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Jake Silverstein Gives CJR an Exit Interview

JakeSilversteinPicNice work, Aparna Alluri! The Columbia Journalism Review intern recently conducted a brief, informative email Q&A with Jake Silverstein for the publication’s “Exit Interview” series.

Silverstein, the incoming New York Times Magazine editor, reminds with his first answer that he has a wonderful sense of humor. And on this, the day of the 2014 Tony Award nominations, he also offers an intriguing POV on where his NYT publication currently sits in the media landscape:

“Magazines – unlike papers, unlike news sites, unlike blogs — have a theatrical quality to them. The stories should be little plays.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Sued | Layoffs at AJAM | Turner’s Koonin Exits for NBA

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Texas Monthly Sues Times Co. Over New Hire (NYT)
The publisher of Texas Monthly filed a lawsuit on Friday against The New York Times Company related to the Times’ hiring of the magazine’s departing editor-in-chief, Jake Silverstein. FishbowlNY Emmis Publishing is claiming that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year. NY Post The six-page Texas state court action alleges that Times executive editor Jill Abramson started recruiting Silverstein in December 2012 — a full year before then-magazine editor Hugo Lindgren was ousted. Greg Loewen, president of Emmis, said the company has been “damaged by the Times and expects to be compensated.” Capital New York The suit, which seeks damages between $200,000 and $1 million, names only the Times, not Silverstein, as previously reported. Loewen said the company never intended to stand in the way of Silverstein’s pursuit of the Times Magazine editorship. Loewen said that after Silverstein told his employer last month that he was being considered for the job, Emmis notified the Times that they would have to reach a settlement on the termination of his contract with Emmis to account for the costs associated with finding Silverstein’s replacement, as well as the damage of losing a star editor. New York Magazine / Daily Intelligencer In a statement, Emmis said, “No such agreement was reached and, to date, the Times has refused to even participate in settlement discussions despite numerous attempts” by Emmis to do so.

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Texas Monthly to Sue NY Times

The parent company of Texas Monthly is suing The New York Times for hiring Jake Silverstein — Texas Monthly’s editor — as the new editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.

According to the Times, Emmis Publishing is claiming that that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year.

Eileen Murphy, a Times spokesperson, described the lawsuit as “inexplicable.”

“We had an understanding with Emmis during the search that Jake would be permitted to exit his contract with Emmis and take the job,” Murphy told the Times. “We believe there is no basis for a lawsuit. We look forward to having Mr. Silverstein join the Times next month and help us shape the future of the magazine.”

This probably isn’t how Silverstein envisioned the next step in his career beginning.

Correction (4/12 9:20 am):
An earlier version of this post stated that Emmis was suing the Times and Silverstein. Emmis is suing only the Times.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Elliott Exits GMA | Piers Morgan Bows Out | NYT Mag Names New Editor

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Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s Good Morning America for NBC Sports (TheWrap)
After months of speculation over Josh Elliott’s future at ABC News’ Good Morning America, contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports. Amy Robach will be promoted to news anchor, effective immediately. TVNewser Elliott’s jump to NBC and return to sports comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including Sunday Night Football, NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week. Deadline Hollywood Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. NYT Elliott is the second member of the GMA team to be recruited away from the show by NBCUniversal. Sam Champion, who had been the weather anchor for GMA, was hired by the Weather Channel to start up a new morning show on that cable channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal. ABC did make a strong effort to retain Elliott, offering him about $5 million a year, according to one executive with knowledge of the negotiations. Variety Robach, Elliott’s replacement, began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington, D.C. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today. Co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos remain as the leads of the show.

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Time Has A Top Ten For Everything 2009

top_10_mag_covers_ny_madoff.jpgWith the end of the year upon us (almost) we’re girding ourselves against the inevitable onslaught of top ten end-of-the-year lists.

But we were unprepared for the sheer number of lists Time magazine has pumped out for the end of the year.

One of our favorites is their top ten magazine covers of 2009. Their list? Two New York magazine covers (including Bernie Madoff as The Joker) and two New Yorker covers, Texas Monthly and The Advocate, among others.

cartoons_10.jpgAnother list that caught our attention is Time‘s top 10 relevant comics about 2009′s political and social issues, including Al Franken vs. Norm Coleman from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Newsday number about Iranian Twitter users, and yes, even a Jon & Kate joke from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. View them all here.

The Top Ten Everything of 2009Time

–Additional reporting by Drew Grant

4 Questions For Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

The Texas Tribune, a new Texas-based non-profit journalism Web site, will launch tomorrow — one year before the state’s 2010 general election, which includes the gubernatorial race, among others. There has been a lot of talk about the project since longtime Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith left his day job to launch the Tribune, and even though it will cover only Texas political and policy news, we here at FishbowlNY are fascinated by the prospect of non-profit journalism no matter where its based.

The project is was founded by Texas-based venture capitalist John Thornton. Smith, who believed in Thornton’s vision from the beginning, was helping to look for a suitable editor-in-chief for the site before realizing that he would make the perfect leader. “It was sort of like Dick Cheney helping George Bush find a vice president,” Smith said. The team went on to hire a staff of eleven reporters, plucked from the top echelons of Texas’ political journalism world.

“We hired the best reporters away from for-profit journalism in Texas,” Smith said. “We put together our fantasy football list, and we got everybody we wanted.”

