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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.28.14

Ezra Klein Heading to Vox Media; Major Changes at MSNBC

January 28, 2014
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Ezra Klein and his gang are taking their ball and going to Vox Media, home of The Verge, SB Nation and the Curbed Network. Here's how he described the new venture in his opening post: "The news business... is just a subset of the informing-our-audience business  —  and that's the business we aim to be in. Our mission is to create a site that's as good at explaining the world as it is at reporting on it." The former Wonkblog-er will be hiring a number of reporters and writers to build his next-level encyclopedia. If you'd like a job, apply here. If you'd like a clear-eyed take on what it all means, read Jack Shafer...

MSNBC switches up its daytime programming, giving Ronan Farrow a 1 p.m. show and handing the 2 p.m. time slot to Joy Reid. To make room, Tamron Hall's NewsNation and Andrew Mitchell Reports are moving to 11 a.m. and noon, respectively. "I’m confident the changes and additions to our lineup will strengthen the flow of our programming," network president Phil Griffin wrote in a note to staffers... WNYC appoints David Lewis as metro editor. He previously worked at NY1 and 60 Minutes...

Layoffs are expected at Time Inc. by next week. Though no one knows where the cuts will come — the business side or editorial — a source told WWD everyone was nervous... Adam Kushner leaves the National Journal for the Washington Post, where he'll help start a digital magazine venture. He had been executive editor. His departure gives NJ editor-in-chief Tim Grieve a chance to redesign and remake the publication, a role the incoming executive editor will help oversee... On Friday, we mistakenly reported that Slate hired Jeb Lund (@Mobute). We were wrong and we regret the error. Still, we hope Vice picks up his interview with Taylor Swift, talking about the time they got kicked out of Uffizi...

The New York Times hands Jackie Calmes the midterm elections beat. She had been covering the White House since 2010. Meanwhile, the NYT continues to fight notions that it has a brain-drain problem and the impressive list of recent hires would back up that assertion... The New York Post promotes David Brinker to president. He will remain senior vice president and head of corporate/business development at News Corp. The Post also installs Sandra Baez, Ariscielle Novicio-Ablan and Michael Cascio as vice presidents...

Nate Silver's new site has hired 15 "amazing" journalists so far and will continue to look for more... John Maxham moves to DDB as CCO, replacing Ewan Paterson, who left six months ago... Alex Lubar continues his assent up the chain at McCann, taking over the CMO role at the Worldgroup... Tribal NY promotes Josh McGuire and Hunter Simms to creative director... Collins Avenue hires two and promotes another staffer... And there are changes at Traditional Home, The Boston Globe and more...

January 28, 2014: Josh Okun has been named executive creation director at The Company of Others. He had been director of digital innovation there. (release)

January 28, 2014: Matthew Muszala has been named sales manager at Forbes Insights. He had been content solutions, sales, at The Economist Group. (mb)

January 28, 2014: Chris Furse has been named executive director at VML. He had been vice president and chief marketing officer at Maaco. (AgencySpy)

January 28, 2014: Peter Kang has been named executive creative director at Rosetta. He had been executive creative director at Digital Kitchen. (AgencySpy)

January 28, 2014: Marcelino Benito has been named general assignment reporter at KHOU in Houston. He had been general assignment reporter at KGUN in Tucson, Ariz. (TVSpy)

January 28, 2014: Joe Fryer has been named Los Angeles correspondent at NBC News. He had been reporter at KING in Seattle. (TVSpy)

January 28, 2014: Kait Parker has been named camera/field meteorologist at The Weather Channel. She had been weekday morning meteorologist at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. (TVSpy)

January 28, 2014: Tiffany Tarpley has been named multimedia journalist at WKYC in Cleveland. She had been reporter at WDJT in Milwaukee. (TVSpy)

January 28, 2014: Leo Shane III has been named reporter at Military Times. He had been Washington bureau reporter at Stars and Stripes. (FishbowlDC)

January 28, 2014: David Lewis has been named metro editor at WNYC. He had been instructor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. (FishbowlNY)

January 28, 2014: Janice Page has been named deputy managing editor for features at The Boston Globe. She had been film editor there. (release)

January 28, 2014: Doug Most has been named deputy managing editor for special sections and new initiatives at The Boston Globe. He had been deputy managing editor for features there. (release)

January 28, 2014: Matthew Garrahan has been named global media editor at Financial Times. He had been Los Angeles correspondent there. (release)

January 27, 2014: Apurva Desai has been named chief financial officer at Vuclip. He had been vice president, finance, at Exponential Interactive. (mb)

January 27, 2014: Rana Fayez has been named media director at Relentless Awareness. She had been public relations manager at ModAffekt. (mb)

January 27, 2014: Cristina Velocci has been named deputy editor at StyleBistro. She had been senior associate fashion editor at Time Out New York. (mb)

January 27, 2014: Kamico Drakes has been named director of development at Collins Avenue. She had been manager there. (release)

January 27, 2014: Lindsay Schwartz has been named vice president of development and director of business affairs at Collins Avenue. She had been director there. (release)

January 27, 2014: Sandi Johnson has been named vice president of current programming at Collins Avenue. She had been showrunner at Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. (release)

January 27, 2014: Melanie Moreau has been named senior vice president of development at Collins Avenue. She had been vice president of development at CMT. (release)

January 27, 2014: Mike Eckstein has been named director, business insights and analytics, at Duffey Petrosky. He had been group communications director at Mindshare Team Detroit. (AgencySpy)

January 27, 2014: Kirk Mason has been named morning anchor at WWMT in Grand Rapids, Mich. He had been morning and noon anchor at WSBT in South Bend, Ind. (TVSpy)

January 27, 2014: Larry Olevitch has been named president and general manager at WTVJ in Miami. He had been senior vice president of sales there. (TVSpy)

January 27, 2014: Samantha Kozsey has been named morning news anchor at WCYB in Bristol, Va. She had been anchor at WOWK in Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (TVSpy)

January 27, 2014: David Brinker has been named president at The New York Post. He will continue in his role as senior vice president and head of corporate/business development at News Corp. (FishbowlNY)

January 27, 2014: Lori Sheldon has been named home furnishings director at Traditional Home. She had been national home furnishings director at Luxe Interiors + Design. (release)



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