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Richard Rushfield to Head New BuzzFeed LA Bureau

BuzzFeed is expanding its reach to Hollywood with a well-stocked Los Angeles bureau. Richard Rushfield, former entertainment editor for LATimes.com and west coast editor of Gawker, will sit at the helm. Kate Aurthur, former LA Times TV editor and west coast editor of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, will serve as chief L.A. correspondent. Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings will serve as a correspondent-at-large.

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Rushfield says the plan is to combine viral-ready takes on big entertainment moments with serious reporting that will rival traditional outlets. The L.A. bureau will have about 12 editorial employees and be home to BuzzFeed Video, the site’s video team focused on viral content and led by Ze Frank.

Rushfield will begin at Buzzfeed on October 29. Aurthur will join him November 5, and Hastings will begin contributing stories in early 2013.

Dorothy Lucey Makes a Left Turn to… Current TV!?

Although recently departed Good Day LA co-host Dorothy Lucey is a “self-professed political junkie,” it’s safe to say Al Gore’s Current TV was very low on the over-under list of places she would wind up next.

In what FishbowlLA applauds as a brilliant example of mixing it up, Lucey will co-host tonight’s edition of The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. We’ll be sure to update this item later with a link or embed of the video.

What to expect? A TYT rep tells us:

“The big news of the day is Obama’s deportation policy change. They’re going to break down the genius of his political move and Dorothy will join in on the discussion. They’re also doing a segment about the “Checks and the City” controversy – last night Sarah Jessica Parker hosted a big fundraiser at her home in NYC and the Republicans went nuts about it. Dorothy will speak to Hollywood’s involvement in the presidential campaign race. Also, they will be discussing drone attacks, and Rolling Stone contributor Michael Hastings will be on for that part.”

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Michael Hastings to Cover 2012 Election for BuzzFeed



Michael Hastings
, the Rolling Stone writer who’s 2010 piece “The Runaway General” on Stanley McChrystal was easily among the most talked about magazine articles of the past five years, has signed on with BuzzFeed to cover the remainder of the 2012 presidential election. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith gave Hastings a warm welcome on Twitter.

Michael Hastings Joins BuzzFeed

Michael Hastings, an excellent reporter, contributing editor to Rolling Stone and best selling author, is joining BuzzFeed to cover Barack Obama’s re-election effort. Hastings tweeted the news just a few minutes ago. “Friends, very excited to announce that I’ll be joining Ben Smith and his political team at BuzzFeed for the duration of the 2012 campaign,” wrote Hastings.

“Michael Hastings is one of the great original reporters of his generation, and his Rolling Stone article ‘The Runaway General’ reflected his total fearlessness,” said Smith, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to add him to a web native political team that’s intensely focused on breaking news and on original, revelatory reporting.”

Hastings will report from the campaign trail beginning April 2.

National Magazine Awards Roundup: New York, National Geographic Among the Big Winners

Last night’s ASME National Magazine Awards had more than a few surprises. The evening began with a cocktail hour for a change, where FishbowlNY had drinks with Graydon Carter, Bethenny Frankel, David Copperfield, and other media celebrities milling around the red carpet. We caught up with a few nominees, such as the editor of Audobon magazine: “We’ve been nominated for 5 years,” he told us, “and we haven’t won once. I wasn’t going to attend, but then I thought, what if we win this year?”

They didn’t. Oh, well! Some other choice quotes: we heard from Bethenny Frankel that she always reads her magazine coverage in nail salons, because she is medicated on planes.

The evening began on a somber note, with Graydon Carter acknowledging the many journalists who had died or been detained while reporting in war areas, and presenting a slideshow of the work of Vanity Fair contributor Tim Hetherington, who died in Misrata, Libya.

But the mood lightened as the awards were announced. Some of the big winners of the night were New York Times Magazine, New York, and National Geographic, each taking home a couple of awards, with National Geographic jubilantly winning “Magazine of the Year.”

