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Former NY Times Mobile Editor Heads to Meetup

Top editors just can’t resist shiny new job titles in the Silicon startup scene lately.

Nearly a week ago, The Wire editor Gabriel Snyder announced his jump from the Atlantic Media site to Inside.com, a mobile news venture.

And on Monday, Fiona Spruill, the former mobile and Web editor at The New York Times, revealed her new gig as head of global growth at Meetup.com, a site for organizing in-real-life gatherings.

 

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Alice DuBois Takes New York Times Buyout

Alice DuBois is the latest New York Times editor to accept a buyout offer. DuBois is leaving the paper to join BuzzFeed as product lead, editorial tools.

DuBois had been with the Times since 2000. She most recently served as editor for special projects and development, a role she took on in 2009.

In a memo obtained by Politico, Fiona Spruill, editor of emerging platforms, wrote, ”Alice is one of those unique individuals who has a ton of editorial smarts, a great design sense AND a deep understanding of and respect for technology.”

The New York Times Launches Fashion iPad App

The New York Times is starting to experiment with niche iPad apps with the launch of The Collection, an app that will feature the paper’s fashion and style content. WWD reports that it will pull coverage from the Styles section, On the Runway and The Moment blogs, T Magazine and The International Herald Tribune.

A quick glance at the app reveals videos, photos and articles about clothes no one can afford, but still, The Collection is a good move by the Times.

We always support stand alone apps because they offer something new and interesting that readers can’t get from simply browsing a website. It’s also smart that the app is free until the end of the year.

Fiona Spruill, the Times’ Emerging Platform Editor, said that there are also plans to launch an app dedicated to the upcoming election, so stay tuned for that.

Watch This: NYT Interactive Newsroom Panel From Mediabistro Circus

mbcircustent.pngMiss the circus? Now you can experience it right from your desktop.

Footage from the Mediabistro Circus presentation by members of The New York Times‘ digital newsroom is now available for Mediabistro On Demand subscribers.

The panel, moderated by BusinessWeek columnist Jon Fine, featured Times‘ multimedia editor Andrew DeVigal, graphics editor Steve Duenes and Fiona Spruill, editor of the web newsroom, who gave a behind-the-scenes look into some of the new interactive creations on the Times Web site, including One in 8 Million.

A free preview of the panel can be found here and you can get the full 58-minute experience by subscribing to Mediabistro On Demand.

Also available on demand now is author Tim Ferriss‘s Mediabistro Circus presentation about social media, blogging and self-promotion.

A New York Times In The Digital World

mbcircus4.jpgThree members of The New York Times‘ digital newsroom joined the Circus today, giving a dynamic presentation about some of the interesting visual and interactive items they are using today.

Fiona Spruill, the editor of the Times‘ Web newsroom, kicked off the panel with a look at some of the interactive tools the paper’s site is using to generate feedback from readers. Of course, the Times allows commenting on breaking news stories and highlights the best comments on its homepage, but they’ve been trying to “involve our readers in other ways and getting them to think of interactivity more broadly,” Spruill said.

To that end, they have launched tools like one that asks readers to type in a single word to describe their mood about the economy. The way those words are visually represented — bigger or smaller — shows Web visitors how their fellow readers are feeling.

Multimedia editor Andrew DeVigal and graphics director Steve Duenes also highlighted the latest interactive items on the Times‘ site, including the new Lens photo blog and the “One in 8 Million” weekly photo and audio feature.

“We are interested in innovation, experimentation and developing new visual forums,” Duenes said of the graphics desk. “We are surprising readers in a good way with the forums we create.”

However, from the quality and high production level of the interactive and visual tools used by the Times it was obvious that a lot of time and money went into their production. One Circus attendee asked the panel if it was possible to do the same with a smaller budget.

“Graphics are not beyond the reach of smaller staffs,” Duenes said.

Cirque du Soleil At The Circus

cirque.png Our new editor is gearing up for her first trip to Mediabistro Circus on June 2-3 and excitement couldn’t be higher around here.

But just wait until the incredible performers of Cirque du Soleil take the stage on the last day of the Circus. Nothing makes us happier than acrobatic feats or displays of physical skill, like these two on the left, performing a tango on a unicycle (!) — and we’ve been assured they will be there next week.

Cirque du Soleil director of creation Carmen Ruest will also be on hand, speaking about turning a small company into the tumbling world-wide franchise it is today. And of course there will be tons of other fun speakers like Fiona Spruill of The New York Times and John Byrne, executive editor/editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.com.

Come meet us there!