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Philadelphia Magazine Adds Foobooz Food Blog

According to a company press release, Philadelphia and Boston magazine publisher Metrocorp has acquired Foobooz – a Philly-focused foodie favorite blog (try saying that five times fast).  Foobooz founder and editor Arthur Etchells will be added to Philadelphia’s staff as a full-time digital product manager and will manage Foobooz with the help of magazine editor Kirsten Henri.  Metrocorp president David Lipson emphasized Foobooz’s value to the company as well as readers:

Since the very first issue of Philadelphia magazine, providing information to readers about dining out has been one of our core strengths.  In this great food city, dining out continues to be our audience’s favorite source of entertainment. The addition of Foobooz to the Philadelphia magazine content offerings allows us to bolster our position as the leading source for people to figure out where they want to eat in this region.

Following the addition of Foobooz, Philadelphia’s current blog — The Restaurant Club — will serve as an event series and offer special dining opportunities for visitors.  Metrocorp will debut Fooboz in the Boston area by 2011 and has plans to launch the blog nationwide in the future.

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Boston Magazine Gets New Editor, Publisher, Layoffs And Furloughs

boston.pngBoston magazine has fired its editor and imposed additional staff cuts and furloughs today.

The magazine’s editor, James Burnett, is out, replaced by Minnesota Monthly editor Andrew Putz, the magazine’s owner, Metrocorp, announced today. Putz will come on board on July 22 — Metrocorp editorial director Larry Platt will serve as editor until then.

Once Putz is in place, he will appoint a new creative director — presumably replacing current creative director Patrick Mitchell.

Additionally, Paul Reulbach, who served as publisher of Boston magazine from 2003 until 2007, will be returning to the post after two years away from the company.

What’s more, Metrocorp said the appointments of Putz, Reulbach and a new creative director were “part of an organizational restructuring at the magazine,” which includes the elimination of six other positions across the board. (Jeff Bercovici says three editorial and design staffers and two from the business side were let go.) Employees will also be required to take one-week furloughs.

“We want to be well-positioned when the economy rebounds,” said Metrocorp’s chairman Herb Lipson. “The best way to do that is to strengthen the quality of the magazine. At the same time, we have to face economic realities and it is always painful to eliminate positions.”

If you have any info about who is out as Boston magazine, or just want to complain about it, tell us all about it in the comments.

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