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Cosmo Appoints Special Projects Director

Laura Brounstein has been named Cosmopolitan’s special projects director. Brounstein comes to Cosmo from Bauer Publishing, where she most recently served as editorial director for its Teen Group.

According to Cosmo, Brounstein will be responsible for “executing and generating off-the-page ideas for the brand and contributing as an editor and writer to the magazine.”

Brounstein begins November 1. She’ll report to Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor.

Cosmo Writer Tries Out Public Masturbation

Why, you may ask? For two principal reasons: 1) Jennifer Landa, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women, has written that a public self-gratification session can really help spice things up; and 2) Cosmopolitan contributor Anna Breslaw was assigned this task by an editor.

It’s hard to get into specifics without seeming prurient. Let’s just say that per Landa’s general guidance, Breslaw equipped herself with the necessary motorized-culinary props and got on the uptown Q train:

By Union Square, it was working physically, but to have an orgasm you also have to be in The Zone mentally, and I was about eighty miles and one off-road path from The Zone, no matter how hard I tried.

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Cosmo Adds Two

Cosmopolitan has added two editors. See below for the highlights.

    • Sarah Conly has been named senior market editor. Conly comes to the magazine from InStyle, where she most recently served as market editor. Prior to that she was associate market editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Conly starts September 5 and will report to fashion director Aya Kanai and fashion market director, Shiona Turini.
    • Kathy Lee joins Cosmo as a senior accessories editor. Lee most recently served as associate accessories editor for Town & Country. She previously held the same role at W. Lee’s appointment is effective immediately. She also reports to Kanai and Turini.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Al Jazeera America Debut | Fox News Exec Fired | Hearst Swaps Editors


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Al Jazeera Makes Limited American Debut (NYT)
There was ample attention in journalistic circles as Al Jazeera America had its premiere on Tuesday — particularly among those who could not watch. The news channel — which replaced Current TV at 3 p.m. ET — was expected to be carried by five of the country’s 10 biggest television providers, but one of those, AT&T U-verse, dropped Current, and thus Al Jazeera, late Monday night. That decision irritated some U-verse subscribers, who complained online about the company’s move and which further limited Al Jazeera America’s potential audience on Day 1. THR / Hollywood, Esq. Al Jazeera America has filed a lawsuit against AT&T over its refusal to carry the new cable news network. “Al Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T,” the network said in a statement Tuesday night. TVNewser The first few minutes were hosted by anchors Richelle Carey and Antonio Mora, who introduced the channel. Clips of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator John McCain praising Al Jazeera were played, followed by clips of people on the street criticizing the existing media landscape. TheWrap / MediaAlley Al Jazeera America — the first cable news channel to launch since Fox News back in 1996 — has a lot going for it. It’s got plenty of cash, funded by the oil-rich royal family of Qatar, allowing it to hire a staff of 850, create 12 bureaus in the United States (and 70 more all over the world through Al Jazeera’s network), and it has the noble ambition to bring Americans good, solid and unbiased journalism. There’s also a lot for the nascent network to worry about. Baltimore Sun / Z on TV CNN has a lot to lose if Al Jazeera America is even a little successful. The modest ratings gains CNN has managed to make in 2013 under new president Jeff Zucker are going to disappear pretty fast if Al Jazeera America splits or even takes a bite out of the audience on big, breaking news stories. And with CNN under Zucker favoring sensational trials over coups and riots in places like Egypt, Al Jazeera could find a breaking news audience very fast.

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Amy Odell Named Editor of Cosmopolitan.com, Leah Chernikoff Editor of Elle.com

Well, that was fast. Hours after we learned that Amina Akhtar, Elle.com’s executive editor, and Abby Gardner, digital director of Cosmopolitan, were let go, Hearst has named their replacements. Amy Odell has been named editor of Cosompolitan.com and Leah Chernikoff editor of Elle.com.

Odell comes to Cosmo from BuzzFeed, where she had been since February 2012. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, she was the founding editor of a writer for New York’s blog The Cut.

Chernikoff most recently served as editorial director of Fashionista.com. Before that she was a features reporter for The New York Daily News, from 2007 to 2010.

