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Is The New York Times‘ Gift Guide Practicing Discrimination?

babyjamz.120.jpgNew York Times-watcher blog NYTpick.com raised an interesting point about the section of the Times‘ 2009 Holiday Gift Guide called “Of Color|Stylish Gifts,” which draws “inspiration from the lives of Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor” and includes gifts such as Baby Jamz, a henna kit, and a gospel cruise.

This is the first time, says the blog, that the NYT has put out a guide “aimed exclusively at the paper’s non-white readers.”

Is it racist to include a totally separate gift-buying section for anyone not white? We doubt the New York Times meant any disrespect, but rather blundered in a totally misguided direction while trying to address the fact that maybe not all its readers are upper-class middle-aged white New Yorkers. Unfortunately, in trying to raise itself out of its own stereotyping, The New York Times managed to just further exhibit how out of touch it really is. Just goes to show that even in 2009, political correctness can sometimes misfire all over your best copy.

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NYT Gift Guide Includes A Separate Section For “People Of Color.” White NYT Readers, You May Skip To The Next Page! — NYTpick.com

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The AP Gets Into Social Media With Climate Change Conference Coverage

AP logo3.pngThe Associated Press may be getting stingy about aggregators infringing on their copyrighted material, but the news wire isn’t above using social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter to get young adults interested in important events.

Take for instance the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor, when the AP teamed up with several different agencies to make the news accessible and instantaneous to people following at home on the Web.

Following in that lead, the AP and other news orgs are joining forces next week, when Copenhagen will play host to the United Nations’ climate conference (a little belatedly for Green Week, but whatever). Not only will this information conglomerate — which includes news agencies like the Netherlands’ ANP, the Canadian Press, APcom of Italy, Germany’s dpa, RIA from Russia and Agence France-Presse — have a name, The Climate Pool, but it also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

The goal of this Internet outreach, according to the AP, “will be to engage readers in direct communication with the world-class journalists covering the U.N. conference.” So information is free when it’s for a good cause, just as long as you operate within the prescribed networks of news channels.

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: AP Creates Registry To Protect Content Online, AP Settles “Hot News” Lawsuit With AHN Media

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Bastiat Prize for Journalism Awarded to John Hasnas

basss.jpgLast month we posted some of the finalists for the Bastiat Prize for Journalism, awarded by London think tank The International Policy Network. This year was notable in that, for the first time, the award included a category for online journalists.

Earlier this week, the prize went to Georgetown professor John Hasnas for his Wall Street Journal op-ed “The ‘Unseen’ Deserve Empathy, Too.” The editorial questioned Barack Obama‘s appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court based on her reputation as empathetic and understanding, which Hasnas argued was antithetical to the qualities that make a good judge.

Second place was awarded to Robert Guest, Washington correspondent for The Economist, and third went to Robert Robb of the Arizona Republic.

Full press release after the jump

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TMZ’s Will Lee Joins Bonnie Fuller|Thomson Reuters’ Digital Strategy|Glass Confirms End of Showtime Show|Wintour Looks Happy During Fashion Week|Sotomayor The Cover Model

FishbowlLA: HollywoodLife.com editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller has named TMZ.com‘s former New York bureau chief Will Lee executive editor.

WebNewser: Thomson ReutersAlisa Bowen discussed her company’s digital strategy at this week’s Think Mobile event.

New York Times: Following up on our report yesterday, Brian Stelter reports that “This American Life” host Ira Glass is calling an end to the show’s Showtime series after two seasons, although he says he wouldn’t mind working with the cable network on a special project or short series.

Gawker: A gallery of Anna Wintour photos from New York Fashion Week. And she actually looks happy!

WWD: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will grace the cover of Latina magazine’s December issue.

Latina Magazine Reclaims “Wise Latina” Phrase With Commemorative Shirts

wise latina.jpgFor better or worse, the term “Wise Latina” entered our vernacular during Sonia Sotomayor‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearings earlier this summer.

The phrase — originally uttered by Sotomayor to inspire other Latinas — was taken out of context and turned into something that could be easily mocked. Now, Latina magazine and its editor-in-chief Mimi Valdes-Ryan want to take back “Wise Latina.”

