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EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsDavid Carr‘s circa 2008 thoughts about Philip Seymour Hoffman generated, deservedly, a lot of attention. Today comes another equally wonderful journalist-POV remembrance from Entertainment Weekly senior film writer Anthony Breznican.

The stakes here – beginning circa 2007 – are equally high, as reflected by the headline “The Night Philip Seymour Hoffman Changed My Life…“. We’re not going to spoil the details; you’ll have to read Breznican’s item to get the full brunt of this vivid trajectory.

To set the scene, the writer recalls that he and his wife Jill sat across from Hoffman for a restaurant dinner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival promoting The Savages:

While the actor wasn’t into talking about himself or movies, he loved talking about novels and stories: We discussed John Updike, Philip Roth and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter, and soon we were getting comfortable with each other. The conversation shifted to family. Hoffman and his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, had a toddler son at the time — they would go on to have two more children — and my wife and I were then thinking about having children ourselves…

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USA Today’s Digital Platforms Exceed 1 Billion Page Views

USA today logo GFor all the ridicule USA Today gets, someone is apparently a fan. According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, in January, USA Today received over one billion page views across its digital platforms.

“Our total of 1.1 billion pages views over mobile, tablet and desktop was a 36.7 percent jump over last January and 17.6 percent over last month,” wrote the paper’s publisher, Larry Kramer. “This is a huge milestone on our journey to the top of the digital news and information world.”

Nice work, USA Today.

The Year’s Most Popular FishbowlNY Search Terms

Stand up and take a bow, Dave Price. For the period of January 1 through December 26, the former CBS / The Early Show weatherman ranks as the most frequently typed outside search-engine term of any kind with regards to FishbowlNY organic keyword traffic.

Top Ten FishbowlNY People Searches

DavePricePic1. Dave Price
2. Rob Morrison
3. Greg Kelly
4. Jodi Applegate
5. Joe Nolan
6. Ashley Morrison
7. Domenica Davis
8. Charles McCord
9. Bill Evans
10. Mark Simone

Just beyond this group at 11. is the late Jennifer Rosoff. Her death this summer remains in many ways the saddest story of the year involving an NYC media professional. A bright, shining light extinguished by city code that even when “adhered” to, did not keep an old balcony safe.

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Michelle Shocked Quits Twitter After Nine-Month War with Music Journalist

In the shadow of this week’s Phil Robertson GQ controversy, another scandal involving a celebrity and homophobic comments has come to a very sudden and suitably bizarre end. This one involves veteran freelance journalist Chris Willman, singer Michelle Shocked and her disastrous on-stage comments during a March 17 concert-tour kickoff performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

In March and April, MichelleShockedTweetthe Los Angeles-based Willman wrote extensively for Yahoo and The Hollywood Reporter about Shocked “Dixie Chick-ing herself.” His coverage sparked a nine-month Twitter war, with Shocked mercilessly targeting both the reporter and those having social media conversations with him. Finally, earlier this week, Willman informed his Facebook followers of the following:

Michelle Shocked just succeeded in her months-long campaign to get me suspended from Twitter. She is down to 32 followers and I have (had?) 16,500, but I guess numbers don’t matter when someone is determined to bring someone down with countless phony abuse reports…

Look at her Twitter account if you want to see her posting a photo of herself smiling, saying, “Ask not for whom the punk smirks. She smirks for Yahoo!” – meaning me, since she’s been out to get revenge on me ever since my first Yahoo story about her career-ending SF gig.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Logan Back at 60 Minutes | Judge Questions NSA | USA Today Expands

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Lara Logan to Return to 60 Minutes (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the 60 Minutes journalists who were put on a leave of absence following their now-retracted report on Benghazi, are set to return to the program early next year, Politico has learned. Logan and her producer, who had unfinished projects in the works when they left in November, have started booking camera crews for news packages, network sources said. Their return could come as early as next month. TVNewser CBS News chairman and executive producer of 60 Minutes Jeff Fager held a meeting with show staffers on Dec. 5, according to Politico, where he answered questions about the botched report and indicated he didn’t know how long Logan and her producer would be off-air. 60 Minutes spokesperson Kevin Tedesco tells TVNewser: “Lara Logan’s return has not been scheduled. Beyond that, we do not comment on speculation.” Mediaite This news came on a day when the long-running newsmagazine faces another round of flak for a piece on the NSA widely panned as uncritical. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CBS’s 60 Minutes has had a terrible year: Logan’s now-retracted Benghazi report was the sort of black mark that will take the newsmagazine years to live down.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Fox News Wins in Court | Twitchy Sold to Salem | Gannett Adds USA Today

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Fox News Reporter Won’t Have to Testify in Colorado (TVNewser)
FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter cannot be forced to testify in a Colorado court. New York State’s highest court has ruled Winter cannot be compelled to testify about her reporting in the case of Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes. Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ diary that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree. Fox News In a 4-3 ruling based on New York’s shield law, the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision that could have resulted in Winter being forced to appear in the Colorado murder trial of Holmes. TheWrap “Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said Tuesday in a statement. “The protection of Jana Winter’s confidential sources was necessary for the survival of journalism and democracy as a whole.” FishbowlNY Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right. Poynter / MediaWire There exists “no principle more fundamental or well-established than the right of a reporter to refuse to divulge a confidential source,” New York’s State Court of Appeals said in its decision Tuesday.