[Editor's note: There has been a bit of a dustup over who exactly founded The Cut. Akhtar insists she was, not Odell. Odell says she was, not Akhtar. Yeah! See below for our Twitter conversation. I'm leaving this post as is until I get official word back from New York. Apologies for the confusion.]

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Hearst Cuts Two Online Editors

Some unfortunate news out of Hearst Magazines: Amina Akhtar, Elle.com’s executive editor, and Abby Gardner, digital director of Cosmopolitan, have both been let go.

Akhtar has been Elle’s executive online editor since May of last year. Prior to that she launched and edited FashionEtc.com, and before that spent four years as a fashion editor for New York.

Gardner had been digital director at Cosmo since last October. She was a site director at Marie Claire before that.

Mashable reports that more Hearst layoffs are on their way, so we’ve reached out to the publishing house for comment. We’ll update when we hear back.

Magazine Newsstand Sales Down, Digital Subscriptions Up

magazinesThe Alliance for Audited Media just released its first half circulation and sales data, and it’s a mixed bag. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: Overall, single copy sales dropped 10 percent compared to the first half of 2012.

Out of the 25 titles considered, women’s titles and gossip rags were hit the hardest. The breakdown: Glamour (sales dropped by 28 percent), Cosmo (-23 percent), O, The Oprah Magazine (-22 percent), Life & Style (-20 percent), Us Weekly (-16 percent). The big winner of the group? Another women’s title. Woman’s Day saw newsstand sales go up by 23 percent for the first half of this year.

Now time for some good news from AAM’s report. Print circulaiton remained relatively flat (down by only one percent for the first half) and digital circulation continued to improve.

In the first half of 2012, magazines reported just 5.4 million digital subscriptions, or 1.7 percent of total circulation. This first half those numbers are up to 10.2 million digital subscriptions and 3.3 percent of total circulation. While digital still represents a tiny slice, things are on the upswing. Not a bad start to the year.

Colleague Recalls the Very Generous Ways of Jennifer Rosoff

One of the warmest public tributes paid so far to Jennifer Rosoff in the aftermath of her tragic death in midtown Manhattan comes from Danny Bellish. Here’s what the 26-year-old sales manager for Saveur magazine told Sheila Anne Feeney of amNewYork.com, explaining that Rosoff took him under her wing back in 2009 when she was an account manager for Cosmopolitan:

She literally drew him a map of everything he needed to learn in digital advertising to help him succeed, he recalled. “I still have it,” he said of the instructions she drew for him on the back of a menu.

Also, “she got my girlfriend an internship,” and even arranged a trunk show at Hearst to help his mother’s jewelry business, Bellish said. “I turned to Jennifer at every single step of my career,” said Bellish, adding “she was always ahead of the curve,” and the first to spot industry trends.

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RIP: Jennifer Rosoff

The Post, Daily News, Times and other outlets are catching up to a tragic Wednesday night incident. The death of Jennifer Rosoff as the result of a fall from the balcony of her 17th floor, East 57th Street apartment.

Rosoff had joined startup TripleLift after previously working at the New Yorker, Lucky magazine and Cosmopolitan. Condolences are pouring in via Twitter, where the 35-year-old Rosoff was recently active. From the Times article:

The death of Ms. Rosoff, described by a friend as “an A-player” in the competitive world of media advertising sales, immediately rippled across cellphones and in-boxes of distraught friends and colleagues.

“I was meeting someone for coffee today and the second they got off the elevator, they said: ‘I had the worst e-mail. The subject was Jenn Rosoff died,’” said a friend in the ad sales industry who requested anonymity because he did not want to be seen as inserting his name into a tragic situation. “I hate in situations like this when people want to bury saints, but she was a great person,” he said.

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Cosmo and Essence Add to Fashion Teams

Cosmopolitan and Essence have both added to their fashion teams. Here are the details:

    • Shiona Turini has been named fashion market director for Cosmo. Turini comes to the magazine from CR Fashion Book, where she most recently served as fashion market and beauty director. Prior to her time there, Turini was the accessories director at Teen Vogue and the accessories market editor at W.
    • Melissa Kramer is joining Essence as its fashion director. Kramer most recently served as creative director for Uptown, where she worked on fashion spreads for celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Iman and Lenny Kravitz.

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