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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Journos React to Shocking Jill Abramson Announcement

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2) Alison Brower Rejoins The Hollywood Reporter

3) People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

4) Deconstructing Jill Abramson’s Sudden Departure

5) Major Moves at AP, Money Magazine and Business Insider

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People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

PeopleStyleWatchLogoAn intrepid FishbowlNY tipster alerted us about this last week. Today, it’s official, via the sharing of an internal People memo:

I am happy to announce the promotions of Leah Ginsburg to executive editor and Kristen Maxwell to deputy editor of People StyleWatch.

Since joining StyleWatch, Leah has seamlessly picked up the StyleWatch voice, produced new pages and overseen the monthly closes. In her new role, she will also be responsible for managing the writing and reporting teams, top editing, packaging stories and further developing integration across all sectors of the StyleWatch brand.

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Curtis Sittenfeld Spends the Afternoon with Barbara Walters

VanityFairLogoThe June 2014 Vanity Fair profile of Barbara Walters just posted online. It’s by all indications only the second time article author Curtis Sittenfeld has had something in VF; she previously, in 2008, shared an excerpt from her novel American Wife.

Sittenfeld’s interview with Walters, who exits The View next week, is one of those delightful VF bonbons. Rather than scrolling through the feature furiously while at work, we recommend bookmarking for later, after-work enjoyment. Preferably with a glass of chilled Chardonnay, so as to savor nuggets like this one:

Walters harbors one regret, which is that she didn’t travel to South Africa in 1994 to personally interview Nelson Mandela. “It was November, which was sweeps,” Walters recalls. “I was just so busy and I didn’t think I could spare that four days traveling, the interview, a week — and I’m kicking myself.”

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Another Month, Another THR Web Traffic Record

JohnOliverILoveNYTHRThis is why Guggenheim Partners pays Janice Min the big bucks.

For the month of March, worldwide Web traffic was up for both Billboard and THR (on the heels, in the case of the latter weekly print-tied operation, of Jimmy Fallon suggesting Tuesday to guest John Oliver that being on the cover of the “New York Issue” was a “giant, giant magazine” honor). Here’s the short-and-sweet memo from Dan Strauss, GM, digital for both sites:

Hi Everyone,

comScore released multi-platform numbers for March 2014 and I’m happy to announce that THR set a new record with 14.288M total worldwide unique visitors. This tops our previous mark of 14.013M from Jan 2014 by 2%.

Billboard also had a strong March jumping from 7.656M in Feb to 9.377M total worldwide unique visitors.

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Cover Battle: Scene or Vanity Fair

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Scene versus Vanity Fair. Scene went all in with Joe Jonas because apparently it’s still 2008.

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Graydon Carter Named to Magazine Editors Hall of Fame

Graydon Carter, the longtime Vanity Fair editor, has been elected to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He’ll be honored at a ceremony at the Marquis on May 1.

Carter has been in the magazine business for many years. He was a staff writer at Time and Life, and co-founded Spy in 1986. Carter served as the editor of The New York Observer before jumping to what would ultimately cement his legacy — editing VF. He has held that spot since 1992. During Carter’s span as VF’s editor, the title has won 14 National Magazine Awards; two for General Excellence.

“Few journalists are as influential — and as well known — as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, in a statement. “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he co-founded and edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture.”

Vanity Fair Interviews Edward Snowden

Vanity Fair’s May issue is officially a must read. The magazine somehow snagged an interview with Edward Snowden, which serves as a starting point for the glossy’s 20,000 word piece on the man who leaked countless NSA documents to the press. Below are some highlights from the Snowden interview.

On the rumor that he has almost 2 million documents:

Look at the language officials use in sworn testimony about these records: ‘could have,’ ‘may have,’ ‘potentially.’ They’re prevaricating. Every single one of those officials knows I don’t have 1.7 million files, but what are they going to say? What senior official is going to go in front of Congress and say, ‘We have no idea what he has, because the N.S.A.’s auditing of systems holding hundreds of millions of Americans’ data is so negligent that any high-school dropout can walk out the door with it?’

On his political leanings:

I’d describe my political thought as moderate.

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Chris Rovzar Leaves Vanity Fair for Bloomberg

Chris Rovzar is leaving Vanity Fair to join Bloomberg. According to WWD, Rovzar is going to lead a vertical dedicated to luxury at Bloomberg.com.

Rovzar had been with VF since 2011, when he left his spot as a senior editor of New York’s Daily Intel to become the magazine’s digital editor. Rovzar will be starting at Bloomberg in a few weeks.

As for VF, Mike Hogan — who returned to the glossy in early October — is currently interviewing Rovzar’s replacement.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire TV | Strahan to Join GMA | Peabody Award Winners

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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’ (LostRemote)
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing Wednesday a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. Mashable The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. NYT Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. THR The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.

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Toby Young Ponders Tina Brown’s ‘Galactic Chutzpah’

TheSpectatorLogoSome of the contextualizing is questionable. But overall, Toby Young‘s The Spectator essay about the money-losing media trail trodden by Tina Brown and his companion commentary for The Daily Telegraph are thrillingly thought-provoking.

From The Spectator piece:

Take the case of Tina Brown, a New Yorker whose business ventures have lost far more than L’Wren Scott’s ever did, but who is completely inured to these setbacks because of her posh English upbringing… You won’t find Tina retiring to a darkened room with a bottle of whiskey and a revolver. On the contrary, she’s just signed a contract with Doubleday to write her memoirs — the appropriately titled Media Beast. Failure is just another career opportunity for her, which has always been the British way. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is going from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.’

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