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The search is over: The New York Times has named Vanessa Freidman, currently chief fashion critic at Financial Times, as its new arbiter of all things style.
This announcement, of course, follows the January resignation of longtime fashion chief Cathy Horyn, who left the paper for personal reasons, and the more recent departure of fellow critic Suzy Menkes, who departed the recently rebranded International New York Times for a a spot at Vogue.
Times executive editor Jill Abramson says:
“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the Times. She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.”
If you obsessively follow journalists on Twitter each evening (and you really should), then you probably noticed many of them passing this New York Times ”monocles are back” trend piece around last night along with a moderate dose of mockery.
— Mark Berman (@themarkberman) March 6, 2014
Yep, that’s the one.
Read (don’t watch) all about it
The Internet may have killed the newspaper star, but live streaming video is looking less and less like his savior.
This morning we link to POLITICO for a rare moment of media insight. Over the past five years, nearly every major news organization has dropped a lot of money into live streaming video with little or nothing to show for it. As much as some of us may dislike the “talking head yells at other talking heads” model, producing that sort of stuff (not mention convincing viewers and advertisers to pay attention) can be quite challenging.
Even Business Insider couldn’t make it work.
It was the perfect time to break the perfect sports story: one week after the biggest, most boring Super Bowl ever, a young man set to become an NFL pro told the media that he happens to be gay.
Of course it wasn’t just a spontaneous announcement from Michael Sam; it was a PR masterpiece of sorts orchestrated my one Howard Bragman, his agency Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, and many others.
Congratulations to Michael Sam Fifteen Minutes Public Relations client on his history-making announcement. http://t.co/9toQuWlEDw
— Howard Bragman (@HowardBragman) February 10, 2014
You’ll note that Sam made sure to thank Bragman and Empire Athletes in his second-ever tweet:
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) February 10, 2014
Sam reached 50,000 followers faster than any account we’ve seen outside the Vatican—and most of the people who had problems with his announcement chose not to voice their opinions in public.
Now for some backstory behind this historic PR Win.
A New York Times reporter and a corporate reputation specialist walked into a bar this week and came to the same conclusion: they’ve had enough of your clients’ fake apologies.
Both business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin and LRN CEO Dov Seidman argue that execs and public figures who once opposed apologizing in public have started doing it all the damn time, and they want to make it stop.
Whether we’re talking indicted bankers, embattled politicians or cheating athletes, lots of people are stepping up to the mic to tell the public that they’re sorry for whatever they did and that it will never happen again. But Sorkin and Seidman look at those weepy, white-haired millionaires and see nothing but media coaching and crocodile tears.
So now they plan to expose the fakers—and they even came up with their own hashtag to do it.
This morning brought big news for everyone in fashion PR: Cathy Horyn will step down as The New York Times‘ chief fashion critic after more than 15 years in the position, effective immediately.
As Capital New York reports, Horyn “occupied one of the fashion industry’s true critical pulpits” but was not always a favorite among the design community due to her propensity for brutal honesty in reviewing designers’ newest collections and personal comments about designers themselves; Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent famously banned her from their shows.
On a somber note, the given reason for this last-minute announcement is the illness of Horyn’s partner, former Liz Claiborne executive Art Ortenberg.
Notes from the memo just released by Times executive editor Jill Abramson and styles editor Stuart Emmrich after the jump:
We figured Google had to have plans to make Glass a little more palatable.
When The Simpsons makes you look bad you know it’s time to move, because someone wrote Sunday’s jokes months ago and they still felt fresh (especially after the terribly racist “Comic Book Guy Gets a Japanese Girlfriend” episode).
Here’s CNN‘s take on the newer, friendlier Glass:
Today the upgrade scored a New York Times writeup thanks to its new prescription partnership with insurer VSP and a designer interview in WWD (subscription req’d), but most bloggers just used the occasion to come up with new ways to make fun of the product.
Given that this is Google, we feel like one day Glass will become so well-integrated with our eyewear that it won’t be noticeable—and then we will feel stupid.
For now, we’ll just point and laugh.
That bold claim came forth last week, loaded with ire directed at one President Barack Obama—if that’s his real name [cue the Law & Order doink doink].
The vitriolic assertion ruffled a few feathers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but it wasn’t some run of the mill “I-am-pissed-because-that’s-not-the-dude-I-supported” complaint—it came straight from New York Times editor Jill Abramson, as seen in the snazzy screen shot to your left.
ICYMI: Abramson was giving an interview to Al-Jazeera America‘s John Seigenthaler (former Washington bureau chief for the NYT) when she threw out this statement:
It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering…I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.
And that led to this…
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