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NY Observer Revamps Site Ahead of Print Changes

The New York Observer’s makeover has officially begun. The paper’s site, oberver.com, has been completely revamped — there’s a new font, streamlined sections and even a new logo. Instead of the old standard lineup of articles, observer.com now has featured pieces and a sidebar containing others.

As for first impressions, we’re not fans. The site is definitely cleaner, but it seems a bit too informal. The old observer.com looked like a newspaper site while this version appears flat out unimportant. The updated site also looks unfinished; like the web designers meant to add more heft, but didn’t have the time.

Tomorrow the new print version of the Observerminus the iconic pink paper and in the form of a tabloid — hits newsstands. Let’s hope it looks better than the website does.

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NY Times Editor Calls NY Observer Piece ‘Crazy Rant’

Cat fight! Sort of. The first strike was by The New York Observer’s editor — Ken Kurson — on the unsuspecting New York Times. Now, the Times has responded. A little background: Kurson’s cover story was a takedown of the Times’ editorial page and its editor, Andrew Rosenthal.

Kurson essentially described the Times’ Op-Ed desk as all the bad stuff about high school. Rosenthal was called “petty” and the environment was labeled as so bad that reporters won’t even let Rosenthal sit at their lunch tables. The piece is hilariously amazing. It’s also, according to Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times, wrong.

In an email to Capital New York, Abramson called the Observer piece “the crazy rant of someone with an agenda, certainly not the view of the newsroom of The New York Times.”

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NY Observer Announces Media Power Couples

The New York Observer has unveiled its annual Media Power Couples list, and for the first time ever, Brian Stelter isn’t on it. Kidding! Of course he’s included. Don’t be ridiculous. Stelter and his favorite corduroys are number 13.

Here are some other Media Power Couples that are no doubt currently humblebragging about their presence on the list:

The Observer chose this year’s couples based on four factors — diversification, location, momentum and social presence.

For the full list, click through.

NY Observer to Switch from Salmon Paper to White

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The New York Observer has been known for its salmon color (don’t you dare call it pink) since the late 80s. According to Capital New York, that’s about to change. Beginning in February, the Observer is ditching its salmon newspaper for the traditional white paper.

The reason for the change likely boils down to money. We know. You’re shocked. Apparently salmon paper is rarely used, thus it can be more expensive than white. Also, Capital claims that advertisers have never been that pleased with the way their ads look on salmon paper.

The Observer’s color isn’t the only thing changing. The paper is returning to a tabloid format, the logo is changing to be more “modern,” and arts and style sections are rumored to be added.

The worst part about the revamped Observer? The new logo won’t include sneaky trenchcoat guy. The Observer isn’t the Observer without sneaky trenchcoat guy.

Ben Widdicombe Joins New York Observer as Contributing Editor

Ben Widdicombe is joining The New York Observer as a contributing editor. The Observer reports that Widdicombe will pen a regular column for the paper. He will also remain editor of Gilt City.

Widdicombe was the founder of the Daily News’ popular gossip column, GateCrasher. He wrote the column from 2004 to 2008.

“This is just the latest good news for the Observer,” said Rafi Kohan, the Observer’s deputy edior, in a statement. “Ben is the best, so obviously we’re excited to have him.”

Observer Randomly Picks Jared Kushner’s Brother-in-Law as ‘Important Philanthropist’

The latest issue of Observer Philanthropy features a list of the “20 Most Important Young Philanthropists” and surprisingly, Eric Trump graces the cover. He’s also praised inside and proclaimed a “powerhouse.”

Trump, as you probably know, is the brother-in-law of the Observer’s owner, Jared Kushner. What a crazy coincidence!

People Praised by The Observer Love The Observer

The New York Observer’s latest issue featured a list of “The Most Influential New Yorkers of the Past 25 Years.” New York’s Daily Intelligencer caught up with Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump  who both made the list — and surprise! They both spoke glowlingly about the paper.

The Donald wanted everyone to know that he not only loved the Observer, he just learned the word ”vibrant:”

I picked up the paper. I read the most vibrant paper and I called Jared [Kushner]. I said, ‘This paper is vibrant.’ The last issue was so great. Not because I was in it, by the way. It was just so great. And I said, ‘You’ve really done a great job, because it was so vibrant.’

Ivanka echoed those sentiments, but failed to use the word of the day:

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Aaron Gell Departs New York Observer

Aaron Gell has decided to move on. Only weeks after Ken Kurson was named editor-in-chief at the New York Observer, thereby demoting Gell, he emailed staffers to announce that he was leaving the paper. Gell had been with the Observer since 2010.

In the memo obtained by Capital New York, Gell said he is leaving to do some consulting for a start-up.

A snippet from the note:

Working for the Observer has been the best experience of my career; I credit that to all of you, especially, but also to Peter and all the writers and editors who passed through and helped create a newspaper that despite, ahem, everything has remained such a special place to work. It has been an absolute blast. There really is no publication like it in the world. Maybe for a reason, but still.

New York Observer Names Ken Kurson EIC

Ken Kurson has been named the new editor-in-chief of The New York Observer. Kurson has been a contributor to Esquire since 1997, a political consultant and speechwriter for Rudy Guiliani, and has worked at Jamestown Associates, a political communications firm in New Jersey. No word on what will happen to Aaron Gell, who was named the paper’s interim editor after Elizabeth Spiers departed in August of last year.

As the New York Times notes, Kurson’s Republican ties will certainly cause some to wonder (perhaps more than they already do) about the objectivity of the Observer.

Kurson, of course, thinks it’s no big deal. “People will think what they want,” he told the Times. “I will have to earn their trust. I have had a long and honorable journalistic career, calling it like I see it and being a straight shooter.”

“Ken knows the ideas, stories and voices that make up New York better than anyone,” wrote Jared Kushner, in a note to staffers announcing the move. “He is a journalist and an author and through his years as a consultant observed the figures who create the framework of business, politics, media, tech, culture and real estate in our city.”

The New York Observer Names New Managing, Exec Editors

The New York Observer has named Emily Anne Epstein its new managing editor and Faye Penn its new executive editor. Epstein comes to the paper from The Daily Mail. Her work has appeared in publications such as Time, The New York Times and The Week.

Penn was formerly a features editor for The New York Post and New York. She is also the founder of Brokelyn, a popular blog about living on a budget in Brooklyn.

Capital New York reports that Michael Woodsmall, the Observer’s previous managing editor, is now on the Observer Group’s business side.

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