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Around the town
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.
Vox Media is buying Curbed Network, “a saucy trio of urban lifestyle and entertainment blogs,” for an estimated $20 to $30 million. (Fortune)
Is Rupert Murdoch really happy? Sure. He’s an 82 year-old media mogul who is not going to jail for phone hacking. Plus, he bought a vineyard! (USA Today)
Fashion Week Observed
Laura Brounstein will be the special projects director for Cosmopolitan, the magazine announced today.
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There is no shortage of commentary and coverage on the most-covered weeklong event in New York.
The Times’s style section has been posting updates throughout the days with Fashion Week coverage (including a selection of highlights from its reporters’ social media feeds). The New York Post covers each show in real time. The Daily News has a live blog, sponsored by Macy’s, where reporters post snapshots, videos and tweets (editors even got a tween blogger a la Tavi Gevinson to contribute). BuzzFeed has steady dispatches from the front. And, of course, fresh print editions of fashion trades The Daily Front Row and Women’s Wear Daily are handed out each day.
It seems that no publication can afford not to have a presence at the weeklong trade show.
An army of Miley Cyrus faithful—or “Smilers,” as they call themselves (adorable, we know)—gathered outside of Acme last Wednesday night, waiting to catch a glimpse of their mohawked idol on the red carpet.
When Ms. Cyrus, wearing a black leather biker jacket over a flowing white dress, arrived at the Soho restaurant to celebrate Cosmopolitan’s March issue, even those who were on the list acted the part of fangirl, rushing to grab cellphone pictures of the issue’s cover girl as she sprinted through the crowd and into the waiting arms of new editrix Joanna Coles.
Marina Khidekel has been named the new deputy editor at Cosmopolitan, FishbowlNY reports. Ms. Khidekel comes over to the Hearst tower from Condé Nast, where she was a senior articles editor at Glamour and covered health.
Ladies Who Lunch
On Wednesday, Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles fired six staffers in the features department and two in the photo department. That is a significant portion of the features team–there are only one senior editor, one associate editor and two editorial assistants left, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
“New incoming editors in chief often want to form their own teams,”said a Cosmopolitan spokesperson. “We will be announcing more new hires shortly.”
Yesterday afternoon, after the staffers were let go, they returned to their desks to pack.
The blowouts were bouncy, the purses shiny and the ambient tone loudly girlish at Michael’s on Monday afternoon. Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan’s new editrix, was hosting the “Cosmo 100,” her first event as Hearst’s sexpert in chief. Midtown passersby gathered round the bay window to watch “New York’s most powerful and accomplished women” air kiss, pose for pictures and sip midday champagne.
“This is my first Cosmo lunch; I’m reigniting them because Helen Gurley Brown used to do them,” Ms. Coles, wearing a sleek black sleeveless turtleneck and black trousers, told the Transom. As precious lunch-hour minutes ticked by, Ms. Coles herded the fun, fearless women into the dining room.
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:
The Fall Fashion Season began with a complex game of editorial musical chairs at Hearst this morning. Current Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles has been named editor of famed women’s title Cosmopolitan, replacing a retiring Kate White. Brides editor Anne Fulenwider will replace Coles at Marie Claire. As of this publication Read More