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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.18.11

WaPo Writer Joins White House Staff; Industry Reacts To NYT Paywall

March 18, 2011
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The New York Times announces its new paywall. Readers will get 20 articles for free each month -- a figure that roughly 15 percent of users reach -- before being asked to pay either $15 per month or $195 for the year. Of course, there are plenty of ways to get around the wall, making it more of a convenience charge than anything else. (And, we suppose, a way to support excellent journalism.) Felix Salmon calls the whole affair "weird" for a number of reasons, but this one's our favorite: "If you want to use the NYT's iPad app [and live in New York], you're marginally better off subscribing to the print newspaper on Sundays and throwing it away unread than you are just subscribing to the app on its own." In many ways, however, it's just nice the plan finally came into effect; we've been discussing it forever...

Scott Burgess takes one for the good. The Detroit News auto critic resigns after editors altered his Chrysler 200 review -- the Eminem car -- at the request of the automaker... Stellene Volandes moves to Town & Country as jewelry and accessories editor. She had been style editor at Departures... Hanley Wood's Remodeling recruits Southern Breeze editor-in-chief Mark A. Newman as its new senior editor... Kabir Chibber leaves The New York Times for Port. He'll be senior editor there...

Trish Regan leaves CNBC after more than three years at the network. She co-hosted the 11 a.m. show, The Call, alongside Melissa Francis and Larry Kudlow... Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber will share duties as president of USA. The channel is the only one within the NBCUniversal umbrella to have co-leaders... Politico prints an op-ed penned by Kurt Bardella, which wouldn't be news if the paper hadn't ripped into Darrell Issa's former aide just two weeks ago... Vice President Joe Biden taps Washington Post political reporter Shailagh Murray to be his communications director. She replaces Jay Carney...

Yahoo News head Mark Walker departs (along with The Upshot founder Andrew Golis). Ken Fuchs comes onboard to run the company's sports, games and entertainment sites... The Wrap posts a huge traffic gain to the tune of 45 percent. Sharon Waxman's site now sees more than 700,000 unique visitors per month (or 1.1 million if you ask Google Analytics). Thank you, Charlie Sheen... And there are changes at Media Source, Inc., Creature Seattle and more...

March 18, 2011: Caryn Marooney has been named director of technology communications at Facebook. She had been co-founder and CEO at The OutCast Agency. (PRNewser)

March 18, 2011: Shailagh Murray has been named communications director for Vice President Joe Biden. She had been political reporter at The Washington Post. (PRNewser)

March 18, 2011: Jill Applebaum has been named senior vice president and group creative director at Draftfcb NY. She had been creative director at Young & Rubicam's BrandBuzz. (AgencySpy)

March 18, 2011: David Orban has been named chief executive officer at dotSUB. He had been founder & chief evangelist at Wide Tag. (release)

March 18, 2011: Michael Smith has been named chief digital officer at Forbes Media. He will retain his operating responsibilities as president of (release)

March 18, 2011: Lara Setrakian has been named reporter at Bloomberg TV. She will continue to be a contributor at ABC News. (TVNewser)

March 18, 2011: Jeff Cutler has been named general manager at He had been vice president there. (mb)

March 17, 2011: Amy DuFault has been named managing editor at EcoSalon. She had been fashion editor there. (mb)

March 17, 2011: Will Ripley has been named reporter at KUSA in Denver. He had been reporter at KRGV in Rio Grande, TX. (TVSpy)

March 17, 2011: Gurvir Dhindsa has been named anchor/reporter at WAGA-TV's Good Day Atlanta. She had been anchor/reporter at WTTG-TV in Washington D.C. (TVSpy)

March 17, 2011: Jummy Olabanji has been named reporter at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. She had been reporter at WTKR-TV in Norfolk. (TVSpy)

March 17, 2011: Ari Weiss has been named executive creative director at BBH New York. He had been creative director at 180 LA. (AgencySpy)

March 17, 2011: Michele Filgate has been named events coordinator at McNally Jackson. She had been events manager at RiverRun Bookstore. (GalleyCat)

March 17, 2011: David A. Payne has been named senior vice president and chief digital officer at Gannett. He had been co-founder, president and CEO at ShortTail Media. (WebNewser)

March 17, 2011: Tenny Tatusian has been named homepage editor at She had been associate editor at (WebNewser)

March 17, 2011: Chris Lehmann has been named managing editor of blogs at Yahoo News. He had been deputy managing editor there. (WebNewser)

March 17, 2011: Andrew Golis has been named senior editor at PBS' Frontline. He had been managing editor of blogs at Yahoo News. (WebNewser)

March 17, 2011: Janie Lorber has been named reporter for the lobbying and influence team at Roll Call. She had been news assistant at The New York Times' Washington bureau. (FBDC)

March 17, 2011: Lara Spencer has been named lifestyle anchor at Good Morning America. She had been co-anchor at The Insider. (TVNewser)

March 17, 2011: Christina DiPasquale has been named associate director of press relations at Center for American Progress. She had been deputy press secretary at Sestak for Senate. (mb)

March 17, 2011: Greg Siegel has been named senior vice president, entertainment development at Break Media. He had been founder and CEO at VidMe Inc. (release)

March 17, 2011: Andrew Harmon has been named Washington correspondent/news director at The Advocate. He had been senior news editor there. (FBLA)

March 17, 2011: Ann Friedman has been named executive editor at Good. She had been deputy editor at The American Prospect. (release)

March 17, 2011: Erica Taylor has been named principal at Erica Taylor PR. She had been associate vice president at Susan Blond, Inc. (mb)

March 16, 2011: Stellene Volandes has been named jewelry & accessories director at Town & Country. She had been style editor at Departures. (mb)

March 16, 2011: Mark A. Newman has been named senior editor at Hanley Wood's Remodeling. He had been editor-in-chief at Southern Breeze. (mb)

March 16, 2011: Hemant Anant Jain has been named associate creative director at Creature Seattle. He had been creative director at Wieden + Kennedy, New Delhi. (mb)

March 15, 2011: Elizabeth Allee has been named marketing coordinator at Media Source, Inc. She had been senior coordinator of corporate communications at Majestic Insurance Company. (mb)

March 15, 2011: Kabir Chibber has been named senior editor at PORT. He had been writer at The New York Times. (mb)

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