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Condé Nast Folds Style.com Magazine

Did you know that Style.com had a print counterpart? Probably not. And that’s one reason why Condé Nast has decided to fold Style.com/Print just two years after launching it.

From the beginning, Style.com/Print seemed doomed. The name was terrible and the content was even worse; often articles that appeared on Style.com were duplicated in Style.com/Print. There really was no reason for anyone to buy the magazine. In the end, Condé wisely decided to shut the operation down. With a positive spin, of course.

“Since the relaunch [of Style.com] in early September, the site continues to exceed growth expectations,” a Condé spokesperson told The New York Post. “To continue that momentum, we’ve made the decision to focus 100% of our efforts on our core digital business.”

Rest in peace Style.com/Print. We hardly knew ye.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Google News Axed in Spain | Sony Execs Apologize for Emails

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Google News to Shut Down in Spain Over ‘Google Tax’ (Mashable)
Google said Thursday it will shut down its Google News service in Spain to prevent publishers’ content from appearing on it — ahead of a new law requiring the Internet search company to pay Spanish news organizations for linked content or snippets of news. NYT / Bits The website, which compiles headlines and summaries of news articles from various sources, will go dark in Spain on Dec. 16. Google plans to shut the site there in protest of the new law. The rules, which come into force in January, do not specify how much Google and others like Yahoo! News would have to pay per article. But they carry a potential one-time $750,000 fine if companies do not comply with the law. WSJ / Digits Google also is removing Spanish publishers from Google News world-wide. Those publications will still show up in general Google searches, but that’s less significant than it appears. That’s because the news “cluster” that appears with many general search results is fed by Google News. So if Spanish publishers are excluded from Google News, they won’t appear in the news cluster of ordinary search results — meaning much less traffic from Google. GigaOM Spain is not the first European country to pass a so-called ancillary copyright law — Germany did so in March 2013 — but Spain’s version is much more heavy-handed. Variety In Germany, the ancillary copyright law, introduced in July after lobbying by VG Media and backed by Axel Springer, obliged Google to pay publishers for news snippet texts on its search engine. After Google News removed the snippets from its search engine, traffic to publishers’ websites fell by 40 percent over two weeks. VG Media was forced to authorize the snippets. Demonstrating Google’s massive market power, Axel Springer CEO Mathias Dopfer dubbed its move to charge for snippets “the most successful failure in our history.”

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Style.com Changes Reporting Structure

Style.com is getting swept under the Vogue rug. Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. According to WWD, the site’s publisher Matt Rice and will now report to Vogue’s publisher Susan Plagemann. Likewise, Style.com’s editor — Dirk Standen — will now report to Vogue’s editor, Anna Wintour.

The move seems to indicate that Condé Nast execs aren’t too pleased with Style.com. At the very least, they want to give the site a kick in the pants via changes in content and strategy.

As WWD reports, a Style.com/Vogue combo is actually quite retro:

Fourteen years ago, the site was established as the online home of Vogue and W magazines. But Wintour lobbied for years for her own site for Vogue, and so, in 2010, Style.com was pushed out of Condé Nast to Fairchild Fashion Media. It was shuffled back to Condé this summer, when Fairchild was sold to Penske Media Corp.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Obama Honors Foley | Afghanistan Expels NYT Reporter

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Obama: Foley Execution ‘Appalled’ the Entire World (TVNewser)
President Obama took the podium Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released Tuesday. The United States Wednesday morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die. FishbowlDC Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day… People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all broadcast Obama’s statement live. NYT Obama declared on Wednesday that the entire world was “appalled” by the videotaped beheading of Foley by Islamic militants, speaking as American warplanes conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq and the State Department asked the Pentagon to send as many as 300 more American troops to Iraq for security. Mashable Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. HuffPost Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemned the murder of journalist Foley in a statement on Wednesday. His murder should be treated as a war crime, according to Pruitt. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012. He contributed to the GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, among other media outlets. TVNewser CBS’s Clarissa Ward changed her profile picture, Fox News’s Conor Powell remembers him as “a great guy,” while Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, himself imprisoned in Egypt, says Foley’s murder “will spark a revolution against terrorists.” These are just some of the ways those who knew and worked alongside the intrepid journalist are remembering their colleague killed by ISIS militants.

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Matt Rice Named Style.com Publisher

Condé Nast has named Matt Rice publisher of Style.com and NowManifest, the curated blog portal. Rice has served as associate publisher of the brands since 2012.

Rice has been with Condé since 2007. He previously served as advertising director of Style.com and executive director, international fashion of Style.com, WWD and WWD.com.

“Matt has been very effective at building awareness of Style.com and NowManifest among advertisers looking to connect with deeply-engaged audiences of fashion influencers,” said Robert Sauerberg, Condé’s president, in a statement. “He will continue to expand these brands at Condé Nast as we look to increase their reach on all platforms.”

Penske to Acquire Fairchild Fashion Media

FFMLogoCondé Nast wouldn’t comment. But according to New York Times media reporter Ravi Somaiya, Jay Penske is about to add an impressive group of media properties to his PMC empire.

From Somaiya’s report:

Condé Nast plans to sell Fairchild Fashion Media, the group behind trade publications like Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News, to Penske Media for around $100 million, according to a person familiar who has been briefed on the deal.

Fairchild’s employees will go with the new company, the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal an as-yet unannounced deal, said.

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Style.com Adds Market Director, Recode Promotes Li

A couple Revolving Door moves to note today, involving Style.com and Recode. Details are below.

  • Style.com has named Rachael Wang fashion market director. Wang was most recently market director for Nylon. Prior to that, she served as Glamour’s fashion editor. At Style.com, Wang will report to Nicole Phelps, the site’s executive editor.
  • Kenneth Li has been named editor-in-chief of Recode. Li joined the site as its managing editor after working at Reuters for a decade.

ProPublica and Style.com Both Add Two Staffers

A couple Revolving Door notes for you today: ProPublica has hired Heather Vogell and Ryan Gabrielson, and Style.com has added Noah Johnson and Jessica Teves. Details are below.

  • Heather Vogell and Ryan Gabrielson have both been named reporters for ProPublica. Vogell comes to the site from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she had serving as a reporter since 2005. In 2013, her “Cheating Our Children,” series was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Gabrielson joins ProPublica from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where he had been since 2010. His reporting on violent crimes on the developmentally disabled was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
  • WWD reports that Style.com has named Noah Johnson deputy editor and Jessica Teves site director. Johnson comes to Style.com from Complex and Teves joins from Refinery29.

The Fader, Style.com Add to Teams

A couple morning moves to note, regarding The Fader and Style.com. Below are the details.

  • Malcolm Campbell has been named The Fader’s VP of business development, a new role at the magazine. Campbell comes to The Fader from amNewYork, where he served as senior advertising director. Prior to that he served as publisher of Spin for five years.
  • Style.com has added Amber Kallor as senior beauty editor. Kallor most recently served as beauty editor of Shape. She will report to Style.com’s executive editor, Nicole Phelps.

Fairchild Fashion Media Makes Publisher Changes

There have been two changes at Fairchild Fashion Media. Pamela Daniels has joined the company as the new publisher of Beauty, Inc. Daniels comes to Fairchild from Rodale, where she served as business development director since February.  She will report to Paul Jowdy, vice president, publisher of WWD.

Additionally, Matt Rice has been promoted to associate publisher of Style.com, NowManifest and Style.com/Print. Rice was most recently advertising director for Fairchild.

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