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Donelson to Edit Hamptons Cottages & Gardens This Summer

dec08.jpgNews of people getting jobs has been frequenting our in box less often of late. So much so that when do hear about it we like to share! To wit: Sophie Donelson, frequent mediabistro.com class instructor (and sometime Econo Lodge partner) tells us she is returning to Hamptons Cottages & Gardens for the summer as editor.

Says Sophie: “Back in 2002, HC&G gave me my first job (it was from a MediaBistro listing!) and I worked there for two years with Newell Turner and Lockhart Steele before we all moved on. I’ve been freelancing for them on and off in the in-between years and this summer I was offered the top spot and so I’m returning for the season.” See, there are still nice media stories to be found! (Also our job boards are here).

Curbed Switches Most West Coast Sites to Freelance Model

curbedgg.pngSo we noted earlier today that everyone’s favorite new Twitter stream was reporting that the west coast offices of Curbed had suffered some layoffs. We caught up with founder Lockhart Steele who confirmed there had been changes:

We’re transitioning most of our West Coast sites to a freelance model instead of a full-timer model; the exception to the change is Curbed LA. It’s also true that we offered the freelance positions to the current full-time editors, most of whom have indicated they’ll stay with us. This all went down about a week ago.

Of course, it sucks, and of course it’s about focusing resources on our most-trafficked (and most lucrative) sites for 2009.

In other news that loosely includes people who used to work for Gawker, Gawker is reporting that Jesse Oxfeld may have been laid-off from New York magazine.

Lockhart Steele: ‘Online Real Estate Mogul’

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A reader just pointed us towards this video/bio of Curbed.com founder Lockhart Steele, which is part of “The Next Garde” feature at the Sundance Channel. Sadly there’s no embed code so you’ll actually have to click through and watch it on Sundance’s site.

NowPublic Releases Randomly Assembled New York ‘MostPublic’ List

Julia Allison Arianna Huffington.jpgWe love lists. Especially ones that sort of tell us what we already know, except they randomly switch it around just to keep it interesting? Make sure we’re paying attention? It’s not clear. Anyway, with that in mind, we bring you NowPublic’s — the “world’s largest participatory news network” in case you were wondering (maybe comparable to being the world’s largest bookstore?) — list of New York’s top fifty “news influencers.” “Influencers” should not to be confused with “newsmakers” or actual reporters since, as we all know, these are now categories that currently encompass just about anyone who knows how to work a digital recorder or use twitter (yay for us). News “influencers,” however, are apparently people who shape the “media environment,” though they may also use twitter and digital recorders.

So who made the cut, all you newsmakers ask? Well, Fred Wilson and Arianna Huffington hold the top two spots, Lindsay Robertson, Lockhart Steele, and Nick Denton own slots 31,32,33 (in that order), and mediabistro.com’s intrepid leader Laurel Touby, slides in at 48, just ahead of Emily Gould and Brian Stelter. Julia Allison — apparently a “maker” and not an “influencer” — did not merit a mention. The full list is here. We’re not sure why but it sort of feels like reading a tour guide to New York by someone who’s never actually been here.

Curbed ‘Going to Rethink’ Newly-Acquired Gridskipper

Curbed.jpgChanges may soon be afoot at Gridskipper, the travel blog Gawker Media offloaded this morning to the Curbed network in its three-blog fire sale. “We’re going to rethink it a little bit,” Curbed president Lockhart Steele said of his hyper-local network’s new blog-baby. “We’re thinking about the fact that Gridskipper never had a local mooring.”

Staff shifts within Gridskipper’s current 45-person masthead could ensue since “Gawker has the ability to operate the site with a much bigger editorial budget than we do,” Steele said. His “honest answer” on current Gridskipper writers’ fates, after the jump.

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Lockhart Steele Returns To His Phishy Roots

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We have a few things in common with outgoing Gawker Media man and Curbed founder Lockhart Steele, and not just our sartorial choices. We, too, were once die-hard Phish fans. Steele, who co-authored the definitive Pharmer’s Almanac, a Phish fan compendium, with Andy Bernstein, collaborated with Bernstein on this month’s Relix magazine cover story on ex-Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and the fairly tumultous years for the Vermont band members since their 2004 breakup.

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  • Meet Gawker’s New Managing Editor

    noah_robischon_060407.jpgPart-one of Gawker Media’s two-part Lockhart Steele replacement is none other than … Noah Robischon, Gizmodo editor-at-large and self-proclaimed “gadget guy.”

    Some more Google fun facts about Gawker’s new managing editor:

    “I’m a gadget guy. For the past nine years I’ve been an editor and writer specializing in technology and entertainment. Check out my roundup review of digital music players in the March issue of Outside. My work also appears in The New York Times, Business 2.0, Stuff, GQ, People and Entertainment Weekly where I toiled as a senior writer for five solid years. You might also catch me on NY1 News doing a Digital Living Review each week.”

    Noah Robischon has been writing about technology, entertainment and pop culture for the past decade. After co-founding and editing Time Inc.’s first daily news website in 1995, Mr. Robischon became a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly. While there he penned features on everything from Ken Burns’ acclaimed Jazz documentary to the gross-out antics of comedian Tom Green. He also spearheaded the magazine’s video game and technology coverage. His articles about digital music, movies, gaming and gadgetry have appeared in GQ, Business 2.0, Popular Science, I.D. and The New York Times.

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    Breaking: Lockhart Steele To Leave Gawker For Curbed

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    EXCLUSIVE

    Longtime Gawker managing editor Lockhart Steele is leaving Gawker Media to devote his new media expertise to Curbed, the burgeoning real estate and food-focused blog empire, FishbowlNY has learned. Steele will leave Gawker at the end of June. Steele joined Gawker in February 2005.

    In an unusual twist, Gawker Media czar Nick Denton will help fund Curbed as the site searches for investment capital, according to a source with knowledge of the arrangement. Gawker Media is already a backer of Treehugger (Denton’s a member of the board) and Wists, the social shopping network.

    Gawker will split Steele’s former position in two — one to manage the gossip-focused sites, the other tech — with successors to be named in a couple weeks, according to the source.

    Under Steele’s watch, Gawker Media has seen traffic nearly quadruple, from 28 million to 110 million page views per month, according to traffic provided by Gawker.

    Kyle Crafton, mediabistro.com’s former CFO, left in May to join Curbed.

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  • Inside The Time 100 Party

    America Ferrera and John Mayer

    It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

    Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

    But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

    But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

    Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

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  • Ex-MB CFO To Curbed

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    Kyle Crafton, mediabistro.com’s former publisher and chief financial officer, got married over the weekend. He also disclosed where he’s landing next: real estate-focused Curbed.com and grub-gossip centric Eater, Gawker managing editor Lockhart Steele‘s burgeoning side empire. Crafton announced he was stepping down in February to explore entrepreneurial opportunities.

    No word on a start date for Crafton or a title, for that matter.

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