NYT reporters writing young person's edition of 'She Said'
This combination of photos shows the cover image forChasing the Truth: A Young Journalists Guide to Investigative Reporting, left, and a portrait of New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, at the Time 100 Gala in New York on April 24, 2018.. Their book will be published Sept. 14. (Philomel via AP, left, and AP Photo)NEW YORK – An acclaimed book by two New York Times journalists who won Pulitzer Prizes for their investigation of Harvey Weinstein is coming out in an edition for young reporters. “Chasing the Truth: A Young Journalist’s Guide to Investigative Reporting,” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, will be published Sept. 14 by Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. In 2019, Kantor and Twohey released “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.”“With ‘Chasing the Truth,’ we’re inviting young people into investigative journalism," Kantor and Twohey said in a statement Wednesday. "We’re excited to show them how this work can uncover hidden truths, hold the powerful to account and help drive social change.”Kantor and Twohey, along with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker, won Pulitzers in 2018 for “impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers.”
HBO docuseries to explore Woody Allen, Mia Farrow fallout
FILE - Director Woody Allen attends a special screening of "Wonder Wheel" on Nov. 14, 2017, in New York. A docuseries about the relationship of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow and its fallout is coming to HBO. The four-part documentary series is titled "Allen v. Farrow" and will debut Feb. 21, 2021, on HBO. Allen and Previn didn't participate in the documentary, nor did Moses Farrow, the son of Allen and Mia Farrow. “Allen v. Farrow,” from filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, will debut Feb. 21 on HBO, with episodes airing weekly.
12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out
And it earned him his first Grammy nomination in six years. 3 spot on the pop charts — is up for best rap song and best rap performance. And Anderson .Paak's “Lockdown," about police brutality and racial injustice, is up for best melodic rap performance and best music video. JAY-Z, THE SONGWRITERS, SHINESHappy wife, happy life: Jay-Z has lent his songwriting hand to his wife Beyoncé and he's earned Grammy nominations for it. PAUL McCARTNEY, THE ART DIRECTORPaul McCartney scored his 79th Grammy nominations this year — as an art director.
Lauer says Ronan Farrow's work on him was shoddy and biased
NEW YORK – Matt Lauer accused author Ronan Farrow on Tuesday of shoddy and biased journalism in his book “Catch and Kill” that included what Lauer says is a false accusation that the former “Today” show host raped a co-worker. Lauer, similarly, said Farrow had not corroborated several specific accusations against him in the 2019 book, “Catch and Kill.”NBC fired Lauer in 2017 for an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker. In Farrow's book, that former co-worker, Brooke Nevils, said Lauer raped her in a Sochi hotel room during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Farrow tweeted a brief response to Lauer's lengthy piece: “All I'll say on this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong. ‘Catch and Kill’ was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself.”Farrow's publisher, Little, Brown and Co., said it fully supported the author.
Former Fox, NBC star Kelly interviews Biden accuser
NEW YORK – The former aide who has accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual assault has been interviewed by Megyn Kelly, the one-time Fox News and NBC journalist who's accustomed to a harsh media glare. Tara Reade had been expected to give a television interview since Biden went on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” last week to forcefully deny her accusations from 27 years ago. In Kelly, Reade turned to a television star without a television network. “I know what it's like to be at the center of a media storm,” Kelly said. Kelly also accused the late Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment when she worked at the network; her allegations helped lead to his ouster.
NBC News chief Andy Lack out in corporate restructuring
NEW YORK – NBC News chief Andy Lack is out following a corporate restructuring announced Monday that places Telemundo executive Cesar Conde in charge of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Lack's departure was revealed when Jeff Shell, new NBC Universal CEO, outlined a new corporate governance plan. NBC News' flagships, “NBC Nightly News” and “Today,” generally run second to ABC in viewership but are stronger among the lucrative young advertising demographic. Conde's appointment as chairman of the NBC Universal News Group puts him in charge of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. The individual presidents, Noah Oppenheim at NBC News, Phil Griffin at MSNBC, and Mark Hoffman at CNBC, remain.