The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org) will be unlike any other non-profit journalism organization. In addition to traditional news reporting, there will be columns, blogs aggregating content from other news sources, original audio and original video content, all available for free for newspapers, radio and television stations to use. There will also be 80 gigabytes of public information, like data about Texas’ elected officials, that the Tribune assembled into databases for the public to access. “I’m kind of amazed that in just a couple of months we’ve been able to build this with a relatively small staff,” Smith said.

As he prepared to reveal The Texas Tribune to the world, Smith took a minute to talk to FBNY about his reason for leaving Texas Monthly to start the new project, how he’s worked to fund it and what the reaction from the Texas journalism community has been so far.

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Nonprofit Online News Startup Texas Tribune Receives $750K In Grants

The Texas Tribune, a new non-profit news organization launched by former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith, today announced that it has received $750,000 in grants a month before its Web site goes live. $500,000 was donated by Houston Endowment, a private foundation created by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Jones, while the Knight Foundation contributed another $250,000.

Full release about the funding after the jump.

Earlier: From Texas Monthly To Texas Weekly: Evan Smith Picks Up Experienced Staff For New Venture

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Dayton Litereary Peace Prize Winners Announced|NYT & Twitter|NYP Parody|Domino Editor Launches Online Shelter Mag|Meet The Texas Tribune

GalleyCat: The winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced: Richard Bausch won the fiction prize and Benjamin Skinner has been awarded the nonfiction prize for his book, “A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery.”

BayNewser: The New York Times is in the process of developing tools to help sort through Twitter for commentary it can use in its stories.

Daily Finance: The activists behind yesterday’s New York Post parody were detained as they tried to distribute the pub outside of the Post‘s offices. Today, the Post ran the headline “We’re flattered!” on an Associated Press story about the parody, which was meant to raise awareness of climate change.

WWD: Ex-Domino editor Michelle Adams and business partner Patrick Cline are launching an online shelter magazine: Lonny. “Our goal is not to replace Domino, as there will clearly never be a replacement, but rather to help fill the void that has been left by so many closing shelter publications and help bridge the gap between traditional print magazines and the online world,” Adams said.

VIDEO: Meet the newsroom of the new non-profit, non-partisan online news venture the Texas Tribune, led by former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith. The site launches November 3.

From Texas Monthly to Texas Weekly: Evan Smith Picks Up Experienced Staff For New Venture

tx tribune.pngAfter announcing his departure from Texas Monthly just last week, Evan Smith made his first big move as incoming CEO of new online news venture the Texas Tribune today with the acquisition of Texas Weekly, a newsletter covering the state’s government and politics.

When the Tribune launches this fall, Texas Weekly subscribers will begin to receive a new weekly publication that will include “premium content not available to regular readers of the Tribune,” the company said. Texas Weekly‘s archives will be added to the Tribune’s Web site, allowing users to search past articles.

The acquisition of Texas Weekly is just the latest news in Texas Tribune’s growth. Today, Smith named Texas Weekly‘s Ross Ramsey managing editor of the Tribune and said five other reporters had also been brought in to the Tribune’s newsroom: Brandi Grissom, Elise Hu, Emily Ramshaw, Abby Rapoport, and Matt Stiles.

Following Smith’s announcement that he was leaving Texas Monthly, where he had served as editor since 2000 and editor-in-chief and president since September, more information came to light about his new venture, the Texas Tribune. The Web site, which is scheduled to launch in September, will be a “non-profit, nonpartisan public media organization whose mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on the public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide interest,” the company says. The organization will publish original news and reporting online and events like conferences and panels. It is to be funded primarily through philanthropy, much like ProPublica and the Huffington Post‘s Investigative Fund.

The full release about the new hires after the jump.

Earlier: Longtime Texas Monthly Editor To Launch Nonprofit News Site

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Longtime Texas Monthly Editor To Launch Non-Profit News Site

Evan_Smith.jpgEvan Smith, the president and editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly said today that he will be stepping down next month in order to take a job as founding CEO of the Texas Tribune, a non-profit news Web site that will launch later this year.

Smith joined the Texas magazine in 1992 as a senior editor, and moved his way up to deputy editor the next year. He took over as editor in 2000, and was promoted to his current position last September. In a letter to Texas Monthly staffers today, Smith recounted some of the editorial highlights of his tenure at the magazine: “two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence in the last six years and fourteen more nominations over the last nine; the most City and Regional Magazine Association awards during that period of any member publication.”

Now Smith is moving on to the Tribune, which likens itself to ProPublica. The new venture will publish non-partisan investigative journalism online and host events.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been consulting with my friend of fifteen years, the venture capitalist John Thornton, on a project very close to his heart: a nonprofit, nonpartisan public media organization whose mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide interest,” Smith said to his colleagues. “As John has been telling anyone who will listen, the Texas Tribune will publish original news reporting online (much like ProPublica) and put on conferences, conversation series, and other on-the-record, open-to-the-public events (much like the Aspen Institute). For nearly a year I’ve been helping John refine his concept for the Trib, and I’ve suggested various people he might hire. At some point along the way, like Dick Cheney leading the search for George Bush‘s vice president and concluding that he was the one he was looking for, I came to believe that perhaps I should join John in a more formal capacity, and he came to believe it too.”

However, Smith said he will continue to consult with Texas Monthly and host the weekly half-hour interview show, “Texas Monthly Talks,” as editor emeritus, “for the foreseeable future.”

“So you won’t get rid of me that easily,” he told his staff.

Smith will be replaced by Elynn Russell, a longtime Texas Monthly vet who will be the first woman to lead the magazine, minOnline reported.

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