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Archives: September 2010

The New York Times Magazine Has Named A New Editor

And, after much waitin’ debatin’ and speculatin,’ The New York Times Magazine‘s new editor is… Hugo Lindgren, the current executive editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. Lindgren will begin his new role on October 25th.

Lindgren is replacing Gerry Marzorati, who left the position and now oversees special projects at The New York Times.

You can read executive editor Bill Keller‘s full memo to staff after the jump.

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National Journal Names Newsweek’s Adam Kushner Deputy Managing Editor

Big, hire for the National Journal: The National Journal Group announced that Adam Kushner, currently a senior editor for Newsweek, is joining their fold as deputy magazine editor.

At Newsweek, Kushner oversaw the weekly magazine’s foreign coverage. He has previously worked at The New Republic in various positions and is the co-founder of both the Columbia Political Review and the Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning At A Glance

Newsweek/Daily Beast Talks Heating Up

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All indications are that talks between Newsweek owner Sidney Harman and The Daily Beast’s Barry Diller are red hot. The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman, citing an “individual close to the talks,” puts the odds of a deal being reached in the next week at 50 percent. Which we guess is another way of saying as hot as talks supposedly are no one still has any idea if this thing is going to happen.

The plan would be to combine the digital operation of both entities while giving editorial control of Newsweek’s print product to Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown. But neither of the two entities are currently making any money–so who knows how the deal would work financially.

Editorially speaking, however, the deal obviously seems like a good fit. We’d love to see what Brown could do for the chronically conventional-wisdom-spewing Newsweek.

Bill Maher on O’Reilly: ‘Extremism on the Left is a Canard’

Real Time’s Bill Maher sat in with Bill O’Reilly last night on his Fox News show, and managed to squeeze a few great lines out of an otherwise dry interview.

“At some point in this country the left moved to the center and the right moved to a mental institution.”

Nice. Maher also tore apart the conservative talking point that relatively milquetoast Democratic blogs like Daily Kos represent the “far left” of the ideological spectrum.

What A Meth | Drowning In The Atlantic | Go Deep

Justin-Timberlake-Rolling-Stone_9.29.jpgBWE: These Rolling Stone covers apparently make light of serious issues. But, to be fair, nothing says “serious meth problem” quite like Justin Timberlake’s hair.

UnBeige: Here’s a look at the project that’s going to make my life even more of a living Hell.

AgencySpy: I originally read this headline as “Foursome.”

YouTube: Queens’ own Greg Giraldo died today. Celebrate his life with some jokes about large women, alcoholism and the enigma that is George Hamilton’s continued existence. R.I.P.

Rodale Names New EVP, Group Publisher

rodale_9.29.jpgSome big promotions from Rodale Inc. to report today: Mary Murcko has been promoted to EVP, group publisher, effective immediately. She will be tasked with overseeing all print and digital advertising sales and marketing efforts. Publishers for Rodale’s titles will now report to her, including Laura Petasnick, who has been newly promoted to publisher of Prevention.

Murcko, who has been with Rodale for six years, has worked across a variety of the company’s magazines, including Prevention, Organic Gardening, and Women’s Health.

Petasnick was formerly the advertising director at Vogue and worked eight years at Time Inc, including acting as the executive director, fashion & beauty advertising at Real Simple.

Said Murcko of Pestarnik:

Laura has a deep-rooted understanding of the Prevention reader and their desire for all things food, fitness, and beauty. I have every confidence that she will continue to successfully connect marketers with this passionate audience of healthy lifestyle enthusiasts who actively engage with brands that invest in their interests.

Elle Magazine Nabs Nick Axelrod As Fashion News Editor

Nick Axelrod, formerly of WWD will join Elle next week as the magazine’s new fashion news editor.

John Koblin, as we told you earlier, is scooping up Axelrod’s old spot.

Mogul Mania with Jack Welch & David Geffen

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It was SRO at Michael’s today with moguls Jack Welch and David Geffen holding court at their respective tables while the celebrity du jour, none other than George Hamilton, caused more than his fair share of double takes. We overheard one fan gush, “I loved you on Dancing With the Stars!” (So did we, but we’re too cool to say so.) Meanwhile, the rest of the crowd was so busy air kissing and table hopping between bites it’s a miracle anyone actually got to eat anything. We’re glad we did, because the new fall menu is fabulous!

I was joined today by Debbie Phillips, life coach and founder of Women On Fire, and Sophfronia Scott, author and founder of The Done For You Writing & Publishing Company. Debbie is busier than ever with her Women on Fire tea parties that have been helping women from all walks of life ignite their true passions since 2004. She’s hosting one at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon in Gramercy Park on Friday, and there are others scheduled for Columbus, Ohio, Boston, Santa Fe and Naples this fall. Debbie is on track to reaching her important goal of “connecting 50,000 women to each other” through Women on Fire this year. You go, girl!

Sophfronia, who I first met when we worked at People together another life ago, got to know Debbie after she attended one of her tea parties. She is really on a roll. This mom of an adorable six year-old boy has been regularly cranking out books since she published her first novel All I Need to Get By in 2004. She recently published How The Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times (Two Harbors) in which she compiles words of wisdom from high rollers, including Donald Trump and Jack Canfield. Just how does she juggle it all? “I can write for about four hours at a time; then I have to get up and do something else,” Sophfronia tells me. See, it’s just that simple.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The “Imber Gang”: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer

2. Peter Brown and Grace Hightower (That’s Mrs. Robert De Niro to you.)

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong

4. Alan Grubman, David Geffen and Bob Daley

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Let Your Light Shine as Sunset‘s New Senior Travel Editor

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sunsetmag092910.jpgReady to pack your bags and move on to a new gig? Sunset is looking for a new senior travel editor to contribute to planning, assigning and editing the magazine’s travel coverage in print and online.

In addition to conceptualizing features and working with other editors and designers on packaging, you’ll be overseeing and editing several of Sunset‘s regional monthly Weekend Guides, as well as one special quarterly section. Needless to say, you need to be on top of west coast travel trends and have great contacts within the industry.

Five or more years of experience at a magazine or website with a travel focus, plus top-notch editor skills are must-haves for this position. You should also be an efficient project manager and collaborative worker, who can generate compelling stories in the blink of an eye. Interested? Apply here.

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