Archives: July 2010
The National Journal has named Coral Davenport as its new energy and environment correspondent. Her reporting will appear on the Journal‘s soon-to-be-launched website, as well as in Congress Daily and National Journal.
Davenport currently covers energy issues at Politico.
Davenport is one of many who will be joining the National Journal Group in coming weeks as the result of its nationwide talent search.
• NYT: Did you know William Shatner interviewed a sniper? Beat that, Chuck Norris.
• UnBeige: Wonder what lunching at the White House is like? Organic? Orgasmic? Smart Design’s Tom Dair lets you know.
• FishbowlLA: Southwest Airlines bumped a woman off a flight so an obese teenager could have two seats. Sounds a whole lot like riding the subway.
• The L Magazine: Understanding the SoHo Effect (by which we mean something other than the There Are No Places To Have Lunch Here Effect).
Can you name each of Brangelina’s kids and the countries they were born in? Is your DVR filled with everything from “The Bachelor” to “Dexter” to “Gossip Girl”? Well, here’s the perfect gig for you. Life & Style Weekly is looking for a senior news editor to join its Englewood Cliffs, N.J. team.
While it’s good to know what Danielle Staub is whining about this week, the ideal candidate must also have experience in driving big news stories and breaking celebrity exclusives. Naturally, you’ll need to have great sources and incredible contacts in the industry to get the ultimate scoop.
An impressive editorial resume, experience managing reporters and strong relationships with publicists are must-haves for this position. Knowing who Kate Hudson’s latest boyfriend is won’t hurt either. If you think you have your finger on the pulse of celeb culture, apply here.
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Newsweek parent The Washington Post Co. is said to be nervous over bidder Avenue Capital Group’s plans to forge a closer relationship with the National Enquirer‘s publisher, American Media, Inc.
Avenue Capital is proposing that AMI handle advertising and other functions not related to editorial. Nonetheless, the association with AMI’s titles might not sit very well with The Washington Post Co. and stirred up concerns at the company over the future of the ailing news magazine.
In an effort to assuage these fears, Avenue Capital sent the company a letter stating that it, and it alone, would oversee Newsweek‘s editorial content if named the winning bidder.
If the Washington Post Co. decides that its fears are substantial enough to take Avenue Capital Group out of the running, it will have to choose between auto equipment mogul Sidney Harman, founder of an audio-equipment company, and former New York Daily News publisher Fred Drasner. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Avenue remains interested in owning Newsweek, but it now suspects Mr. Harman is the favored bidder.”
W magazine is filming a documentary about the production of their September issue, drawing obvious comparisons to The September Issue — R.J. Cutler’s behind-the-scenes look at the making of Vogue‘s extremely important issue as well as the relationship between editor Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington.
New York mag reports that the movie is due out sometime in October, but a source at W wouldn’t provide any further details about the film.
W‘s upcoming September issue will prove more special than ever as it will debut the magazine’s redesign under new editor in chief Stefano Tonchi.
Consumer magazine behemoth, marketer and TV broadcaster Meredith Corp. (MDP) today said it rang up a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $33.4 million, vs. a loss of $163.7 million in the year-ago period.
Revenue climbed 6% year over year to $365 million, bolstered by a 7% rise in ad revenue to $202 million.
For the full year, Meredith rang up a profit of $104 million on revenue of $1.39 billion, compared with a loss of $107.1 million on revenue of $1.41 billion in 2009. The company said its share of the magazine advertising market increased to 12% from 9.5% over the past two years, and magazine readership reached 113 million this year.
“Fiscal 2010 marked a return to earnings growth as we strengthened our business across the board,” said CEO Stephen Lacy in a statement. “We increased advertising market share in both magazine and television, grew the size of our consumer audiences, and generated higher sales of our licensed products at retail. Additionally, we made important investments in new media platforms including mobile and eTablets.”
Former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl also offered her condolences via Twitter, and placed Batterberry’s death as having occurred sometime last night:
Batterberry, along with wife Ariane, won a James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award this year for their contributions to the food world.
Replacing Doletskaya is Viktoria Davydova, who has been beauty editor under Doletskaya at Vogue Russia until leaving to help launch Russian editions of Glamour and Tatler.