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Spry Gets A New EIC

0403spry.jpgBack in January, Tennessee-based Publishing Group of America announced their plans for “the largest health magazine launch of time” — a 9 million circulation monthly newspaper insert called Spry. Now they’ve got an EIC for the launch.

Meet Lisa Delaney (pictured). The former executive editor of Health and senior editor of Cooking Light and Prevention, she has a backstory. Twenty years ago, she became a marathon runner and lost 70 lbs. Then she wrote a 2007 book called Secrets of a Former Fat Girl, which has generated a vibrant online community.

According to Publishing Group of America CEO Dick Porter:

It’s not just Lisa’s credentials we are thrilled about, it’s her personality. [...] She’ll infuse the brand with a unique, personable, lively tone. She’s a role model people can relate to, and her context will really resonate with our audience.

PGA has offices in New York and heavy representation in newspapers throughout the northeast.

Peabody Award Winners Include ABC News, CNN… And Stephen Colbert?

0403colbert.jpgThe Peabody Awards are described by a writer at the Chicago Tribune as doing “a much, much better job of honoring excellence in television than the Emmy organization ever has.”

Which is why it’s newsworthy that among a list of winners that included ABC News (for a Bob Woodruff special), BBC World News America and CNN (for the God’s Warriors series), The Colbert Report received a Peabody Award.

Here’s the Peabody nominating staff’s reasoning for nominating the Colbert Report:

“Let none dare call it “truthiness.” Colbert, in his weeknight Comedy Central send-up of politics and all that is bombastic and self-serving in cable-news bloviasion, has come into his own as one of electronic media’s sharpest satirists.”

Colbert <a href="responded:

“I proudly accept this award and begrudgingly forgive the Peabody Committee for taking three years to recognize greatness. On a personal note, I’d like to say that I’ve long been a fan of Mr. Peabody, as well as his boy Sherman.”

Also noteworthy: The only programming to receive Peabody Awards this year that were not news programs or documentaries… 30 Rock (“a sly, gleeful satire of corporate media”), Project Runway (“a series that redeems the reality-contest genre) and Mad Men (an “exemplary period dramatic series”).

The Peabody Awards will be presented on June 16 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Brian Williams will be master of ceremonies.

A full list of winners after the jump.

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Tyler Brule Returns To The Financial Times

Tyler Brûlé, founder of Wallpaper* and EIC of high-end newsmag Monocle, has returned to his former post as colmunist for The Financial Times.

Starting on April 26, Brûlé will be reviving his “Fast Lane” column on a weekly basis for FT Weekend.

According to section editor Andrew Davis: “We are very pleased that Tyler is returning to FT Weekend. During his previous spell here the Fast Lane proved extremely popular and I’m sure readers will be glad to see to it return. We are looking forward to working with Tyler again.”

Medabistro interviewed Brûlé back at the launch of Monocle as well.

Video: So The New York Post Goes To An S&M Club…

New York Post writer Mandy Stadtmiller is a longtime favorite of ours. That’s why we’re happy to see that the paper has recruited her to do original video content.

In the clip above, Stadtmiller travels to an S&M club to, as the NYP puts it:

“Talk to fetish lovers who they say are misunderstood.”

A little sensationalist? Yeah, probably. But still amusing. A New York Post reporter on a “pleasure swing” alongside goofy looking goths? God bless.

Former Oddjacker Skips Philadelphia To Deadspin Again

0402daulerio.jpgA.J. Daulerio, the former editor of Gawker Media gambling blog Oddjack, is back at that particular blog consortium. Daulerio, who was previously working at Philadelphia magazine, has just been hired as the new Senior Writer at GM blog Deadspin — which, of course, he wrote for in the past.

Just think of it as one big media merry-go-round. I mean, it kind of is one really. But what does being a Senior Writer entail? As the man himself puts it:

“What this role will actually entail has yet to be determined. We’re hoping to have something hammered out over the next couple weeks so we don’t confuse you, have duplicate posting or inundate you with nonsensical, image-oriented items of me reading porn mid-defecation.”

