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More Layoffs and Hires at Self

Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.

When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.

Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.

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Quartz, NY Observer Add to Teams

A few Revolving Door items for you this early afternoon, involving Quartz and The New York Observer. Details are below.

    • Quartz has named Heather Landy global news editor and Indrani Sen deputy news editor. Landy comes to Quartz from American Banker magazine, where she served as editor-in-chief. Sen has served in her role on an interim basis while Roya Wolverson was on maternity leave.
    • Alexandra Peers is rejoining the Observer as culture editor. In her previous stint with the paper, Peers helped expand its arts coverage. She comes to the Observer from Flyer Labs, where she served as executive director of content and strategy.

Derl McCrudden Promoted to Head of AP’s International Video News

APLogoThe Associated Press has promoted Derl McCrudden to head of international video news. McCrudden was previously head of video newsgathering. He has been with the AP since 2010. Previously, McCrudden was on the launch team of Al Jazeera English and helped run the channel’s Asia operation.

“Derl is one of the smartest journalists in the business, a proven leader whose calm demeanor and steely determination mark him out as a natural for this role,” said Sandy MacIntyre, AP’s VP and director of global video, in a statement.

The AP also announced the following changes:

  • Denise Vance, deputy director of U.S. video, has been promoted to head of U.S. video and radio.
  • Vaughn Morrisonformerly of CNN and Fox, was named head of U.S. video production.
  • Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will expand her role to oversee AP Middle East Extra.

Josh Topolsky Joins Bloomberg

bloomberg media logoJosh Topolsky, cofounder of The Verge and former editor of Engadget, is joining Bloomberg as editor of an upcoming series of verticals. The New York Times reports that Topolsky “will run develop and run Bloomberg’s new ventures, which will cover specific topic areas such as politics and luxury.”

Topolsky’s appointment is effective August 4. He’ll report to Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel and Bloomberg Media’s CEO Justin Smith.

At The Verge, Nilay Patel, a former managing editor of the site, will serve as editor-in-chief. Dieter Bohn will become executive editor.

BuzzFeed Adds to Investigative Team, WSJ Designer Departs

A couple Revolving Door items this afternoon, involving BuzzFeed and The Wall Street Journal. Details are below.

  • Kendall Taggart is joining BuzzFeed as an investigative data journalist. She comes to BuzzFeed from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she created the America’s Worst Charities series, winner of the 2013 Barlett & Steele Award. Taggart starts October 1 and will report to Jeremy Singer-Vine.
  • David Pybas, a veteran of The Wall Street Journal, announced he is leaving the paper. Pybas had been with the Journal for over 20 years and was involved in multiple redesigns of the paper.

Major Executive Changes at Condé Nast

unnamedBig changes have just hit Condé Nast. Editorial director Tom Wallace and COO and CFO John Bellando are both leaving the company, while David Geithner — a former veteran of Time Inc. — is joining as CFO.

Wallace’s exit will give even more power to Condé’s artistic director, Anna Wintour. In a memo announcing the changes, Chuck Townsend, the publishing house’s CEO, wrote that Wintour “will ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry.”

Bellando had been with Condé since 1999. Geithner will take over Bellando’s CFO duties, while Bob Sauerberg will “assume a leading role in all revenue generation activities,” wrote Townsend.

News Corp Adds to Storyful Team

News Corp has added to its team at Storyful, the social news startup it purchased late last year. Details are below.

  • Mandy Jenkins has been named editor of Storyful’s open newsroom. Jenkins began this newly created role on Monday. She comes to Storyful from Digital First Media, where she served as managing editor of Project Thunderdome.
  • Toby Leah Bochan has been named creative newsroom editor. She most recently served as MSN’s senior homepage and social media editor. Bochan begins August 18.
  • Michael Sadicario joins as Storyful’s first chief sales officer. Sadicario comes to Storyful from Bloomberg Media, where he served as head of North American digital sales. He starts August 4.

Maria Russo Rejoins the New York Times

RussoHeadshotAfter a long run in Los Angeles, veteran journalist and editor Maria Russo is headed back to New York City. Starting August 4, she will be the children’s book editor for the New York Times Book Review.

Here’s the memo from TBR editor Pamela Paul and deputy editor David Kelly:

Maria is a veteran of TBR, having filled in as a preview editor under Chip McGrath, and a native New Yorker. She was first brought in as a freelance book reviewer by Dwight Garner, whom Maria succeeded as books editor at Salon. Maria is also a former features editor at the New York Observer.

Despite all her New York cred, for the past 10 years, Maria has been working in Los Angeles, where she was most recently the editor in chief of Pasadena magazine. Before that, she was an editor in the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. Maria has also published widely as a freelancer, writing for the Magazine and the Book Review, among other venues.

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Alan Murray Named Editor of Fortune [Updated]

Alan Murray has been named the new editor of Fortune. He will be just the 17th editor of the glossy, which was founded in 1930 by the legendary Henry Luce. Murray most recently served as president of the Pew Research Center. He had been with Pew since 2012.

Prior to joining Pew, Murray worked at the Wall Street Journal in a variety of roles, most recently deputy managing editor and online executive editor. During Murray’s 10-year stint as the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, the bureau won three Pulitzers.

“Alan’s diverse background uniquely positions him to lead Fortune,” said Time Inc.’s executive VP, Todd Larsen, in a statement. “He is a digital champion and media visionary who can bridge every aspect of our business, moving effortlessly from the newsroom to the boardroom to television to conference stage.”

Murray will succeed Andy Serwer, who is leaving Time Inc. after 30 years.

Update (12:00 pm):
Below is Murray’s note to Pew staffers, announcing his decision to leave.

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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

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