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Meet the Journalist Who Landed That Jaden-Willow Smith Interview

ShutterstockJadenWillowSmithThis week’s T magazine Q&A with the son and daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith is the first recent joint published conversation the famous offspring has done. Nice scoop for article author Su Wu, whose piece is being picked up far and wide.

From 2008 until July of this year, Wu was director of research communications at USC. Thanks to her longstanding personal blogging efforts, she also earned during that time a 2012 USC/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship.

Wu is a regular contributor to the New York Times and artforum.com, as well as the online arts editor for n+1. Earlier this fall, digital magazine Sight Unseen put together a photo essay highlighting Wu’s downtown Los Angeles loft. Our favorite shot by Michael A. Muller has Wu playfully holding up a copy of Interview magazine in front of her face. The caption reads:

“One night at dinner, Nancy (who is one of the designers of Building Block) was scoping an eBay auction of this old Interview, from November 1991. I went home and got it for her. The package had just arrived on the day of this photo so it was sitting on the counter in the kitchen. I love people with really specific taste, who are disappointed mostly and then ecstatic once in a while, and who most deserve to be spoiled.”

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Wired and Gannett Make Moves

A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Wired and Gannett. Details are below.

  • Wired has hired David Moretti as deputy creative director. He most recently served as Wired Italy’s creative director since it launched in 2009. This is a homecoming for Moretti, as he previously worked for Wired in its San Francisco office.
  • Alison Engel has been named VP of finance for Gannett. She comes to the company from A.H. Belo Corporation, where she most recently served as senior VP, chief financial officer and treasurer. Engel had been with Belo Corp. since 2003.

Christopher Nolan to Guest Edit Wired

Christopher Nolan, most well known as the man who brought Bane — and thus the Bane voice you won’t stop using with coworkers — to the big screen with his Batman trilogy, is the new guest editor of Wired.

According to Wired’s editor Scott Dadich [pictured next to Nolan, who is explaining that peace has cost Wired its strength; victory has defeated it] the issue will carry themes from Nolan’s films as well as “Time, Space and Multiple Dimensions.”

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Wired Adds Associate Publisher, BuzzFeed Promotes Nguyen

A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Wired and BuzzFeed. Details are below.

  • Wired has named Doug Grinspan associate publisher. Grinspan most recently worked at Say Media as VP and US sales and strategic partnerships. He starts October 20.
  • BuzzFeed has promoted Dao Nguyen from VP of growth to publisher, a new role at the company. According to a memo from BuzzFeed’s CEO Jonah Peretti, Nguyen will now oversee “tech, product, data and everything related to our publishing platform.”

Wired and USC Launch Online Masters Class

Wired_logoWired is teaming up with USC to launch an online Master’s degree in integrated design, business and technology. The goal of the course is to “educate creative thinkers and technologists to better equip them to transform the world of industry and enterprise,” according to a release.

“We’ve been thinking for years about what a university curriculum with WIRED would look like, and now we have a chance to build it with a terrific partner,” said Wired’s editor-in-chief, Scott Dadich, in a statement. “Taking the best from USC and Wired, we can teach discipline and disruption, business fundamentals, and the very latest innovation models from Silicon Valley. This is going to be thrilling.”

Students who sign up for the course will have access to Wired’s headquarters and its editors and writers. The first offering of the degree will come in the 2015/2016 academic year.

New Monthly Print Magazine Pays Its Way to 400,000+ Circulation

CaliforniaSundayLogoOn Sunday October 5, more than 400,000 subscribers to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times will find something new within the bundle on their doorstep: The California Sunday Magazine, a startup devised by freelancer Douglas McGray and Federated Media co-founder Chas Ewards.

