July 11, 2014

Sarah McGrath

Sarah McGrath

Riverhead Books has announced that Sarah McGrath will be its new editor in chief. McGrath has been an acquiring editor at Riverhead since 2006, and has worked with Khaled Hosseini, Meg Wolitzer, and Chang-rae Lee, among others.

The New York Times has hired Katie Rosman of the Wall Street Journal to be a columnist for its style section.

Recently, the National Academy of Sciences journal published an article drawing on data gathered by Facebook without its users’ knowledge or consent. In the experiment, Facebook manipulated the newsfeeds of nearly 700,000 people in order to judge whether their moods were altered by seeing positive or negative content.  The FTC is now evaluating two formal complaints about the study, one from US Senator Mark Warner and other from the Electronic Privacy Information Centre.

The 2014 Emmy nominations are in, and The Simpsons has been panned.

Only 11.5 percent of British writers get their incomes from writing alone, a recent survey of 2,454 writers suggests. The median income was £11,000, or a little less than $19,000.

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