In the interest of objective journalism, said photo of Daulerio is illustrating this post.

Fox Promotes Film With Anti-Lou Dobbs Ad

When it came time for Fox Searchlight Pictures to promote their new immigration-themed drama Under the Same Moon, they decided on a unique strategy for their trailer…

Promote the movie by making fun of Lou Dobbs.

Now, here’s the thing. The Fox News Channel, Fox Searchlight’s corporate sibling, has an unabashedly conservative political stance. It’s home to a number of pundits that rely on jingoism and masked xenophobism as a matter of course. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight is promoting a film about a family of illegal immigrants trying to stay afloat in the USA. Needless to say, it’s openly sympathetic to their struggles.

It just goes to show: It’s not about left-wing or right-wing. It’s all about the almighty dollar, people.

Racked Launches LA Site

Hometown shopping-blog-done-good Racked is launching a Los Angeles edition, WWD reports:

Now Racked is about to follow its brethren out to the West Coast with the launch today of Racked LA, which will be edited by Tasha Nita Adams, already a neighborhood blogger and a past print freelancer. Ben Leventhal, editorial director of the Curbed Network, said he could not break out individual blog traffic, but said Racked’s New York site has grown 53 percent since the beginning of 2008, and 850 percent since its launch a year ago.

Barnes & Noble Chelsea, RIP

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Monday was the last day of business for the Barnes & Noble at Sixth Avenue and 21st Street. The store had become a Chelsea institution over the past 14 years — and did more magazine sales to the nearby fashion and new media industries than Atlantic News and Borders combined.

One of our favorite New York Times reporters, David Dunlap, just penned an excellent Barnes & Noble eulogy for the paper:

Where plate glass windows beckoned browsers as recently as last weekend, there now hang rolls of kraft paper, intended to block the view of passers-by. But this shield is not seamless, and one can glimpse slices of the interior. The décor is standard B&N issue, though it is ennobled here by colossal columns from the days in the early 20th century when this was the Adams Dry Goods emporium. Familiar as the store looks, it now seems poignantly remote, a relic from another age.

The Chelsea location is the second recent closing in the chain — Barnes & Noble’s Astor Place location recently shut down as well.

Obama’s Pastor Writes In To The New York Times

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Barack Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Combined, they’re the story that just won’t go away. Even as a blog dedicated strictly to the New York media beat, the subject just keeps coming up. We wrote on Monday about Kelefa Sanneh‘s New Yorker piece on the subject.

Now, something new.

Late yesterday afternoon, Time published a March 11, 2007 letter Rev. Wright sent to Jodi Kantor of the New York Times, regarding a 600 word article that ran on March 6, 2007.

The Rev. Wright was upset that little from his two-hour interview made it into the 600 word article.

In the letter, he says Kantor “looked me straight in my face and told me a lie.” Rev. Wright also accused the New York Times of “duplicitous behavior,” of sensationalism, of being the “Republican Party’s national blog” and of a lack of integrity.

For good measure, the 1074 word letter also mentions or alludes to Kantor being Jewish no further than three times.

Read it.

Reporter Layoffs At WCBS-TV

0401weinberger.jpgTwo WCBS-TV reporters have been laid off.

FishbowlNY has learned that Scott Weinberger (pictured) and Andrew Kurtzman are no longer with the local CBS affiliate.

According to Weinberger’s bio (which has now been taken offline):

While at WCBS-TV Weinberger scored exclusives with some of the most talked about cases in NY, including the only interview with Darryl Littlejohn, the man charged with the murder of John Jay graduate student Imette St. Guillen. In 2007, Weinberger scored an exclusive interview with David Berkowitz, best known as the Son of Sam, for the 30th anniversary of his terrorizing serial murders in NY. He also broke exclusive information on cases relating to some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Weinberger was the first to report that investigators found a large amount of prescription drugs in Anna Nicole Smith‘s hotel room, and was also the first to report that dozens of employees were suspended at Palisades Medical Center for leaking medical information about George Clooney.

Sounds to us like he won’t have much trouble finding a new job.

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