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Aaron Gell to Lead Longform Revolution at Business Insider

Business Insider has hired Aaron Gell, the former New York Observer vet, to lead the site’s foray into longform articles. Gell left the Observer in January, weeks after the paper named Ken Kurson its editor-in-chief.

Henry Blodget, BI’s founder and CEO, told Capital New York that Gell was the right person to launch the new initiative. “He is a highly experienced editor with great ideas, and the writers he has worked with rave about him,” said Blodget. “Aaron’s mission will be to help us produce in-depth features that our readers love, and we can’t wait for him to start.” That start will be November 18.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

A Lot of Media People Partied Last Night

The whirlwind surrounding the New Republic continued last night as Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine, threw a party to celebrate the glossy. Since those in the publishing business love nothing more than to hobnob with people just like them, there was a slew of big names in attendance.

Now you might be saying “I don’t care about yet another event full of media people congratulating themselves for being themselves” but we know you do! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So allow us to give you what you want, a list of people who went to Hughes’ shindig, via The Huffington Post.

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Aaron Gell Departs New York Observer

Aaron Gell has decided to move on. Only weeks after Ken Kurson was named editor-in-chief at the New York Observer, thereby demoting Gell, he emailed staffers to announce that he was leaving the paper. Gell had been with the Observer since 2010.

In the memo obtained by Capital New York, Gell said he is leaving to do some consulting for a start-up.

A snippet from the note:

Working for the Observer has been the best experience of my career; I credit that to all of you, especially, but also to Peter and all the writers and editors who passed through and helped create a newspaper that despite, ahem, everything has remained such a special place to work. It has been an absolute blast. There really is no publication like it in the world. Maybe for a reason, but still.

New York Observer Names Ken Kurson EIC

Ken Kurson has been named the new editor-in-chief of The New York Observer. Kurson has been a contributor to Esquire since 1997, a political consultant and speechwriter for Rudy Guiliani, and has worked at Jamestown Associates, a political communications firm in New Jersey. No word on what will happen to Aaron Gell, who was named the paper’s interim editor after Elizabeth Spiers departed in August of last year.

As the New York Times notes, Kurson’s Republican ties will certainly cause some to wonder (perhaps more than they already do) about the objectivity of the Observer.

Kurson, of course, thinks it’s no big deal. “People will think what they want,” he told the Times. “I will have to earn their trust. I have had a long and honorable journalistic career, calling it like I see it and being a straight shooter.”

“Ken knows the ideas, stories and voices that make up New York better than anyone,” wrote Jared Kushner, in a note to staffers announcing the move. “He is a journalist and an author and through his years as a consultant observed the figures who create the framework of business, politics, media, tech, culture and real estate in our city.”

Wanted: Writer With a Wry Sense of Humor

What distinguishes the salmon-colored New York Observer from other city pubs like The New York Times and New York magazine? “A sharp eye for the absurdities inherent in the New York scene, a greater focus on the characters who define the city and a wry sense of humor,” says editor-in-chief Aaron Gell.

Even though most of its content is written in-house, freelancers who fit this bill have a good chance of landing a byline, as there are a handful of contributor stories in every issue.

Got a great idea for these highly sophisticated readers? Get editors’ contact info in How To Pitch: The New York Observer. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

New York Observer Shutters Velvet Roper

Velvet Roper, the nightlife site from The New York Observer, is being shut down. According to The New York Post, the soon-to-launch website for Scene magazine — a glossy about where rich people hang out — will replace velvetroper.comJulie Dannenberg, CEO of Scene, said the magazine is “doing well,” which we assume is the opposite of how Velvet Roper was doing.

Aaron Gell, editor-in-chief of the Observer, sort of confirmed that by telling the Post, “Scene needs an online home, and it became obvious we are just competing with ourselves. Scene is the stronger brand.”

Laura Griffin, editor of Velvet Roper, is now listed as a consultant.

Elizabeth Spiers Departs The New York Observer [Update]

Elizabeth Spiers (a former Mediabistro editor-in-chief) is leaving The New York Observer. According to the paper, Spiers — who joined as editor in February of last year — is stepping aside to launch a new company, and will remain a part time consultant for the Observer Media Group.

Executive editor Aaron Gell is succeeding Spiers as the Observer’s new editor-in-chief.

“Elizabeth has been a phenomenal editor and manager,” said Jared Kushner, in a statement. “Not only did she bring on a wonderful team, she redesigned the paper and websites, launched a slew of new verticals and web properties, and invigorated the newsroom, all while more than doubling web traffic. I’m grateful for her efforts, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.”

UPDATE:
Christopher Barnes is also leaving. Check out the full internal memo here.

Three New Hires for The New York Observer

The New York Observer editor Elizabeth Spiers announced three new hires today, including a new deputy editor for the paper, Brian Gallagher, who was most recently managing editor of Gilt Groupe.

Additionally, the Observer has taken on two new reporters. Nitasha Tiku, formerly a writer for Daily Intel, will write on technology, and Michael Miller, who wrote the Bookish column for thirteen.org, will cover the arts.

There are some internal changes going on at the Observer as well. Staff writer Reid Pillifant has been made a features editor, and online managing editor Aaron Gell will serve as executive editor.

MediaElites.com Brings Media’s Elite Together With Holiday Spirit

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MediaElites.com’s Aaron Gell and Drew Grant, Advertising Age‘s Nat Ives and Jeff Bercovici of AOL Daily Finance

Last night’s Holiday Blowout hosted by MediaElites.com at 200 Orchard had all the ingredients for a good old new media holiday party: open bar, a feeling of good will (donate an old coat!), plenty of media types milling around and Big Buck Hunter. Sometimes reporters just need to let loose, and we’d rather they did it with a video game and a big plastic gun, because it’s just so much more fun that way.

Representing MediaElites.com (formerly ASSME) in the crowd was founder Aaron Gell and our fellow Fishbowl-er Drew Grant. We also spotted all the usual suspects, including many former FishbowlNY editors, Dylan Stableford, Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol.

We also learned that media party-goers can give as good as they drink; after asking attendees to each bring an old coat to donate, MediaElites carted away five nine garbage bags full of outerwear.

And as for Big Buck Hunter, we hear the big winner of the evening was media blogger Jeff Bercovici of AOL’s Daily Finance, who swiftly defeated Advertising Age‘s Nat Ives and publicist Shawna Seldon of the Rosen Group. Glad we sat that one out.

More pictures after the jump.

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Employed And Unemployed Alike Swap Swag At ASSME Bash

assmepic.pngJust as we were about to leave ASSME’s Swag-a-Thon — a charity event/blowout hosted by the organization representing the “sh*tcanned media elite” — we heard the unmistakable voice of New York Times media columnist David Carr. There had been some confusion over whether Carr would come — something about being lost in a taxi — but clearly he had made it to Fontana’s safely. So, what did he think of the party?

“I would say the people are sort of spicy and interesting,” Carr told FishbowlNY. “I don’t know if you noticed any jerks or a**holes in there? I just got here so maybe they’re lurking.”

Jerks? Of course not! But we did see, as attendee Rex Sorgatz of Fimoculous.com put it, “70 percent of all the people I see at all the other media parties,” including Jeff Bercovici, Foster Kamer, Rachel Sklar, Brian Stelter, Megan Keane of TechSoup, and ASSME-ers (ASSME-ites?) Sheila McClear, Drew Grant and president Aaron Gell.

Photo: (from left to right) Gell, Carr and Grant party on. Photo by Amy Mitten

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