Condé Nast is Moving to Brooklyn — Kind of | Industry Notes
A new home for the Food Innovation Group, a new Seal for Good Housekeeping, and a timely reminder for journalists when to (and not to) press record.
A little under two years ago, Time Inc. followed fellow magazine giant Condé Nast in relocating its headquarters from Midtown Manhattan downtown to the Financial District, renting a 700,000 foot space spanning eight floors at 225 Liberty St., just across the street from Condé’s One World Trade Center digs.
Now, Condé Nast is returning the favor.
By this November, the publisher intends to open a 6,300-square foot video production studio for its Food Innovation Group — which consists of the brands Bon Appetit and Epicurious, among others — in Brooklyn’s Industry City, the same location where Time Inc. opened its own content studio, The Foundry, in late 2015.
The space will house “state-of-the-art kitchen and video facilities,” according to a statement from Industry City, whose current tenants also include Serious Eats, The Brooklyn Rail, Bust magazine, and Publicis Group’s creative studio, Prodigious.
Led by Giulio Capua since Pamela Drucker Mann was promoted to CMO as part of the company’s most recent shakeup, the Food Innovation Group claims to reach an audience of 86 million across print and digital.
To record or not to record?
From Eric Bolling to Anthony Scaramucci, Wednesday was quite a day for threats of legal action against reporters brought by Wall Street traders-turned-political commentators.
To recap: On Wednesday morning, Fox News host Eric Bolling brought a $50 million defamation suit against Yashar Ali, a contributor to HuffPost, New York magazine, and Mother Jones, among others, in response to Ali’s report citing a dozen sources claiming that Bolling had sent unwanted lewd texts and photos to female colleagues several years ago. Fox News has suspended Bolling pending an investigation.
Then, Wednesday evening, short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci emulated his former boss by taking to Twitter to call The New Yorker‘s Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, “the Linda Tripp of 2017” for secretly recording the bizarre July 26 phone call Scaramucci placed to him and publishing a transcript — an act which, ultimately, led to Scaramucci’s dismissal from the Trump administration after ten days on the job.
When another user replied asking Scaramucci if he was accusing Lizza of taping the call without his permission, Mooch replied, “Yes. He absolutely taped the call without my permission. #lowlife.”
Lizza may have cost himself a friend, but from a legal standpoint, in neither Washington, D.C., nor New York was he required to obtain Scaramucci’s consent or even notify him before recording the call or releasing the transcript. Both jurisdictions are under one-party consent laws, meaning only one party to the phone call need consent to a recording for the act to be legal.
The lesson here, for journalists, (and the beauty of America) is that different states operate under different laws. To avoid liability, reporters — particularly those who cover beats in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or a handful of other states with tighter restrictions — ought to be aware of what they can and can’t do when communicating with sources across state lines.
Thursday morning, Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake referred readers to this handy guide detailing state-by-state consent requirements for recording conversations.
From the job board…
The American Library Association seeks a full-time, Chicago-based senior editor for Booklist, the association’s print and digital magazine and book review portal. The ideal candidate possesses at least five years of relevant experience as well as a Master of Library Science degree. Salary negotiable.
View this and other current job openings at careers.foliomag.com.
Move over, Charity Navigator.
For more than a century, since before the days of prohibition and the outbreak of World War I, the Good Housekeeping Seal has served as a trusted beacon for discerning homemakers seeking quality-tested consumer products for themselves and their families.
Today, 106 years after debut of the original Good Housekeeping Seal, the Hearst-owned brand announced the introduction of a new badge of honor: the Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal, intended to help guide consumers deciding which charities to support, much in the same way the original seal helps them evaluate which products to purchase.
“The GH Humanitarian seal allows us to raise awareness about the importance of being kind to others, and honor organizations … that are working tirelessly and selflessly to make a meaningful impact,” said editor-in-chief Jane Francisco in a statement.
In response to the logical question of just how Good Housekeeping is qualified to evaluate the legitimacy of various charities, Hearst Magazines added, in the statement, that staff consulted with financial and legal experts, as well as “seasoned consultants in the fields of nonprofit governance, social responsibility, and charitable giving” to determine the criteria — which include financial stability, accountability, and transparency — for bestowing the Humanitarian Seal upon an organization.
The first charity to receive the honor is WE Charity (formerly known as Free the Children), a 12-year-old Toronto-based organization focused on promoting education and youth empowerment throughout both North America and the developing world. Since its founding, the organization, says Good Housekeeping, has provided more than one-million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools, and provided more than 200,000 children access to education.
“After a rigorous 10-step evaluation process carried out over several months … WE met and even surpassed our intense criteria,” added Good Housekeeping Institute director Laurie Jennings in the statement. “Like other GH Seal stars, we support WE Charity, and feel confident anyone who contributes their time or dollars can trust it will be used in the most meaningful and responsible way.”