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Eater Expands News Team

Eater has added one editor and promoted another. Below are the details.

  • Daniela Galarz joins Eater as news editor. Galarza comes to the site from LA Magazine, where she had served as deputy digest editor of the glossy’s dining section. She previously served as an associate editor at Eater LA for three years. At Eater, Galarza will lead the news desk, which includes Erin DeJesus and Khushbu Shah.
  • Paula Forbes has been promoted from deputy editor to reports editor, a new role at Eater. Forbes will now be overseeing Amy McKeever and Hillary Dixler.
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Entertainment Weekly Adds Editor, Eater Names EIC

A couple moves to note today, involving Entertainment Weekly and Eater.

  • Kyle Ryan has been named editor of EW.com. Ryan comes to the magazine from AV Club, where he most recently served as managing editor. Ryan had been with AV Club since 2005.
  • Amanda Kludt has been named Eater’s first editor-in-chief. Kludt has been Eater’s editorial director since 2012. She has been with the collection of sites since 2008.

Eater to Begin Restaurant Reviews

Since it launched in 2005, Eater has never featured restaurant reviews because it was perfectly happy dishing out industry gossip and news. That’s all about to change. The site has added three experienced critics to its roster — Ryan SuttonRobert Sietsema and Bill Addison.

Sutton will be Eater’s head critic. He comes to the site from Bloomberg, where he served as chief restaurant critic for the past nine years.

Sietsema is joining Eater full-time after contributing regularly to the site. Sietsema had been the Village Voice’s food critic for 20 years before he was cut by the paper last year.

Addison was most recently Atlanta Magazine’s dining editor and restaurant critic. He’ll serve as Eater’s restaurant editor, a new role at the site.

TIME Editor Explains Lack of Female Chefs

TIMEGodsofFoodEater associate editor Hillary Dixler has been on the TIME case.

After noticing that no female chefs adorn the international-edition cover of TIME‘s November 18 issue (Chris Christie is on the cover of the U.S. edition), she kept digging and found additionally that it was mostly men (9-to-4) on the “13 Gods of Food” list inside. Dixler followed her initial coverage with a refreshingly frank set of Q&A responses from the responsible editor, Howard Chua-Eoan. He makes no apologies for “The Gods of Food” cover or lack of women on a related chart:

“There was no attempt to exclude women. We just went with the basic realities of what was going on and who was being talked about…”

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Robert Sietsema Joins Eater

We just heard that Michael Musto has some new gigs, so allow us to share some other former Village Voice writer news: Robert Sietsema is joining Eater. Sietsema had been the Voice’s food critic for 20 years before being fired.

A little about Sietsema’s new role:

Eater has never had a food critic, so Sietsema’s pieces will not be reviews. Instead, he’ll write microneighborhood dining guides from the outer reaches of every borough and file on crucial overlooked discoveries as he continues his explorations of New York’s restaurant universe.

Eater just benefitted from the Voice’s mistake.

Eater NY Adds Editor

Eater New York has added Alexander Hancock as an associate editor. Hancock was previously the editor of Eater New Orleans.

“Although New York and NOLA are very different cities, Alexander came prepared: he already knows the big players and restaurants around town; now, he merely has to get to know the Shitshows to have the beat all but nailed down,” reads an Eater NY post announcing the move.

Blogs Caught Trading Posts for Free Airline Tickets

 

Most in New York media take themselves way too seriously, so FishbowlNY loves it when they get served a big, steaming dish of humble pie. That’s exactly what happened on Friday afternoon, when Gothamist wrote about three blogs — Eater, Jaunted and Grub Streetaccepting free airline tickets in exchange for a post.

It all started when LAN airlines pitched the blogs to come document a publicity stunt in which they would give away round trip tickets to any destination in South America to every person at a restaurant. Gothamist declined, but the other blogs didn’t. Eater, Jaunted and Grub Street all wrote about the event soon after, without disclosing that they had received free tickets too.

It was only after Gothamist started poking around and asking questions that the blogs added disclosures to their posts, and indicated that they (of course!) wouldn’t be using the tickets.

The relationship between journalists and companies is always a sticky one, but the blogs all should have mentioned getting free tickets. But admitting that you got paid off to write an ad for a company kind of tarnishes that air of importance, doesn’t it?

Oh, and FULL DISCLOSURE (see, not that hard): I have written for Gothamist.

Blogger-Penned This Is Why Your Fat Launches With Two Events

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Richard Blakeley and Nick McGlynn – Image via Random Night Out

Last night, media bar Destination (co-owned by Dan Maccarone of Hard Candy Shell, which has redesigned major media sites from Gawker to Eater) hosted a book release party for This Is Why You’re Fat, a meme-to-book deal in the six figures co-written by Gawker videographer Richard Blakeley and Buzzfeed‘s Jessica Amason. The event was co-hosted by Obliterati, a monthly media party started by Nick McGlynn of Random Night Out after Blakeley discontinued his Media Meshing soirees last year.

Earlier in the day, Amason hosted a book release celebration of her own, asking dedicated foodies to travel between six food trucks around the city, order a special This Is Why You’re Fat-inspired culinary creation and post pictures of themselves eating it to Twitter. The event, dubbed the “Eat N Tweet Challenge,” kicked off at 11 a.m., and by the time we made our way to the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream at 5th Ave and 23rd St. at 1 p.m., McGlynn had already claimed victory. His prize? A private party for 25 friends, catered by the food truck of his choice.

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Local NY Bloggers Speak: Why Write, When You Can Aggregate?

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Lockhart Steele with Jake Dobkin, Jonathan Butler, and Mark Josephson

“300 words, max…anything else, it’s an essay.” Those were the words of New York blogger Jake Dobkin at last night’s panel for The Future of Local Media.

The topic this month was “Local Journalism: What’s Cool In Your Hood?” But, the only thing the panelists could seem to agree upon was the more posts, the better — even when it means the death of any original journalism.

“We write 20 to 24 pieces of content a day,” said Jonathan Butler, founder of Brooklyn blog Brownstoner. “Generally all but three of those pieces are original reporting…Picture posts are great.”

Dobkin, who founded Gothamist in 2003, was definitely seeking to provoke his audience. When asked about the concept of pay walls for online publications, the young entrepreneur flippantly replied that this would be the best thing for his business. “Have them charge $20 for content! No one else will pay, but we will, and we will steal their stories,” he said. “That’s my two year plan.”

Behind the bluster, Dobkin has a point: Why pay for original content when blogs will aggregate it for their readers for free?

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Food Blog Eater To Launch Redesign, Expansion

eater e.jpgWe can confirm the rumors circulating: Lockhart Steele‘s foodie blog, Eater, will be at the center of a design overhaul starting tomorrow. (In fact, when we visited the site today we got this redirect message: “We’ve taken the liberty of redirecting you to http://ny.eater.com, in anticipation of something new coming this Friday. You can still access Eater NY at the original URL until then, but if you’d like to start adjusting bookmarks and the like, now is the time. As always, thanks for playing. – mgm’t”)

The new Eater will not only have a new look, but will include a more national spectrum, with correspondents in Miami and Vegas. Steele, who started Eater along with the NY real estate blog Curbed and fashion site Racked after he left his managing editor position at Gawker in 2007, has been slowly migrating his empire in a broader, less NYC-centric direction, while still keeping his headquarters and an official site focus on our busy city.

–by Drew Grant