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Steve Kandell Joins BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed has hired Steve Kandell as its long form editor. At the site, Kandell will be responsible for jump starting its foray into long form pieces. Kandell was previously the editor-in-chief of Spin. He also serves as a contributing editor for Details.

“The social web has created an opportunity for an exciting revival of longform and Steve is perfectly positioned to pioneer the social future of narrative journalism at BuzzFeed,” said Doree Shafrir, BuzzFeed’s executive editor, in a statement. “Steve’s deep experience in magazine writing and editing really make him the ideal candidate to craft long form narratives that inspire conversation and sharing.”

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Spin Cuts 11, Drops Nov/Dec Issue

The changes we anticipated coming to Spin have come big and fast, as new owner Buzzmedia cut 11 staffers and said it was dropping the November/December issue. The New York Times reports that Steve Kandell, Spin’s editor-in-chief and Catherine Davis, its managing editor, were among those let go.

The next issue of Spin will be its September/October issue; it will be available in late August.

According to a statement from Buzzmedia, it remains “committed to moving forward with print,” but this can hardly be seen as anything other than a move toward dropping the magazine altogether.

BUZZMEDIA Starts Clearing Out SPIN Magazine Ranks

Billboard.biz, which was first a couple of weeks ago with news of BUZZMEDIA’s acquisition of SPIN magazine, has another related scoop late this afternoon. The inevitable layoffs have begun.

According to Billboard’s sources (and some corroborating tweets), among those being told to go the way of the vinyl LP are editor-in-chief Steve Kandell, website news editor Devon Maloney and several members of the production and photo teams. At press time, BUZZMEDIA had not responded to requests for comment. Earlier however, there was this:

Responding to questions about the future of SPIN‘s print side, BuzzMedia CEO Tyler Goldman released a statement saying “We believe there is a unique role for print and see it as another outlet for people to access content about their passion topics… In the longer term, we’re still defining how print fits in from a platform perspective.”

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Spin Fires EIC and Publisher Amid Leadership Changes

Spin magazine is undergoing quite a change at the top. Doug Brod, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and Malcolm Campbell, Publisher, were fired on Friday, reports The New York Times. Taking their places is Steve Kandell, who moves up to Editor-in-Chief from Deputy Editor, and Mike Albanese, who takes over as Publisher.

Additionally, Spin announced that Devin Pedzwater is now the magazine’s Brand Creative Director, Charles Aaron is now the Editorial Director, and Jeff Rogers has been named Digital General Manager, a newly created position.