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Former Newsweek President to Head Buzzwire

buzzwire.jpgThe online world continues to hire away from the MSM (the pool grows ever larger!). Buzzwire announced today that they have tapped Newsweek‘s former president and worldwide publisher Greg Osberg to join the company as CEO. Per the press release:

Leveraging nearly three decades of experience in the interactive media and publishing industry, Osberg will drive Buzzwire’s strategy to capitalize on the explosive growth of the mobile Web. Andrew MacFarlane, founder and former CEO, will remain actively involved in the company in the role of chairman and chief product officer where he will continue to drive product strategy and delivery.

Full release after the jump.

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Sharon Waxman Skewers Nick Denton, Internet

gawkessrshot.jpgSharon Waxman takes aim at Snarker-in-chief Nick Denton (which we get) as well as the flight of talented journalists to the Internet (which we don’t get).

As she says:

“And while I’m at it, let me publicly lament the flight of
talented colleagues, Jeff Leeds of the Times and Gabriel Snyder, once of Variety, to the world of celebrity infotainment, and the kingdom of snark, respectively. Leeds, one of the best music journalists working (or, rather, not working) has gone to Buzznet, where he will be the editor-in-chief. Snyder becomes managing editor at Gawker. Like other journalists, they have to eat, so one can hardly blame them. But their joining the world of lowest-common-denominator-clicks makes those of us seekers in the world of information-that-matters the poorer.”

Is it really impossible to think that journalists like Leeds and Snyder could elevate the level of journalism at these sites? Whose snarky now?

Matt Donnelly: Yet Another Journo Joins Buzznet

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Matt Donnelly leaves E! (again), and this time — maybe — for good! Donnelly informed us that “after a great couple of months with Ken Baker and his team, I’m headed back to writing (after newsgathering with Ken) and reporting for Buzznet‘s Celebuzz.”

As we reported earlier, Jeff Leeds and Leslie Simon are already on board, and the place “is exploding.”

Congratulations, Matt!

Buzznet Taps Former NYT Writer to be EIC

buzznet_logo.pngBuzznet announced today that it has hired Jeff Leeds, former New York Times music reporter, as Editor-in-Chief. It is a newly created position and Leeds will be responsible for leading the expansion of editorial offerings on Buzznet, which will combine “the best original news, commentary, photos, and other contributions from staff writers and the site’s millions of community members.” He will also direct editorial strategy at Buzznet, and manage editors at the company’s partner sites, Stereogum, Absolute Punk, Idolator, Vampire Freaks, FOE, and The Gauntlet.

In addition, Buzznet has also hired former Alternative Press magazine managing editor Leslie Simon to fill the role of senior editor. Full release after the jump.

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Social Media Site Hires Real Journalists…Yippee

buzznet_logo.pngWe’ll say that the decline of print newspapers and their revenue is an ‘adjustment’. That’s what talking heads called bank failures before they described them as Armageddon. It was an economic adjustment. Then it was the Fourth Horseman.

Anyway, with the ongoing media industry adjustment, Buzznet, described as a ‘social media community for music’ hired NYT music reporter Jeff Leeds as their new editor-in-chief and Leslie Simon as senior editor.

Our sources tell us Buzznet’s offices are in Hollywood on Sunset. A Buzznet employee told FBLA,”Buzznet is expanding. It’s blowing up. When I started here [2006] it was like ten people in a warehouse.”

So, the canary is still alive.

Perez Hilton To Make Deal With Warner Records

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The music business really must be in dire straits. Warner’s wants to throw money at Perez Hilton so that he can find them worthy artists to exploit. Jeff Leeds, in the NY Times, dips into the handy pool of anonymous sources:

Mr. Lavandeira has been negotiating a deal that would provide him with his own imprint at Warner Brothers Records, a division of the music giant Warner Music Group, he said. This was confirmed by several other people associated with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because no deal has been made. The talks are preliminary, and an agreement is not certain, but Mr. Lavandeira could receive $100,000 a year as an advance against 50 percent of any profits generated by artists he discovers and releases through Warner Brothers, these people said.

His wildly popular site has mentioned some musicians and the accompanying rush to the accompanying MySpace and iTunes sites got the attention of music executives. But can Perez be fair? Glad you asked:

Mr. Lavandeira enjoys sharing his passion for music with readers, he said, but “can’t wait to do it on a larger level.” His prospective label venture “is not a vanity project,” he said.

Can a LolCatz label be far behind?

Better Than Radio? NYT Podcasts Offer Local Journos’ Interviews

afanasieff.jpg If you’re not yet addicted to the NYTPopcast,” you are not wasting enough time on your computer!

Listening to newspaper music reporters/reviewers talk on the radio would be painful if we weren’t already inured to good stories told awkwardly.

One shining exception is Jeff Leeds, a local journo and friend of FBLA, who has a voice made for radio (or for small children’s nightmares, your call). This week, he talks about the odd love consumers seem to have to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You, a song that has somehow, in the last 13 years, become a Christmas standard.

Most newspaper reporters groan anytime they’re asked to do anything other than write, but Leeds tells FBLA the podcasts are fun to do.

“It lets me do what I want to do more of, which is interview people on the creative side of the business,” the music writer tells us. If his Q&A with Carey’s producer Walter Afanasieff is any indication, we want him to do more of these, too.

*Photo stolen from Songwriter Universe.

It’s Spring, And Jeff Leeds Is On The Air

leeds.jpgJeff Leeds’ NYT article about how the album is falling out of favor has been the talk of music industry wonks, wonkettes and wannabes all week. But the LA-based journo’s more interesting work isn’t about the fate of music albums, but a glimpse into the future of newspaper reporters.

Last week, the NYT music writer filed a series of SXSW video packages for the NYT Web site that Leeds hinted to FBLA his paper would likely do more of.

Beats the pants off the LAT KTLA embedded videos. Know what they say: All the news that’s fit to download.