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Peter Canellos Joins Politico

Peter Canellos, a 26-year veteran of The Boston Globe, has been named Politico’s new executive editor. Canellos announced he was leaving the Globe last month.

Canellos was named the Globe’s editorial page editor in 2009. Prior to that he served as the paper’s Washington bureau chief.

In a memo announcing the move, Politico’s editor Susan Glasser wrote, “Peter’s had a long record of accomplishment at the Globe – and you should look at all the wonderful things his many hires over the years had to say about Peter when he recently announced he was leaving as the paper’s editorial editor.”

Highlights from Sam Sifton’s Reddit AMA

Sam Sifton, The New York Times’ food editor, took part in a Reddit AMA. Below are some of our favorite exchanges.

On the mood at the Times after massive buyouts/layoffs were announced:

We’re okay here. Newspaper people are a dark lot, generally speaking, so bad news is often greeted with a shrug. Could be worse. But there’s an undercurrent of optimism on my desk as well: We’re really excited about Cooking, and hope that it can help us weather the storm.

On Anthony Bourdain:

I have met him! (True fact: His mom was a copy editor here at the Times.) He sent me a story when I was an editor at New York Press. I loved it. We put it on the cover. Then the boss editor came back from vacation and spiked it. Bourdain took the story to The New Yorker. It became a book you may have heard of: Kitchen Confidential. Later we would meet again on a dais, where we absolutely ROASTED Alan Richman, the GQ restaurant critic.

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NY Times Cuts Hit Business Side First

The New York TimesThe Great New York Times Staffing Cuts of 2014 have begun. Capital New York reports that somewhere between 20 and 25 business staffers have been let go, as Times managers informed them their roles were being eliminated.

On Wednesday, the Times announced that the newsroom was going to lose 100 staffers. If buyout packages are not accepted, layoffs will ensue.

As the New York Post reports, Times staffers must submit a request for a severance package by October 17. They then have until December 1 to decide if they’d like to accept the offer.

If 100 staffers don’t agree to the buyouts, December 2 will be a dark day at the paper.

NY Post Settles ‘Bag Men’ Lawsuit

NY_NYP122-277x300The New York Post has finally paid for its idiotic and disgusting decision to imply that Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. The two men sued the Post after it published a cover labeling them “Bag Men.” That lawsuit was just settled, according to The Associated Press.

When the Post cover hit newsstands, little information was known about who committed the terrorist attack. Barhoum and Zaimi immediately felt the wrath of people who wrongfully blamed them after seeing their faces plastered on the cover of the paper.

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NY Times to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs, Shutter NYT Opinion

This is not going to be a good day for many New York Times staffers. The paper plans to cut a whopping 100 people from its newsroom. The last time the Times let go of this many people was in 2009.

The reduction in staff is — of course — a cost-cutting move. ”The job losses are necessary to control our costs and to allow us to continue to invest in the digital future of The New York Times, but we know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues,” read a note from Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson.

The Times plans to offer buyouts to staffers, but will resort to layoffs if enough people don’t accept the deals.

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Richard Tomko Named amNewYork Publisher

Newsday Media Group has named Richard Tomko publisher of amNewYork. Tomko joins the newspaper from Boost Digital, where he served as a consultant. He previously served as CEO of Snooth Media, and worked for Time Warner for 14 years. Tomko also served as Time Inc. Digital’s general manager and VP of business development.

“Richard is a proven leader with demonstrated abilities to grow contemporary publishing brands,” said Gordon McLeod, publisher of Newsday Media Group, in a statement. “I am confident that Richard’s strong leadership and management skills will best position amNewYork for continued success.”

Tomko’s appointment is effective immediately.

Papers Celebrate Jeter’s Storybook Ending

Derek Jeter ended his final game at Yankees stadium the only way he knows how — as a winner. Jeter sent a single to right on the first pitch he saw to score the winning run for the Yankees.

It was like something out of a fairy tale and today’s papers highlight the magical night.

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NY Post Exclusive: Mayor de Blasio Has ‘Groundhog Blood on His Hands’

The New York Post is on top of its game today. In an “exclusive,” the Post reported that “Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!” You might recall that earlier this year, de Blasio dropped Charlotte — a groundhog from the Staten Island Zoo — during that annual Groundhog Day ritual that surely makes people wonder what the f*ck is wrong with Americans.

Sadly for Charlotte, she died a week later. While the zoo said the animal died of natural causes, the Post’s “sources” revealed the dirty, scandalous truth: That Charlotte died from “acute internal injuries” that were “consistent with a fall.”

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Big Changes Come to NY Times Masthead

Dean Baquet, the New York Times’ executive editor, has officially revamped the paper’s masthead. Gone is the “managing editor” title; it’s being replaced by four “deputy executive editors,” who “have already proven they can run stories that take on big institutions, who have covered a world of war, and proven they can lead with humanity.”

Here are the Times’ new deputy executive editors: Susan Chira, Janet Elder, Matt Purdy and Ian Fisher. Chira will oversee news reporting; Elder will manage talent, budget and operations; Purdy will lead investigations and enterprise coverage; and Fisher will oversee digital operations. Tom Bodkin has been named creative director, and “will be equal to the deputy editors,” according to Baquet’s memo.

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Water in NY Times Building is Contaminated

NYtimes buildingShould you need to visit The New York Times building today, we’d suggest bringing a bottle of water or five. According to a memo obtained by Gawker, the water in the building is contaminated:

Until further notice, please refrain from drinking the water in the pantries at 620 Eighth Avenue, as well as using the ice and coffee machines on floors 2-28. The water, coffee and soda machines in the cafeteria are also being temporarily shut down.

If you drank water from any of these areas this morning and feel ill, please call [internal extension]. We have had two cases of illness this morning.

Gross.

Could this be the work of a saboteur??? We’re guessing it’s probably not. But go ahead and say “saboteur” out loud. We suggest doing it in a French accent. Fun, right?

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