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Terry McDonell Lead Candidate for CUNY J-School

Terry McDonell, the former Time Inc. veteran, is a lead candidate to succeed Steve Shepard as dean of CUNY’s graduate school of journalism. The New York Post reports that McDonell is one of three finalists being considered.

McDonell is competing against Steven Waldman, the co-founder of Beliefnet and current CEO of Daily Bridge Media, and Sarah Bartlett, a former assistant managing editor at Businessweek and founder of CUNY j-school’s Urban Reporting program and its Business & Economics subject concentrations.

McDonell had been with Time Inc. from 2002 to 2012. He spent a large chunk of that time as editor of Time Inc.’s Sports Group.

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Terry McDonell to Depart Time Inc.

When Terry McDonell announced in October that he was stepping aside as editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, the plan was for him to stay on as an advisor to the company. According to the New York Post, that plan has changed. McDonell is now set to leave the company altogether at the end of the year.

McDonell’s announcement means that Time Inc. will start 2013 without two of its biggest names. Earlier this month, John Huey said he was leaving the publishing powerhouse as well.

What’s next for McDonell? He plans on launching his own consulting company, where he will create “publishing, video and film joint ventures across multiple platforms,” according to the Post.

Time Inc. Names a Pair of Promotions

Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey announced today a couple of promotions. Paul Fichtenbaum has been named editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group. He succeeds Terry McDonell, who remains with the company as a senior advisor. In addition, Chris Stone has been appointed managing editor at Sports Illustrated. He is the ninth person to hold that position in SI history.

Sports Illustrated was the prism through which I viewed the sports world growing up and I’ve had the good fortune of participating in its evolution over the last two decades,” Stone said. “We tell stories—muscular, entertaining, differentiated stories and journalism-and we’re going to keep telling them, using all of our platforms to tell them in the most ambitious and accessible ways possible.”

Stone joined Sports Illustrated in 1992 and he ascended the ranks to become assistant managing editor in 2009. He also oversaw the Swimsuit franchise evolution into a multiplatform global juggernaut and notably was senior editor for baseball when SI uncovered Alex Rodriguez’s positive steroid tests which has been one of the decade’s most transcendent stories.

In Fichtenbaum’s new role, he’ll be responsible for the editorial oversight of the Group’s portfolio consisting of the Sports Illustrated, Golf and SIKids franchises.

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Sports Illustrated to Launch TV Show

Sports Illustrated — the best sports magazine around — is getting into the television business. The magazine is teaming up with NBC Sports Group to launch the creatively titled Sports Illustrated, an hour long, monthly sports program. The show debuts July 24, at 9:00 pm, on NBC Sports Network.

Terry McDonell, Time Inc.’s Sports Group editor, said venturing into TV was an easy call. ”Sports Illustrated’s writing and photography have been intrinsically tied to television sports coverage for nearly 60 years,” he explained, in a press release.

In addition to content from SI’s journalists, the show will access the magazine’s deep past to provide an update on some of the more interesting stories and people from years ago.

Sports Illustrated to Cut up to 16

Sports Illustrated, in what has been deemed a move to better integrate its print and digital operations, is likely to let go of about 16 staffers.

WWD reports that the final number depends on the salaries of those who accepted buyouts, but the breakdown is looking like “up to one senior editor will be let go, up to three associate editors, up to three writers, up to one photo editor and up to three writer-reporters.”

Last week Terry McDonell, the editor of Time Inc.’s Sports Group, said he believed the cuts would help SI become more efficient, adding that the losses “will be substantially smaller than what we’ve done in the past.”

Sports Illustrated to Cut Staff

Sports Illustrated is reducing its staff by buyouts or, if not enough editorial staffers take that option, layoffs. The New York Times reports that Terry McDonell has asked for buyout volunteers by this Thursday. If enough people don’t come forward, some will be let go.

The cuts are coming because SI wants to better integrate the print and digital sides. “It used to be that we had a lot of collaboration between the website and magazine,” McDonell told the Times. “Now we’re trying to turn that collaboration into something more efficient, especially with the website and with video opportunities.”

“At this point I don’t know what the number [of staffers cut] will be but I do know that it will be substantially smaller than what we’ve done in the past,” added McDonell.

Michael Rosenberg Joins Sports Illustrated Full-Time

Michael Rosenberg has contributed to Sports Illustrated since 2009, but now he is coming aboard full-time. Rosenberg, who was also a columnist with The Detroit Free Press since 2004, has been named a Senior Writer at SI.

“Michael has a style in the best of Sports Illustrated’s literary traditions,” said Time Inc. Sports Group’s Editor, Terry McDonell. “He is going to be a smart and explosive voice for SI.”

Rosenberg was just as excited. “I always felt like I had one of the best jobs in journalism at the Free Press, but I am thrilled to join Sports Illustrated,” he said. “SI is the best brand in sports journalism, and I am in awe of its past and excited about its future.”

Sports Illustrated Launches iPhone App

Sports Illustrated magazine has finally made their content available to iPhone users. To entice people to give the free app a try, SI has included an augmented reality tool. When users hover the opened app over a section of the magazine, exclusive content appears.

For example, if you hold the phone over this week’s gatefold NCAA tournament cover, you’ll see video announcing SI’s college basketball awards, tournament insight from Senior Writer Seth Davis and more.

“So often the conversation about technology revolves around new devices,” explained Terry McDonell, Time Inc.’s Sports Group Editor-in-Chief. “What we’re really excited about is the potential to use technology to bring print pages to life in surprising ways.”

It’s a cool idea, but as with QR codes, who knows if people will actually use it. But it might be worth a shot if it can help you win the office pool.

Selena Roberts Leaves Sports Illustrated

Selena Roberts, one of Sports Illustrated’s best writers, has left the magazine. According to The Big Lead, Roberts has been gone from SI since the end of December, when her contract expired.

“Highlighted by her reporting on the abuse of performance enhancing drugs in baseball, Selena has done significant work for Sports Illustrated,” said Terry McDonell, Editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, in a statement to The Big Lead. “She will no doubt be successful in her endeavors and everyone at Sports Illustrated wishes her the best.”

Roberts said that she is now working on creating a sports journalism app, and that other journalists will be joining the venture soon.

Starry-Eyed: A Look At Life.com’s Best Photos Of 2010

To celebrate the end of 2010, Life.com asked various celebrities and media personalities — including Andy Richter, Harry Benson, Khaled Hosseini, Alan Cumming,  Salman Rushdie, Brian Williams, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Wales, Arianna Huffington, Terry McDonell and Fareed Zakaria — to choose their personal favorite images from among Life‘s 2010 Pictures of the Year. Life.com has the final list of photos, including each person’s explanation for why, exactly, each specific image resonated for him or her.

Pictured here is author Salman Rushdie’s choice, “Heavenly Bodies,” a striking image of the Carina Nebula region taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Rushdie explains why he selected this particular image: “The universe creates beauty on the most gigantic of scales, humbling us by reminding us of our smallness, and simultaneously lifting our hearts by showing us so much glory.”

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