Valdes-Ryan came up with the idea for the magazine’s Wise Latina t-shirts after Latina‘s creative director Florian Bachleda voiced outrage over the use of term during the confirmation hearings, she told FishbowlNY recently. When she proposed the idea of commemorative shirts, her staff clapped and cheered.

“We just wanted to make sure that that phrase was not looked upon negatively,” she said. “We wanted to make sure that our audience could take it and feel empowered by it.”

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Sotomayor Confirmed|Bloomberg To Air Charlie Rose|Advance Publications Rescinds “No Layoffs” Pledge|What Happened To Lou Dobbs?

TVNewser: The Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

New York Times: Bloomberg will rebroadcast PBS show “Charlie Rose” in primetime around the world.

Editor & Publisher: Newhouse-owned Advance Publications said it will no longer uphold a pledge not to lay off newspaper staffers for economic conditions or technological advances. The company will extend the pledge for six more months, then there might be layoffs. This comes after Advance offered more than 200 buyouts at the Newark Star Ledger last year and implemented furloughs for remaining staffers.

The Daily Beast: What happened to Lou Dobbs?

Talking Media Headlines On The Menu WIth TVNewser’s Kevin Allocca

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Today on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcome the latest editor of TVNewser Kevin Allocca to talk about the daily media headlines.

They discussed the recent news about e-mails sent by reporters to Gov. Mark Sanford during his disappearance and affair scandal, MTV‘s new web ads and ABC‘s interview with Joe Jackson and it’s low ratings.

“I think it shows how quickly the public reaches a saturation point,” host Jason Boog said. “Back when Princess Diana died in that tragic car accident, I think a traditional piece like this looking at old footage would have been gangbusters back then. But now people reach a saturation point so much faster because it just bombards you for a week straight after Michael’s death.”

Also discussed: Kevin’s interview with Al Roker about his new morning show on The Weather Channel, why ratings are so low for Sonia Sotomayor‘s confirmation hearings and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” shattering the midnight screening ticket sales record set last summer by “The Dark Knight.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

SCOTUS Reporters Reveal Feelings About The Biggest Story They’ll Cover All Year

sotomayor hearings.pngFor the past couple days, the network and cable news channels have looked more like CSPAN, thanks to the nonstop coverage of Sonia Sotomayor‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Although the hearings have been rigidly structured, stuffy and sort of dry, there is always something to keep the media watchers watching.

On Monday we sat nervously awaiting new senator and former “SNL” cast member Al Franken’s opening remarks — and they were actually pretty good. And yesterday, we were riveted by Sotomayor’s rapidly blinking eyelids and serious note-taking, and we lost count of the number of times the judge was asked about nunchuks or her “wise Latina” comments.

But after Sotomayor is — seemingly inevitably — confirmed, we will all go back to our regular lives of reading Page Six and watching Kathie Lee drink too much on the “Today” show, while a handful of dedicated reporters who cover the Supreme Court of the United States will continue to track the movements of the High Court and the integration of its new member.

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ABC’s Rick Klein: “It’s Almost Like Obama Chose Himself For The Supreme Court”

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Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, ABC News‘ senior political reporter Rick Klein discussed President Obama‘s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and some of the issues she is going to raise during her confirmation, in the Senate and in the press.

“One democrat said to me, ‘It’s almost like Obama chose himself for the Supreme Court,’” Klein said, pointing out that both Obama and Sotomayor are “moderate, middle of the road, non-controversial, not an ideologue in either direction” and have “a personal story that directs the narrative and the discussion about who they are.”

Klein, author of “The Note” blog and host of the ABC News Now show “Top Line,” also talked about the New York Times‘ new social media editor Jennifer Preston (who we spoke to yesterday) and the success of a personalized magazine.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Menu: Did NYT Miss A Chance To Break The Watergate Story?

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Our new FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst joined the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast this morning.

Did the New York Times have the Watergate scandal tip even earlier than Woodward and Bernstein put the pieces together for the Washington Post? So says a Times article. We’ll discuss the implications, as well as a couple other stories from the newsfeed: Twitter’s new TV show and Republicans flocking to HuffPost.

Also discussed: the breaking news of Pres. Obama‘s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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