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Weiner Dodges WaPo ‘Worst Campaign of 2013′

TheFixLogoThe choice by Chris Cillizza today of Chris Quinn over Anthony Weiner for the worst political campaign of 2013 has baffled a number of WaPo readers. We share the commenters’ befuddlement.

Then again, per an exclusive MAD magazine preview  today on The Huffington Post, even when Weiner is comically paired with former would-be Comptroller Eliot Spitzer for a Wangs of New York poster (complete with bulging NYC skyline), it’s still not good enough for top spot on “20 Dumbest Things of 2013.” So maybe Cillizza isn’t entirely off the off-base.

Expect to see plenty more Weiner roasts between now and the waning hours of New Year’s Eve. Elsewhere today for example, USA TODAY Network’s Ashley M. Williams leads off her rhetorical rundown of dingbats with Weiner, followed by Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, Alec Baldwin and others.

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Lady Gaga Designs USA Today Logo

Lady Gaga, the odd outfit-wearing pop artist, can now boast that she is the first guest contributor to design a USA Today logo. The above image was created by Gaga and Jeff Koons, who also designed the cover art for Gaga’s new album, Artpop.

When describing the decision to hand USA Today’s “Life” section branding to Gaga, David Callaway, editor of the paper, went a little overboard. “USAToday is the pulse of the nation and Lady Gaga’s goal of bringing high art to the masses reflects that pulse,” he explained, in a statement. The pulse of the nation! Someone had a lot of coffee this morning.

Anyway, we do admire how Gaga went for it with this logo. Why simply design something interesting, when you can just use a picture of yourself holding your boobs and call it a day? This, as your FishbowlNY editors know, is the first rule to Good Art: When in doubt, grab your junk. Works every time.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Times Co. Posts Loss | Carvin Mulls Buyout | USA Today‘s Circ Up

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Times Co. Posts Loss, Hurt by Sale of Boston Globe (NYT)
The New York Times Company reported a quarterly loss on Thursday, attributable in large part, the company said, to expenses related to the sale of the New England Media Group, which included The Boston Globe and some pension expenses. But analysts said the results were still positive because the company closed the chapter on selling off its portfolio of tangential assets and shifted its focus to its more profitable core product, journalism by The New York Times, its website and the International New York Times, formerly known as The International Herald Tribune. TheWrap The company posted a loss of $24 million, or 16 cents per share, for the three month period ending in October, compared with a gain of $2.7 million or two cents a share in the same period a year ago. Total revenues increased 1.8 percent to $361.7 million, up from $355 million the previous year. That was slightly less than the $417.3 million in revenues Wall Street had projected. Cost cutting paid off at the newspaper company, as operating profit rose to $12.9 million, compared with $8.9 million in the same period a year ago. Bloomberg The publisher now relies more on readers than advertisers for its revenue, and CEO Mark Thompson is working to meet new demand by creating tiered packages of content at different prices. Reuters More troubling is the decrease in digital advertising, once touted as an area of growth as print sales wither. In the third quarter, digital advertising fell 3.4 percent while print ad revenue dropped 1.6 percent. The turn in digital ad sales has to do with the rise of advertising exchanges, which puts pressure on prices. Capital New York The New York Times‘ sales team got a vote of confidence from Thompson, just two days after a report that the paper of record’s sales reps are struggling. On a conference call with Wall Street analysts Thursday morning, Thompson touted Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times‘ new executive vice president of advertising, who “has already begun to make an impact on the structure and organization of our sales team,” he said.

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You’ll Just Have to Guess if USA Today is Considering a Paywall

USA today logo GUSA Today might be considering a paywall for its website. We can’t tell you for sure because Larry Kramer — president and publisher of USA Today — is being pretty vague about the whole thing.

Here’s a collection of quotes about the paywall from Kramer, via The New York Post and Poynter:

  • “We’re going to look at it.”
  • “People are exploring it”
  • “The question is, if we do it, what is the best way to do it.”
  • “No plan exists.”
  • “We’re studying it.”

To recap: USA Today is schizophrenic.

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