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The Atlantic Announces Several Promotions and Hires

The AtlanticThe Atlantic has announced a few promotions and hires. Details are below.

  • Alexis Madrigal has been promoted from senior editor of The Atlantic to deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, a new role at the magazine. He has covered science and technology for the glossy since 2010.
  • Julie Beck has been named the new editor of TheAtlantic.com’s Health Channel. She most recently served as an associate editor.
  • Dr. James Hamblin, who previously led the Health Channel, is shifting his role. He will now write more often for the site and take part in more video features.
  • Kathy Gilsinan is joining as an associate editor. She comes to the magazine from World Politics Review.

Ringo Starr Promotes a Very Good Selfie Cause

It’s been added as a word to the dictionary. It’s the subject of endless media debate. But in this case, the selfie angles are all good.

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Per a report by LA Times pop music writer Randy Lewis, Ringo Starr was in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building Monday on his 74th birthday, urging fans to join him for a worthy cause. The ex-Beatle’s promotion of fashion designer John Varvatos‘ 2014 “Peace Rocks” fall collection includes a fun social-media component:

For each person who tweets a selfie while flashing the “V” peace symbol using the #peacerocks hashtag, Varvatos’ company will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, supporting the David Lynch Foundation…

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ESPN The Magazine ‘Body Issue’ Features Six Covers

ESPN The Magazine has unveiled its annual Body Issue, which features lots of mostly naked pro athletes with bodies that will make you hate yours. Aside from Prince Fielder. There’s a good chance his body won’t invoke your jealousy.

The following athletes are featured on six different covers: Michael Phelps, Venus Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Prince Fielder, Jamie Anderson and Serge Ibaka.

This year’s collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types,” said Chad Millman, ESPN’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes’ bodies and all they are capable of.”

ESPN’s Body Issue hits newsstands July 11.

Animals ‘Negotiable’ at Journo’s Central Park West Pad

Back in the early 1990s, celebrity journalist Gregory Speck published an intriguing, imagined Tinseltown dinner party book Hollywood Royalty and spent three years/$50,000 amassing a large taxidermy collection.

Per a fascinating New York Times item by Michelle Higgins, he is now selling a Central Park West co-op for $3.95 million, with or without those animals. Realizing that only some may be interested in the additional option of stuffed animal heads, Speck and his listing agent came up with a novel solution:

The online listing will offer two sets of photos. One will show the apartment as-is, the other will have most of the taxidermy edited out “so prospective buyers can get a sense of the grandeur of the apartment,” which has a dining room and a maid’s room, Mr. [Robert] Dowling [of Halstead Property] said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy a home at the Beresford, an iconic New York City landmark, one of the most prestigious addresses in the city.”

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Cosmo Revamps Website

Cosmopolitan.com has received quite a makeover. The site is slicker, faster and cleaner than the old version. Yes, it has the “mobile look” that many people don’t like — featuring the clickable menu in the upper lefthand corner of the page — but Cosmo’s isn’t as clunky as some we’ve seen.

An interesting aspect of the new site is something called “Marketplace,” which is essentially just a collection of sponsored links. By clicking “Best Designer Dresses,” you’re taken to another set of links to the advertisers’ sites. Marketplace is definitely one of the more clever forms of native advertising that we’ve seen.

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Happy 125th Birthday, WSJ

wall_street_journal_logo_01As we’ve already noted, today is The Wall Street Journal’s 125th anniversary. To help celebrate, we played around with some of the interactive features the Journal launched for the occasion.

Our favorite is the WSJ 125 Archive, which lets you pick from sections — like Scandals, How We Live, Titans, Tragedies and more — or from major moments, like The Great Depression, and scroll through items that show you how the paper covered the stories. It’s a must for any news junkie.

Another unique interactive allows readers to peruse notes on the Journal’s first front page, published July 8, 1889. What was making news then? Wheat! “The Kansas wheat crop of 1889 was, at roughly 30 million bushels, nearly double the crop of the previous year and the third largest on record, behind 1884 and 1882,” explained the Journal.

The Journal’s full slate of digital content celebrating its anniversary is available here.

Happy birthday, Journal. Don’t party too hard tonight.

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Is Sarah Palin Pitching Herself to The View? (THR / The Live Feed)
Sportsman Channel has picked up a second season of Amazing America With Sarah Palin, the network announced Monday. Palin’s program, which has her introducing viewers to the great outdoors as well as the country’s unsung heroes, has brought significant attention to the niche cable channel, propelling Sportsman to triple-digit year-over-year growth in households and key male demographics. In an interview with THR, Palin names The View as a show that might “need a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into [its] scripts.” TVNewser The rumor mill on who will replace ousted View hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy is in full force, and former Vice Presidential candidate Palin seems to be throwing her hat in the ring. In the interview, Palin mentioned that The View might be better if it goes “rogue.” FishbowlDC Palin said, “Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous!” She went on to add, “It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for.” Mediaite With Barbara Walters’ semi-retirement underway and the pending departures of Shepherd and McCarthy, The View is actively looking for new co-hosts. MSNBC The program’s women co-hosts discuss a variety of political and social issues. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg is the only host not departing the daytime show. The series also previously included journalist Lisa Ling, television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar as co-hosts.

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Author Credits FishbowlNY for Asian Publishing Deal

On the Internet, you just never know who might be reading.

RandyJerniganPic2Case in point: our June 24 post “Busy Author Circles Marie Osmond, Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres.” In the two weeks since publication, something exciting and wholly unexpected has transpired for Utah-based writer Randy Jernigan. Per some text provided by Jernigan’s U.S. publishing company rep:

On Monday July 7, contractual agreements were signed between Jernigan, Creative Partners Publishing and a newly formed Japanese publishing firm, Bunkyo-Ku Ltd. of Tokyo.

This agreement gives the Asian company co-publishing and distribution rights for the Asian market to Jernigan’s The Life and Career of Daniel Radcliffe and all succeeding books in the “fan book” series.

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