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Work For Your Dreams

I am not completely sure I will be going with this story but for my final project I thought of doing a story on rapper/Stony Brook student Dondre. Dondre is a student at Stony Brook who enjoys composing rap music. Dondre works hard everyday to perfect his craft, and has gone so far as to install a studio inside of his dorm room. Continue reading Work For Your Dreams

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HLN Heads In An Interesting New Direction

Albie Hecht, network president for HLN, is in Atlanta for a 2-day network meeting with his entire production staff according to an article by MediaBistro.

 Hecht held the meeting in order to discuss the networks next moves. Hecht is planning on turning HLN into a social media network of sorts. 

The network has experienced many staff changes in the recent months to prepare for the networks new direction. Hecht, six weeks after taking over as general manager, canceled Kyra Phillips’ show, “Raising America,” and Ryan Smith’s show “Evening Express.” Hecht said in a memo to his staff, “While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult.

Along with Hecht’s layoffs and programming changes there have been other staff changes in the network. EP of Nancy Grace’s show, Dean Sicoli departed from the network. Katherine Greene, former SVP and managing editor of HLN left before Sicoli.

Hecht relayed the pitch to his staff, of turning the network into social media television, on Dec. 3, and followed up the following day by conducting brainstorming session with production teams. HLN employees from New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta joined Hecht at a hotel in Atlanta to discuss further moves.

 

China To Give NYT and Bloomberg the Boot

According to an article published Thursday by The Telegraph, Bloomberg and The New York Times published a series of investigative reports in China, that resulted in them facing closure of Chinese offices.

The reports embarrassed the communist party which resulted in twenty four foreign journalists being forced to leave. The twenty four foreign journalists, employed by the New York Times and Bloomberg, didn’t get their visas renewed after delays from Chinese officials.

Vice President Joe Biden, who recently visited the journalists in Beijing, told an audience of American businessmen in the Chinese capital that he had expressed ” profound disagreements” with Chinese officials for their “treatment of US journalists.”

All foreign journalists in China are required to renew their visas at the end of each year.

Journalists working for Bloomberg were given tip offs that they were in for trouble. One journalist told the New York Times that he hadn’t been aware any journalists receiving press rJP Morgan and the daughter of Wen Jiabao, the former prime minister.

Bloomberg Journalists have censored articles to stay under the radar.
NYT journalist who brought their press credentials to get a new visa were turned away.

It’s unclear if the ban is permanent. Chinese officials have delayed visas to journalist until the deadline in the past.

At Bloomberg, one journalist said he was not aware that anyone in the newsroom had been given new press credentials, the initial step in visa renewal.

This is a heavy loss for organizations that have spent a lot of money in their China operations.

Anonymous sources from Bloomberg compared working in China to being in Nazi Germany.

Employees fear they will get kicked out if they post controversial stories.
There have been many discussions of the injustices of the Chinese government.

Fox News Does Well To Keep Secrets

According to an article released by the New York Times, the reputation of the Fox News Channel is currently at stake. The issue that puts their reputation on ice involves the former chief spokesman and close adviser to Roger Ailes, Brian Lewis. Ailes is the chairman of Fox News.

Brian Lewis spent years at the Fox News Channel, as the executive vice president. While holding this position he helped Fox News with public relations and communications.

Lewis was fired last July and escorted out of the 21st Century Fox building in Manhattan. A News statement by Fox News accused him of being guilty of “issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.”

This is a claim that was denied by Lewis and his lawyer, Judd Burstein, at the time. Shortly after his firing Burdstein made the statement “Roger Ailes and News Corp. have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.”

It seems Fox has taken care of this problem. According to an unnamed source, who works at the channel, Lewis agreed to a deal to accept payment with the condition that he remain quiet about details of the company. Apparently Fox News Channel has a lot to hide.

When it comes to Fox News Channel it is always hard to verify information. However, no one has denied the information that Lewis struck a deal with Fox. Individuals like Burstein, have been avoiding confirmation or denial of the deal. Ms. Brandi, the lawyer of Fox News Channel, has followed in Burstein’s steps and refuses to give any information.

It seems Burstein will not be following up with threats he made earlier. Fox News Channel are true experts at keeping their business in-house. It is still unknown why they would go to such great lengths to do so.

NYT Launches Today’s Paper Web App

 The New York Times, in a brilliant move, launched a new web app called Today’s Paper on Dec. 5th according to an article published by The Verge.

Today’s Paper will work as a way to bring the daily print edition to tablets and computers. The app is very concise and only offers the articles and sections readers see every day. The app is displayed in a very attractive manner, similar to the papers iPhone and iPad app featured in Newsstand.

