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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Popken’

Hillary Frey and Others Join NBCNews.com

NBCNews.com is beefing up its staff. The biggest move is naming Hillary Frey the site’s new editorial director. Frey comes to NBCNews.com from Yahoo! News, where she served as editor-in-chief since July of 2012. Prior to her time at Yahoo!, Frey was managing editor of Adweek.

Other notable hires:

  • Danielle Friedman has been named senior editor. Friedman comes to the site from Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
  • Tracy Connor and Erin McClam have been named senior writers. Connor joins the site from The New York Daily News; McClam joins from the AP.
  • Rachel Rique has been named senior planning editor. She was most recently operations director at vente-privee USA.
  • Hasani Gittens and Megan Friedman have been named news editors. Gittens comes to NBCNews.com from The Daily; Friedman from Time.com.
  • Ben Popken and Matthew DeLuca have been named staff writers. Popken had been with Consumerist; DeLuca with Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
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Newmark, Sklar, Sullivan Talk Consumer Protection With Consumer Reports and Consumerist

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Last night’s panel (from left to right) Kevin McKean, Craig Newmark, Rachel Sklar, Ben Popken and Bob Sullivan

Last night, we hit a panel at 92Y Tribeca hosted by the Consumerist and Consumer Reports that focused on online media’s contribution to consumer protection.

The panel, moderated by Consumer Reports‘ editorial director Kevin McKean, featured Consumerist co-executive editor Ben Popken, Craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark, former Huffington Post contributor Rachel Sklar (who is currently working for Abrams Research) and consumer reporter Bob Sullivan, who writes MSNBC‘s the Red Tape Chronicles column.

Throughout the discussion, Sullivan represented a traditional media point of view while Popken commented on the differences a Web site like Consumerist can make in getting companies to recognize and react to consumer complaints. Newmark advocated social media and consumers’ individual responsibilities to speak up, while Sklar, quoting Ronald Reagan, warned consumers to “Trust, but verify,” their sources of information.

“Anybody who wants to can be an authority, can be a blog publisher, can make their opinion known, can make their experiences known, can join in a movement if they wish,” Sklar said.

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Consumer Reports In Talks To Buy Consumerist Blog Amid More Gawker Media Cuts

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FishbowlNY has heard multiple reports from inside Gawker Media that Consumer Reports is in talks to purchase GM’s Consumerist blog. A meeting was held yesterday between visiting executives and top Gawker management — including Consumerist editor Ben Popken — while Ken Weine, a spokesman for Consumer Reports‘ parent company Consumer Union, told FishbowlNY this afternoon that “we’ve had discussions about Consumerist and that’s all I can say at this time.” Gawker publisher Nick Denton put Consumerist up for sale last month.

The consumer watchdog blog would be a natural acquisition for Consumer Reports. Two weeks ago, Popken told PC World he was in “preliminary negotiations, but things look good” regarding a purchase, adding that “the prospect is a good name everyone will be happy with.”

So, which three Gawker Media employees learned last night that they’d been let go?

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