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Observer Media Group Names Michael Albanese President

The Observer Media Group, parent of The New York Observer, has named Michael Albanese its new president. The New York Post reports that Albanese, the former publisher of Spin, resigned from the magazine Monday.

Albanese had been with Spin since 2006.

Albanese takes over for Christopher Barnes, who left Observer Media in the beginning of August. Elizabeth Spiers also departed the paper at that time.

The New York Observer Endorses Romney

For those of you who decide who to vote for based on newspaper endorsements, The New York Observer is officially in Mitt Romney‘s corner:

A candidate has emerged from the rough and tumble of the primaries with his dignity intact. The system has produced not a demagogue but a manager, a candidate whose experience is rooted in the pragmatism of the business world rather than the ideology of partisan politics.

That candidate is Mitt Romney.

Please note that this vote of confidence occurred before last night’s debate.

New York Observer Shutters Velvet Roper

Velvet Roper, the nightlife site from The New York Observer, is being shut down. According to The New York Post, the soon-to-launch website for Scene magazine — a glossy about where rich people hang out — will replace velvetroper.comJulie Dannenberg, CEO of Scene, said the magazine is “doing well,” which we assume is the opposite of how Velvet Roper was doing.

Aaron Gell, editor-in-chief of the Observer, sort of confirmed that by telling the Post, “Scene needs an online home, and it became obvious we are just competing with ourselves. Scene is the stronger brand.”

Laura Griffin, editor of Velvet Roper, is now listed as a consultant.

Exodus from New York Observer Continues

Elizabeth Spiers left the New York Observer in August, and ever since then, the floodgates appear to be open. Capital New York reports that another Spiers hire, Megan McCarthy, is departing the paper. McCarthy is the fourth Observer staffer to leave within a couple weeks.

The others who departed include Foster Kamer (left for Complex), Brian Gallagher (moving) and Laura Griffin (unknown).

McCarthy did not say what her plans for the future were.

Elizabeth Spiers Departs The New York Observer [Update]

Elizabeth Spiers (a former Mediabistro editor-in-chief) is leaving The New York Observer. According to the paper, Spiers — who joined as editor in February of last year — is stepping aside to launch a new company, and will remain a part time consultant for the Observer Media Group.

Executive editor Aaron Gell is succeeding Spiers as the Observer’s new editor-in-chief.

“Elizabeth has been a phenomenal editor and manager,” said Jared Kushner, in a statement. “Not only did she bring on a wonderful team, she redesigned the paper and websites, launched a slew of new verticals and web properties, and invigorated the newsroom, all while more than doubling web traffic. I’m grateful for her efforts, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.”

UPDATE:
Christopher Barnes is also leaving. Check out the full internal memo here.

The New York Observer Adds to Betabeat Team

Jessica Roy has joined the staff at the New York Observer’s tech blog, Betabeat. Roy has written for various publications, including Salon, The Daily, The Nieman Journalism Lab, Good, Gawker, and The Huffington Post. She was also a writer for one of mediabistro’s blogs, 10,000 Words.

In a post announcing the change, Roy said that she will be moving from San Francisco back to New York within the next month.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. New York Times Photographer Wins World Press Photo of the Year, February 10
  2. New York Post Defends Greg Kelly (left) Coverage, February 13
  3. XXL Staffers Suspended Over Offensive Video, February 16
  4. People Rated Strongest Magazine Brand Among Advertisers, February 14
  5. The New York Observer Refers to Greg Kelly as ‘Rape Stud,‘ February 10
  6. Orgs to Newsweek: Stop F-ing Up, February 13

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New Culture Reporter at The New York Observer

The New York Observer has brought on Rozalia Jovanovic as a culture reporter. According to the Observer, Jovanovic starts Thursday and will cover the New York art scene for the paper’s culture section and its GalleristNY website.

“I’m excited to have Rozalia join our growing arts desk,” said editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers. “Her experience and passion for the subject will be a great asset to GalleristNY and the New York Observer.”

Most recently, Jovanovic was an editor at Flavorpill.

BetaBeat Founding Editor Departs

The founding editor of The New York Observer’s BetaBeat blog — Ben Popper — is departing to take a spot as the East Coast Editor of VentureBeat, a technology publication.

Popper, who has also contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Fast Company and Slate, tweeted that he will begin his new post on Monday.

Jared Kushner Will Call Your Bluff

On Wednesday we heard the good news that the New York Observer was expecting its first ever profit this year. We gave some love to Jared Kushner and Elizabeth Spiers for making that possible, but an anonymous rival didn’t believe that the Observer was in the black.

In the anon’s own weird way, he challenged the validity of the Observer’s report by stating that he would “eat his own hat” if the paper was indeed profitable. When Kushner heard about this, he decided to call the challenger’s bluff. According to the New York Post, Kushner said that if the anon would identify himself and sign a non-disclosure agreement, he could look at the paper’s books himself.

Of course the rival declined. Lesson learned? Never play poker with Kushner.

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