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Richard Horgan

[Email contact: rhorgan@gmail.com; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).

Actually, Starbucks DOES Know How to Spell Colombia

ColombiaFacebookPicFor today’s example of a journalist linking to an article without fully reading that article, we turn to Boston-based GlobalPost blogger Timothy McGrath. Halfway down McGrath’s dishonor roll of celebrities, companies and media outlets that have recently and erroneously trumpeted the country of Colombia as “Columbia,” he calls out Starbucks.

However, had McGrath properly read Wall Street Journal Bogota-based reporter Dan Molinski‘s piece about the social media movement spearheaded in February 2013 by Colombian digital media executive Carlos Pardo, he would have realized that Starbucks is in this case not to blame:

The movement can take its nagging too far. When a television show about plans Starbucks has to come to Colombia [in 2014] misspelled the country, many here quickly blamed Starbucks itself. Hundreds of Colombians, with national pride on display, used it as a rallying cry to urge the company to stay away.

Starbucks said it wasn’t to blame. “Our 42-year heritage with Colombian coffee farmers dates back to Starbucks’ 1971 founding. We definitely know the difference between Colombia and Columbia,” the Seattle company said in a statement.

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Matt Harvey Commits Twitter Balk

ShutterstockMrMetMost of us are familiar with the weekly social-media exercise known as “Throwback Thursday.” But in the case of sidelined Mets ace Matt Harvey, it was more like “Blowback Tuesday.”

To mark the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Harvey earlier today tweeted an October 2013 photo showing him lying in a hospital bed with middle finger raised. The picture quickly disappeared from Twitter as did, soon thereafter, the account from which the photo was tweeted (@MattHarvey33). Per ESPN New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin, the recovering pitcher decided – at least for now – to get out of the Twitter game after his middle-finger hospital snap generated some controversy:

The Mets confirmed requesting the deletion of the tweet with the photo because it contained a potentially offensive gesture, but the team added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey.

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Vin Scully, Illustrated

LARegisterVinScullyWithout a doubt, Vin Scully is the only current MLB play-by-play man who chose to annotate – for future broadcast use – Amanda Foreman‘s February 21 Wall Street Journal article “A Brief History of Avoiding Exercise.”

Per a wonderful graphic in the Los Angeles Register by visual columnist Sharon Henry, the 86-year-old Scully is still idiosyncratically at-it in Chavez Ravine. From her Vin-diagram:

He’s highlighted the [WSJ] part that describes how one out of three World War I draftees was unfit for combat. He imagines a time (perhaps when a player is out of breath after running to second) that he can share this with his audience.

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Employee ‘TBD’ Projects Coming Soon to WSJ.com

JasonBelliniPicWall Street Journal executive editor Alma Latour took time out from his busy schedule to run down with journalism.co.uk’s Rachel Bartlett the various ways his newspaper is endeavoring to remain cutting-edge.

Employees rely on Storyful, recently purchased by parent News Corp., and video-chat service Spreecast; they get to participate in an internal, one-week immersion known as Digital Journalism at Dow Jones (DJ at DJ); and, for a potential cash prize, they participate in a new contest known as “TBD:”

By setting up a dedicated contest which encourages its staff to think innovatively, the news outlet can drive new thinking from potentially new sources.

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Page Publishing Showcases Another First-Time Author

APromiseinPortugalCoverOn the testimonials roll for Page Publishing, located right here in Manhattan next to Madison Square Garden, there are effusive entries from a number of first-time authors. Everyone from Pamela Kelley, author of urban vampire tale What the Night Brings to Philip Binkley, the writer responsible for self-help book The Magic of And.

Soon, perhaps, there will also be a heartfelt thank you from Janet Azevedo, whose A Promise in Portugal arrived last month via Page. The novel is inspired by real events in Azevedo’s family past, and features a whopper of a central premise:

At 81-years-old, Evalina da Rosa, a very wealthy widow, decided to begin her life anew. She had survived a marriage of 60 years to a man whose moral code was non-existent. But her essential optimism had not faded, only dimmed. She was determined to find joy before she passed on to the next world and her methods were distinctly at odds with 1901 Lisbon society. She placed an ad in the city’s largest newspaper requesting applicants for an open position – her husband. The 21-year-old Azorean, Miguel Machado, applied.

