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More Changes at Self

We’re just going to make this a site dedicated to Self news. Hope you’re cool with that. Joyce Chang and Mary Murcko, editor and publisher of the magazine, respectively, have announced… Wait for it… New hires! Alex Postman has been named deputy editor, and Maureen Dempsey has been named site director.

Since Chang and Murcko took over in April, they’ve let more than a few people go, and hired the following:

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Former Self Editor Lucy Danziger Joins Penguin Random House

lucy danziger GLucy Danziger, who served as Self’s editor-in-chief for more than a decade, is joining Penguin Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell division as an editor-at-large.

Danziger was a casualty of Anna Wintour‘s desire to shake up Self. Danziger and Self’s publisher — Laura McEwen — were both bounced from the title in April. Wintour chose Joyce Chang to replace Danziger and Mary Murcko to succeed McEwen.

At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Danziger will serve as a part-time scout while working closely with Jennifer Tung, Ballantine’s VP and editorial director of nonfiction, and Marnie Cochran, Ballantine’s executive editor.

Danziger is also launching her own company — 10Points Ventures. The New York Post reports 10Points “will be involved in creating digital affinity groups in the fitness and well-being space.”

More Layoffs and Hires at Self

Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.

When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.

Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.

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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt (CNN)
Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world. The Guardian Former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohammed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years, respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years. NYT Prosecutors accused the three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in order to bring down Egypt’s military-backed government. But the prosecutors have not publicly disclosed any evidence that the journalists either conspired with the Brotherhood or broadcast false news. HuffPost / AP “I swear they will pay for this,” Fahmy, who was Al Jazeera English’s acting Cairo bureau chief, shouted angrily from the defendants’ cage after the sentences were announced in the Cairo court Monday. Greste, a correspondent, raised his fists in the air. “They just ruined a family,” said Fahmy’s brother Adel, who was attending the session. He said they would appeal the verdict but added that he had little faith in the system. “Everything is corrupt,” he said. Al Jazeera Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdicts defied “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” adding, “[Monday] three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. ‘Guilty’ of covering stories with great skill and integrity. ‘Guilty’ of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.” The Washington Post The verdict was delivered in a brief session at a courtroom in the Tora prison complex, where the detainees have been imprisoned for nearly six months.

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Melissa Ventosa Martin Joins Self

Melissa Ventosa Martin has been named Self’s new fashion director. She comes to the magazine from Glamour, where she served as style director since 2010. Previously, Ventosa Martin served as fashion market director and fashion editor of T, The New York Times Style Magazine.

“Melissa’s styling, even her personal style, embodies Self’s clean, crisp, modern fashion point of view,” said the glossy’s editor-in-chief, Joyce Chang, in a statement. “She is simultaneously thoughtful and effortless in her approach. It’s how a strong, chic woman who expects the best for and from herself wants to dress — in a way that’s aspirational but also understandable and fun.”

Vantosa Martin’s appointment is effective June 30.

Self Adds Associate Publisher, Editor, Directors

SelfMay2014_CoverAccording to Self vice president and publisher Mary Murcko, the publication is entering a “completely new phase editorially, in our partnerships with brand marketers and through the two-way conversation we have with our audience.” To support that push, Murcko and Self EIC Joyce Chang have announced a quartet of senior appointments.

“In the cultural moment right now, women crave motivation to feel, look and be their best,” says Chang. “We will show them that having an aspirational body, career and life are actually totally attainable. These appointments will help create the new Self as a 360-degree guide to a well-rounded woman’s life.”

