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Glamour Names Managing Editor, WSJ Loses Tech Reporter

A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Glamour and The Wall Street Journal. Details are below.

  • LaToya Valmont has been promoted to managing editor of Glamour. Valmont has been with the magazine since 2013. She previously served as production manager for Essence, from 2005 to 2013.
  • Spencer Ante, a senior special writer for the Journal, has announced he’s leaving the paper to join a tech company. Ante had covered tech for the Journal since 2010.

Janice Min Pays Tribute to Her Departing Culture Editor

DeganPenerTwitterProfilePicOn September 10, one of the original members of Janice Min‘s Hollywood Reporter team will be moving on.

Both the importance of culture editor Degen Pener‘s contributions and Min’s fondness for him, personally, shine through in a memo circulated this afternoon:

Dear Staff:

I’m sure many of you have heard the news that culture editor Degen Pener will be leaving us in September, but I wanted to formally tell all of you as I know his impact is felt around so many parts of this organization.

Almost exactly four years ago, Degen was among the first five people I hired at The Hollywood Reporter in anticipation of its relaunch. I had known Degen a bit in New York, and was surprised (as I considered him a bit of a free spirit) that he wanted to come work on what was then just an imaginary magazine that I could only describe conceptually (admittedly, it sounded pretty good). As our culture editor, he dove right in for the launch, and was instrumental in creating so much of the tone and style that is now synonymous with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Lindsay Zoladz Named New York Pop Music Critic

lindsay zoladz GNew York has named Lindsay Zoladz its new pop music critic. She comes to the magazine from Pitchfork, where she served as an associate editor since last year.

“Lindsay is one of the freshest voices writing about music today, versatile and lucid, with the rare ability to surface big ideas while conveying to the reader a clear sense of the quality of the music itself,” said New York’s editor, Adam Moss, in a statement. “She can write long and short, and can effortlessly move print to the web, from essays to short reviews and commentary on music news.  She’s a superb addition to our already- formidable team of critics.”

Zoladz starts her new role August 11.

Good Housekeeping Makeover Continues

GoodHousekeepingLogoAs we reported in June, the arrival of Good Housekeeping EIC Jane Francisco precipitated a sea of staffing changes. Following last month’s wave of four hires and many more firings, the magazine’s masthead makeover continues.

Per an announcement today, Good Housekeeping has made four major hires. Succeeding Jasmine Chang as fashion director is Kristen Saladino:

Saladino joins Good Housekeeping from Self, where she had been senior fashion editor since 2007. Prior to that, Saladino was a freelance fashion editor for publications including InStyle, Marie Claire and Teen Vogue, and started her career at Glamour, where she held a variety of fashion editorial positions.

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Rachel Smolkin Named Exec Editor of CNN Politics

Rachel Smolkin is leaving her spot as Politico’s managing editor for news to join CNN as its executive editor for politics. Smolkin had been with Politico since 2011. She previously worked for USA Today and American Journalism Review.

“Rachel will spearhead a new effort to create a digital product in Washington to provide our audiences with more news, more context and more insight about politics than ever before,” wrote CNN’s senior VP, Andrew Morse, in a memo to staffers. “She will work closely with Sam Feist and all of our teams in the DC Bureau to harness the very best reporting from our anchors, programs, reporters and producers.”

Smolkin will join CNN this week.

Fareed Zakaria Joins The Atlantic

Fareed Zakaria is joining The Atlantic and its business site — Quartz — as a contributing editor. He will also participate in Atlantic Live events. Zakaria will continue his current roles a host for CNN and a columnist for The Washington Post.

Zakaria previously served as a Newsweek columnist and editor of International Newsweek. His also served as an editor-at-large for Time, which had one rough spot — in 2012, he was caught plagiarizing a New Yorker article. Nevertheless, The Atlantic is happy to have him.

“This is one of those wonderful high-water marks in The Atlantic’s 157 year history,” said David Bradley, Atlantic Media’s chairman and owner, in a statement. “Our founders (Emerson, Holmes, Longfellow…) would welcome Fareed enthusiastically — and then worry about raising their own game.”

Rodale Promotes Paul Collins

rodale logo GPaul Collins has been promoted to associate publisher of Rodale’s Runner’s World and Running Times. Collins has been serving as ad director for both brands since 2010.

Collins has been with Rodale since 2006. He previously served as Bicycling’s ad director and director of Rodale’s Sports Marketing & Events Group.

“Paul has everything we’re looking for in an associate publisher,” said Molly O’Keefe, Runner’s World and Running Times’ publisher, in a statement. “He has a dedication and passion for our brands. He has the ability to connect with partners and understand their expectations, and also the creativity and leadership to pull together programs that meet and exceed everyone’s goals. I’m excited to be able to promote Paul to this new position where we will continue to work together for these two dynamic brands.”

Ad Age Promotes Zmuda, Adds Two

Ad Age logo GAd Age has promoted Natalie Zmuda to deputy managing editor. She most recently served as marketing editor. Zmuda joined Ad Age in 2008, after five years with Condé Nast.

In addition to Zmuda’s promotion, Ad Age has announced the following hires:

  • Karen Edelman joins as senior editor of event content. For the past decade, Edelman ran a consulting firm that organized events for Forbes, Fortune and more
  • Malika Toure joins Ad Age as a reporter, focusing on Toure was most recently an intern for Ad Age’s sister pub Creativity.

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.

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.

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