FORMER MIC EMPLOYEES TALK ABOUT THE START-UP’S PROBLEMS
or about five years, Mic.com was a place where readers could go to get moral clarity. In the Mic universe, heroes fought for equality against villains who tried to take it away. Every day, there was someone, like plus-size model Ashley Graham, to cheer for, and someone else, like manspreaders, to excoriate.
MARK ZUCKERBERG’S MESSAGE TO MEDIA COMPANIES
We’re going to test new ways to help news organizations grow their subscriptions. If people subscribe after seeing news stories on Facebook, the money will go directly to publishers who work hard to uncover the truth, and Facebook won’t take a cut. We plan to start with a small group of U.S. and European publishers later this year and we’ll listen to their feedback.
SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK. THE SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT IS BUDDYING UP WITH STADIUM FOR GAME LIVE STREAMS
Facebook wants you to watch more video on its site – including those you can’t see elsewhere. To that end, the social network earlier this month launched a dedicated section for original video, called Watch. Now that’s being expanded with the addition of live-streamed college football games, broadcast in partnership with sports network Stadium.
ARE ALT-WEEKLIES DEAD?
In 2009, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia had 135 alt-weeklies in its membership, according to Pew Research Center. In 2015, that group had 117 members. This year, it has 108. Unlike many of former members, The Village Voice isn’t closing. But the alt-weekly made news Tuesday when it announced plans to discontinue its print edition after more than a half-century.
WALL STREET JOURNAL STAFFERS FRUSTRATED WITH THE HANDS AND GLOVES TREATMENT OF TRUMP AT THE PAPER
The Wall Street Journal’s cautious treatment of President Trump has created internal strife at the storied paper and raised questions about its editor-in-chief, Gerard Baker. Baker’s latest demonstration — a series of late-night emails urging editors to soften the paper’s coverage of Trump’s Phoenix speech, even to the point of removing context — left some Journal staffers frustrated and discouraged.
SNAPCHAT WILL PREMIERE SCRIPTED SHOWS BY THE END OF THE YEAR
Snapchat owner Snap has been looking to reinvent and complement TV for mobile-focused millennials, with vp content Nick Bell leading the charge. The executive on Wednesday outlined and discussed the company’s mobile-first TV strategy on the first day of the Edinburgh TV Festival, saying the company doesn’t expect to do away with traditional television and would start doing scripted fare by year’s end.
TIME INC’S SOUTHERN LIVING AND ACTRESS REESE WITHERSPOON DESIGNED THIS DRESS
Time Inc.’s Southern Living has partnered with actress Reese Witherspoon’s retail brand Draper James to design an exclusive dress, featured on the September 2017 cover of the magazine. The issue, which hits newsstands August 25, features Witherspoon wearing the magnolia-printed navy dress.
STEVE FORBES TALKS FORBES MAGAZINE
We heard stories about how well Forbes did in the 1920s. William Randolph Hearst, the subject of the movie Citizen Kane, offered tens of millions of dollars to buy his company in 1928. And four years later, the company was bankruptcy in everything but name only because of the Great Depression.
THE MEN’S MAGAZINE CRISIS
L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia’s brother publication, was among the four titles that the Italian publisher decided to shutter earlier this summer. Wenner Media sold Men’s Journal to National Enquirer publisher David Pecker’s American Media Inc. in June, where it is getting combined with Men’s Fitness, AMI’s other male title. With Rodale Inc. on the block, who knows what the future has in store for Men’s Health?
NAT GEO BOSS COURTENEY MONROE TALKS SHOP
National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe on Thursday touted her team’s original content push and the importance of top creatives in bringing shows with global appeal to the network. Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival, she also discussed working with the Murdoch family since 21st Century Fox increased its stake in the National Geographic brand.
ROSS LEVINSOHN’S COMPENSATION AND SET GOLDEN PARACHUTE AT LA TIMES IS VERY GENEROUS BY SINGLE NEWSPAPER STANDARDS
In a recent SEC filing, Tronc disclosed: An employment term of three years, through August 2020. That Levinsohn will be paid about $1 million a year in salary, $600,000 per year and an additional $100,000 per quarter. A cash bonus of up to 166.66% of his base salary. It’s unclear whether that percentage is based on the $600,000 annual payment or the $1 million total.
MODEL NAOMI CAMPBELL CALLS OUT BRITISH VOGUE FOR LACK OF DIVERSITY
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, a newly appointed contributing editor to British Vogue, has a bone to pick with her new employer. On Tuesday, Campbell took to Instagram to decry the lack of diversity under former editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, in response to an image of Shulman staff in the publication’s September issue, intended to commemorate the final magazine under her stewardship.
COMCAST KILLS “SPORTS NET” NAME, EMBRACES NBC SPORTS
In a long-anticipated rebranding of its 24-hour regional sports cable networks, Comcast says it will do away with the Comcast SportsNet name in Philadelphia and other Comcast cities and replace it with “NBC Sports” on Oct. 2.
DISCOVERY CEO DAVID ZASLAV RISES BEFORE THE SUN
Discovery CEO David Zaslav tries to make the most of his time. “First, I’m a morning person,” says Zaslav, 57, who gets up at 4:45 a.m. “I have this time between a quarter to five in the morning and 7:00 a.m. when everyone’s asleep.”
FORMER CIA OFFICER VALERIE PLAME WILSON IS TRYING TO RAISE MONEY TO BUY TWITTER AND THEN BAN TRUMP
Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Trump can’t use it. “If @Twitter executives won’t shut down Trump’s violence and hate, then it’s up to us.