The monthly, print-side half of the pair’s business model is most intriguing. Not only does it give them instant traction at both the advertiser and circulation-base ends. But if successful, it could prove to be a model of revenue for other grouped regional newspapers. From a piece by Michael Learmonth, global tech editor of the International Business Times:

McGray and Edwards are paying the newspapers for distribution, much like Target would for an ad insert, and targeting 400,000 people who live in affluent neighborhoods. The rate card for the print edition is $40,000 a page; Edwards says the magazine will launch with 10 advertisers, including Google Play, Lexus, Converse, MailChimp and the Ace Hotel.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Politico Expanding to Europe | Fox News Defeated in Fair Use Suit

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It’s Official: Politico’s Headed to Brussels (FishbowlDC)
A 12:44 p.m. ET email from Politico president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. Capital New York The 50-50 joint venture will cover the European Union as well as “European politics and policy more broadly,” VandeHei and editor-in-chief John Harris told staff in the memo, confirming recent reports that the influential Beltway website and congressional newspaper was eyeing expansion abroad. HuffPost / Backstory Details have not yet been finalized for the new organization, though Politico‘s leadership has been working on the plan throughout the year. VandeHei, Harris and owner Robert Allbritton have met in Brussels with top European journalists and diplomats about the potential launch of Politico Europe, as the outlet is tentatively titled, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media VandeHei and Harris called Axel Springer “Europe’s largest and most powerful media company.” “Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” they wrote. “They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.” NYT Politico was founded in 2007 and rose quickly to become a player in the world of political reporting. It has recently been considering ways to grow and refine its journalism. Last year, it started a magazine that focused on deeper and more expansive stories. The site also hired an executive editor Rick Berke from The New York Times in October, but he resigned Sunday, citing differences with Harris and VandeHei. Axel Springer, which publishes Bild and Die Welt among others, said last year that it was selling two regional newspapers and several magazines to focus on digital media.

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Kim Kelleher Named Publisher of Wired [Updated]

The wait to find out who will be Wired’s new publisher is over. Breathe people! According to The New York Post, Condé Nast is expected to give the job to Kim Kelleher, the former Say Media president. Kelleher was president of Say Media from August of 2012 to November of 2013.

Kelleher will be succeeding Howard Mittman, who left the magazine last Friday to join GQ as its new publisher when Chris Mitchell shifted to Vanity Fair.

This will mark a return to Condé for Kelleher, as she previously served as Self’s VP and publisher. Kelleher also served as Sports Illustrated’s publisher and Time’s worldwide publisher. She was named Ad Age’s publisher of the year in 2011.

We’ve reached out to Condé for confirmation on Kelleher’s appointment. We’ll update when we hear back.

Update (7:00 pm):
It’s official, per a Condé release.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Obama Honors Foley | Afghanistan Expels NYT Reporter

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Obama: Foley Execution ‘Appalled’ the Entire World (TVNewser)
President Obama took the podium Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released Tuesday. The United States Wednesday morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die. FishbowlDC Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day… People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all broadcast Obama’s statement live. NYT Obama declared on Wednesday that the entire world was “appalled” by the videotaped beheading of Foley by Islamic militants, speaking as American warplanes conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq and the State Department asked the Pentagon to send as many as 300 more American troops to Iraq for security. Mashable Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. HuffPost Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemned the murder of journalist Foley in a statement on Wednesday. His murder should be treated as a war crime, according to Pruitt. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012. He contributed to the GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, among other media outlets. TVNewser CBS’s Clarissa Ward changed her profile picture, Fox News’s Conor Powell remembers him as “a great guy,” while Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, himself imprisoned in Egypt, says Foley’s murder “will spark a revolution against terrorists.” These are just some of the ways those who knew and worked alongside the intrepid journalist are remembering their colleague killed by ISIS militants.

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Wired Adds Jessi Hempel, Promotes Mat Honan

wired_logoWired has hired Jessi Hempel and promoted Mat Honan to senior staff writer.

Hempel — who will be a senior staff writer covering the business side of technology at Wired — comes to Wired from Fortune, where she has worked for the past seven years. Prior to that she worked at Businessweek

“Wired is for people who care deeply about the future as it applies to their every day lives,” Hempel wrote about her new job. “Its opportunity and its obligation is to continue to stay ahead of its readers, and to bring them a deep understanding about where the world is moving and how technology gives it direction.”

Honan has been with Wired since 2012. He most recently served as a staff senior writer.

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