed the following year as having been victimized by a hoax?

If you’re too young to remember “grunge speak” or if the details have become a little hazy, click on over to author and musician Tom Maxwell‘s fun piece on Salon, hitched to the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death. (Shockingly, the Web archived version of the November 21, 1992 NYT piece still features the erroneous sidebar and some wrong-employer attribution for the hoaxer.) From Maxwell’s article:

Thomas Frank (now a Salon contributor) revealed the hoax in The Baffler’s winter-spring 1993 issue and explained that: “[Gag lexicon author Megan] Jasper was surprised by the various journalists’ ’weird idea that Seattle was this incredibly isolated thing,’ with a noticeably distinct rock culture. The result of this credulity was that, as Ms. Jasper puts it, ‘I could tell [the interviewer] anything. I could tell him people walked on their hands to shows.’”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Salon Adds Culture Editor, Capital New York and Woman’s Day Boost Staff

Salon, Capital New York and Woman’s Day have added to their teams. Below are the details.

  • Laura Bennett is joining Salon as culture editor. Bennett most recently served as The New Republic’s online culture editor and culture staff writer for the magazine.
  • Capital New York has named Andrew Sollinger executive director of strategy and business development. Sollinger joins the site from The Finanical Times, where for the past five years he served as managing director of the Americas.
  • Peter Hemmel has been named design director for Woman’s Day. Hemmel most recently served as creative director of Prevention. Prior to that, Hemmel served as creative director of Life & Style and art director at Glamour.

Millennial J-School Grad Starts New Assignment – ‘Are We Screwed?’

TheTyeeLogoAs some of you know, the leading J-school in Canada remains Carleton University in Ottawa. That’s where Geoff Dembicki graduated in 2008, although as he puts it in a new-series debut column today for The Tyee, it hasn’t exactly since then been All The Prime Minister’s Men:

After pursuing them [my dreams] through four years of journalism school, I graduated disoriented and broke into the recession. Among my cohorts I was lucky to land steady work with The Tyee, and in addition to living through one global crisis after another, I now began to chronicle them.

After six years of writing about ecological collapse, industrial greed and a political system hostile to change, hope for the future was the last thing I expected to find. But recently I started to sense its faintest glimmers. The global grip of polluting companies is slowly slipping. Sustainability is becoming a cultural norm. Millennials, self-obsessed though we may be, are seeking alternatives to the consumer lifestyles that created our current mess. These felt to me like tremors of a generational shift.

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On the Sidelines of Fashion Week, Activist Sara Ziff Grateful for Much Needed New Law

At New York Fashion Week, Salon caught up with Sara Ziff, a veteran fashion runway and print model who has for several years been banging the drum about abuses that she says are common within the profession.

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As a testament to her efforts, the February 6-13 edition of the NYC event marked an important milestone in her campaign to rectify some of the wrongs:

“What most people probably don’t realize is that the [common fashion industry] body type is really based on casting girls instead of women. And so there’s a labor dimension to that, that I think people are oblivious to.”

“We championed this bill that we introduced last year, and Governor Cuomo signed into law in October, that basically gives fashion models who are underage teens the same protections as other child performers in New York.”

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Thomas Frank Joins Salon, CNN Adds National Correspondent

A couple more moves to highlight today: Thomas Frank is joining Salon as a columnist and Palo Sandoval is joining CNN Newsource as a national correspondent. Details are below.

      • Salon has added Thomas Frank to its editorial team as a politics and culture columnist. Frank was most recently a columnist for Harper’s. He has also written seven books and contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Rolling Stone and more.
      • Palo Sandoval is joining CNN Newsource as a national correspondent. He’ll be based in Washington, D.C. Sandoval comes to CNN from KRGV in Texas, where he served as chief of the Hidalgo County Border bureau. Sandoval has been recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. He is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Michael Hastings’ Brother Gives Majority of Journalists a Failing Grade

UncouthReflectionsNavIn a recent interview conducted by New York-based journo (and former Newsweek arts reporter) Ray Sawhill, Jonathan Hastings, the brother of late journalist Michael, noted that his problems in the aftermath were not with the LAPD. Rather, they were with many of those who covered the car crash and police investigation:

“If I have any problems, it’s with how the [police] report was written about in the press. There were a lot of journalists-in-quotes who didn’t seem to have read it very carefully or were, irresponsibly I think, taking things out of context.”

“I guess that’s understandable – I mean, of course the press is going to sensationalize things and play up the juicy stuff. But just because it was understandable didn’t mean I liked it.”

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The Guardian Finds Its U.S. News Editor

KoppelmanHeadshotAt the beginning of August, we highlighted – as we sometimes like to – a noteworthy NYC journalism job ad. So it seemed only natural to let you know who went on to land this particular choice gig.

Moving over October 14 from The New Yorker to The Guardian as U.S. news editor is Alex Koppelman. From today’s announcement:

“Alex brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective that will help us move into the next phase of our growth as a firmly entrenched U.S. news operation,” said Guardian U.S. editor Janine Gibson.

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Salon Names Cindy Jeffers CEO, CTO

Cindy Jeffers has been named the new CEO and CTO of Salon. Jeffers comes to Salon from The Huffington Post, where she had worked since 2010; most recently as its technical director. Jeffers will succeed David Talbot, the site’s founder.

“Over the past year, David helped lead Salon through a period of strong growth and reinvigorated Salon’s reputation as a leading destination for political and cultural news,” writes Salon’s communications director, Liam O’Donoghue. “Now, with Cindy’s experience building the Huffington Post from a scrappy start-up to a media juggernaut, we’re excited to continue expanding our reach and social engagement with innovative new features, functions and strategies.”

“I’m extremely excited to be working with Cindy,” said Salon’s editor-in-chief, Kerry Lauerman. “Her ideas are going to help sharpen and expand Salon into new frontiers.”

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Personal Essay Writers Make

As an official judge for the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Joel Schwartzberg has seen his share of cringe-worthy essays. And, in his latest piece for mediabistro.com AvantGuild members, he says there were a few glaring errors that kept them from being potentially powerful stories.

“People tend to write personal essays in which they’re either the hero or the villain, but most of us are squarely in the middle, which creates an opportunity for a narrative as unexpected as real life,” said Salon.com personal essays editor Sarah Hepola. “I love it when a writer says, ‘I thought you were the one to blame, but actually, now that I think about it, maybe I am.’”

Get more tips from Hepola and other writing pros in The 7 Biggest Mistakes Personal Essay Writers Make.

Salon Nabs TV Critic from New York

Salon has named Willa Paskin its new TV Critic. Paskin comes to the site from New York, where she served as Deputy Entertainment Editor for Vulture. Kerry Lauerman, Salon’s Executive Editor, told The New York Observer that sometimes — just sometimes — internships pay off.

“Willa was actually a star intern for us in 2006-2007, and I’ve followed her writing ever since, especially her terrific work at Vulture,” Laureman said via email to the Observer. “When the position opened up, she was a natural person to approach, and I was thrilled when she accepted.”

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