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Cara Katz Named Ad Director of New York

Cara Katz has been named New York’s advertising director. This marks a return to New York for Katz, as she previously worked for the magazine as an account exec and a sales assistant.

Katz comes to New York from American Express Publishing (owned by Time Inc.), where she most recently served as director, corporate marketing and sales. She was formerly an account director at Travel + Leisure, an account manager at Food & Wine, and a fashion and retail director at Esquire.

“Cara joins at an exciting time for our company, where the spirit of innovation has never been stronger,” said New York’s publisher, Larry Burstein, in a statement. “Her depth of experience and familiarity with the company make her the perfect candidate to build up and rethink some key categories.”

Katz begins August 14.

From LA Times Suitor to LA Times Publisher

AustinBeutnerPicWhen everyone and their brother was being mentioned as a possible bidder for Tribune newspapers in general and the Los Angeles Times in particular, Hillel Aron wrote a crackling summary article for LA Weekly. Today, an individual front-and-center in Aron’s piece – Austin Beutner - has been announced as the paper’s new publisher and CEO, taking over for Eddy Hartenstein:

In an interview Sunday, Beutner described himself as “a news junkie” who has read The Times regularly since he moved to Southern California in 2000.

“I start my morning with a bowl of cereal and the newspaper laid out on the table in front of me,” he said.

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Life & Style Gains Photographer, Bloomberg Adds Reporter

A couple Revolving Door items to note this morning, involving Life & Style and Bloomberg. Details are below.

  • Mary Pat Thibodeau is leaving The New York Daily News to rejoin Life & Style as a photographer. She had left the magazine over a year ago to join the Daily News, but now has returned to the glossy.
  • Joseph Deaux is joining Bloomberg as a commodities reporter. He comes to the company from TheStreet.com, where he served as a reporter covering markets, gold, politics and more. He had been with TheStreet since 2011.

Meet AP’s New Music Editor

AP Appointment FekaduOne of the signature elements of Associated Press is the clever, wink-wink lede (when and where appropriate). So we thought we’d take a look at some of the notable recent handiwork in that department by Mesfin Fekadu ["Mess-phin Fah-KAH'-doo"] (pictured), newly installed as the wire service’s music editor:

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Thicke may be pleading to get his wife back, but he needs to work on getting his fans back, too.
[July 9, 2014]

NEW YORK (AP) — Britney Spears is going to hit you one more time, Las Vegas. A bunch more times actually.
[May 11, 2014]

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NY Times Adds to Strategy Team, Hearst Promotes Yates

A couple Revolving Door items to note this morning, involving The New York Times and Hearst Magazines International. Details are below.

    • Via a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko: Tyson Evans and Jonathan Galinsky are joining the New York Times’ new newsroom strategy team. Evans has served as a deputy editor of interactive news; Galinsky a manager with strategy and development. The team will ”focus on working with the masthead to identify, develop and prioritize digital initiatives, implementing some of the recommendations in the Innovation Report, and collaborating with colleagues throughout the building to ensure we’re keeping pace with the fast-changing needs and habits of our readers.”
    • Hearst Magazines International has promoted Peter Yates from creative director to executive creative director of international branding. He had served as creative director since 2009. Before joining Hearst, Yates was the founding design director of Cargo magazine, and previously served as design director of ESPN The Magazine.

Greg Coleman Named President of BuzzFeed

BuzzFeedLogoGreg Coleman, former president of The Huffington Post, has been named the new president of BuzzFeed. Coleman most recently served as president of the advertising tech company Criteo. Coleman will also hold a seat on BuzzFeed’s board.

“Social, content-driven advertising has really come of age in the last three years, and Greg joining us validates that enormous shift,” said Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed’s founder and CEO, in a statement. “Greg helped transform industries at Huffington Post and Criteo and now will scale social advertising globally as it becomes an essential part of every major brand’s marketing strategy.”

Coleman is succeeding Jon Steinberg, who recently joined Mail Online.

Columbia Journalism Prof Headed to Telemundo

MirtaOjitoPicAn assistant professor at Columbia’s graduate school of journalism since 2006, Mirta Ojito had also more recently been a contributing writer to website AARP en Español and the Miami Herald. But Ojito has now accepted a journalism job that precludes teaching: director, news standards, Telemundo.

From the announcement tip at Color magazine:

While at Columbia, Ojito taught reporting and writing, as well as a course she co-developed on social media and social change.

Prior to that, Ojito was a staff writer at the New York Times for more than five years, where she covered local, national and international stories and was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for national reporting in a series entitled, “How Race is Lived in America.” Ojito also held various positions at The Miami Herald Publishing Company, beginning in 1987.

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New York Magazine Finds Its New Executive Editor

She is Lauren Kern, returning to the glossy after a four-year stint at New York Times Magazine. Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo has the memo sent out to staff Monday by New York EIC Adam Moss.

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Kern, deputy editor at the New York Times Magazine, was seen to be in line for the top job there along with fellow deputy editor Joel Lovell (now working on NYT special projects) when Hugo Lindgren exited for Hollywood. But instead, the NYT opted for Texas Monthly EIC Jake Silverstein. (Kern had worked alongside Lindgren at New York magazine.)

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More Names Beauty Director, Hearst Newspapers Adds Development Exec

A couple more Revolving Door items to note this early afternoon, involving More and Hearst Newspapers. Details, as always, are below.

  • Nina Judar has been named beauty director of More. Judar most recently held the same role with Good Housekeeping. She previously served as Town & Country’s beauty and health editor for eight years. Judar will report to More’s editor-in-chief, Lesley Jane Seymour, and will begin on September 3. Judar is succeeding Genevieve Monsma.
  • Jeff Bergin has been named vice president of vertical strategy development for Hearst Newspapers. He most recently served as senior vice president of advertising sales for the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to that, Bergin served as served as vice president, national sales and advertising strategy for Gannett, from 2001 to 2009.

Marie Claire Names Fashion Director, Time Inc. Names SVP of Sales

A couple Revolving Door items to note this morning, involving Marie Claire and Time Inc. Details are below.

    • Libby Conover has been named Marie Claire’s international fashion director, a publishing-side role. Conover comes to the magazine from GQ, where she served as style and entertainment director since 2012. She starts August 18.
    • Time Inc. has named Mark Ellis senior VP of corporate sales. He comes to Time Inc. from Yahoo, where he spent the past three years as VP of North American sales. This marks a return to Time Inc. for Ellis, as he previously served as publisher of Time Inc. New Media and publishing director of Sports Illustrated.

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