  • Eric Johnson, associate publisher, marketing: Johnson was formerly a vice president of ad sales marketing with NBC News Digital Group, where he oversaw properties including today.com and MSBNC.com. He will join Self May 21. Johnson has also worked as a VP, client solutions for USA Today and as VP, group marketing director at Rodale Publishing.
  • Barbara Reyes, creative director: Reyes was previously art director for O, The Oprah Magazine, which recently won a 2014 National Magazine Award for Leisure Interests. She has also worked at Radar and for Rodale’s special projects division, as well as art director at Domino, Manhattan File, Teen People, Cargo and Lucky.
  • Suzanne D’Amato, executive editor: She comes over from People StyleWatch, where she was an executive editor since 2009. D’Amato started her career at New York magazine and later moved on to fashion writer at Vogue, fashion news editor for Teen People, deputy editor at The Washington Post and features editor at Domino.
  • Rebecca Sinn, entertainment director: Sinn was previously a senior entertainment editor at Glamour and, prior to that, entertainment editor at Interview magazine and a member of the Vanity Fair special events and features teams. She began her career in a place many successful people have – the mailroom at CAA in Los Angeles.

Sweeping Changes at Self

We have a suggestion for Self staffers — duck, because the axe is swinging. Mary Murcko and Joyce Chang — the glossy’s publisher and editor, respectively — have only been on the job for three weeks, but they’re already making sweeping changes.

According to Adweek, Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing have all been cut. Yikes.

The moves are a result of Chang’s goal to change Self from a fitness magazine to more of a women’s general interest title.

Mary Murcko Named Self Publisher

The Self upheaval is complete. Condé Nast just announced that Mary Murcko has been named vice president and publisher of the magazine. Murcko was formerly the Gannett Company’s president of national sales. She also previously served as a VP and group publisher at Rodale. 

Murcko’s appointment comes a day after Lucy Danziger and Laura McEwen were sent packing. Danziger was replaced by Joyce Chang, and Murcko is McEwen’s successor.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to cultivate one of Condé Nast’s most dynamic brands,” said Murcko, in a statement. “Reaching the Self audience is more important to marketers than ever before – and creating those opportunities through print, digital, mobile and experiences is truly exciting.”

Murcko’s appointment is effective May 1.

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David Letterman to Leave Late Show (TVNewser)
During the taping of Thursday’s Late Show, David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. The news was first reported on Twitter by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, a guest on the show, just after 4 p.m. ET. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. Adweek The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal. NYT Letterman said he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves of his intention to step down from The Late Show at the end of his current contract, which has about 16 months left. A specific end date has not yet been set. Letterman is considered by many to be the most original voice in the late-night format, and Moonves has been steadfast in his assurances in recent years that he would never ask Letterman to retire, saying at one point, “You don’t do that to a television legend.” Mashable Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before starting Late Show on CBS in 1993. In 2013, he surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest-running late night talk show host in television history. He has been part of more than 6,000 late-night broadcasts. USA Today It’s unclear how CBS will replace Letterman, and when, precisely. Craig Ferguson, who hosts the Letterman-produced Late Late Show, is not being considered as a replacement, insiders say, even though his contract technically promises it. Moonves is known to have been interested in The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart over the years, but in the past Stewart has said he is not interested in a network talk show. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert is seen as a more likely candidate, and is available sooner: His contract with Comedy Central expires in December, though Stewart is free in 2015. Chelsea Handler also announced plans to leave her late-night E! show this year.

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Lucy Danziger and Laura McEwen Out at Self

Lucy Danziger and Laura McEwen, editor-in-chief and publisher of Self, respectively, are both leaving the magazine. Danziger had been editor of Self since 2001; McEwen joined as publisher in 2010.

Joyce Chang, most recently executive editor of Cosmopolitan, is replacing Danziger. Before working at Cosmo, Chang served in the same role at Marie Claire. McEwen’s successor will be named soon.

Unsurprisingly, Anna Wintour, Condé Nast’s artistic director, had something to say about Chang coming aboard. Wintour has been revamping Condé titles in her vision, and has been cutting editors who aren’t up to her standards.

“Her [Chang's] diverse resume of experiences has taught her the power of a strong and intelligent woman,” said Wintour, in a statement. “I’m excited to see the new direction she will bring to Self.”

Chang takes over May 1.

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