Book critics give fiction prize to Edwidge Danticat
This combination of photos released by Knopf shows the cover of "Everything Inside," by Edwidge Danticat, left, and a portrait of Danticat. Danticat's story collection has won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. (Knopf/left, and Lynn Savarese via AP)NEW YORK, N.Y. – Edwidge Danticat's story collection “Everything Inside” has won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. The critics circle usually announces its awards during a Manhattan ceremony, but called off the gathering over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Danticat's stories — tales of love, family and mortality set partly in her native Haiti — previously won the Story prize for best short fiction.
Publisher cancels plans to release Woody Allen memoir
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Woody Allen’s publisher has decided to cancel the planned release of his memoir “Apropos of Nothing.”The announcement Friday by Hachette Book Group followed days of criticism focused on allegations that Allen sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow. “The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly,” the publisher announced. Allen has denied any wrongdoing and was never charged after two separate investigations in the 1990s. Ronan Farrow followed up a day later, calling Hachette’s decision “wildly unprofessional.” Both he and his sister complained that the publisher had not reached out to fact check their father’s book.
Dylan and Ronan Farrow blast upcoming Woody Allen memoir
NEW YORK, N.Y. – An upcoming memoir by Woody Allen is being blasted by two of his children, daughter Dylan Farrow and author-journalist Ronan Farrow. Dylan Farrow, who alleged Allen molested her as a child in the early 1990s, calls the upcoming release “deeply upsetting.” Allen has denied any wrongdoing, and he was never charged after two separate investigations. Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Monday that the book is called “Apropos of Nothing” and will be released April 7. Dylan Farrow added that she was never contacted by fact-checkers for the memoir: “This provides yet another example of the profound privilege that power, money and notoriety affords. He also said he had no notice that Allen's book was forthcoming.
Long-rumored Woody Allen memoir coming in April
This cover image released by Grand Central Publishing shows "Apropos of Nothing," an autobiography by Woody Allen, to be released on April 7. (Grand Central Publishing via AP)NEW YORK, N.Y. – A memoir by Woody Allen, rumored for years and once thought unpublishable in the #MeToo era, is coming out next month. An Allen memoir nearly came out more than a decade ago. In 2018-2019, several publishers, citing #MeToo concerns, reportedly rebuffed an Allen representative who was seeking a deal for his memoir. An Allen memoir once seemed the most obvious of publications.
'The sky is blue again': Weinstein's accusers express relief
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Actor Rose McGowan, right, speaks at a news conference as actor Rosanna Arquette, center left, listens outside a Manhattan courthouse after the arrival of Harvey Weinstein in New York. But most of all gratitude, to the six accusers who were brave enough to testify — and the jurors who believed them. “For once he won’t be sitting comfortably,” said actress Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein's earliest accusers. A number of accusers said the day's biggest triumph was that women were finally being believed in their claims of sexual assault. "I spoke for myself and with the strength of the 80 plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart,” she said in a statement.
Knopf names Reagan Arthur as its new publisher
Arthur, 55, currently heads another venerable publisher, Little, Brown and Company, and will begin her new job on Feb. 11. She succeeds longtime Knopf publisher Sonny Mehta, who died in December at age 77 and had mentioned her in recent months as a worthy replacement. Like Mehta, Arthur has a long record of success. She will lead the Knopf, Schocken and Pantheon imprints and will report to Maya Mavjee, who has been named to the newly created position of president and publisher of Knopf Doubleday. Mavjee, who left Penguin Random House at the end of 2018 amid a corporate restructuring, will rejoin her old company on March 2.
Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial
Harvey Weinstein and his attorney Donna Rotunno arrive at a Manhattan courthouse to attend jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK, N.Y. – A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul. During jury selection, prosecutors accused Weinstein's lawyers of systematically trying to keep young women off the panel, though the final gender makeup of the jury turned out to be more closely balanced. For its part, the defense raised an outcry and demanded a mistrial because one of the jurors is the author of an upcoming novel involving young women dealing with predatory older men. The defense said it wasn’t specifically trying to exclude young women but didn’t want jurors too young to understand the way men and women interacted in the early 1990s.
