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Newsweek.com Appoints New COO

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Alix Baudin has been named chief operating officer of Newsweek.com, a new position just created by the weekly news magazine.

Baudin joins the site from BET Networks, where he managed business development, the vertical ad network and operations on the network’s digital side. He has also worked as chief operating officer at Carol’s Daughter Holdings and senior director of finance and strategy at Mobile ESPN, ESPN Wireless and Sports Ticker. And Baudin also has previous experience as an investment banker, working at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

Newsweek‘s Web site has gone through a few changes in the past few months, bringing on two new editors and promoting a handful more in August, and introducing a new look back in May.

Full release after the jump

Previously: Newsweek.com Brings On Two New Editors, Promotes Five

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Newsweek.com Brings On Two New Editors, Promotes Five

nw.pngWhile other pubs are cutting staff, it’s always encouraging to see one that’s hiring and promoting and growing.

Today, Newsweek.com made us very happy by announcing two new hires and a slew of promotions.

Starting on September 8, the site is bringing on Rose Palazzolo as homepage editor and Ben Adler as national affairs editor. Palazzolo was formerly a managing producer at New York magazine’s Web site nymag.com and Adler is joining Newsweek.com from Politico.

Newsweek.com is also promoting a handful of staffers: Carl Sullivan has been promoted to managing editor of the site, Kathy Jones has become managing editor (multimedia), Adam Kushner has become international affairs editor, Kate Dailey has been promoted to health and lifestyle articles editor and Ramin Setoodeh will now be culture articles editor.

Related: Confirmed: Will Tacy Out At Newsweek.com

Devin Gordon Set To Replace Tacy At Newsweek.com

gordon.pngLast week, we reported exclusively that recently appointed Newsweek.com editorial director Will Tacy had left the publication. Yesterday, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham announced Tacy’s replacement: senior editor Devin Gordon.

Gordon had helped reimagine the magazine’s “Scope” section for its relaunch a few weeks ago and led Newsweek‘s front of book coverage, and his important position will not remain empty for long. National affairs editor Bret Begun has already agreed to step into Gordon’s shoes, Meachum said. Begun has plenty of FOB experience, previously serving as deputy editor of the magazine’s “Periscope” section, according to his Newsweek.com bio.

(Meacham’s full memo, including glowing descriptions of Gordon and Begun’s work, after the jump)

baharo.pngIn other Newsweek news, the publication is desperately trying to publicize the disappearance of foreign correspondent Maziar Bahari in Tehran. According to the magazine, Bahari (right) was “detained without charge by Iranian authorities” on Sunday and hasn’t been heard from since. A Newsweek spokesperson said this morning that there is still no update on his whereabouts.

Bahari, a Canadian citizen, has been living and working in Iran for the past decade, Newsweek said, adding that the pub “strongly condemns this unwarranted detention, and calls upon the Iranian government to release him immediately.”

Our thoughts and prayers go to Bahari and his family, and best wishes to Gordon and Begun, taking on new challenges amid a dangerous time for journalists.

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Confirmed: Will Tacy Out At Newsweek.com

nw.pngWe’re hearing that Newsweek.com editorial director Will Tacy — who joined the Web site in January — has left the company. Newsweek publicists have not yet returned our calls seeking confirmation.

Update: Tacy’s departure from the company has been confirmed by a source with knowledge of the situation. We’re still wondering what happened though.

If you know anything, leave us a note in the comments or send us an email.

Earlier: Will Tacy Named Newsweek.com Editorial Director

Deadline Club Honors Times, Journal and AP

deadline.jpgThe Deadline Club, the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, presented its 2009 awards honoring New York-area journalism last night.

The biggest winners of the evening were The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, which all took home three awards each. Newsweek, Newsweek.com, and Getty Images for Newsweek also took home a combined four awards. The Times awards included the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, which was presented to David Barstow, who will also receive the New York Press Club’s Golden Keyboard award for investigative reporting next month.

Some smaller news organizations were also recognized, like the Jewish weekly newspaper the Forward, which received the reporting award for newspapers with circulation under 100,000 for Nathaniel Popper‘s coverage of problems in the kosher industry, and The Staten Island Advance, which was honored for page design.

A full list of winners after the jump

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NY Press Club Awards Recognize Times‘ David Barstow, BusinessWeek

nypc.pngThe New York Press Club yesterday announced the 62 winners of its 2009 Journalism Awards. BusinessWeek led the award count with seven wins, while The New York TimesDavid Barstow will accept the Gold Keyboard Award for excellence in investigative journalism at the June 15 ceremony.

Barstow was awarded the Gold Keyboard for his investigative series “Message Machine,” which focused on the Pentagon under former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the construction of the case for the war against and the occupation of Iraq.

Barstow’s work beat out two other finalists for the Gold Keyboard prize: The New York Daily News‘ investigation of the planning and construction of the new Yankee Stadium and Mark Thompson‘s Time magazine cover story about the U.S. military’s use of anti-depressant drugs, “America’s Medicated Army.”

In addition to the Gold Keyboard, the NYPC also chooses recipients for two other unique awards: the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter, which honors reporters with three years of experience or less, and the Reverend Mychal Judge Heart of New York for reporting that is most complimentary of New York City. Fortune Small Business‘s Mina Kimes will receive the Nellie Bly for her article “The End of Oil,” while the Rev. Mychal Judge Heart award will be bestowed upon three recipients: Sara Fishko of WNYC, the Associated PressBeth J. Harpaz and Susan Dominus of the Times.

Over 300 entries were submitted to more than 20 categories of NYPC awards by New York-area newspapers, magazines, Web sites and TV and radio stations, with the winners picked by journalists, former journalists and academics with expertise in each specific category.

BusinessWeek was awarded prizes in the business reporting, consumer reporting, continuing coverage, feature reporting, political coverage and spot news categories. Several news organizations, including the Times, the AP, WCBS Newsradio, Bloomberg News, Newsweek/Newsweek.com and The Wall Street Journal all received four awards each.

A full list of the winners is after the jump

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Newsweek.com’s New Look

newsweeko.pngThe newly revamped Newsweek hits newsstands today, but our colleagues at WebNewser got the scoop on the magazine’s companion Web site’s new look.

Geoff Reiss, Newsweek‘s digital general manager told WebNewser that the changes revealed Friday, which include updated fonts and branding on the home page, are “just the beginning” of Newsweek‘s efforts to revamp their web presence and tie the site to the magazine.

One other new addition to Newsweek‘s home page is the “Intelligent Aggregator,” an infographic that quotes coverage of various topics from sites around the Web, even from competitors. Of course, Newsweek hopes the makeover will drive up traffic to the Web site, which currently brings in “between four to seven million” unique visitors a month, according to Nielsen estimates, Reiss told WebNewser.

What do you think? Will you visit the new Newsweek.com? Will you be picking up a copy of the updated Newsweek?