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Former Newsweek President to Head Buzzwire

buzzwire.jpgThe online world continues to hire away from the MSM (the pool grows ever larger!). Buzzwire announced today that they have tapped Newsweek‘s former president and worldwide publisher Greg Osberg to join the company as CEO. Per the press release:

Leveraging nearly three decades of experience in the interactive media and publishing industry, Osberg will drive Buzzwire’s strategy to capitalize on the explosive growth of the mobile Web. Andrew MacFarlane, founder and former CEO, will remain actively involved in the company in the role of chairman and chief product officer where he will continue to drive product strategy and delivery.

Full release after the jump.

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Sharon Waxman Skewers Nick Denton, Internet

gawkessrshot.jpgSharon Waxman takes aim at Snarker-in-chief Nick Denton (which we get) as well as the flight of talented journalists to the Internet (which we don’t get).

As she says:

“And while I’m at it, let me publicly lament the flight of
talented colleagues, Jeff Leeds of the Times and Gabriel Snyder, once of Variety, to the world of celebrity infotainment, and the kingdom of snark, respectively. Leeds, one of the best music journalists working (or, rather, not working) has gone to Buzznet, where he will be the editor-in-chief. Snyder becomes managing editor at Gawker. Like other journalists, they have to eat, so one can hardly blame them. But their joining the world of lowest-common-denominator-clicks makes those of us seekers in the world of information-that-matters the poorer.”

Is it really impossible to think that journalists like Leeds and Snyder could elevate the level of journalism at these sites? Whose snarky now?

Matt Donnelly: Yet Another Journo Joins Buzznet

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Matt Donnelly leaves E! (again), and this time — maybe — for good! Donnelly informed us that “after a great couple of months with Ken Baker and his team, I’m headed back to writing (after newsgathering with Ken) and reporting for Buzznet‘s Celebuzz.”

As we reported earlier, Jeff Leeds and Leslie Simon are already on board, and the place “is exploding.”

Congratulations, Matt!

Buzznet Taps Former NYT Writer to be EIC

buzznet_logo.pngBuzznet announced today that it has hired Jeff Leeds, former New York Times music reporter, as Editor-in-Chief. It is a newly created position and Leeds will be responsible for leading the expansion of editorial offerings on Buzznet, which will combine “the best original news, commentary, photos, and other contributions from staff writers and the site’s millions of community members.” He will also direct editorial strategy at Buzznet, and manage editors at the company’s partner sites, Stereogum, Absolute Punk, Idolator, Vampire Freaks, FOE, and The Gauntlet.

In addition, Buzznet has also hired former Alternative Press magazine managing editor Leslie Simon to fill the role of senior editor. Full release after the jump.

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Celebuzz Launches

inf_300x250.jpgSocial network Buzznet is getting into the celeb blogging world, with Celebuzz, a community built on snark, dish and a shared love of all things famous.

Celebuzz general manager Karina Kogan told CNET News.com that celebrity gossip fans are more than happy to use “more than one source to get the same exact story. They’re interested in different points of view, and frankly, they’re happy to look at the same photo ten times, just in different settings.”

Hell, that’s what keeps us in business! Welcome aboard, Celebuzz!