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NYT‘s New Bay Area Blog|Playboy Cuts Rate Base|Us Weekly Officially Names Min’s Successor|Condé Nast Traveler Pairs With Gilt Groupe

BayNewser: The New York Times has launched a Bay Area blog to go along with its recently launched Bay Area section in its local print edition.

Mediaweek: Playboy will cut is rate base starting in January from 2.6 million to 1.5 million.

New York Post: Jann Wenner has made it official: Michael Steele, who has been leading Wenner title Us Weekly since Janice Min‘s departure this summer, can now remove the word “acting” before his title of editor-in-chief.

New York Times: In an effort to look for new forms of revenue, Condé Nast Traveler is pairing with upscale discount online retailer Gilt Groupe to sell discounted travel deals.

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Four Vie For 2009 Thurber Prize|FBDC Founding Editor Graff Takes Over Washingtonian|NYT Columnist Buys New Home|Us Weekly Thrives|Economist Sells Single Copies In U.K.

GalleyCat: The organizers of the Thurber Prize for American Humor couldn’t narrow their short list down to the usual three candidates — so this year there are four authors competing for the $5,000 prize: Sloane Crosley, Ian Frazier, Don Lee and Laurie Notaro.

FishbowlDC: FBDC’s founding editor Garrett Graff has been named editor of Washingtonian.

Observer: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has purchased a $1.7 million three-bed on Riverside Drive.

WWD: For the first time, Us Weekly‘s Web site has surpassed People.com in number of unique visitors. The magazine seems to be getting along fine since longtime editor Janice Min‘s departure: acting EiC Michael Steele‘s first issue sold 1.1 million copies on newsstands.

Guardian: You can now buy single copies of The Economist in the U.K.

Us‘s Janie Min: “I don’t think magazines are in my future.”

us_weekly_min2.jpgYesterday, we learned that celebrity editor-in-chief Janice Min was stepping down from the top slot at Us Weekly. The question on everyone’s mind is: what’s next for Min?

WWD scored an interview with Min and, although they couldn’t get her to give a hint about whether she has a new gig lined up, the editor did admit she doesn’t think she’ll be staying in magazines.

“I don’t think magazines are in my future,” Min told WWD. “I would be surprised if I worked for another magazine. Us Weekly is the ultimate magazine experience. And I now have the freedom to talk to people and figure out what I’ll do next.”

WWD also has some ideas about who might be in line to replace Min, if Michael Steele, who will step into her role for the time being, takes the editor-in-chief role on only temporarily. Some names mentioned include Us‘s Los Angeles bureau chief Melanie Bromley and the magazine’s news director Lara Cohen, rival pub Life & Style‘s editor-in-chief Dan Wakeford and In Touch eic Richard Spencer; People magazine’s Peter Castro, former editor-in-chief of British OK! Nicola McCarthy and ex-Min staffer Colleen Curtis.

Janice Min Set To Depart Us Weekly

us_weekly_min2.jpgJanice Min, longtime editor of celeb magazine Us Weekly said yesterday that she will be leaving her post when her $2.5 million contract expires at the beginning of next month.

Min told The New York Times she didn’t know what she would do next, “But I’m 39 and I’d like to have another career. I felt like I’d done every possible thing at Us Weekly to make it successful.”

In a letter to her staffers, obtained by Mediaite.com, Min said she had “decided it was time to try something else in my life, do a little Gosselin detox and occasionally go out on Monday nights.”

Executive editor Michael Steele will be taking over Min’s spot, the magazine’s owner Jann Wenner told the Times.

Former Us editor Bonnie Fuller hired Min as her number two in 2002, and Min took over the magazine’s top editor slot when Fuller left for Star a year later. Last week, Fuller was named editor-in-chief at celebrity Web site HollywoodLife, becoming the latest big name journalist snapped up by the site’s owner Jay Penske for his growing media empire. Might Min be eyeing a spot on Penske’s team? Or, conversely, does Penske have a place for the successful editor? It’s certainly possible, but no matter where she goes next, all eyes will be on her.