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Denton, Spiers Will Not Be Attending Each Other’s Wedding

ElizabethSpiersPicThat’s the main collateral damage from the fact that on the Saturday, May 31, Nick Denton will tie the knot with Derrence Washington at the American Museum of Natural History while Elizabeth Spiers will be saying “I do” to Daily News boroughs editor Jotham Sederstrom at the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn.

Spiers told Capital New York’s Matthew Lynch that the wed-chronicity was discovered only after deposits were made for both events. She added that both she and Denton thought it was hilariously apt, given their friendship and Gawker connection, that this would happen. Lynch also got this tip from someone impressive enough to get invites to both weddings:

Two double-invitees were Lockhart Steele and his wife, Lindsey Green (themselves married earlier this year, in Las Vegas).

“We love both parties dearly,” [Vox Media VP of editorial] Steele wrote in an email to Capital when we asked which wedding they were going to attend. “So, we’re using the tried and true Ann Landers approach that I last used in 2005 when two dear friends got married on the same day: we’re going to the wedding of the friends who invited us first—in this case, Elizabeth and Jotham.

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Media Experts Weigh in on Who Should Buy The New York Times

The New York Times is not for sale. The New York Times is not for sale. Okay, one more time: The New York Times is not for sale, dammit. Now that we’ve repeated this already repeated fact, let’s be straight here — it doesn’t matter if the Times is for sale or not, because media people love talking about it anyway.

The New Republic knows that this is a subject that just won’t go away, so they went ahead and asked several experts who they think should buy the paper of record. Below are some of their answers. Click through for their expanded answers.

New York Observer Names Ken Kurson EIC

Ken Kurson has been named the new editor-in-chief of The New York Observer. Kurson has been a contributor to Esquire since 1997, a political consultant and speechwriter for Rudy Guiliani, and has worked at Jamestown Associates, a political communications firm in New Jersey. No word on what will happen to Aaron Gell, who was named the paper’s interim editor after Elizabeth Spiers departed in August of last year.

As the New York Times notes, Kurson’s Republican ties will certainly cause some to wonder (perhaps more than they already do) about the objectivity of the Observer.

Kurson, of course, thinks it’s no big deal. “People will think what they want,” he told the Times. “I will have to earn their trust. I have had a long and honorable journalistic career, calling it like I see it and being a straight shooter.”

“Ken knows the ideas, stories and voices that make up New York better than anyone,” wrote Jared Kushner, in a note to staffers announcing the move. “He is a journalist and an author and through his years as a consultant observed the figures who create the framework of business, politics, media, tech, culture and real estate in our city.”

Observer Media Group Names Michael Albanese President

The Observer Media Group, parent of The New York Observer, has named Michael Albanese its new president. The New York Post reports that Albanese, the former publisher of Spin, resigned from the magazine Monday.

Albanese had been with Spin since 2006.

Albanese takes over for Christopher Barnes, who left Observer Media in the beginning of August. Elizabeth Spiers also departed the paper at that time.

Exodus from New York Observer Continues

Elizabeth Spiers left the New York Observer in August, and ever since then, the floodgates appear to be open. Capital New York reports that another Spiers hire, Megan McCarthy, is departing the paper. McCarthy is the fourth Observer staffer to leave within a couple weeks.

The others who departed include Foster Kamer (left for Complex), Brian Gallagher (moving) and Laura Griffin (unknown).

McCarthy did not say what her plans for the future were.

Elizabeth Spiers Departs The New York Observer [Update]

Elizabeth Spiers (a former Mediabistro editor-in-chief) is leaving The New York Observer. According to the paper, Spiers — who joined as editor in February of last year — is stepping aside to launch a new company, and will remain a part time consultant for the Observer Media Group.

Executive editor Aaron Gell is succeeding Spiers as the Observer’s new editor-in-chief.

“Elizabeth has been a phenomenal editor and manager,” said Jared Kushner, in a statement. “Not only did she bring on a wonderful team, she redesigned the paper and websites, launched a slew of new verticals and web properties, and invigorated the newsroom, all while more than doubling web traffic. I’m grateful for her efforts, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.”

UPDATE:
Christopher Barnes is also leaving. Check out the full internal memo here.

Good Luck, Council On Ethical Blogging and Aggregation

Simon Dumenco, a Media Reporter for Ad Age, has come up with something called the Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation (CEBA). The group, according to David Carr in The New York Times, was founded in the hopes of developing a proper way for bloggers and aggregaters to credit others’ writing. Dumenco told Carr that bloggers should not see the group as the enemy:

‘This is not an anti-aggregation group, we are pro-aggregation,’ Mr. Dumenco told me. ‘We want some simple, common-sense rules. There should be some kind of variation of the Golden Rule here, which is that you should aggregate others as you would wish to be aggregated yourself.’

As aggregators ourselves, we completely agree that there should be some sort of standard. But there’s a couple problems with the CEBA. Maybe the most troubling thing is that for a group developing rules for bloggers, there aren’t many bloggers taking part. Here’s the rundown of who has signed up so far:

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New Culture Reporter at The New York Observer

The New York Observer has brought on Rozalia Jovanovic as a culture reporter. According to the Observer, Jovanovic starts Thursday and will cover the New York art scene for the paper’s culture section and its GalleristNY website.

“I’m excited to have Rozalia join our growing arts desk,” said editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers. “Her experience and passion for the subject will be a great asset to GalleristNY and the New York Observer.”

Most recently, Jovanovic was an editor at Flavorpill.

New York Observer Publisher in Hunt for Dodgers

Here’s a tip for all you Dodger ownership bid watchers. If you have not already, set up a Google News alert for “Bill Shaikin.” The LA Times baseball beat reporter remains the go-to source for breaking developments about the Frank McCourt sweepstakes.

Shaikin’s latest scoop, posted online last night, reveals that 31-year-old New York real estate entrepreneur Jared Kushner is among nine groups in the current running to buy the Dodgers. Kushner is the son-in-law of Donald Trump, as well as the owner of a Manhattan newspaper re-invented by former mediabistro.com editorial employee Elizabeth Spiers:

Kushner, who became owner and publisher of the New York Observer in 2006, has played a key role in expanding the family business beyond real estate. At 31, he would be the youngest owner in Major League Baseball.

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Jared Kushner Will Call Your Bluff

On Wednesday we heard the good news that the New York Observer was expecting its first ever profit this year. We gave some love to Jared Kushner and Elizabeth Spiers for making that possible, but an anonymous rival didn’t believe that the Observer was in the black.

In the anon’s own weird way, he challenged the validity of the Observer’s report by stating that he would “eat his own hat” if the paper was indeed profitable. When Kushner heard about this, he decided to call the challenger’s bluff. According to the New York Post, Kushner said that if the anon would identify himself and sign a non-disclosure agreement, he could look at the paper’s books himself.

Of course the rival declined. Lesson learned? Never play poker with Kushner.

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