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So What Do You Do, Danyel Smith, Editor, Author and Co-Founder of HRDCVR?

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There’s a piece of advice Danyel Smith received her first day on the job as editor-in-chief of Vibe that’s resonated with the writer-slash-editor-slash-author ever since: You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. It came from her mother, delivered in that simplified, stripped down, yeah-it-really-is-that-easy manner that momfolk have. Creatively and professionally, it freed Smith in what has culminated into an enviable, 20-year career at major titles — among them, Time and Billboard — which has solidified her spot on the list of editorial doyennes.

A 2013-2014 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University brought that initial nugget of mama wisdom full circle. “I have higher expectations of myself to not do stuff because I should. That’s easy to forget,” she confessed. “Someone there said, ‘Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do exactly that. You can do other things.’ That’s why Stanford was so amazing.” Feeling reborn is part of it. Now wholly submerged in the anticipated publication of HRDCVR, a culture magazine she co-founded with husband and fellow journo Elliott Wilson, she’s exemplifying it. “It’s a good feeling to be working for something that you really, really believe in,” Smith beamed.

Here, she talks professional reinvention, new platforms and more.

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Joe Levy Named EIC at Billboard

Joe Levy has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Billboard magazine, according to the New York Post. Levy succeeds Danyel Smith, who departed the magazine in February after serving as editor for a little over a year.

Levy, who has had stints as the top editor at Maxim and Blender, will keep Billboard trade-focused while attempting to usher in some long form pieces.

“We don’t intend to make it any more consumer-facing than it already is,” Levy told the Post. “I hope I’ll bring more enterprise reporting and do more of the deep looks we’re capable of taking.”

New Editor-in-Chief at Billboard

Danyel Smith, formerly the Editor-in-Chief at Vibe, has been named to the same position at Billboard magazine. This is actually Smith’s second stint at Billboard, in 1993 she was the mag’s R&B Editor. Smith’s writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times, and she’s written two novels, More Like Wrestling and Bliss.

FishbowlNY is also a fan of her Tumblr, which posts great pictures like this.

The Root Names New Managing Editor

dreyfuss.jpgJust over a month after former Vibe editor Danyel Smith stepped down as managing editor of TheRoot.com, the Washington Post Co.-owned Web site has named a replacement.

Veteran journalist Joel Dreyfuss will take over the post on December 7, a company spokesperson confirmed yesterday.

Dreyfuss, a co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was most recently the editor-in-chief of Red Herring, Inc. Throughout the course of his 30+ year career, he has worked at Fortune magazine, PC Magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, Urban Box Office, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The New York Post and Bloomberg. He has also served as USA TODAY‘s New York Bureau chief and worked as a news producer for San Francisco TV station KPIX and on-air reporter for Northern California public broadcasting net KQED.

“Joel Dreyfuss will certainly bring vast knowledge and extensive creativity to his position as managing editor, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to The Root as we enter this next phase of success,” the company said.

Smith, who joined The Root over the summer after Vibe folded in June, decided to leave the Washington, D.C.-based Web site in October due to issues having to do with her commute from her home in New York.

Read more: The Root Picks Journalism Vet Joel Dreyfuss –Journal-isms

Earlier: Former Vibe Editor Leaves The Root

(Photo by Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com and bub.blicio.us, via flickr)

Former Vibe Editor Leaves The Root

dsmith_vibe.jpgIn June, Vibe magazine folded, leaving editor-in-chief Danyel Smith (among others) out of a job. (The hip-hop magazine has since been acquired by new owners who relaunched the pub under new management.)

But Smith seemed to be doing okay after she landed a job as executive editor of TheRoot.com, a Web site owned by the Washington Post Co., just last month. Now comes news that Smith is leaving the site after only a few short weeks.

Jocelyn Nubel, publicist for the Slate Group — which includes The Root — confirmed to FishbowlNY that Smith was leaving due to issues having to do with her commute between New York and Washington, D.C., where The Root is based. “We’re sad to see her go, but have appreciated her energy and insight and are happy she was a part of The Root family,” she added. “We are aggressively searching for her replacement and plan to fill the role in the next few weeks.”

There’s a job opening for D.C.-based editors to start vying for.

Related: So What Do You Do, Danyel Smith?

Roker Spots CBS Correspondent In “Today” Crowd|Journalism Online Reveals Business Plan|Bloomberg Vies For BusinessWeek|Vibe Editor Smith Finds New Gig|Graydon Carter Avoids McKinsey Meetings

TVNewser: Al Roker spotted veteran CBS Washington correspondent Phil Jones in the crowd outside the “Today Show” this morning. Jones and his wife were holding a sign announcing their 40-something son’s engagement. Joked Roker, “Too bad there isn’t a morning show on CBS that you could’ve announced that on.”

Nieman Lab: Journalism Online — which aims to help media companies monetize their content online — allowed a peek at its business model: it plans to seek a 20-percent cut of the subscription revenue earned by the media companies that it works with.

New York Post: Bloomberg is making a bid to buy BusinessWeek from McGraw Hill.

The New York Times: Former Vibe editor Danyel Smith is now working as the executive editor of the Root, an online politics and culture magazine aimed at a black audience.

The Observer: Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter boasted that he won’t have to meet with McKinsey consultants. Carter was generally upbeat about working as a magazine editor during the recession: “It’s actually a great time to be an editor because there’s a lot of great stories out there. It’s a tougher time to be a publisher.”

Vibe Media Group Launches Tabloid

vibe05.11.09.jpgWhile most media companies are running as quickly as they can away from the print world, Vibe Media Group will embrace the medium with a print magazine covering “celebrity fashion, lifestyle, red-carpet moments, travel, and news.” The Most! hits newsstands on June 16, while its corresponding Web site, TheMostMag.com, debuts two weeks earlier.

Vibe‘s all-time best-selling cover featured Chris Brown and Rihanna, which signified that there would be space in the marketplace for a celebrity-focused version of the music mag. The Most! will be published twice a year.

“Our goal with The Most! is to give our readers ‘the most’ of what they crave,” Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of Vibe/Vice president/editorial director of Vibe Media Group, and founder of The Most!, said in a statement.

The full release is after the jump.

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Breaking: Vibe CEO Out, 8 Laid Off

vibe_sexy_issue_sm.jpgComing off a tumultous summer that included a sale and subsequent layoffs, warm weather brings another shakeup at the top for Vibe.

Eric Gertler, the CEO of Vibe, is out — leaving to form a digital content company. Gertler, however, will remain with Vibe until a new CEO is found.

Robert Mate, most recently with Meredith Corporation, has been named chairman. Others who are staying: president and group publisher Len Burnett; Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of Vibe and Vibe Vixen; and finance VP Angela Zucconi.

The company says it is eliminating eight positions as it “consolidates departmental functions.” A spokesperson for Vibe would not disclose which positions those are, or the names of those to be laid off, but please drop us a line if you, you know, know.