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Capital New York Expands Media Desk

Site co-founder and co-editor Tom McGeveran shared the news this week via Twitter that the first additional media reporters have been found.



Johana Bhuiyan comes to the site via the World Policy Journal and Policy Mic. On her personal blog It’s Pronounced Booyah, she explains her unique heritage:

I’m half Filipina, half Bangladeshi with a sprinkling of other nationalities. I’m a Muslim-American with three older brothers, only one of whom shares the enigma that is my last name. My other brothers are either my half brother or recently adopted, both with different yet phonetically simple surnames.

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Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton Buys Capital New York

Robert Allbritton, the founder and publisher of Politico, has purchased Capital New York, the news site dedicated to this great city. Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran, who founded Capital New York in 2010, will continue to run the site as co-editors. Politico’s co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei will serve as president of Capital New York.

Allbritton has plans to expand Capital New York now that he owns it. He will hire over two dozen staffers and revamp the website at some point later this year.

“I have very big ambitions for Capital: to do in New York what we did in Washington with Politico,” Allbritton said in a statement. “I believe powerfully that nonpartisan publications with an intense focus on a specific set of topics can break though quickly, editorially and financially. I’m excited to take the impressive work Benson and McGeveran did with Capital to the next level.”

Capital New York Publishes First E-Book

Capital New York is getting into the e-book game with Making The City. The book is a selection of features from the site’s last three years, so there’s plenty worth reading from writers such as Tom McGeveran (co-founder of Capital New York) Joe PompeoStarlee KineAzi PaybarahSheila O’Malley and Steven Boone.

Making The City is available on Amazon or iTunes, for only $4.99. Why not show some love for New York writers and buy a copy?

If you’re around on July 2, there’ll be a book release party at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Have a few bourbons beforehand and then say something creepy to the Capital New York writer you like the best. Kidding! Please don’t do that.

Capital New York Hopes to Be More Like Us

Late last week Capital New York raised a bunch of money and then went on to hire some quality writers, one of them being Joe Pompeo, formerly of Yahoo. Tom McGeveran, the site’s co-founder, was rightfully excited, and so he told The Huffington Post about what Pompeo would be doing, mentioning that he’d be covering New York media.

So yeah, what we do. And this is great! There’s plenty of room for more scrutiny of the media honchos dwelling in this concrete jungle.

But then McGeveran went on:

McGeveran rattled off several areas of interest, including the battle between the Greater New York section of the Wall Street Journal and the metro reporters at the New York Times, the tabloid wars, alternative press, network TV news affiliates, and 24-hour network NY1. (McGeveran already sizes up the Daily News and New York Post front pages each morning at Capital, a feature started over at The Observer.)

McGeveran pointed out that there’s a void in hyper-local coverage of New York media…

A void? What about us Tom? We don’t count? He probably just forgot to mention us, because we seem to be doing what he says is missing. The battle between the local sections of the Times and Journal? Check. Info on how the tabloids are doing? Check. Alternative press stuff? Check. TV items? Check.

Maybe next time McGeveran talks about this “void,” he’ll add “FishbowlNY is doing an excellent job and we strive to one day be like that site, which is anchored by two extremely handsome men.”

Or something like that.

Has the New York Post’s Strauss-Kahn Victim Coverage Gone Too Far?

It’s not just the French writers who can be accused of demonstrating a chilling lack of sympathy to the accuser in the Dominique Struass-Kahn sexual assault case. New York Post, which we generally appreciate for its lovably outrageous reporting, can cross the line every now and then. Tom McGeveran at Capital New York looks at today’s headline: “HOTEL MAID IN HIV SHOCK”.

This is the gist of the story, summarized by McGeveran:

[I]t reveals that she was living in an apartment organized for her by the charity Harlem United, which places people with H.I.V. and AIDS in rent-assisted housing. The sum of the importance of this fact, which does not establish that the alleged victim is H.I.V.-positive, is the suggestion that the accused sex criminal “may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence” because, “[according] to the federal Centers for Disease Control: ‘It is possible for either partner to become infected with HIV through performing or receiving oral sex.’” This, in the mind of the Post, qualifies as a “shock.”

This seems monstrous. As Alex Balk at The Awl writes: “I am filled with ineffable rage over the whole thing.” But McGeveran, more cynical than we are, warns us not to get too outraged just yet:

Perhaps worse is yet to come: They do not yet ask the police whether rubber gloves were used by officers attending to the alleged victim. There’s always tomorrow!

