- Nikhil Kumar joins as senior editor of Time International. Kumar comes to Time from The Independent, where he was New York correspondent.
- Dan Stewart joins as deputy editor for Time’s continuous news desk. Stewart was previously a senior editor at The Week.
Sam Lansky joins as deputy culture editor. He most recently worked as a senior editor for Idolator.
- Sam Frizell comes to Time as a breaking news reporter. Frizell has written for Reuters, The Atlantic and more.
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Those of you waiting on the new Time.com are going to have to wait a bit longer. The New York Post is reporting that Time.com’s relaunch has been pushed back, and might not happen until six weeks from now.
Time has been planning an update to its website since back in May, when Edward Felsenthal,Time.com’s managing editor, mentioned wanting to increase the site’s impact. “We want to play in a bigger space and on a bigger scale,” he said then.
Details about the new Time.com are still few and far between. The Post has learned that its being designed by Big Human, and it’ll be the agency’s first news site project. There will be more video and — as with most media companies these days — more native ads.
Even though the Time.com revamp has been in the news (okay, maybe just media nerd news) since May, Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor, isn’t worried about the site’s timetable. “At various times, it had different dates attached to it, but I’m not terribly focused on a fixed date,” she told the Post.
Time just promoted one staffer and added three. Below are the highlights, followed by a memo announcing the changes, from Time’s managing editor Nancy Gibbs, and Time.com’s managing editor, Edward Felsenthal.
- Kelly Conniff has been promoted to special projects editor, overseeing long-term packages and lists. She joined Time two years ago as social media editor.
- Laura Hibbard has been named audience engagement editor, a new role at Time. She comes to the magazine from The Huffington Post.
- Michael Lester has been named associate video producer. He was most recently video editor for Talking Points Memo.
- Sarah Begley has been named digital operations editor. She most recently worked at The Daily Beast.
- Ryan Sager has been named editorial director of Time Ideas. Sager comes to Time from WSJ, where he most recently served as deputy editor, review. He had been with WSJ since 2009. Prior to that he was a columnist for the New York Post and editorial page editor of the New York Sun.
- Callie Schweitzer joins Time as director of digital innovation. She was most recently director of marketing and communications for Vox Media, which publishes The Verge, SB Nation and Polygon. Prior to that Schweitzer was deputy publisher of Talking Points Memo.
- Chris Wilson comes to Time as intertactive graphics designer. He was most recently Yahoo’s director of news interactives for Yahoo News and editor of its The Signal blog. Prior to that he was a senior editor at Slate.
Time has added Sam Jacobs as a senior editor for Time.com. Jacobs comes to Time from Reuters, where he served as national political correspondent since late 2011. Jacobs has also worked for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
Jacobs joins Time June 17.
Time.com is about to get a makeover, and as part of that, the magazine is hiring. Adweek is reporting that Time, led by Edward Felsenthal, Time.com’s managing editor, is hiring 30 staffers. The new additions are expected to focus on the digital side. ”We want to play in a bigger space and on a bigger scale,” Felsenthal told Adweek. “We play in the general news space very strongly, and we want to play stronger.”
WWD, on the other hand, says that Time is only hiring “around 15 staffers to fill junior and senior positions.” So which one is correct? Well, who really cares. The important thing is that Time is hiring. No need to nitpick.
Meanwhile, details on the new look Time.com are scarce. Adweek notes that it will be mobile friendly and WWD has sources claiming it’s going to look like The Daily Beast. As long as it’s not covered in GIFs, we’ll be happy with whatever.
Felsenthal most recently helped launch Al-Monitor, a news site that covers the Middle East. He has also consulted for companies such as UStream. Felsenthal was a co-founder of The Daily Beast in 2008, and he served as its executive editor. He was also a reporter and deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal.
In a memo announcing the moves, Martha Nelson wrote that Felsenthal is “a true digital leader.”
The full note from Nelson and Rick Stengel is below.
Among the upheaval at Newsweek/The Daily Beast yesterday, it was rumored that Mark Miller, a one time veteran of the magazine, was going to return. That rumor is now fact. Adweek reports that Miller is returning to the magazine, taking the place of Edward Felsenthal as the Director of Editorial Operations. Much like Felsenthal did while he was there, Miller will be the right hand man to Tina Brown.
Miller worked for Newsweek from 1985 until last year, when he left and became Editor-in-Chief at The Texas Tribune. Here is a snippet from one of the paper’s blogs, announcing the news that Miller was leaving:
Mark did yeoman’s work — that was evident to us from day one, and apparently not only to us, because many of his old compatriots in New York spent the better part of the last year trying to lure him back. Finally one did: Tina Brown, who merged her Daily Beast website with the remnants of Newsweek not long after Mark exited the building. She recently offered him, and he accepted, the chance to be the director of editorial operations for ‘NewsBeast,’ as the combined entity is jokingly known. Turns out he missed the big city. Tina’s gain, our loss. Yours, too.
Ray Chelstowski, Publisher of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, has been shown the door. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chelstowksi, who had been with the company for only about 10 months, was let go because of poor ad sales. Through the November 7 issue of Newsweek, ad pages were down 21 percent compared to last year.
Eric Danetz, who had most recently worked at CBS as Vice President of Interactive Sales, is taking over Chelstowski’s spot.
The change is effective immediately.
Newsweek is opting to cancel its long-running presidential election series instead of embracing its increasing costs. The New York Times reports that the series — which features two teams of writers covering the presidential candidates for the year leading up to the decision — cost the magazine about $1 million, and that, in addition to people relying more on the Internet for information, prompted the cancellation.
Edward Felsenthal, the Executive Editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, said, “Sitting on election news felt to us out of place in an era where so much information comes out so fast.” Peter Goldman, the man who came up with the idea for the issue, said it made sense. “The cost of campaign travel has soared. It was expensive to do, and they’re looking at a lot of red ink,” explained Goldman.
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