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Posts Tagged ‘Gersh Kuntzman’

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Applauds New York Post Alum

For Class of 2008 grad Kate Briquelet, the perks of working for Business Traveler magazine were certainly nice. But it wasn’t until she jumped to The Brooklyn Paper that this focused, ambitious UW-Oshkosh and NYU Master’s of journalism grad felt she had finally hit her professional stride.

Briquelet has since moved on to the New York Post, where she works as an enterprise reporter for the Sunday edition. Later this fall, she will be honored at UW Oshkosh along with nine others as part of Homecoming Weekend. From a write-up in UW Oshkosh Today by current student Alyssa Kadansky:

Gersh Kuntzman, a former editor at The Brooklyn Paper, called Briquelet the “real deal.”

“She was relentless and driven, and she hates getting beat,” Kuntzman said. “During her time at The Brooklyn Paper, she tirelessly covered the case of the South Slope Sex Fiend — a mysterious groper who terrorized women in family-friendly Brooklyn and who for months evaded police. Her extensive reporting led police to step up their patrols and eventually led to an arrest.”

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The Brooklyn Paper Staunchly Defends Puppetry Critic

Yes, there really are puppetry critics, and yes, they apparently need defending. Today, The L Magazine came across a piece in The Brooklyn Paper written by Thurston Dooley III, who chides a children’s puppet show for – among other things – “a lackluster performance.”

Dooley notes in his piece that the child he was with didn’t even notice all the horrible things wrong with the Puppetworks performance of The Wizard of Oz, but no matter! Dooley could not sit idly by when such an “egregious sin” was happening in front of him.

Like anyone who just read an extensive article tearing apart a puppet show, the L’s writer, Henry Stewart, reached out to The Brooklyn Paper for comment. The response from Editor Gersh Kuntzman is amazing:

Comment? The story speaks for itself. Dooley is a columnist with a valid opinion. He has been to many many shows at Puppetworks and has written many raves, mild criticism, and attacks.

He is a valued member of our staff. We are, I believe, the only newspaper with a dedicated puppetry, mime and kids music reviewer. That is something to be praised, not attacked.

Take that L Magazine! And you too New York Times!

Rupe Goes Local, Brooklyn-Style

rupert murdoch.jpgMore than a few people found yesterday’s NYO report that Rupert Murdoch has purchased The Brooklyn Paper a bit strange. This is not Rupe’s first foray into Brooklyn, mind you, back in 2006 he paid $16 million for the TimesLedger and Courier-Life newspaper groups (and has apparently previously expressed interest in The Brooklyn Paper) but still! Who buys papers these days?! Barely anyone, as everyone reading this blog is acutely aware, so why purchase an entire company? Maybe Rupe really is slightly off his rocker as Michael Wolff continually likes to suggest?

And then there’s this: Gersh Kuntzman, the paper’s editor (who has not actually spoken to Rupe yet) says “They don’t want the product to change…And they love the product. And the product is fantastic.” Really? The idea that any paper can exist these days without investing in significant change feels somewhat unlikely. The only plausible theory we can think of is that maybe Murdoch wants the local ad network the paper might provide — this also figured into the Times rationale back in 2006, however as we know, local advertising is increasingly important in this tough economy. Or! He plans to take the paper digital and give the NYT.com ‘The Local’ blog a run for its money. Feel free to share your own theory.