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Jezebel Deputy Editor Says Goodbye

“Friends: Today is my last day at Jezebel.”

FusionLogoSo begins deputy editor Dodai Stewart‘s farewell missive, posted this afternoon after seven years of service with the Gawker Media site. Her post follows an internal email obtained earlier in the day and shared by BuzzFeed reporter Myles Tanzer, confirming that Dodai is joining Fusion as director of culture coverage.

Stewart recalls the email she sent to a blind Gawker email address, to get the Jezebel ball rolling:

My email to specialproject@gawker (or whatever) was written addressed to Anna Wintour; the body of the missive contained a serrated critique of everything I hated about Vogue: lack of diversity, focus on prohibitively priced couture, fetishization of thinness, dedication to nepotism and cronyism, etc. I believe the email ended, “But I still buy it. Love, Dodai.”

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Jorge Urrutia Leaves HuffPost for Fusion

Fusion TV logo GFusion TV continues to stockpile talent. The company’s latest hire is Jorge Urrutia, who is leaving The Huffington Post to join Fusion as vice president of digital monetization. Urrutia served as HuffPost’s VP of operations since February of last year.

“Jorge will work closely with our editorial and technology teams to explore unique ways to drive digital revenue across our platforms,” wrote Isaac Lee, Fusion’s CEO, in a note to staffers.

Urrutia is the latest big name to join Fusion, which has been staffing up over the last few weeks. Most recently, Anna Holmes, Jezebel’s founder, joined the company as its editor of digital voices and storytelling.

You can read Lee’s full memo regarding Urrutia below.

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Report: Jezebel About to Lose Its EIC

JessicaCohenTwitterProfilePicJust the other day, we told you about Jezebel founder Anna Holmes heading to Fusion TV. Now, there are rumblings of a much bigger operational change.

According to a report this afternoon by BuzzFeed’s Myles Tanzer, editor-in-chief Jessica Coen is set to step down from those full-time duties. When reached by Tanzer, she would not confirm, but she also definitely did not exactly deny:

“My husband, mortgage and cat are all in Chicago,” Coen added. “I’ve been flying to New York near-weekly for 18 months now.”

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José Díaz-Balart Named MSNBC’s 10 A.M. Host (TVNewser)
Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart has been named MSNBC’s 10 a.m. anchor, replacing Chris Jansing, who is leaving MSNBC to become NBC’s senior White House correspondent. HuffPost He will host his MSNBC show from Miami and take over when Jansing departs in June. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Díaz-Balart will continue to co-anchor Telemundo’s Noticiero Telemundo and host Enfoque Con José Díaz-Balart. Ari Melber, a co-host on MSNBC’s afternoon program The Cycle, had been in the running against Díaz-Balart for the 10 a.m. slot, several sources said in recent weeks. The Associated Press MSNBC president Phil Griffin said Tuesday the deal has been in the works for some nine months. Griffin says he’s wanted to snag Díaz-Balart for years but had to find a time slot that wouldn’t conflict with the nightly news on Telemundo, which is also a division of NBC Universal. Díaz-Balart is the brother of U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart and former Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart. His aunt was the first wife of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Variety Díaz-Balart began his career in 1983 and has reported historic events and interviewed major political figures for prestigious news outlets including NBC News and Telemundo. His achievements include being the first journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.

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Jezebel Founder Anna Holmes Takes Role at Fusion

Anna Holmes, most widely known for founding Jezebel in 2007, is joining the cable network Fusion. According to Recode, Holmes will serve as Fusion’s editor of digital voices and storytelling.

In addition to launching Jezebel, Holmes has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and more. She is also a columnist for the The New York Times Book Review. In 2012, Holmes won the Mirror Award — which honors excellence in media reporting — for commentary.

Here’s a snippet of what Holmes has planned for Fusion:

Fusion is a cable channel, and they want to supplement it with really great stuff on the digital end. And because their audience is made up mostly of millennials, and because they consume stories and the news in ways that are much different than their parents, or even my generation, we want to attract them using the tools that they’re already using themselves, in terms of telling and consuming stories. So that means not just the Internet broadly, but Twitter and Vine and Facebook and Instagram and Tumblr and so on.

