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Last week, a small group of Cosmopolitan magazine readers trekked up to the Hearst Tower to powwow with editors of one of Hearst’s most successful franchises.
Firings and Hirings
The International New York Times has debuted, replacing The International Herald Tribune. In a letter to readers, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. wrote, “Today, our future is global. The need for high-quality, authoritative, on-the-ground reporting and analysis from around the world has never been greater.” Online access is free and unlimited for the week, so go Read More
Hearst is restructuring its digital department. Although specific details remain unclear, the new strategy calls for a “newsier presence” and building “stronger relationships” between Hearst properties.
Earlier this week, Hearst let two top editors go and then promptly touted new digital hires. The reorganization comes not long after Troy Young, who came to Hearst from Say Media, was appointed to the newly created position of president of digital media at the company.
Hearst laid off editors in the company’s digital division today. Elle.com editor Amina Akhtar and Cosmopolitan digital director Abby Gardner have both been let go, Mashable reports. Mashable updated its post earlier this afternoon to include the fact that Ms. Gardner’s out of office auto response confirms that she is no longer at Cosmo.
Both editors took control of the news on their Twitter feeds.
Last night marked the inauguration of The New York Observer’s First Annual Young Philanthropy Event. On the chic PH-D rooftop lounge of the Dream Hotel, amidst panoramic views of the city and overlooking the twinkling lights of the Empire State building, some of the leading lights in philanthropy came together to celebrate giving back.
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Michael Clinton, the president, marketing and publishing director at Hearst Magazines, is also a self-described “globetrotter.” Who would have guessed? Because rich guys never like to travel. His new book, The Globetrotter Diaries, a coffee table tome about his life as a traveler, hits shelves today.
Hearst Magazines has named Carine Roitfeld the global fashion director for Harper’s Bazaar. This move ramps up the rivalry between the former editrix of French Vogue and Condé Nast. Ms. Roitfeld, who was once seen as a possible successor to Anna Wintour, abruptly left Condé Nast in 2010.
Ms. Roitfeld introduced her new magazine, CR Fashion Book, just Read More
The New York Times ombudswoman—yes: woman!—has made her first mark at the paper. What’s it look like? What’s up with Cosmo‘s new look? What do campaign reporters think about this year’s campaign? What piece absolutely needed to be written today that was finally written? All that, and more, in your Thursday Evening Media Briefs:
Several of us watching Jersey Shore reruns last night suffered a rude shock when DirecTv rudely cut off our programming at midnight. Of course, we had been warned–a vague phone call earlier in the day, a hushed, automated voice telling us to call back our service provider, which we didn’t because we thought they were going to try to upgrade us again– but DirecTv’s inability to negotiate with Viacom portends a summer of bad news, television-wise.
No matter who you pick to serve up your TV, it looks like you’ll be getting screwed. Here’s how it breaks down.
Say what you will about Esquire, the Hearst lad mag’s willingness to experiment—and frankness about the outcome of those experiments—is unparalleled in the magazine business.
As The New York Times breathlessly recounted early this year, Esquire dabbled in e-ink in 2008, offering a cover that blinked at you from the newsstand. In Read More