Warren, Sanders, other Democrats call for NBC sexual abuse probe ahead of presidential debate on MSNBC
On the eve of Wednesday's Democratic debate on MSNBC, four presidential contenders called for an independent investigation into sister network NBC in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse. CNBC, MSNBC and NBC are all units of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast. MSNBC and The Washington Post are scheduled to host the next Democratic debate Wednesday in Atlanta. Rachel Maddow, a popular MSNBC anchor, delivered a monologue in prime time in October questioning why the company did not contract out an independent investigation. Donald Trump has been credibly accused of sexual harrassment and sexual abuse by dozens of women.cnbc.com
NBC News Digital staff announces plan to unionize
On Tuesday, NBC News laid off about a dozen staffers while sunsetting its digital video studio "NBC Left Field." The New York Times, which first reported the union plans, wrote that NBC News digital employees uncovered pay disparities between white men and women and minorities after creating an anonymous spreadsheet of salaries. The union includes about 150 editorial employees at NBCNews.com, Today.com, Stay Tuned, MSNBC.com and online streaming network NBC News Now. We welcome this dialogue from within our digital organization, and any constructive conversation aimed at building the future of NBC News Digital and ensuring that we're the best we can be. NBC News Digital unionized through the News Guild, which also represents employees at BuzzFeed News, Ziff Davis and Quartz, among other publications.
NBCUniversal says sexual harassment victims can speak out
Former NBC News employees who signed nondisclosure agreements can come forward with their stories of sexual harassment at the network, NBCUniversal said in a statement. The statement was first reported by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who read it on air. "Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a confidentiality or non-disparagement provision in their separation agreement should contact NBCUniversal and we will release them from that perceived obligation," the statement reads. Maddow read the statement before interviewing Ronan Farrow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported on sexual misconduct in the media industry. Lauer has denied the accusations of rape, saying the sexual encounters he had were consensual.
Activists ask NBC to release NDAs, hold independent probe
On Saturday, Tina Tchen, incoming president and CEO of Time's Up, said NBC Universal, while taking a useful first step, hadn't gone far enough to release employees from non-disclosure agreements or other restrictive clauses. "If NBC Universal is truly committed to letting survivors and employees speak out about sexual harassment at the network, it should simply release them from their non-disclosure agreements," she said. "There is no reason to place the burden on those who choose to speak to reveal themselves in advance to NBC Universal. Also calling for further action by NBC Universal was Linda Vester, a former NBC News employee who has accused NBC star anchor Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment and now heads a group called Silence Breakers Alliance. Vester has also been calling for NBC Universal to allow an independent inquiry.chicagotribune.com
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Farrow details lack of enthusiasm at NBC for Weinstein story
Farrow's former producer, Rich McHugh, wrote in Vanity Fair that NBC abdicated its responsibility to relentlessly pursue and tell the truth. Farrow wrote of doubts by Oppenheim that Weinstein was a figure many viewers knew or even cared about. That colleague told Farrow that Lauer raped her in a Sochi hotel room in 2014; Lauer described the sex as consensual. Farrow wrote that Weinstein "had made it known to the network that he was aware of Lauer's behavior and was capable of revealing it." The bad blood between Farrow and NBC News has led to a laundry list of he said-he said claims.chicagotribune.com
New book questions NBC's handling of Weinstein, Lauer
A new book by journalist Ronan Farrow, titled "Catch and Kill," details Farrow's efforts to uncover alleged sexual predation by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. In the book, Farrow suggests that Weinstein used his knowledge of Lauer's alleged behavior Lauer was fired by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior" as leverage with the network to oppose the story's publication. Allegations of sexual misconduct by individuals such as Weinstein, Lauer and others helped spur the #MeToo movement, which has led to the toppling of powerful men across various industries including at multiple news organizations. Farrow's book also includes the first on-the-record interview with Brooke Nevils, the woman whose allegation that Matt Lauer raped her in 2014 led to his firing. Farrow's book is set for release Tuesday, and he begins his book tour Monday on "CBS This Morning."