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Guy Vidra Named CEO of The New Republic

TNR logo GThe New Republic has named Guy Vidra its chief executive officer. Vidra most recently served as general manager of Yahoo News, a role he held since 2012. He previously served as WaPo’s head of business development and emerging media.

“One thing I’ve learned over the past two years is that to preserve and strengthen great institutions, you have to change them,” said Chris Hughes, TNR’s owner, in a statement. “Guy is a highly respected innovator with deep experience who will build on our recent progress in redefining The New Republic for a new time.”

In related news, TNR announced an investment division, The New RepublicFund. The investment arm will “back early-stage technology companies predominantly in the digital media, analytics, and video spaces,” according to TNR.

Vidra begins October 13.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

One Night Strike | Either Way | New Netflix

PRNewser: Now is your chance to read about a former government official comparing bombing people to casual sex. Enjoy!

TVSpy: Some people like the new View, some people do not.

Lost Remote: Good news for the 28 people like New Girl — it’s now on Netflix.

Nylon Adds to Team

Nylon has added three members to its team. Details are below.

  • Preetma Singh has been named market director. Singh comes to the magazine from WSJ., where she served as market editor.
  • Diane Clements has been named Los Angeles director of advertising. Most recently she held the same role with Rolling Stone.
  • Scot Bondlow joins to represent Nylon in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Bondlow is the president of Bondlow/reps in California. Currently, he oversees advertising sales, sponsorships, branding and marketing partnerships for The Sports Illustrated Golf Group.

Dana Liebelson Joins HuffPost Politics

photo.jpgDana Liebelson is joining The Huffington Post’s politics team. Liebelson has worked as a reporter for Mother Jones and contributed to The Week and Marie Claire.

“At HuffPost, she’ll focus on tech policy and politics but won’t limit herself to any particular topic, continuing with the remarkable breadth she’s shown so far in her career,” wrote Amanda Terkel, HuffPost politics managing editor, in a memo announcing the news.

Liebelson joins HuffPost’s Washington bureau in October.

NY Times Exec Editor Dean Baquet Explains His Biggest Fear

dean baquetAs executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet has a lot on his mind. But what’s bothers him the most? What worry swirls in his head? Baquet told The Daily Beast his primary fear is how the Times reports on dangerous areas.

“My biggest concern is how to cover the world right now when it’s really dangerous,” explained Baquet. “How the hell are we going to cover what is a new, heightened U.S. intervention in a region in which the enemies of the U.S. have proven that they do really bad things to journalists? That’s the thing that keeps me most awake at night.”

Baquet also said that he worried about President Obama’s attempts to stop any reporting on national security subjects. He described Obama’s attitude toward the press as “disturbing.”

For more from Baquet, check out the full interview.

Modern Farmer Names Cara Parks Executive Editor

Modern Farmer Media — publisher of Modern Farmer — has named Cara Parks its new executive editor. Parks most recently worked as a freelance journalist, crafting pieces for publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, and more. She also worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Previously, Parks served as a deputy editor for Foreign Policy and a world editor for The Huffington Post.

“I am thrilled to have Cara Parks join the Modern Farmer team,” said Ann Marie Gardner, Modern Farmer’s CEO and editor-in-chief, in a statement. “She not only has great ideas, is a brilliant writer, and strong, fast editor, but she comes with immense global experience from digital sites that deal with global issues. Cara is exactly the person to take Modern Farmer to the world and grow our digital and print platforms to a greater audience.”

Forbes Deal Finalized

forbes_logo_mainForbes Media officially has a lot less Forbes involved in it. In late July, a deal was struck with Hong Kong-based Asset Management (the number being thrown around was $475 million) and now it is done.

Asset Management now owns a majority of the company, officially pushing the Forbes family aside for the first time since the publisher was founded in 1917. The Forbes family still owns a minority stake that some are placing at around 20 percent.

For now, Forbes staffers can breathe easy, as no changes are planned. Until October 8, at least. The New York Post reports that’s when Forbes CEO Mike Perlis will hold a meeting with everyone to discuss what — if any — alterations are coming. Perlis is now in Hong Kong meeting with Forbes’ new owners.

Elevation Partners, which previously held about 44 percent stake in Forbes Media, has been bought out.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

A Smart Cook | Funny Times | Another Look

StockLogos: A fun look at what some famous TV characters’ logos would be. The Walter White one (pictured) is only missing his trademark hat.

TVNewser: Brooke Baldwin won the ninth annual “New York’s Funniest Reporter” show. She will now be repeatedly asked “What are you, some kind of comedian?”

GalleyCat: There’s a new trailer for Mockingjay part one. You get three guesses if it has a bow and arrow scene.