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Source: Tina Brown Gunning for Editor-in-Chief Spot at Newsweek

tinabrown08282010.jpgUpdate:Well, it looks like The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown got a reprieve from the task of enrolling her daughter in college. She sent us this statement through a spokesperson:

I love my partnership with Barry Diller, the vibrance of the Web, and The Daily Beast, which has grown beyond our wildest hopes of two years ago. I have no intention of leaving.

So if Brown ever was looking for the top Newsweek gig, she isn’t anymore.


A source tells FishbowlNY that Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast, has thrown her hat into the ring for the editor-in-chief job at Newsweek.

This is interesting, since we hear Brown is still under contract with The Daily Beast. It certainly would be odd for her to be shopping for a new employer if she’s legally required to stay with Daily Beast parent IAC.

The search for a new top editor at Newsweek still looks wide open following Jon Meacham‘s announcement that he’ll be stepping down as soon as new owner Sidney Harman finds a replacement. Potential replacements have so far shied away. Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria is going to Time, and former Time editor and friend of Harman Walter Isaacson has publicly quashed rumors that he would succeed Meacham.

From Brown’s point of view, such a move might make sense. She’s done an impressive tour of duty among top U.S. magazines including Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and a few years ago cast her eye on Newsweek‘s arch-rival. During the hunt for a new managing editor at Time before the Rick Stengel era began, Brown was in the hunt for that gig, according to New York magazine.

A Daily Beast spokesperson tells FishbowlNY, “Tina is enrolling her daughter at Harvard University this weekend and is unavailable for comment.” We have also asked about Brown’s contract situation at Daily Beast parent IAC/Interactive, and haven’t yet heard back about that.

A Newsweek spokesperson declined to comment on the editorial succession.

USA Today Restructures

usatoday08282010.pngIt’s all about layoffs and iPads over at USA Today. The paper is undergoing a major overhaul, making a huge bet on the prospects of its mobile-device presence and shifting resources away from its ailing print edition.

The Associated Press reports:

The makeover outlined Thursday will result in about 130 layoffs this fall, USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke told The Associated Press. That translates into a 9 percent reduction in USA Today’s work force of 1,500 employees. Hunke didn’t specify which departments would be hardest hit.

USA Today‘s HR makeover will be the largest in its 28-year history, and publisher Dave Hunke tells the AP he expects the shakeup to to ready the paper for “the next quarter century.”

The paper has been aggressive in the past months about emphasizing its digital business. Its iPad app has been a major hit (inasmuch as any news outlet’s app can be a hit in the brief history if the iPad); the paper has partnered with alleged Google search scammer Associated Content to revamp its travel coverage; and created a dedicated social-media team. Seems the paper is now ready to devote yet more resources to becoming a digital force.

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Here Are Some Finalists for ASME and’s 2010 Best Cover Contest

asme08262010.gifThe American Society of Magazine Editors and today announced the finalists for the 2010 best cover competition.

Ninety magazine editors devoted their expertise toward sussing out the best covers in categories that include “Funniest,” “Most Controversial” and “Best Vampire.” Now the selection process falls to users, who will pick the winners.

Here are some of the magazines with multiple nominations:

New York with six
The New York Times Magazine with five
The New Yorker with five
GQ with four
Harper’s Bazaar with four
Rolling Stone with three
Sports Illustrated with three
Vanity Fair with three
The Advocate with two
Departures with two
Entertainment Weekly with two
Martha Stewart Living with two

Tennis Media Taps Mason Wells as Publisher

masonwells08262010.jpgTennis Media, which publishes Tennis magazine and, today announced that it has hired Mason Wells as publisher.

Wells comes from the associate publisher spot at Condé Nast‘s Wired. Before Wired, he was the founding associate publisher of Best Life from 2004 to 2009. He’s also worked at MIT Technology Review, Mountain Sports & Living, Golf and others.

“Mason’s leadership skills, experience and success with targeted upscale media brands such as GOLF Magazine, Best Life and WIRED is an ideal fit for our multi-platform marketing strategy,” said Tennis Media managing partner Bob Miller in a statement.

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Condé Nast Taps Time Inc.’s Monica Ray as EVP of Consumer Marketing

conde-nast-logo08252010.pngMagazine titan Condé Nast, which has in recent weeks made several high-level moves on the business side, has hired Time Inc. paid content strategist Monica Ray as its new executive vice president for consumer marketing.

paidContent reports:

Ray worked closely with fellow ex-Time Inc. colleague John Squires on establishing Next Issue Media, the media company joint venture that is attempting to create a digital storefront and is backed by Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, and News Corp.

She is currently a board member of Next Issue — although it’s Time Inc.’s seat. It’s not clear if she will retain that spot with Next Issue when she moves over to Condé Nast. A Time Inc. rep said that they will choose another executive to represent the company on Next Issue’s board.

Other recent big-time HR moves by Cond&eacute include the hire of Viacom chief technology officer Joe Simon, the placement of Wired creative director Scott Dadich in a high-level position in charge of publishing platforms (iPad, basically) and the promotion of consumer marketing group president Robert Sauerberg to president of the company.

Three New Senior Execs and a Promotion at Magazine Publishers of America

mpa08252010.pngThe Magazine Publishers of America has announced that it’s hired three new executives as it undergoes a “significant repositioning.”

Francis Costello, a veteran of digital and print communications firm RR Donnelley, is the new executive vice president and general manager. The newly created role consolidates financial, membership and consumer marketing activities.

Andrew Jung is now executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He’ll be promoting magazines on behalf of the magazine industry. He has worked with Kellog’s, the cereal company, as an advertising director and served on the board of the Ad Council.

Christopher Kevorkian is the new executive vice president for digital. In this role he’ll be helping the magazine industry expand onto digital platforms. He’s worked at American Business Media, Time Inc. and Good Housekeeping.

Also, a promotion:

Howard Polskin is now executive vice president for communications and events.

(h/t Folio:)

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Ex-Converting Editor Joins Converting Quarterly

Shouldn’t be too tough a transition. Mark Spaulding, former editor of Reed Business Information‘s now-defunct printed-packaging industry title Converting, has been made editor in chief of the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators’ forthcoming Converting Quarterly, Folio: reports:

The print edition of the magazine will carry a 15,000 circulation. A weekly e-newsletter called Converting Quarterly E-News is expected to be sent to 7,500.

Topeka, Kansas-based niche magazine publisher Peterson Publications will provide advertising circulation, design, production, printing and mailing support for the magazine. Peterson’s other publications include InsideFinishing, Plastics Decorating and The Binding Edge.

Spaulding had been at Converting as editor in chief for 15 years. Converting Quarterly is expected to roll out in February of next year. He writes on his blog, The Converting Curmudgeon:

Let me introduce our team of columnists: Dr. Charles Bishop (vacuum web coating), Dr. Edward Cohen (solution coating),
Dr. Eldridge M. Mount (extrusion-coating, film manufacturing and vacuum metallizing), Dr. David R. Roisum (web handling) and David Rumson (slitting/rewinding and finishing). They will write about technology, methods, new product development and troubleshooting in their specific areas of expertise. For the print features, we’ll accept submissions from converters, academia and the supplier community. Content will be technical and noncommercial in nature.

Sounds exciting!