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New York Post: Condé Nast has officially dropped “Publications” from the end of its name — to suggest the venerable magazine publisher is finally emphasizing its digital arm.

Gawker: The debate over whether The National Enquirer should win a Pulitzer for its John Edwards scandal coverage continues.

Folio: Good news: paid subscriptions are up for women’s magazines based on data from the second half of 2009.

Ad Age: Maybe cutting subscription prices wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Variety: AOL has brought on former Google exec David Eun as content chief.

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

me.jpgI can hardly believe I’ve been trolling this fishbowl we call New York’s media scene for nearly nine months. Only recently have I started to feel comfortable among the network of friendly (and sometimes not so friendly) people I have met at parties, conferences, panels, happy hours and events since this spring.

Although I am reluctant to walk away from FishbowlNY, I’ve been offered a new opportunity that I have found hard to turn down. I am going to work as deputy editor for a new entertainment and lifestyle site that’s being launched by b5media later this month, Crushable.com.

And, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made this experience at FishbowlNY so amazing — from my mediabistro.com colleagues, to fellow media reporters, to the tipsters, commenters and readers who let me know what’s what, for better or worse. Thank you for dealing with me while I complained about the life of a freelancer and told my own story about being laid off, among other things. I hope I was able to inform and entertain.

And, I hope you’ll stay in touch. You can keep track of me here

InStyle Entertainment Editor Jumps To Good Housekeeping

ghk_cvr-lg.jpgCortney Pellettieri, the entertainment editor at InStyle, has been hired for the same role at Good Housekeeping, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Rosemary Ellis announced today.

Pellettieri, who will be working primarily from Los Angeles, will be in charge of gathering celebrities for covers and editorial features in the magazine starting March 1.

Prior to InStyle, Pellettieri coordinated celebrity interviews for E! Entertainment channel.

Previously: Good Housekeeping Gets New Fashion Director

Jim Gaines’ New Project

Jim Gaines.jpgFishbowlNY has learned exclusively that Jim Gaines, the editor-in-chief of interactive publication FLYP Media, is leaving to start a new interactive media company.

Gaines, the former managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines, and ex-corporate editor of Time Inc., has found a financial backer for a new company that he’s hoping to launch March 1. Called Story River Media, the company will work with government entities, non-profits, and corporations “to try to bring interactivity and multimedia to their online efforts,” Gaines told us.

One example Gaines can envision: working with the State Department to create multimedia curricula about the United States to export to foreign nations’ school systems. “A great multimedia curriculum, whether its on American history or on the American songbook, in all languages at once, would be easier to distribute everywhere all at once, with the added function of video, and audio and all the aspects of learning that interaction can bring,” he said. There are also endless uses for Story River’s technology for corporations (imagine interactive financial report meetings), public media and textbook publishers.

“We’re going to focus on how to combine media in a way that makes the experience fluent on behalf of one subject at a time,” Gaines said. “I’m trying to create a business model and company that allows us to stay at the leading edge of what is going on in technology. We’ll be on the leading edge of all the software and hardware until it becomes apparent what new products will be the most thrilling or magical in this new world.”

Heading towards the launch, Gaines is looking to staff up. He’ll be looking to hire videographers, multimedia producers, flash designers, and HTML programmers, among other roles, in the coming weeks. “There’s a lot of recruitment to do, particularly for the senior roles,” he told us. “I’m really looking for lead design people and I suspect we’ll start taking contracts March 1.”

Previously: FTC Conference: Panelist Jim Gaines Checks In

On The Menu: FishbowlNY Editor Says Goodbye

mmm_2-3.gifToday is my last day as FishbowlNY editor, and I was lucky enough to be welcomed on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast one last time.

Jason Boog of GalleyCat, AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven and I could talk forever, but this morning we stuck to just over 15 minutes of conversation about where I’m heading next, Hachette Book Group’s current dispute with Amazon and the Superbowl.

Listen in to hear about the new project I’ll be working on starting next week, and our opinions about CBS’s decision not to run the now-infamous commercial for homosexual dating site Mancrunch.com.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Five Magazine Publishers Plan To Launch Ad Campaign Next Month

magazines newsstand.jpgCondé Nast, Hearst Corp., Meredith Corp., Time Inc. and Wenner Media are working together to fund and launch a magazine marketing campaign starting next month, Mediaweek reports.

More details about the campaign, which will promote the magazine medium, will be introduced next month, with the publishers featuring ads in their titles starting in April.

Meredith’s Jack Griffin told Mediaweek:

“The message is this: Industry leaders are joining forces to solve problems. I think it’s an opportunity to speak up at a time when the media landscape has gotten very confusing, and I think the campaign asserts the intrinsic value of the magazine medium.”

This agreement is different from the magazine consortium between four of those publishers and News Corp., Next Issue Media, which have combined forces to launch some sort of digital e-reader format.

Read more: Magazine Marketing Pact to Roll Out in April

Previously: New Publisher Consortium Gets A Name

Condé Nast Digital GM Nadeau Joins Elle‘s Digital Group

Ted Nadeau.jpgTed Nadeau, the former senior VP and general manager of Condé Nast Digital, has joined rival publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media’s women’s mag Elle.

Nadeau has been named general manager of the Elle Digital Group, a newly created position, the magazine announced yesterday.

At Condé, Nadeau developed and published Web sites including Epicurious.com, Concierge.com, Style.com, Wired.com, NutritionData.com, Arstechnica and Reddit.com. Prior to Condé Nast, Nadeau worked as VP of product development for now-defunct city guide developer Vindigo.

Previously: Hachette Filipacchi Restructures Women’s Titles

The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

Which NBC Execs Will Get The Ax?|Radio Comeback|Jobs And Times|New E&P Should Update Its Promotional Material

New York Post: As Comcast CEO Brian Roberts prepares to take over NBC Universal, he’s been meeting with ex-NBC exec Randy Falco to learn which execs he should keep and who he should dump. Is Jeff Zucker‘s job safe?

Advertising Age: Is radio making a comeback?

Daily Intel: Steve Jobs holds secret iPad meeting with New York Times execs.

E&P In Exile: Looks like the resurrected Editor & Publisher is still using ex-editor Greg Mitchell‘s name to sell renewals.

Janice Min Doesn’t Lament Her $2M Pay Check

us_weekly_min3.jpgFormer Us Weekly editor Janice Min has been laying relatively low since leaving the celebrity tabloid last summer, but now that she has a book due out next year — From Mousewife to Momshell — we expect we’ll probably start to hear more from her in the coming months.

Today, Min took to The New York Post to write an op-ed about being the family breadwinner — and making more in one paycheck than her teacher husband made in a whole year.

While the article deals with Min’s struggles to balance work and home life and avoid wanting to kill her husband for not being able to go grocery shopping, we can never get enough of her Us Weekly anecdotes. Like this one:

“Two months after becoming editor-in-chief, I became pregnant. (I’m sure my boss was not psyched, though he never let on.) Nine months later, I gave birth — just hours after closing an issue and an early morning Today show appearance to talk about J.Lo’s third wedding.”

Read more: Confessions of an Alpha wife

Previously: Us‘s Janice Min: ‘I Don’t Think Magazines Are In My Future”

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