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The Root Names New Managing Editor

dreyfuss.jpgJust over a month after former Vibe editor Danyel Smith stepped down as managing editor of TheRoot.com, the Washington Post Co.-owned Web site has named a replacement.

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)

Time Editor Tyrangiel To Lead Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek

tyrangiel.jpgThis morning, Bloomberg LP named Time magazine’s deputy managing editor Josh Tyrangiel as the next editor of the recently acquired BusinessWeek.

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.”

Before joining Time, Tyrangiel worked at Vibe and Rolling Stone and produced news for MTV.

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Vibe‘s New Owner: Revamped Mag Will Have Greater Online Focus, Broader Scope

burnett.jpgThe latest incarnation of revived hip-hop magazine Vibe may be debuting with a controversial cover model, Chris Brown, but its new owner’s plans for the pub seem pretty sound.

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 VibeVibe 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.

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Vibe Relaunches With Maybe Not The Best Cover Celebrity

VIBE_ChrisBrown_Preview.jpg 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.

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Former Vibe Editor Leaves The Root

dsmith_vibe.jpgIn 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.

New York Post: Bloomberg is making a bid to buy BusinessWeek from McGraw Hill.

The New York Times: Former Vibe editor Danyel Smith is now working as the executive editor of the Root, an online politics and culture magazine aimed at a black audience.

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.”

New Vibe Names New Editor-in-Chief

vibe.pngIt’s been two months since news of Vibe‘s closure broke, and the hip-hop magazine has been acquired by a new owner and is gearing up for the relaunch of the publication and its Web site, Vibe.com.

Today, the Vibe Lifestyle Network, which acquired the magazine and site earlier this month, announced the appointment of Jermaine Hall as editor-in-chief of both the print and Web sides of Vibe. Hall, who previously worked as editor-in-chief of King magazine and music editor at The Source, started his career at Vibe, where he served as webmaster from 1997 to 1999. He has been brought in to the role in order to bring a “consistent voice across all Vibe brands,” the magazine’s owner said.

“I’m excited to come back to Vibe and honored for the opportunity to bring the brand back to its much deserved and highly respected status among both consumers and advertisers,” Hall said in a statement. “I am also thrilled to be working with [former Vibe publisher and current part-owner] Len Burnett again and to be a part of the bigger team at The Vibe Lifestyle Network. I have no doubt we will create compelling and cutting edge content as we did back in the day.”

Earlier this month, the shuttered magazine was purchased by a consortium made up of private equity firm InterMedia Partners, Uptown Media Group and Blackrock Digital, who formed the Vibe Lifestyle Network. At the time, the new owner said Vibe.com would be relaunched immediately, but there doesn’t seem to be any updates since late June. Today, the company said the site would relaunch later this month, while the magazine will debut with a November issue and will go quarterly in 2010.

Earlier: Another Magazine Death: Vibe Reportedly Closing

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GalleyCat: Reclusive author Thomas Pynchon did in fact narrate his own book trailer.

Ad Age: Just over a month after the hip hop magazine Vibe closed, there are reports that the owners of Uptown magazine have been in talks to buy and revive the title. Ad Age reporter Nat Ives said via Twitter that the buyers had confirmed his report.

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Another Magazine Death: Vibe Reportedly Closing

vibe.pngJeff Bercovici at AOL’s DailyFinance is reporting that music magazine Vibe is ceasing publication.

Just last month, the magazine’s parent company, Vibe Media Group, announced the launch of spin-off The Most!, a “celebrity fashion, lifestyle, red-carpet moments, travel, and news” publication that was due to hit newsstands earlier this month. There’s no word on whether Vibe‘s shut down will affect that publication as well.

Publicists at the magazine were unavailable for comment, but we’ll keep you updated as the story progresses. If you have any information, leave it in the comments below or email us.

Vibe‘s closure leaves The Source as the one remaining one of the few remaining magazines covering hip hop and R&B, after Blender folded earlier this year. (A commenter kindly pointed out that Giant and XXL still cover the industry, and there might be others that we don’t know about.)

Update: The New York Times has word from Vibe‘s publicist that the magazine will close down operations today, although there is no word on how many people will be losing their jobs. And here is part of an internal memo sent by Vibe Media Group CEO Steve Aaron to staffers today: “It is with a heavy heart that I share some tough news, VMG is closing down effective today, June 30 due to lack of additional financial investments.” So, it looks like Vibe won’t be the only publication to go. If the whole media group is closing up shop, it looks like The Most! is dead, too.

Lastly, Ron Mwangaguhunga spoke to Vibe editor at large Rob Kenner for his blog The Corsair. Kenner revealed that the magazine had been working on a Michael Jackson tribute prior to its demise. How much more depressing can it get? The magazine’s own death prevented it from celebrating the death of the legend who was so influential to the music that Vibe covered.

Vibe Media Group Launches Tabloid

vibe05.11.09.jpgWhile most media companies are running as quickly as they can away from the print world, Vibe Media Group will embrace the medium with a print magazine covering “celebrity fashion, lifestyle, red-carpet moments, travel, and news.” The Most! hits newsstands on June 16, while its corresponding Web site, TheMostMag.com, debuts two weeks earlier.

Vibe‘s all-time best-selling cover featured Chris Brown and Rihanna, which signified that there would be space in the marketplace for a celebrity-focused version of the music mag. The Most! will be published twice a year.

“Our goal with The Most! is to give our readers ‘the most’ of what they crave,” Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of Vibe/Vice president/editorial director of Vibe Media Group, and founder of The Most!, said in a statement.

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