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Chris O'Shea

Chris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.

Fortune Lists 50 ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’

unnamedFortune’s annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business is here. Somehow, Iggy Azalea didn’t make the cut. Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman and CEO, did though. For the third year in a row, she held down first place. The runner-up was Mary Barra, GM’s CEO.

The top 10:

1) Ginni Rometty
2) Mary Barra
3) Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO
4) Marilyn Hewson – Lockhead Martin’s chairman and CEO
5) Ellen Kullman – DuPont’s chairman and CEO
6) Meg Whitman – HP’s chairman and CEO
7) Irene Rosenfeld – Mondelez International’s chairman and CEO
8) Pat Woertz – Archer Daniels Midland’s chairman, CEO and president
9) Abigail Johnson – FMR’s president
10) Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook’s COO

For the entire list, click through.

Food + Wine Cuts Six Staffers

Food + Wine has let go of six editorial staffers in an attempt to cut costs. WWD reports that the restructuring will allow Food + Wine’s editor, Dana Cowin, to focus more on the digital side of the glossy.

The cuts are just the latest moves by Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp to turn around the now independent publishing house. Time Inc.’s first quarterly report since being shed by Time Warner wasn’t pretty — it came with a net loss of $32 million. Obviously things have to change, and one easy way (well, not exactly easy) to do that is trim staffers across the board.

When Ripp was recently asked about layoffs, he responded like a politician. “It’s not about downsizing, it’s about are we making the appropriate investments in our products,” said Ripp at the time. In other words, there are more layoffs to come.

Huffington Post to Launch HuffPost Greece

Huffington Post Logo 1-18The Huffington Post Media Group is preparing a homecoming of sorts. Well, at least for Arianna Huffington. The company is launching a Greek-language edition of HuffPost in collaboration with 24Media, Greece’s largest digital publisher.

“For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Huffington said, in a statement.

HuffPost has had a busy couple of months. The company announced an Arabic-launguage site, followed by HuffPost India. Huffington also declared the collection of sites had passed 100 million unique views in August. All that and the company even suckered readers into paying one of its reporters salaries! Well done, HuffPost. Well done.

Layoffs Coming to Parade

Now that Parade has been purchased by Atlhon Media, the bad news comes — about 85 staffers are likely to get cut. The New York Post reports that the layoffs will come as Athlon moves operations to its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Only about 20 Parade staffers are expected to be offered jobs. The glossy’s editor Maggie Murphy and CEO Jack Haire will not be among them.

“I was honored to have had this job,” Murphy, who had been with Parade since 2010, told the Post. “I just want people to know I have an amazing staff here.”

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Bad Choices | Misfired | All In

apple logo GPRNewser: A breakdown of all the ways Apple screwed up with that free U2 album. Spoiler: They screwed up a lot.

FishbowlDC: RIP CNN’s Crossfire. We knew you — not well, since we were some of the many people who didn’t watch.

AllTwitter: A study found that 92 percent of marketers consider social media important. We’re still waiting the results of the study that shows how many of those marketers will do something stupid on social media.

Parade to be Sold to Athlon Media

Parade, the magazine that has filled Sunday newspapers for many years, is about to be sold to Athlon Media. The New York Post reports that Athlon — which is known for publishing sports annuals — is in the late stages of talks with Parade’s parent, Advance Publications.

Aside from sports guides, Athlon publishes monthly glossies Spry Living, Relish, and the number three Sunday insert — American Profile. Parade is number one, with a circulation of 32 million, and USA Weekend is number two.

Despite the hefty numbers, Parade has been struggling lately — ad pages through September are down nine percent compared to last year.

If the deal goes through, Parade would benefit from being sold to a company headed by a billionaire. Athlon’s CEO Spencer Hays founded Tom James, one of the nation’s largest custom suit makers, and owns a variety of other successful businesses.

GQ Adds Culture Writer, Bonnier Taps PR Manager

A couple Revolving Door notes for you today, involving GQ and Bonnier Corporation. Details are below.

  • Lindy West is joining GQ as a culture writer for GQ.com. West most recently served as a staff writer for Jezebel. Prior to that she was the arts critic for Seattle’s The Stranger. West begins September 22.
  • Bonnier has named Molly Battles PR manager for its Men’s Group, which includes brands such as Popular Science and Field & Stream. She comes to Bonnier from The Rosen Group, where she had been since 2012. Prior to The Rosen Group, she worked with CBS News.

Study: Majority of Black and Hispanic Consumers Don’t Trust News Media

Well, here’s a shocker: According to a study by the Media Insight Project, a majority of Black and Hispanic consumers don’t trust the news media to portray them accurately. We wonder why that could be! Seems so strange.

The Associated Press reports that when asked if news reports on their communities was accurate, 75 percent of Black respondents said “moderately” or “not at all,” and 66 percent of Hispanics answered similarly.

Tia C. M. Tyree, a Howard University professor, told the AP that Blacks and Hispanics don’t trust the media because there’s never been a reason to. When the news constantly stereotypes them, it’s a problem. When only white males own networks, it’s a problem.

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Spin Loses Another Editor-in-Chief

SPINLogoSpin continues to spin (we trademarked that phrase, by the way). According to Poynter, Craig Marks, who rejoined the now ditial-only music publication in June, is already out.

Marks had previously worked for Spin from 1991 to 1996. When Marks came back to Spin, he said “I’m thrilled to lead a music brand whose best days, I’m certain, still lie ahead.” Things have clearly changed since then, but Marks didn’t seem bitter. “It was a mutual and amicable decision that I would leave,” he told Poynter. “With the new CEO and the new regime it felt like the right time to part ways.”

Spin has had four different CEOs and editors in the past four years, so we’re guessing this will end up being a good thing for Marks.

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