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Jersey Shore Creator Rolls Out New MTV Series

The premise of MTV’s The Ex and the Why, debuting tonight at 6 p.m. ET, is diabolically simple. A former boyfriend or girlfriend is brought in under false pretenses and then, with cameras rolling, reunited with a former mate seeking “closure.”

The program is the latest bit of reality TV business from hte prolific SallyAnn Salsano, creator of Jersey Shore and principal of 495 Productions, named after the Long Island Expressway exit closest to where she grew up. Ahead of tonight’s debut, Salsano spoke with cupidspulse.com about the populist nature of the reality business:

“People always ask us what’s next in terms of reality television, and I tell them that it’s not up to the producer or the network; it’s up to the audience,” Salsano said.

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Jay Lauf: Charts Are Quartz’s Version of Cat Videos

If you’re not already familiar with Flipboard’s excellent On the Red Couch interview series, the latest episode is a perfect introduction. Editorial team member Najib Aminy recently caught up with Quartz publisher Jay Lauf at the digital startup’s NYC headquarters.

At one point, Aminy asked Lauf what he meant exactly by the notion that “code will be what tomorrow’s journalism is based on.” The publisher’s reply:

“The easiest example [of that] right now is the way we approach charts. Probably 50% of Quartz stories have some sort of a chart in them. Kevin Delaney, our editor-in-chief, refers to charts as our version of cat videos.”

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Jack Lemmon, Harry Belafonte and Gabriel García Márquez Walk Into a Bar…

This weekend’s Washington Post interview with Edith Grossman, who translated the novels of Gabriel García Márquez beginning with 1985′s Love in the Time of Cholera, was fascinating. But FishbowlNY’s favorite remembrance of the Nobel Prize winner, also involving the year 1985, comes from David Markus, executive for arts coverage at San Francisco public outlet KQED.

ShutterstockHemingwayElFloriditaIn 1985, on behalf of two publications, Markus was attending the Latin Film Festival in Cuba. At one point, he found himself hanging out at the El Floridita, a bar made famous by Hemingway, with the author and festival honorees Jack Lemmon, Harry Belanfonte. From Markus’ piece:

That day “Gabo,” as everyone called Márquez, is the definition of cool. He looks like a cross between Anthony Quinn and Jean-Paul Belmondo, fit, strong, proudly middle aged. He speaks pretty good English in what appears to me as his unofficial role as minister of charisma for the festival — meeting, greeting, charming all kinds of folks…

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Toronto Sportswriter Bemoans City’s Newest Buffoon

MasaiUjiriPicToronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery has wasted no time committing the misdeed of a local sports team GM to the public record. In case you missed it, Raptors exec Masai Ujiri (pictured) was done in today by an Instagram user and had to quickly apologize for rallying local fans, pre-Game One against the Nets, with the cry of “F*** Brooklyn!”

Here’s Buffery’s article intro:

Could Saturday’s NBA playoff opener at the Air Canada Centre against the Brooklyn Nets be any more of an embarrassment for the Raptors and the city of Toronto?

The only thing missing was Rob Ford juggling plates at halftime and then falling on to a coffee table.

In a drunken stupor, of course.

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‘Senior Penis Reporter’ a Clue in Today’s HuffPo Easter Egg Hunt

Not the best title in today’s fragmented Fifth Estate world. However, it still beats [pun not intended] junior penis reporter or an internship on the vagina breaking-news desk.

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Hey… Don’t start writing that angry email to FishbowlNY! We’re simply passing on the fact that “senior penis reporter” was one of the clues for today’s Huffington Post New York office Easter egg hunt.

Each clue pointed to the location of an egg. Eggs containing these clues were worth two points; empty eggs, one point; and there were also two “special” eggs worth five points each to the finder.

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