Danyel Smith, formerly the Editor-in-Chief at Vibe, has been named to the same position at Billboard magazine. This is actually Smith’s second stint at Billboard, in 1993 she was the mag’s R&B Editor. Smith’s writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times, and she’s written two novels, More Like Wrestling and Bliss.
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Complex Media, which incorporates Complex magazine and Complex.com, is a top destination for twenty-something professional men. Last fall the company announced a few important hires.
Recently, FishbowlNY sat down with CEO Rich Antoniello about his company moving forward in 2011.
Very quickly into the meeting, FishbowlNY learned exclusive details of Complex Media’s relaunched website.
Beginning on January 5, Complex.com will roll out the redesign of its website.
“We want to get some feedback from consumers,” Antoniello told us.
He says print readers are heavy users of the site. The numbers point that out.
The publisher shuttered one of its two hip-hop titles, King, last April, but is marking the beginning of 2010 with the release of Juicy, a magazine that according to Harris’ XXL magazine’s Web site, will be the “first celebrity and lifestyle magazine for African-American women to sit on national newsstands alongside People, US Weekly, In Touch, Life & Style and OK.”
The first issue will launch in May and will join XXL as part of the Harris empire.
It’s shaping up to be a good year for the black community’s comeback in the media market, with Vibe‘s December relaunch under new publishers and Moguldom Media Group‘s recent redesign of Bossip.com after a 100 percent traffic increase in 2009.
Of course, launching a lifestyle spin-off does have its downside. Vibe Media Group tried launching one of their own, The Most! last year, just a few weeks before Vibe folded in late June. Let’s hope Harris has more luck in 2010 than Vibe Media had in 2009.
Read More: Harris Publications Announces New Celebrity & Lifestyle Magazine –XXL
XXL Announces Shuttering Of Giant –MediaJobsDaily
It’s been a tough year for the publishing industry, and magazines in particular have had it rough. Every major publisher has had to shutter at least one of its titles, and some of our favorite glossies have gone to that great magazine rack in the sky.
While it would take forever to list all the over 400 magazines that have folded this year, we here at FishbowlNY put together a timeline of some of the bigger names that were shuttered this year. The bad news? It looks like in the last six months of the year the number of titles snowballed. Here’s hoping that 2010 looks a lot brighter.
After the jump, our timeline
Veteran journalist Joel Dreyfuss will take over the post on December 7, a company spokesperson confirmed yesterday.
Dreyfuss, a co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was most recently the editor-in-chief of Red Herring, Inc. Throughout the course of his 30+ year career, he has worked at Fortune magazine, PC Magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, Urban Box Office, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The New York Post and Bloomberg. He has also served as USA TODAY‘s New York Bureau chief and worked as a news producer for San Francisco TV station KPIX and on-air reporter for Northern California public broadcasting net KQED.
“Joel Dreyfuss will certainly bring vast knowledge and extensive creativity to his position as managing editor, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to The Root as we enter this next phase of success,” the company said.
Smith, who joined The Root over the summer after Vibe folded in June, decided to leave the Washington, D.C.-based Web site in October due to issues having to do with her commute from her home in New York.
Read more: The Root Picks Journalism Vet Joel Dreyfuss –Journal-isms
Earlier: Former Vibe Editor Leaves The Root
(Photo by Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com and bub.blicio.us, via flickr)
Tyrangiel, who was also the managing editor of Time.com, was instrumental in the recent relaunch of the Web site. He will be replacing Stephen Adler who announced that he was stepping down from his post last month after Bloomberg acquired the weekly pub in early October. Tyrangiel will be reporting to Norman Pearlstine, Bloomberg’s chief content officer, who in turn will report to Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg.
Pearlstine, a former editor-in-chief of Time Inc., first met Tyrangiel while working at the magazine publisher. “I saw Josh in a number of leadership positions as he took on increasing responsibilities at Time…” Pearlstine said. “Josh is recognized within Time Inc. and its parent, Time Warner Inc., as an ‘editor’s editor’ and a natural leader. His understanding of the ways in which print and online publications can work together will serve Bloomberg well as we expand our consumer media offerings.”