The app will be appealing to readers who enjoy reading a daily edition of the paper. It will be beneficial to the readers that enjoy the daily print edition headlines but prefer reading through digital devices. The app is concise, limiting itself to only the articles that make it to the paper each day.

This isn’t the first time the NYT times has introduced something like this. The website has had a “Today’s Paper,” tab placed on the top of the website that provides a list of the headlines that made it to print. The layout could be very difficult to use for inexperienced users and didn’t run too smoothly.

 Today’s Paper will replace a beta web-app that came with a variety of options. The previous beta app included a Today’s Paper option along with a feed of the latest articles, a list of trending stories, and the traditional web view. The app runs for a variety of “devices and browsers,” according to a rep from the NYT. The web app has not been made available for smart phones yet.

This is a huge move for the NYT, as the news ecosystem is changing the desire for digital news is increasing. The simplicity of the “Today’s Paper,” web app is something that will draw in users who don’t wish to deal with the overwhelming amount of news that the website and paper publications offer. Alexandra Hardiman, executive director of mobile products at the NYT, explained to The Verge that “part of what makes the….web app appealing is its simplicity as a stand-alone experience that caters to a particular kind of audience.”

 

Check out the easy-to-navigate web app here.

NYT Spices It Up With Two New Promotions

According to a report by Media Bistro, The New York Times has decided to promote Bruce Headlam and Peter Lattman.

 Headlam has been hired to help the New York Times “expand our video journalism as Managing Editor of Video.” Headlam takes the position after working with the New York Times media desk since 2008. Headlam has been credited with pioneering the New York Times coverage of new media.

 During his time at New York Times, Headlam built a team of reporters with advanced technological knowledge, including David Carr, a media and culture columnist for The New York Times. As apart of Headlam’s new position, he will report directly to the Times’ executive editor, Jill Abramson.

 Headlam will also be in charge of all journalists in the video department. Headlam’s team includes the director of video production, Michael Rubens, who was hired by the Times’ only a few months ago. Ann Derry, editorial director and leader of the Times’ efforts to search for top-notch web content quality. Derry is also looking for chances for the New York Times to work with other news organizations.

 Lattman will work as the Times’ new Media Editor. Lattman originally came to the New York Times from The Wall Street Journal. Lattman began his employment at the times 3 ½ years ago as a reporter for DealBook. His accomplishments include going in-depth on insider trading going on in the government and coverage on the fall of big law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf.

 Bruce Headlam will also be working with Rebecca Howard, the General Manager of Video Production. Howard joined the Times earlier this year, and since then put together a team of journalist that use creativity to make The New York Times video content more intriguing. Howard has worked on video products such as the recently launched New York Times Minute, and video series such as What’s in It and The Read Around.

 Jill Abramson had nothing but nice things to say about Headlam and Lattman in the memo she posted which announced the Times’ upcoming changes.

Changes will take effect on Dec. 2.

Alec Baldwin Loses MSNBC Gig

According to an article published by Page Six, Alec Baldwin and his show “ Up Late With Alec Baldwin,” have been dropped from MSNBC after the actor and former star of “ 30 Rock,” homophobic rant aimed at a photographer for the New York Post.

Baldwin was reportedly on a two-week suspension after yelling at the photographer, calling him a “c-s-ing faggot.” Baldwin’s show was supposed to continue on Friday, but after consideration from MSNBC and Baldwin, the groups decided it was best to cut their losses.

Baldwin’s show premiered on a MSNBC’s Friday 10pm spot in October, and was a success at first. Baldwin started off the show with an interview with Bill De Blasio before his election, which got decent ratings. The show took a down turn though, with his latest interview featuring Debra Winger only raking in 395,000 viewers. 

Baldwin reportedly experienced many confrontations with the MSNBC staff, at one time demanding a humidifier because he claimed the air at 30 Rock was “too dry.” It was also reported that Baldwin argued with staff over a make-up room that was occupied by a woman with cancer who was sensitive to hairspray, screaming “ I don’t give a f—k if she has cancer or not, I want that f—king makeup room.” Baldwin denies both these incidents saying “ I didn’t ask for a humidifier I asked for humidification,” and “ the woman using that dressing room, I was told she’s allergic to some chemical, no one ever ever ever said to me that somebody had cancer, and I never said ‘I don’t give a f—k.”

Because of Baldwin’s many confrontations and the low ratings of the show MSNBC decided it was time to say goodbye. Baldwin’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik along with a rep for MSNBC were quoted saying, “ We are jointly confirming that ‘Up Late’ will not continue on MSNBC.” The MSNBC rep stressed that the decision to end the show was from both parties saying, “ This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

The decision was probably for the best as Baldwin’s rant against the Post photographer got unwanted attention from gay-rights organizations. Baldwin shoved the blame on these orgs saying, “ They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”

The show lasted only four episodes.