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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.31.14

Massive Layoffs at Patch; Buzzfeed Australia Launches

January 31, 2014
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Patch lays off "hundreds," with rumors flying that the number accounts for at least two-thirds of the editorial staff. The conference call to announce the news wasn't the most tactful thing. (Listen to it here if you'd like.) On his blog, senior vice president of revenue Jim Lipuma wrote the following: "I am unemployed. Long and short of it, I chose ‘Happiness.’ Now, I won’t go into details, as I have nothing but love for my organization and the people in it."...

The Financial Times promotes Matthew Garrahan to global media editor. He had been covering the Hollywood beat but will relocate to New York for the new gig. He's been with the paper since 1998... Kevin Lau Chun-to is out as editor of Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper. The publication serves at the independent voice of the territory and his ouster sparked concern about its ability to remain in that position... The Washington Post plans to expand on the web, ironic seeing as it just let Ezra Klein walk away... Roll Call loses photographer Douglas Graham, who is tired of taking images of Congress and its "inability to do anything interesting."...

Jim Ledbetter leaves Thomson Reuters for Inc. where he'll be editor. He had been op-ed editor. Inc. also hires Fortune account director John Donnelly as publisher... Interview recruits Keith Pollock as editor-in-chief. He had been at DuJour, where he had been founding editor... New York Media hires Michelle Imbrogno Miller as executive director of integrated sales. She had been at American Express Publishing but worked at New York between 1999 and 2004...

John King gets a show on CNN once again, as Inside Politics relaunches with the former John King USA host at the helm. Inside Politics ran for 20 years, ending in 2005... MSNBC fired the staffer responsible for the Cheerios tweet, with president Phil Griffin calling it "outrageous and unacceptable."...

Lance Ulanoff loses his editor-in-chief title at Mashable. He'll be chief correspondent and editor-at-large, a role that chief content officer Jim Roberts doesn't think is a demotion. Additionally, the site that recently raised $13.3 million in venture funding hires Andrew Freedman as its first climate, weather and environment reporter. He had been a senior science writer for Climate Central... Patrick Tucker joins Defense One as technology editor while Stephanie Gaskell moves up to deputy editor... Buzzfeed launches an outlet in Australia with Simon Crerar at the top of the masthead and Jenna Guillaume landing a staff writer position...

Zynga lays off 314 staffers based in its Seattle office, which it will close. That's roughly 15 percent of its total workforce, although the company was already down from its peak of 3,000 employees in 2012. Zynga also acquired NaturalMotion for $257 million, an addition of 260 employees... Poynter appoints Tim Franklin president. He had been managing editor for Bloomberg News in Washington D.C. He takes over for Karen Dunlap and is the organization's fifth president... And there are changes at Rolling Stone, Prevention and more ...

January 31, 2014: Joshua Rothkopf has been named film editor at Time Out New York. He had been senior film critic there. (FishbowlNY)

January 31, 2014: Bob Jimenez has been named senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at Cox Enterprises. He had been director of corporate communications there. (release)

January 31, 2014: Elli Hakami has been named executive vice president of current series and programming at MTV. She had been senior vice president of programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions. (release)

January 31, 2014: Mike Sheehan has been named chief executive officer at The Boston Globe. He had been chief executive officer at Hill Holliday. (FishbowlNY)

January 31, 2014: John Henry has been named publisher at The Boston Globe. He will continue in his role as owner there. (FishbowlNY)

January 31, 2014: Rory Halperin has been named director of public relations, communications and marketing, at Children's Museum of Manhattan. She had been editor at Time Out New York Kids. (mb)

January 31, 2014: Kevin Dolak has been named managing editor at Vice News. He had been homepage editor at ABC News. (mb)

January 30, 2014: Kithe Brewster has been named fashion director at New You. She had been a personal stylist. (FishbowlNY)

January 30, 2014: Stephanie Gaskell has been named deputy editor at Defense One. She had been deputy editor at The Futurist. (FishbowlDC)

January 30, 2014: Michelle Imbrogno Miller has been named executive director of integrated sales at New York Media. She had been integrated sales director at American Express Publishing. (FishbowlNY)

January 30, 2014: Tim Franklin has been named president at The Poynter Institute. He had been managing editor at Bloomberg News. (FishbowlNY)

January 30, 2014: John Donnelly has been named publisher at Inc. He had been account director at Fortune. (FishbowlNY)

January 30, 2014: James Ledbetter has been named editor at Inc. He had been op-ed editor at Thomson Reuters. (FishbowlNY)

January 30, 2014: Bobbie Gossage has been named executive editor at Inc. She had been articles editor there. (mb)

January 30, 2014: Colleen Wyse has been named vice president of strategic initiatives at Visit Philadelphia. She had been director of strategic marketing alliances at Home Shopping Network. (release)

January 30, 2014: Mike Cotton has been named co-executive producer of The People's Couch on Bravo. He had been co-executive producer of Undercover Boss on CBS. (mb)

January 30, 2014: Brandon Guarneri has been named editorial manager at EA Sports. He had been content director at STACK Media. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Jason Newman has been named news editor at Rolling Stone. He had been senior writer/associate news editor at (mb)

January 29, 2014: Melissa Colorado has been named morning reporter at KARE in Minneapolis. She had been general assignment reporter at KOAT in Albuquerque, N.M. (TVSpy)

January 29, 2014: Keith Pollock has been named editor-in-chief at Interview. He had been founding editor at DuJour. (FishbowlNY)

January 29, 2014: Rachel Harrison has been named director of partnerships and public relations at Noise. She had been director of communications at Andaz by Hyatt. (release)

January 29, 2014: Nate Phillips has been named creative director at Noise. He had been writer at The Oratory Laboratory. (release)

January 29, 2014: Claire Morris has been named executive vice president, head of account management, at Noise. She had been director of client services at Taxi. (release)

January 29, 2014: Jordan Lawrence has been named senior account executive at Rubenstein Public Relations. She had been account executive at 42West. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Brett Charest has been named vice president of radio networks at American Target Network. He had been media buying director at Barrington Media Group. (release)

January 29, 2014: Keith Navratil has been named partner at the magnetic collective. He had been co-founder and lead strategist at needledrop. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Sean Nielsen has been named sales director, events, at GrindMedia. He had been director, event operations, there. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Scott Desiderio has been named director, events, at GrindMedia. He had been events marketing director at TransWorld Media. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Ashley Otte has been named publisher and general manager, Ski Group, at GrindMedia. He had been publisher at Powder. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Jeff Baker has been named publisher, Transworld Snowboarding and Snowboarder, at GrindMedia. He had been publisher at Snowboarder. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Adam Cozens has been named sales director, action sports, at GrindMedia. He had been director, sales and marketing at TransWorld Media. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Chris Engelsman has been named sales director, outdoor, at GrindMedia. He had been director, integrated sales, there. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Kristen Ude has been named director of integrated sales at GrindMedia. She had been associate publisher at Outside. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Luis Vega has been named art director at Prevention. He had been art director at Maxim. (mb)

January 29, 2014: Sharon Tanenbaum has been named online style and beauty editor at Us Weekly. She had been beauty news editor at Daily Glow. (mb)

January 28, 2014: Tom Nawara has been named vice president, client partner, at Razorfish. He had been vice president at Acquity Group. (mb)

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