BuzzFeed has hired Copyranter writer Mark Duffy, the company announced. As of today, his Gawker-beloved blogspot blog has become an Andrew Sullivan-style one-man vertical over at Jonah Peretti’s news-meme factory. Read More
Al Gore’s upstart progressive cable news network Current TV has fired marquee anchor Keith Olbermann, The New York Times reports. Starting Friday, his 8 p.m. Countdown slot will be filled by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, with a new show called Viewpoint.
According to the Times, Current management “unanimously” agreed that Mr. Olbermann had failed to honor the terms of his five-year, $50 million contract, giving them the right to give him the boot. After declining to speak to the Times, Mr. Olbermann slammed network executives Mr. Gore and Joel Hyatt on Twitter, saying they had fired him unethically and he would seek legal recourse. Read More
The Daily News said goodbye to managing editor Robert Sapio on Friday, according to newsroom sources.
His departure marks the end of a 40-plus-year career at the News. Mr. Sapio first joined the tabloid as an advertising office boy in 1969. After moving to editorial, he rose from typist to copy editor, then to news editor and senior executive editor. Read More
BuzzFeed added two new verticals to its growing stable today, one for women and one for sports. Read More
“More additions…soon,” he added.
Vulture, New York magazine’s stand-alone culture blog, has hired two new editors, editor Josh Wolk announced today.
The first is Jessica Grose, the former Jezebel currently overseeing Slate’s DoubleX. She will fill the deputy editor position Willa Paskin recently left to become television critic at Salon. (We’ll have Foster draw up another visual aid Read More
Michael Hastings will cover President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign for post-meme social news site BuzzFeed, the company announced today.
“Social publishing is the future of journalism, or at least huge part of its future. By joining BuzzFeed, I’ll be at the front and center of that world,” Mr. Hastings said in the announcement. “It will give me the chance to be part of a media organization that’s breaking new journalistic ground, finding innovative and fresh ways to report the story.” Read More
Jane Friedman announced today that Crown VP Tina Pohlman has been named publisher at Open Road Integrated Media. Ms. Pohlman will lead the e-book backlist specialist’s acquisition of new titles, expand into new verticals and oversee editorial services, according to Ms. Friedman, Open Road co-founder and CEO.
Ms. Pohlman is currently the publisher of Three Rivers Press and Broadway Books, brought in during the 2010 shake-up of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group. Prior to that, she was a senior editor at Spiegel & Grau.
She starts at Open Road on March 5. Read More
Kathryn Schulz was named book critic at New York today, filling a post that has been officially vacant since Sam Anderson left for The New York Times Magazine more than a year ago.
Ms. Schulz is probably best known for her own book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, although her byline appeared in the magazine a handful of times in 2011. Earlier this year she won the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Prize, which her predecessor also won, in 2007. At New York, she will write a monthly essay on books and occasional web stories, according to an announcement from editor-in-chief Adam Moss. Read More
Former New Yorker managing editor Kate Julian (who most recently ran Slate’s Double X) has been named a senior editor at The Atlantic. She will oversee the magazine’s “Dispatches” section and edit features. Oh and her office is next to something called the Roanoke Room. What else do you need to know? Read More