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Digital Exec Departs Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Daniel Blackman, Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s chief digital officer, is out after only a little over a year on the job. Adweek reports that some are claiming Blackman was forced to leave, but there is no confirmation of that as of yet.

Blackman came to Newsweek/The Daily Beast last May from HowCast, a company he co-founded. Prior to that he was with Google, building relationships for its YouTube and Google Video platforms.

PBS, USA Today, Newsweek, WSJ Get Pinterest Users Pinning

Pinterest drives traffic, so news organizations would be smart to try and take advantage of that. By one set of metrics, PBS, USA Today, Newsweek/The Daily Beast and The Wall Street Journal are all doing fairly well. Poynter analyzed a collection of 13 media entities using Pinterest, including The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Washington Post and more, and found that PBS leads the pack when considering “repins.”

For every pin PBS posts, it is repinned six times. Following PBS is USA Today (4.4 repins per pin), Newsweek/The Daily Beast (4.3) and the Journal (4.2).

The New York Times wasn’t counted in the study because the paper isn’t on Pinterest yet. There is a Times Pinterest account, but all that is there is a post proclaiming that it is “starting in June 2012.”

Better hurry.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast Adds Marketing Exec

Newsweek/The Daily Beast has hired Doug Bachelis as its new Executive Director of Marketing. Bachelis comes to the company from Prometheus Global Media, where he served as Vice President of Marketing for its Branded Entertainment division since late 2010.

Prior to his time at Prometheus, Bachelis worked as Strategic Marketing Director for the Condé Nast Media Group and Marketing Director for USA Today.

Bachelis starts on June 11.

More Info on White House Correspondents’ Dinner Tables

The New Yorker is trying to give Newsweek/The Daily Beast a run for its money. Not by publishing creepy covers, but by having cooler celebrities at its White House Correspondents’ Dinner table. FishbowlNY has Newsweek/The Daily Beast in the lead as of now, but as WWD points out, The New Yorker’s table is going to be bursting with star power.

A quick rundown: Newsweek/The Daily Beast is going to have Viola Davis and J.R. Martinez, while The New Yorker is going to have Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the co-creators of “Portlandia,” and Jason Schwartzman and Aziz Ansari.

We’re still giving the edge to Newsweek/The Daily Beast, but the dinner isn’t until April 28, so there’s still time for another magazine to unseat the Tina Brown title.

However, if a glossy announces that they’re bringing the entire cast of the underrated show “Hard Time on Planet Earth” with them, then that’s a wrap; that magazine wins.

Guessing The Best Table at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a joke and everyone knows it. It’s nothing more than a chance for media types to mingle with Hollywood types and talk about how fantastic they all are. Since no real news ever comes out of the dinner, let’s take an early look at who might have the best guests at their table, via WWD.

Time:
George Clooney and Girlfriend of The Moment Stacy Keibler

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Tina Brown: ‘We Won’t Make Money for Another Couple of Years’

Tina Brown said something, so FishbowlNY is obligated to make sure everyone in New York knows about it. Brown told “Nightline” that Newsweek/The Daily Beast most certainly did not lose $30 million last year, but offered little to be excited about for the immediate future.

“We are certainly not losing that amount, but we aren’t making money yet and we won’t make money for another couple of years, but we will as long as we can build the brand back up again,” said Brown. Yikes. Brown then added that the brand building process is at about 40 percent. “It seems to me that we have stopped Newsweek from failing and we are now on our way back up,” she explained.

There, that’s slightly more optimistic. Here’s hoping everyone is cool with losing a lot more money until that final 60 percent comes around.

Top Newsweek/Daily Beast Writer Gets New York Times Gig

Jacob Bernstein, a Senior Writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, is getting his shot at The New York Times. Capital New York reports that Bernstein is now regularly freelancing for the Times’ Style section. He has moved to a contract writer position for Newsweek/The Daily Beast as well.

Bernstein has also written for New York, WWD, Paper and The Huffington Post. Bernstein has writing and reporting in the blood. He’s the son of director, producer and screenwriter Nora Ephron and journalist Carl Bernstein.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories of the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. $20,000 Grant for Entrepreneurial Women Journalists, February 3
  2. Big Changes at Newsweek/The Daily Beast, February 8
  3. Stations Prepare for Giants’ Super Bowl Winning Parade, February 6
  4. Former WNYW Sports Reporter Andy Adler Leaves KNBC, February 5
  5. WCBS Rides the Giants’ Road to Glory to Impressive Post-Super Bowl Numbers, February 6
  6. Breaking Down the Magazine Super Bowl Parties, February 3

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Big Changes at Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Newsweek has just announced a few big changes. Jane Spencer, one of the founding editors of The Daily Beast, is leaving on a sabbatical, but will continue to contribute as International Editor at Large.

Deidre Depke, a one-time editor of Newsweek.com, is returning to the company to succeed Spencer as the site’s new Executive Editor. Depke rejoins Newsweek/The Daily Beast from The Week’s website.

Tom Watson has also been promoted to Managing Editor and Louise Roug, another former staffer, is coming back to serve as Foreign Editor. Roug begins next month.

Below is the full memo announcing the changes from Tina Brown:

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Reuters Hires Newsweek/The Daily Beast Contributor

Reuters has hired Sharon Begley to be its new Senior U.S. Health and Science Correspondent. Begley comes to Reuters from Newsweek/The Daily Beast, where she had been a contributor and science columnist since 2007. Prior to Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Begley wrote the “Science Journal” column for The Wall Street Journal.

Begley has won awards for her work from such organizations as the National Association of Black Journalists, The Humane Society of the United States and the American Statistical Association.

Begley’s first day is today.

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