“I am sure this is a mutually beneficial transaction for both companies,” said Warren E. Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway. “While this transaction will greatly reduce our position in Graham Holdings, our admiration for the company and its management is undiminished.”Berkshire Hathaway purchased most of Media General's newspapers in 2012, and it's added lots of newspapers since. Reuters reported in February that Berkshire Hathaway was in talks with Graham Holdings "to trade the shares it owns in the education and media company for control of a yet-to-be-formed unit of Graham." Graham Holdings still owns TV stations in Detroit and Houston.
It begins with “once upon a time.” The stories she tells and wants to tell through “Frontline” all start that way — as stories. There’s journalism embedded inside that phrase, Raney Aronson-Rath told Poynter in a phone interview. And for … Read more
Financial Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman will become The New York Times' fashion director and chief fashion critic, Laure Guilbault reports in WWD. Alexandra Jacobs "has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer," a Times press release says.
Friedman fills a void left by the resignations of Suzy Menkes, who is exiting the International New York Times to join Condé Nast International, and by Cathy Horyn, the New York-based critic who left the paper last January.Horyn announced in January she would leave the Times for personal reasons.
Stories about author-journalist Joe McGinniss are re-emerging in the wake of news that he died Monday in a Worcester, Mass., hospital from complications of prostate cancer.
He once moved next door to Sarah Palin to gather material for his unauthorized biography about her, according to the Associated Press. The subject of his best-selling book, "Fatal Vision," sued him, claiming McGinniss tricked him into believing the convicted murderer was innocent. McGinniss' publisher settled out of court for $325,000.
Associated Press reported:
The tall, talkative McGinniss had early dreams of becoming a sports reporter and wrote books about soccer, horse racing and travel. But he was best known for two works that became touchstones in their respective genres — campaign books (”The Selling of the President”) and true crime (”Fatal Vision”). In both cases, he had become fascinated by the difference between public image and private reality.McGinniss worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer as a columnist while writing the book on Richard Nixon. Nixon's campaign allowed him access, not suspecting he would turn out a book exposing the soul-less marketing of the presidential candidate. He was unflinching with Democrats as well, although his book, "The Last Brother: The Rise and Fall of Teddy Kennedy," attributed imagined thoughts to Ted Kennedy and drew rounds of criticism, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On his website, the Times said, McGinniss wrote:
Penetrating the façade of institutions and people in public life can be an exhilarating but risky business. Sometimes the results are culturally ground-breaking and wildly popular, sometimes disillusioning and distinctly unpopular, sometimes personally heartbreaking.He is survived among others by his wife Nancy Doherty and his son, author Joe McGinniss Jr.
Some pretty good stuff from the meeting:
"You seem incapable of keeping editors for any length of time," one person -- perhaps not an employee since s/he is using the name of Tony Curtis' character in "Sweet Smell of Success" -- states, following it with a question: "Is that intentional or regrettable?" (First Look Media announced yesterday that Gawker Editor John Cook is leaving to become editor-in-chief of The Intercept; Max Read will take over Gawker.)
Former editor A.J. Daulerio is "one of the best and most loyal colleagues," Denton replied, saying few people thought Cook could match Daulerio's traffic, "and yet Gawker.com now has 20 times the audience (see chart) it had during the supposed golden age of 2007," Denton wrote. "It will continue to grow under Max Read, and his achievements will owe much to the coaching and example of his predecessors."
Also, he knocked back Gawker reporter J.K. Trotter's request to attend his upcoming wedding:
President Obama's interview with Zach Galifianakis, a plug for Healthcare.gov, shows how he has "not only grasped the shifting media landscape but also moved to take advantage of the changes," Chris Cillizza writes. never asked him about government surveillance of journalists -- "why couldn’t it at least take a stab at the hottest topic of the moment?" Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wondered aloud).
Obama has recently spoken with Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey, Grantland Editor-in-Chief Bill Simmons and Bill O'Reilly, Cillizza writes. "The growth of non-traditional media -- from Huffington Post to The Daily Show to 1,000 other offshoots covering pieces and parts of the news cycle -- allows this president to pick his spots and his audiences in ways that were unthinkable even for George W. Bush."
Last year, the Post's Paul Farhi wrote about Obama's cold shoulder: He "may be the least newspaper-friendly president in a generation," he wrote.
The Galifianakian strategy worked, according to White House adviser Tara McGuinness:
http://t.co/FrO24hdvcA is the #1 source of referrals to http://t.co/0r93BavlrV right now. — Tara McGuinness (@HealthCareTara) March 11, 2014Related: President Obama, media critic, dislikes ‘false balance’
Men's Journal published a tribute to Power. Here's a statement from the magazine:
We are devastated to confirm that journalist Matthew Power died yesterday while working on a story for Men’s Journal in Uganda. Matt was reporting a story on Levison Wood, a British explorer who is attempting to walk the length of the Nile River. On Monday, Matt fell ill, lost consciousness, and died. His travel companions believe the cause of death was heat stroke, but we will not know for certain until an autopsy is completed. Matt’s body is en route to Kampala with photographer Jason Florio, who was also working on the story, where the autopsy will be done.Longform has a tribute page up, and Power's fans and friends are tweeting tributes and favorite stories.
No writer better represented (or loved) Men's Journal as fully as Matt did, and we are proud to have published dozens of stories he wrote over the years. For more than a decade, Matthew Power packed a bag and found his way to some far-flung, often unpleasant, places to report quintessential Men’s Journal stories (the 2008 climbing disaster on K2; a British adventurer walking the Amazon; a wildlife documentarian tracking grizzly bears in Yellowstone, to name just a few) and write them with a clarity and understated grace that most writers can only hope to achieve.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Jess, and to Matt's family. We will pass along more details as we have them.
The most awful news is now official: @matthew_power has died while reporting a story in Uganda. — JeffSharlet (@JeffSharlet) March 11, 2014
.@matthew_power wrote a bravely candid piece on his friendship with Allen Ginsberg. So sad to hear of his death. http://t.co/rlup7TTgID — Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) March 11, 2014
Listen to this @matthew_power interview for a portrait of a life well-lived. What an inspiration he was. http://t.co/BjBGyC5X0I — Ryan Devereaux (@rdevro) March 11, 2014Correction: Men's Journal's original statement misspelled Jason Florio's name. It's fixed above.
Correction: March 11, 2014 An earlier version of these corrections misstated the date in which they appeared in print. They appeared on March 11, not March 10.As John Cook pointed out on Twitter, this correction would likely impress Rust Cohle.
Horner had been waiting outside a Lebanese restaurant with his driver and translator when two men in Western clothes approached and one shot him at point-blank range in the back of the head, said Zubir, a guard at the restaurant who uses only one name.Horner "had only recently arrived in Kabul," Kevin Sieff reports.
He was “a legend,” said Swedish journalist Terese Cristiansson, “one of the best we have ever had.”The flag at Swedish Radio is at half-mast: This past weekend, Omar Abdul Qader, a cameraman for the Beirut TV station Al-Mayadeen, was killed in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Canadian photojournalist Ali Moustafa was killed in Aleppo on Sunday. The Toronto Star has a slideshow of his recent work.
If some information is already out there, do you need to say so?
This is a conundrum faced by many journalists, though not everyone sees it as a conundrum.
For example, if media in Vietnam report news about a missing … Read more