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Revolving Door Newsletter: 09.02.11

AOL's Tech King Steps Down; WaPo Streamlines

September 2, 2011
Michael Arrington leaves blogging but not the tech world. The TechCrunch founder, who clashed with AOL management, is launching a venture capital firm to invest in the companies he's covered for years. The kingmaker is now quite literally the rainmaker. Eric Schoenfeld takes over his boss' management duties. Arrington will continue to write for AOL, but "will no longer have editorial control or decision making" power. (Exactly what that means is a little hazy.) Either way, it's an interesting move for Arrington and should be fun to watch...

The Washington Post plans to shutter virtually all of its regional bureaus. Richmond and Annapolis will survive, but the rest of the towns will be covered from the main buildings. In a memo announcing the news, Marcus Brauchli wrote, "This is about office space, not personnel or coverage. We are doing this because we have more space than we use in many places, not because we are retrenching." Even so, it's a telling switch for a paper whose motto was "For & about Washington." (Now, presumably, that would be "For and about politics." Not a bad move in light of the money that will be spent on ads during the 2012 campaign)...

Carl Hulse is the new deputy chief of The New York Times' D.C. bureau... Bruce Feldman, the college football journalist suspended from ESPN for, well, something, lands at CBS, but not before taking a few shots at his former employer. The ugly situation ended up okay, but it's a stain on the reputation of the Worldwide Leader... Justin Doss moves to GQ as fashion editor... William Van Meter joins Out as features editor. He leaves Esquire... Daniel Libit moves to The Daily as national political correspondent. He'll cover the 2012 campaign from Chicago...

More changes at The Early Show as weather anchor Marysol Castro finished her last broadcast this morning... AdKnowledge lays off 18 employees as a result of fast growth... We hear another round of layoffs took place at the StrawberryFrog pond, where only "the A-level talent" remains... And there are changes at The Hollywood Reporter, The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, and more...

September 2, 2011: Greg Osborne has been named vice president of network sales for the Western region at Univision Communications Inc. He had been account executive there. (release)

September 2, 2011: Garth Cramer has been named associate creative director at Boelter + Lincoln Marketing Communications. He had been senior copywriter and producer there. (release)

September 2, 2011: Ed Ortelli has been named president and general manager at KNOE-KAQY-NNOE-TV in Monroe, La. and El Dorado, Ariz. He had been general sales manager at KPRC-TV in Houston. (TVSpy)

September 2, 2011: Erik Schrader has been named news director at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn. He had been news director at WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pa. (TVSpy)

September 2, 2011: Angie Goff has been named weekend morning anchor at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. She had been morning traffic and entertainment reporter at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. (TVSpy)

September 2, 2011: Nathan Hurst has been named transportation reporter at CQ Roll Call. He had been Washington reporter at The Detroit News. (FishbowlDC)

September 2, 2011: Anne Monoky has been named style editor at Architectural Digest. She had been fashion news editor at Harper's Bazaar. (FishbowlNY)

September 1, 2011: Jessica Pearce Rotondi has been named associate editor at Huffington Post Women. She had been executive assistant and social media associate at PEN American Center. (mb)

September 1, 2011: Justin Doss has been named fashion editor at GQ. He had been menswear buyer at Barney's. (FishbowlNY)

August 31, 2011: Olivia Petersen has been named media coordinator at Politico. She had been communications associate at Dewey Square. (mb)

August 31, 2011: William Van Meter has been named features editor at Out. He had been an editor at Esquire. (FishbowlLA)

August 31, 2011: Sarah Burns has been named health editor at All You. She had been deputy health editor at iVillage. (mb)

August 31, 2011: Gary Starr has been named CFO at The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. He had been senior vice president of finance at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. (FishbowlNY)

August 31, 2011: Tara Taghizadeh has been named publisher and editor at Highbrow Magazine. She had been entertainment reporter at Gannett News Service. (FishbowlDC)

August 31, 2011: Carl Hulse has been named deputy D.C. bureau chief at The New York Times. He had been reporter there. (FishbowlDC)

August 31, 2011: Mike Causey has been named weekly columnist at WTOP.com. He had been senior federal correspondent at Federal News Radio. (FishbowlDC)

August 31, 2011: Scott Feinberg has been named awards season blogger and analyst at The Hollywood Reporter. He had been blogger at ScottFeinberg.com. (FishbowlLA)

August 31, 2011: W. Sean Ford has been named chief marketing officer and chief operating officer at Zmags Corp. He had been CMO at Syncsort. (mb)

August 30, 2011: Stephany Rochon has been named account manager at Barokas Public Relations. She had been senior account executive at Waggener Edstrom. (mb)



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