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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)

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Magazine Deathwatch: Budget Travel

budget travel.jpgWill Budget Travel be the next title to go the way of Domino and so many other magazines this year?

That’s the sad news being reported by New York Magazine‘s Daily Intel, which claims that the magazine, which is owned by Newsweek publisher Washington Post Co., is already clearing out. (Update: We received word from a Newsweek spokesman that Budget Travel is not folding. Read the full update here) The reported closure is likely due to rapidly declining ad revenue, something many magazines have been experiencing. Said Daily Intel:

“The company had a 33 percent drop in revenue for their magazine division in the most recent quarter, compared to the third quarter last year — but they attributed it publicly to losses in ad revenue at Newsweek.”

Our sister blog MediaJobsDaily adds that, if the magazine is closing up shop today, January’s issue may be its last: “staff were in the midst of closing ad sales for February when ‘suddenly told to hold on the usually tight closing date.’”

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UPDATE: A Newsweek spokesman tell us that Budget Travel lives on.

Budget Travel Shuttering? –Daily Intel

Budget Travel To Close Soon? — MediaJobsDaily

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” devoted nearly 12 minutes last night to discussing the Fox News vs. White House feud and a mocking analysis of Fox News’ distinction between news and opinion programming.

MediaJobsDaily: Reporting its third quarter earnings, the Washington Post Co. posted a $7 million increase in income while revenues at the company’s newspaper decreased 20 percent to $156.3 million.

WWD: Richard Beckman, president and CEO of Conde Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes WWD and Footwear News, is taking over control of W as well.

Daily Intel: Days after Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger compared print media to the Titanic, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham tried a different analogy: “Forgive my possibly overly facile analogy here, but when we are looking at the digital delivery of the printed word, we are kind of where the Sony Cassette Walkman was,” he said. “There will be, I think, an interim step that will be a CD Walkman. And then it seems to me there’s going to be an iPod.”

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?