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The 2012 Mirror Awards Winners

The 2012 Mirror Awards winners were announced today at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper. Here is a look back at the various finalists.

Congrats to those nominated (again) and those who won. Below are the winners.

Best Commentary, Digital Media

Rebecca Traister (Salon.com, NYTimes.com)

Best Profile, Digital Media

Joe Pompeo, “The road ahead for The Huffington Post: Nine months and a merger later, ‘Capital-J Journalism’ is still a work in progress” (Capital New York)

Best Single Article, Digital Media

Rhonda Roland Shearer and Malik Ayub Sumbal, “Mrs. Bhutto’s Murder Anniversary Part 1: Troubling Double Standard, American photojournalism’s different treatment of foreign victims” (iMediaEthics)

Best Commentary, Traditional/Legacy Media

Anna Holmes (The New York TimesThe Washington Post)

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2012 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has unveiled the 2102 Mirror Awards finalists. Winners will be announced June 13, at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Below is the complete list of finalists.

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Anna Holmes Puts The Charlie Sheen Hype in Perspective

Anna Holmes, the founder of Jezebel, has some strong words on the current obsession with all things Charlie Sheen in The New York Times. Holmes says that Sheen’s vast history of abusing women is somehow an afterthought, mainly because our society says the type of women who Sheen is associated with aren’t deemed worthy of respect:

It’s these sorts of explicit and implicit value judgments that underscore our contempt for women who are assumed to be trading on their sexuality. A woman’s active embrace of the fame monster or participation in the sex industry, we seem to say, means that she compromises her right not to be assaulted, let alone humiliated, insulted or degraded; it’s part of the deal. The promise of a modern Cinderella ending — attention, fame, the love and savings account of a rich man — is always the assumed goal.

Objectification and abuse, it follows, is not only an accepted occupational hazard for certain women, but something that men like Mr. Sheen have earned the right to indulge in.

Holmes nails it with this piece. Sheen is not only being given a pass – he’s being absolutely adored by the media right now and it shouldn’t be that way.

The media should stop looking at this as The Charlie Sheen Train Wreck, and start viewing it as an actual train wreck: A horrible situation for all those involved.

Which Jezebels Went Part-Time; Denton on Gawker Cuts

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(L-R: Megan Carpentier, Tracie Egan, and Sadie Stein)

In the wake of Gawker Media’s latest layoffs, we’re hearing more about what went down at the blog network. Sources with inside knowledge of today’s cuts report that editors Megan Carpentier, Tracie Egan, and associate editor Sadie Stein are the Jezebel staffers who’ve been made part-time employees. Jezebel managing editor Anna Holmes would only tell FishbowlNY that three editors had their hours cut, declining to confirm their names. Holmes said there “shouldn’t be much less” content on the blog following the staff cuts and status changes. Carpentier posted to Twitter at approximately 11 p.m. Monday night, seemingly in reference to her modified employment status:

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The Jezebellion Wave

jezeg.pngWe’re not sure how many FBNY readers have been keeping up with the whole Jezebel kerfuffle — between the July 4 holiday and going Canadian we mostly missed it. However, since it continues to pop up in conversations and online we thought it was worth a mention.

Short version: Jezebel’s Moe Tkacik and Tracie “Slut Machine” Egan appeared on Lizz Winstead‘s “Shoot the Messenger: Thinking and Drinking” show a few weeks ago and proceeded to drink (to some excess). Over the course of what was supposed to be a fun(ny) hour, talk turned to rape at which point the host turned suddenly serious (earlier talk of abortion somehow did not merit a finger-waving response). At this point the crowd began to express its displeasure(?) over the fact the ladies were drunk and seemingly making light of serious subjects and/or not as articulate as their writing has lead people to believe they should be. For her part the host appeared displeased that the ladies weren’t kissing either her or Gloria Steinem‘s ass (one wonders, does she read Jezebel?). In the words of Karina Longworth “cross-generational feminist chaos” ensued. (Longworth has a great write-up here).

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