Adam Clark Estes is leaving Vice and The Atlantic Wire for Gizmodo, Gawker Media’s gadget blog. Mr. Estes gave notice on Friday at Vice’s Motherboard blog, where he was an associate editor, and The Atlantic Wire, where he was a contributing writer. Read More
Ari Melber, a frequent television analyst and columnist for The Nation, has been named permanent co-host of The Cycle, where he will join conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, former Virginia Congressional candidate Krystal Ball and the cultural commentator Toure on the ensemble political talk show that airs on weekday afternoon on MSNBC.
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Slate and The New Republic vet Ann Hulbert will be The Atlantic‘s new books and culture editor. The hire marks the magazines’s attempt to beef up their culture coverage and help expand and re-envision their online book coverage. Read More
Frank Kavilanz has been named Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at NowThis News. Mr. Kavilanz joins the start-up video news network, which recently announced partnership deals with MSN and The Atlantic, from NBC News, where he was the vice president of strategy and partnership for the past year. Last April, Mr. Kavilanz went to NBC News from ABC, where he had been for the previous five years. Read More
Literary magazine Virginia Quarterly Review has announced it has a new publisher, Jon Parrish Peede, the former director of literature for the National Endowment of the Arts. VQR editor Ted Genoways also named Donovan Webster as the magazine’s new deputy editor, following the suicide of former deputy editor Kevin Morrissey last year. Mr. Webster is a former senior editor for Outside, who has also written for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine.
Morrissey’s death left the magazine in disarray and Mr. Genoways faced an audit from the University of Virginia over the management of the publication. The audit temporarily closed its offices and suspended publication. (In response, The Observer published a defense of Mr. Genoways by Tom Bissell, if you’re interested.) Read More
A major editorial expansion is in the works at BuzzFeed, the viral content aggregator best known for its panda slideshows, and it will be led by an unlikely figure.
Ben Smith, Politico senior writer and longtime New York politics reporter, has been named editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, the company announced today.
According to the release, Mr. Smith will help the site get into the business of original editorial content, hiring new reporters and launching new content sections.
BuzzFeed’s content sections are currently limited to “lol”, “cute”, “win”, “fail”, “omg”, “geeky”, “trashy”, and “wtf?”. The site recently snagged two writers from Gawker Media, Jezebel’s Whitney Jefferson and Gawker’s Matt Cherette. There are whispers of a redesign early next year. Read More
ESPN has poached New York Times investigative reporter and presidential golf expert Don Van Natta Jr., the company announced today.
ESPN senior vice president Rob King was utterly transparent about what his hiring should prove to readers.
“Having a well-respected, veteran investigative reporter like Don Van Natta on board is a testament to Read More
When Charlie Redmayne came to HarperCollins in 2008 to oversee the book publisher’s digital transformation, the move was greeted with fanfare, a sign that the industry was taking a proactive approach to the possibilities offered by new technology for interactive books. Today the news broke that Mr. Redmayne, who was named chief digital officer of HarperCollins in 2009, has left the company for Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s interactive web site. Pottermore will also be the exclusive retailer for the digital editions of the Harry Potter series, which are not yet available in e-book format. Read More
Ethan Nosowsky has left his role as editor-at-large for Graywolf Press to take a job as editorial director at McSweeney’s, announcing the move today on Twitter. Mr. Nosowsky used to work as an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is also the “consultant for innovative literature” at the Creative Capital Foundation. He has a more traditional book publishing background than some at McSweeney’s, a sign that that its San Francisco-based books division will likely become more aggressive about acquiring work. Read More
Bethany McLean and Geraldine Fabrikant are joining Reuters’s Extraordinary League of Columnists, a Reuters source confirms.
Ms. McLean, a Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of the Enron book, The Smartest Guys In The Room, will write a fortnightly column on “finance, both high and low,” according to a memo sent out by Jim Impoco. Read More