Full release after the jump
Today, mediabistro.com got a chance to pick the brain of Leonard Burnett, co-CEO and group publisher of Uptown Media Group, part of the group that purchased Vibe earlier this year and is working to reposition and relaunch it. In an interview with David Hirschman, Burnett explained where he thought Vibe had gone wrong in the past and laid out the new publisher’s plans for the future:
“Vibe thrived off of urban fashion, music, and automotive — and then when you go into ’05, ’06, and ’07 [the advertising] just kept deteriorating. First it was a shift over to digital [for advertisers] and then when the dollars started to even back out, the dollars that you are counting on for the print side in certain categories just started to evaporate at a much faster rate than we were able to break new categories.
The book also didn’t lend itself [to these new categories]. [Vibe's] aesthetic perspective and editorial focus [originally spoke] to a very broad and important perspective of what urban music and culture meant (which really wasn’t just rap, but R&B, reggae, and gospel, and anything you can move and dance to — and even where the consumer was going with the blending of Jay-Z and Coldplay, and this sort of rap and alternative rock). We went from being the kind of Rolling Stone of urban culture to competing with The Source and XXL. These are great books, but…Rolling Stone is really the music and culture magazine that has stood the test of time — and when you look at the breadth of what they have with the core of it being rock ‘n roll, mixing the old with the new and the influx of urban, and the political scene, the fashion scene.
So now, from an editorial perspective, we are going back to an editorial discussion that was much broader than it was. It has a lot better visuals. We’re going back to great photography, which was always such a big component of the editorial product. The book will be much more visual and have a better quality of paper. The consumer should look up to Vibe — Vibe is showing them something that they don’t know about, and give them something to aspire to. Not like Uptown, but something new and on the cutting edge.”
Read more of Burnett’s interview for more on Vibe‘s new digital product and the decision to hire a new editor.
When Vibe magazine shuttered back in June, there was little hope that the publication would be revived, considering the state of the magazine industry. But revived it was, acquired by a trio that included equity firm InterMedia Partners, Uptown Media Group and Blackrock Digital that together formed the new Vibe Lifestyle Network.
In late August Jermaine Hall was named editor-in-chief, a circle completed as Hall’s first job was working for the original Vibe. And he’s certainly set on making his mark: His decision to put Chris Brown on the cover for the relaunched magazine’s December issue (the new Vibe.com has already been up and running since August) is bound to stir up controversy. Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna is currently doing the talk-show circuit on the physical altercation between her and Brown before the Grammys this February, and putting the convicted R&B star on the cover of Vibe can either be seen as tone-deaf and offensive, or provocative and challenging.
In June, Vibe magazine folded, leaving editor-in-chief Danyel Smith (among others) out of a job. (The hip-hop magazine has since been acquired by new owners who relaunched the pub under new management.)
But Smith seemed to be doing okay after she landed a job as executive editor of TheRoot.com, a Web site owned by the Washington Post Co., just last month. Now comes news that Smith is leaving the site after only a few short weeks.
Jocelyn Nubel, publicist for the Slate Group — which includes The Root — confirmed to FishbowlNY that Smith was leaving due to issues having to do with her commute between New York and Washington, D.C., where The Root is based. “We’re sad to see her go, but have appreciated her energy and insight and are happy she was a part of The Root family,” she added. “We are aggressively searching for her replacement and plan to fill the role in the next few weeks.”
There’s a job opening for D.C.-based editors to start vying for.
Related: So What Do You Do, Danyel Smith?
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TVNewser: Al Roker spotted veteran CBS Washington correspondent Phil Jones in the crowd outside the “Today Show” this morning. Jones and his wife were holding a sign announcing their 40-something son’s engagement. Joked Roker, “Too bad there isn’t a morning show on CBS that you could’ve announced that on.”
Nieman Lab: Journalism Online — which aims to help media companies monetize their content online — allowed a peek at its business model: it plans to seek a 20-percent cut of the subscription revenue earned by the media companies that it works with.
The Observer: Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter boasted that he won’t have to meet with McKinsey consultants. Carter was generally upbeat about working as a magazine editor during the recession: “It’s actually a great time to be an editor because there’s a lot of great stories out there. It’s a tougher time to be a publisher.”