The New York Observer Observed

The New York Observer had a bit of good news today, but  Dylan Byers, writing for Adweek, is raining on that parade.  He says that Christopher Barnes – aided by the unwavering confidence Jared Kushner has in him – is killing the newspaper.

Byers gets scathing quotes from several former Observer staffers, going from bad – “He’s a used car salesman” – to worse – “He would also mock employees who had been hired for painfully low salaries.”

Barnes’ main mistake, aside from apparently coming off like an overall jerk to employees, is that he has abandoned the paper’s longstanding journalistic niche, in favor of focusing on sales. Of course this approach has brought on a slew of editorial changes:

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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Year’s Biggest Moves In Media

door.jpgThis year — full of flux and uncertainty about where the media is heading — has resulted in a vast number of job changes and departures across all matter of media companies and publications. In almost every field of journalism, big names have either been fired, promoted, retired, or simply moved on to more lucrative positions. Here, we take a look back at the biggest industry shakeups of 2009.

The Biggest Move in Magazines: Stephen Adler leaving BusinessWeek.
When editor Stephen Adler announced his departure from BusinessWeek this October following the magazine’s sale to Bloomberg LP, he wasn’t just making a statement, he was starting a trend. Soon he was followed by some of his former colleagues, like John Byrne and BusinessWeek‘s president Keith Fox, who decided to stay with magazine’s original parent, McGraw-Hill. (Not to mention all of those who involuntarily left the pub not long after.) It takes a lot of chutzpah to up and quit your editor gig in the middle of this turbulent media landscape, it takes even more to get your coworkers to come with you. Fortunately for Adler, he’s already landed another gig at Thomson Reuters.

Runners Up: managing editor Josh Tyrangiel comes on board as editor at Businessweek; Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann joins Vogue; Nancy Berger Cardone of shuttered Gourmet takes Plagemann’s spot at Marie Claire; Janice Min leaves Us Weekly; Mariette DiChristina becomes Scientific American‘s first female editor-in-chief.

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Observer Exec Editor Leaves To Join McGeveran Venture

observer.jpgTwo weeks after The New York Observer‘s top editor Tom McGeveran announced that he was leaving the paper at the end of the year to work on some mysterious new venture, the pub’s executive editor Josh Benson has said he will be leaving as well.

Politico reports that Benson will also be leaving The Observer by the end of the year to join McGeveran in his new project, although details about it remain unclear. (We can’t wait to find out what it is.)

As Michael Calderone points out, much of the old guard has changed at the Jared Kushner-owned paper this year, with longtime editor Peter Kaplan‘s departure in May and layoffs in June. Last week, Kushner named former Portfolio editor Kyle Pope to the top editor spot, replacing McGeveran.

NYO exec editor Benson leaving –Politico

Earlier: Former Portfolio Editor To Lead Observer

Former Portfolio Editor To Lead Observer

observer.jpgFormer Portfolio top editor Kyle Pope has been picked to take over the reins of The New York Observer from interim editor Tom McGeveran, owner Jared Kushner announced yesterday.

The announcement comes just a week after McGeveran announced that he would be stepping down from his post at the paper, which he as held since longtime editor Peter Kaplan left the pub in May. Pope will be starting at The Observer on Monday, and will work side-by-side with McGeveren for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. The December 9 issue will be Pope’s first as editor.

Pope most recently worked as one of two top editors at Condé Nast‘s business glossy until it folded earlier this year. He started his career at The Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of the paper’s team covering September 11. Pope has also worked as a freelance contributor for The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

Kyle Pope Is The New Editor Of The ObserverThe New York Observer

Earlier: Observer Loses Another Editor

Observer Loses Another Editor

observer.jpgFive months after taking over as editor at The New York Observer, Tom McGeveran told his staff today that he will be leaving the paper at the end of the year.

After a meeting with staff this morning, McGeveran fired off a memo that spoke about what he loved most about his time as editor — the media industry coverage — and what he had worked to build: reworking the Culture section and the Transom and launching a new real estate trade pub. The whole breaking story has been dutifully covered by his own paper, which he pledges to leave in good shape:

“I’ll be here until Dec. 31, and I’ve chosen to stay till then so that I can help the Observer find the right successor and make sure that he or she has everything needed to continue to make this paper a success. After that, I’ll be starting work on a new venture I’ve been concocting for some time now.”

His departure does not bode well for the Observer. Its owner, newlywed Jared Kushner, has publicly lamented the fact that the paper doesn’t make money, and there have been rumors for quite some time that he may be trying to dump the pub. With no editor to lead the charge, does the Observer stand a chance?

Tom McGeveran Is Leaving The Observer