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Rolling Stone Stands By General McChrystal Story after Pentagon Inquiry

Michael Hastings‘ blockbuster story for Rolling Stone, The Runaway General,” which led to the abrupt, forced resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, was nominated for a National Magazine Award earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon was launching an investigation of its own into the veracity of the claims made in the story. The New York Times reports that the inspector general’s report, released Monday, found no wrongdoing by the general or his aides, and moreover, challenged the accuracy of the Rolling Stone profile.

In turn, Rolling Stone and its executive editor Eric Bates maintained on Monday that the article was “accurate in every detail,” and actually questioned the Pentagon’s methods in a statement on the magazine’s website:

Much of the report, in fact, confirms our reporting, noting only that the Pentagon was unable to find witnesses “who acknowledged making or hearing the comments as reported.” This is not surprising, given that the civilian and military advisers questioned by the Pentagon knew that their careers were on the line if they admitted to making such comments.

After a story like “The Runaway General,” we’d be more surprised if the controversy wasn’t continuing on.

Dave Remnick, Stefano Tonchi, and Josh Tyrangiel on the National Magazine Award Nominations

Yesterday the American Society of Magazine Editors announced the nominations for the 2011 National Magazine awards. The New Yorker led the pack with nine nominations, followed by New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and the Virginia Quarterly Review (all with six nominations), causing some to speculate as to whether having “New York” in your title guaranteed a certain amount of success.

New Yorker editor Dave Remnick spoke to WWD about whether or not Jane Mayer‘s profile on the Koch brothers could beat Michael Hastings‘ profile of Stanley McChrystal. “Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston, right? Princeton beat UCLA,” he said. “Anything can happen.”

W editor Stefano Tonchi also told WWD that he was particularly gratified that W received three nominations, because — due to his recent relaunch — the magazine “only submitted what [it] had — that was September, October, November.”

“I would never, ever, ever anticipate that your own estimation of your work equals a certain number of nominations,” said Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel, “unless you’re Adam Moss and David Remnick, who are generally always right about that.”

The New Yorker Leads in 2011 National Magazine Awards Nominations

Sid Holt, Chief Executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), announced the finalists for the 2011 National Magazine Awards this morning.

Some highlights:

  • The New Yorker leads with nine total nominations. Here are the other magazines receiving multiple nominations:

The Atlantic (4 nominations), Esquire (3), GQ (5), Harper’s Magazine (2), Los Angeles (3), Martha Stewart Living (2), Men’s Journal (2), National Geographic (4), New York (6), The New York Times Magazine (6), The Paris Review (2), Real Simple (3), Scientific American (2), Texas Monthly (2), TIME (2), Vanity Fair (2), Virginia Quarterly Review (6), W (3) and Wired (3). The six never-before-nominated titles are Cooking Light, House Beautiful, Lapham’s Quarterly, OnEarth, The Sun and Women’s Health.

  • The 2011 finalists include Michael Hastings’ ‘The Runaway General,’ which led to the resignation of Stanley McChrystal, and Jane Mayer’s ‘Covert Operations,’ on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
  • The Awards will include the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to Tom Wolfe.
  • Bonus: intriguingly, ASME puts women’s magazines (e.g., Women’s Health, Essence) in the “Fashion, Service and Lifestyle Magazines” category, but puts men’s magazines (e.g., GQ) in the “Finance, Technology and Lifestyle Magazines” category.

2010 Polk Award Winners Announced

Long Island University just announced the winners of 2010′s George Polk Award in Journalism, and there are quite a few local recipients. Below are just some of the many journalists who were honored:

Congrats to all the winners. FishbowlNY is thinking 2011 is our year – especially if we continue reporting on things like this.

The Huffington Post To Celebrate Its List Of Game Changers Tonight

Tonight, The Huffington Post is holding a special ceremony to celebrate its list of “Game Changers,” the “innovators, mavericks and leaders who are changing their fields and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.”

This year’s ceremony happens to include quite a few bold names in the media industry:

Other attendees slated to appear tonight include reality tv star and health expert Bethenny Frankel, TV and radio personality Gayle King, fashion designer Prabal Gurung, models Paulina Porizkova and Crystal Renn, former New York Governor and current TV host Eliot Spitzer and his co-host Kathleen Parker, PR whiz Kelly Cutrone, and many others.

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