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Posts Tagged ‘Glenda Bailey’

Four Questions For: Marlene Kahan, Executive Director, ASME

kahan.jpgThis week’s exorbitant shoe-buying sessions and triple-returned Zara blazers make one thing clear: Ellies ’08 fever is upon us (and we’ll have related features with some of your favorite nominees running all next week on the main site, plus the live blog once again next Thursday to prove it). However, we picked up the phone yesterday to ring Marlene Kahan, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) for something other than a request to revisit placing us in the nosebleed seats again (hint, hint…).

This Saturday in Manhattan at the 14th annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Kahan will be honored with the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award, recognizing her efforts to elevate awareness and raise funds to drive research toward a cure for the disease. In that spirit, Kahan, who herself was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s in 2003, gave a firsthand account of learning she had the disease in the May issue of Bazaar. We spoke with her about the piece, the “purpose” she feels raising awareness of Parkinson’s, and whether she thinks the magazine industry does enough for staffers battling diseases like hers.

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Rosie On Trump @ Matrix: ‘My Goal … To Give A Bald Billionaire A Boner’

boner_1393_fbny.jpgThe ‘Boner‘ we wish Rosie’d been referring to at yesterday’s Matrix Awards

During a break in the pre-Matrix action yesterday, we poked our heads into the Waldorf Astoria ballroom where recipients of the New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship winners were lined up in ready to rehearse their introduction to the A-list crowd. In a clever departure from years past, when the anonymous group would silently enter and exit en masse, the aspiring media mavens each walked up to the microphone this year, introducing themselves and proclaiming themselves to be “the next [insert female media maven here]” When their turn in the spotlight came, the crowd had varying reactions to their proclaimed role models. No less than three of the young women expressed a desire to helm Cosmopolitan (the one who exclaimed she was “the next Kate White” drew the loudest round of applause), the one intrepid soul who dared admit she wanted to be “the next Bonnie Fuller” got a less than enthusiastic reaction while another hopeful who said she fancied herself Atoosa Rubenstein‘s Eve Harrington rendered the crowd all but silent.

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Monday Morning Meta Media Mashup

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A weekly meta-roundup of our favorite (mostly) New York media pundits, what they’re saying, why they’re saying it, and an all-important grade, subjective and arbitrary — just like their columns!

  • I don’t care about the media glitz in the Libby trial” | Jon Friedman, Marketwatch

    Friedman takes a break from New York-centric media stories to focus his gaze on Washington and the meta media trial of 2007: Scooter Libby. Specifically, his disdain for the media-on-media coverage. (Which makes this column even more dizzying than normal.) Friedman loves Tim Russert, just hates coverage of Tim Russert. Which brings him to the N.Y. vs. D.C. media argument: “I can’t imagine that this story is playing in Peoria — or anywhere else outside of the oft-egomaniacal Beltway. People accuse New Yorkers of being thoroughly self-absorbed — and, hell, yes, we are. But the journos in Washington have us beat by miles. No, make that, by light years.” GRADE: B-

  • Super Bowl Ads Notch Boffo Nielsens” | Jon Fine, BusinessWeek

    Fine uses his media blog not to defend Prince‘s soggy performance at the Super Bowl, as we would’ve liked, but to defend the 30-second Super Bowl ad spot. Nielsen says the game was watched by roughly 92.8 million people. “I would like to point out that any TV producer would gladly amputate a limb to get these ratings for their actual shows.” GRADE: B-

  • The Anachronistic Pig” | James Brady, Forbes

    James Brady uses the occasion of the upcoming Matrix Awards to praise “what the unenlightened among us used to call ‘dames’” in media. Brady’s vintage, fraying, name-dropping anecdotes are still intriguing, and serve Brady’s secondary purpose: to show readers he was, at one time, important, just like these women are: “In the late ’60s and early ’70s, when I was publisher of Women’s Wear Daily and then Harper’s Bazaar, a woman like Ann Moore didn’t exist at old school-tie Time Inc. Oprah was a child. No one ever heard of the woman who would become Martha Stewart. A gentleman (Frank Zachary, I believe) ran Town & Country. Cindy Adams was simply funnyman Joey’s young wife. John Mack Carter was the big noise at women’s magazines. I was both editor and publisher of Harper’s Bazaar; today Glenda Bailey and Valerie Salembier hold down those jobs.” That’s right, they do. You don’t. GRADE: C

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