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Calvin Coolidge Foundation Announces Pair of Journalism Prizes

CalvinCoolidgeFoundationLogoThe coolest thing about the two new awards endowed by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation are the prize names.

Per newsmax.com chief political columnist and White House correspondent John Gizzi, “The Calvin” will funnel a $1,500 scholarship to a Vermont resident under the age of 20 while “The Coolidge” is open to all and comes with a much larger cash prize of $20,000. Grizzi also reminds of the 30th President’s intriguing journalism background:

A little-known fact about Coolidge is that, after leaving the White House, he wrote a syndicated newspaper column entitled “Calvin Coolidge Says.” The McClure Syndicate soon found that the column was so popular that it was carried in Japanese papers.

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Proverbial Fat Lady Frames New York City Opera Coverage

Take your misdirected-allegory pick. That is if you believe the expression “It ain’t over til the fat lady sings” has everything to do with the late Kate Smith and little do with arias.

The “fat lady” is all over today’s coverage of the New York City Opera’s announcement that it has been forced to cancel the 2013-14 season and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. She’s singing the lede at Crain’s New York Business; belting out the headline for TIME; and being rudely pluralized in the New York Daily News.

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AP Adds Director of Interactive and Digital News Production

PaulCheungHeadshotDuring the recent annual convention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the group shared a fun photo of president Paul Cheung with keynote speaker Ann Curry. A caption-contest opportunity if there ever was one.

The well-liked Cheung has been making his presence known at the AAJA and now has a new title at Associated Press to go along with those duties. He has been named director of interactive and digital news production. From today’s announcement by AP vice president and managing editor Lou Ferrara:

As part of this move, Jaime Holguin, who as the news development manager at the Nerve Center has played a pivotal role in the execution of many of these [digital] products, will report into Paul and the new department. Jaime, as he has been, will work with the business operations on products and be the point person between the rebooted, news-focused Nerve Center and the new department.

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Source: Bonnie Fuller’s Hollywood Life on Course for First Profitable Year

In the PMC shadow of Nikki Finke, another 50-something media vet has been building a Web franchise. And today, Bonnie Fuller gets a nice profile piece in the Wall Street Journal by media reporter William Launder.

Hollywood Life launched in 2009. Towards the end of the WSJ article, Launder suggests it’s not just the comScore numbers that are looking good these days. If one particular source is to be believed, 2013 will be the PMC site’s first in-the-black operating year:

Hollywoodlife.com has begun to show financial promise. After losing a total of around $15 million since its launch, the site broke even in the first quarter, and is projected to earn around $1 million this year, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Nikki Finke Talks to the Wall Street Journal

On page B1 of today’s Wall Street Journal, there it is. That rare entity known as an extensive on-the-record Nikki Finke interview. Finke emails and phones reporters all the time, but it’s usually always off-the-record. So kudos to Ben Fritz for being the one holding the scoop this time around.

In this particular case however, there was a minor glitch. Within a few hours of the online version being posted, Finke was objecting via the comments to the sub-headline ‘Founder of Website Deadline.com Says Vision Is No Longer Shared’:

That sub-head is unsupported by my quote published in the article: “The issue is whether this shared vision is still intact,” Ms. Finke said in an interview this week.” The WSJ needs to correct this sub-head immediately.

[Editor's note: The WSJ did correct immediately to 'Founder of Website Deadline.com Questions Whether Vision Is Still Shared']

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Yahoo! Unveils New Logo | Bezos Schmoozes | Manjoo Joins WSJ


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Yahoo! Introduces New Logo (Yahoo!)
We’re excited to share the new Yahoo! logo with you. It will begin appearing across Yahoo! properties globally. We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products. Ad Age / Digital Yahoo! has refreshed its 18-year-old logo to match the nearly two-decade-old portal’s ongoing makeover under CEO Marissa Mayer. Capping a 30-day campaign leading up to the official unveiling, Yahoo! pinned the first major redesign of its logo since 1995 to the site’s homepage early Thursday morning. But here’s the punchline: the new logo was not among the 30 teased over the past month. AllThingsD The new logo is slimmer and neat, with all the old serifs gone and minus the longtime whimsical tone. Stark and sensible — with an Optima font flavor and a whole lot of sharp edges (not very kid friendly, IMHO) — it’s very much in keeping with Mayer’s tidy design sensibilities. TechCrunch Honestly, the new logo reminds one a lot of fonts used in the 90s, especially the stock beveled and glossy fonts that appeared on the internet portal GeoCities, where many of us first learned to build these funny things called “Web pages.” Unfortunately, this is no longer the 90s and this logo is feeling pretty dated.

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ProPublica Founder Surveys the Changed Landscape of Investigative Journalism

From South Africa’s The Media Online comes an interesting overview of non-profit investigative news outfit ProPublica.

Reporter Peta Krost Mauder spoke with founder and executive chairperson Paul Steiger, previously a managing editor at the Wall Street Journal. He acknowledged that the Internet has destroyed the business model of high-quality print journalism and that non-profit is just one of several new ways to go:

Steiger has approached numerous philanthropists and convinced them that a portion of their money would be well spent on investigative journalism. “It is a fine way to spend their money because investigative journalism allows [the] public to fix problems of which they would otherwise be unaware,” says Steiger. “Investigative stories are always in the public good…”

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Freelance Writer Michael Ybarra Killed Near Yosemite

Freelance writer and Wall Street Journal contributor Michael Ybarra was tragically killed last Saturday during a climbing trip near Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada:

Mr. Ybarra set out by himself early Saturday morning to traverse the Sawtooth Ridge, a rugged area near Yosemite National Park, his sister and Alex Few, a friend and fellow mountain climber, had said earlier Wednesday.

Mr. Ybarra, 45 years old, was scheduled to return from his climb by Sunday evening at the latest. After he didn’t contact Ms. Few, as planned, nor respond to her efforts to call, email and text him, she said she contacted local search-and-rescue personnel on Monday.

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