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AllThingsD Parting Ways With Dow Jones (Fortune)
The team behind influential tech site AllThingsD is severing ties with founding owner Dow Jones, a subsidiary of News Corp. Fortune reported last month that AllThingsD co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg had hired investment bank Code Advisors to find outside investors, as they continued to negotiate with Dow Jones about either ending or extending a partnership agreement that was set to expire on Dec. 31. In the end, however, they were not able to work out a deal. Not only does that mean the AllThingsD team will no longer share content and certain advertising functions with Dow Jones, but also that Mossberg will leave his Wall Street Journal column after 20 years (he has been with the paper for a total of four decades). Dow Jones also will retain the AllThingsD brand. All of this becomes effective at year-end. AllThingsD First things first: We’re keeping the Steelcase hot-seat red chairs. Forever. In fact, we own quite a few now. And we’ll still be scooping and reviewing all things digital right here, at this Web address, for a few more months. So, while we appreciate the teary farewells we’ve been receiving across the Web, they’re premature — not by just months, but by many, many years. GigaOM The decision leaves All Things Digital — which was wholly owned by Dow Jones — in limbo while it tries to find a new media partner or buyer. NYT Dow Jones confirmed on Thursday evening that the company would part ways with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the end of the year when their contracts expire. Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, said in a statement that the Journal was increasing its bet on technology coverage even without Swisher and Mossberg, its most prominent stars. FishbowlNY The separation of AllThingsD and Dow Jones also means the end of Mossberg’s tenure at The Wall Street Journal. He had been with the paper since 1970. TheWrap Swisher and Mossberg launched AllThingsD in 2003, and it quickly became a must-read tech site. Its annual “D” conference is a Who’s Who of Silicon Valley that makes millions of dollars annually for the journalists and Dow Jones. The conference brand had expanded into a media version and to Asia in recent years.
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Yahoo! Introduces New Logo (Yahoo!)
We’re excited to share the new Yahoo! logo with you. It will begin appearing across Yahoo! properties globally. We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products. Ad Age / Digital Yahoo! has refreshed its 18-year-old logo to match the nearly two-decade-old portal’s ongoing makeover under CEO Marissa Mayer. Capping a 30-day campaign leading up to the official unveiling, Yahoo! pinned the first major redesign of its logo since 1995 to the site’s homepage early Thursday morning. But here’s the punchline: the new logo was not among the 30 teased over the past month. AllThingsD The new logo is slimmer and neat, with all the old serifs gone and minus the longtime whimsical tone. Stark and sensible — with an Optima font flavor and a whole lot of sharp edges (not very kid friendly, IMHO) — it’s very much in keeping with Mayer’s tidy design sensibilities. TechCrunch Honestly, the new logo reminds one a lot of fonts used in the 90s, especially the stock beveled and glossy fonts that appeared on the internet portal GeoCities, where many of us first learned to build these funny things called “Web pages.” Unfortunately, this is no longer the 90s and this logo is feeling pretty dated.
SmartMoney, the personal finance magazine published by Dow Jones, disappeared from newsstands forever after its September issue. Now, only about six months later, the company has announced… another personal finance magazine! Adweek reports that WSJ. Money is being planned as a spinoff of WSJ., and will debut in March as an insert in the weekend edition of the paper.
Why would Dow Jones create a new magazine after it folded the perfectly good one it already had? Because WSJ. Money will be a finance glossy for the rich. By targeting those with bank accounts so large it makes your stomach turn, Dow Jones is hoping that fancy advertisers — and their fancy ad dollars — follow.
“It’s for people who are voyeuristically interested in the high end and are at the high end,” Mike Miller, senior deputy managing editor at the Journal and the editor overseeing Money, told Adweek.
Magnus Berger as has been named creative director of WSJ. magazine. Berger will continue to have the same role at Berger & Wild, a branding agency. Berger’s first issue will be February 16.
“Magnus is plugged into the history of design as well as the pulse of the fashion world, and will bring a renewed sense of vitality to the magazine’s pages,” said Kristina O’Neill, WSJ.’s editor-in-chief, in a statement.
In addition to Berger, David Thielebeule has joined WSJ. as fashion market and accessories director.
Elisa Lipsky-Karasz was just promoted to features director of Harper’s Bazaar a few weeks ago, but she’s already on the move. According to WWD, Lipsky-Karasz is leaving Harper’s Bazaar to become WSJ.’s fashion news and features director.
Prior to her time at Harper’s Bazaar, Lipsky-Karasz was deputy eye editor at WWD.
Kristina O’Neill has been named the new editor-in-chief of WSJ. magazine. O’Neill most recently served as executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar, where she had been since 2000. O’Neill succeeds Deborah Needleman, who left WSJ. to edit T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
“The appointment of Kristina, one of America’s most talented editors, marks a new phase of the exponential evolution of WSJ.,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, in a statement. “We are increasing the frequency and expanding global reach in the coming year with our winning mix of intelligent writing and visual virtuosity — gloss without dross is our magazine mantra.”
O’Neill will report to Ruth Altchek, who, in a related move, has been named editorial director for WSJ Weekend, a new role at the Journal. She will now oversee the “Off Duty” section and WSJ. magazine.
O’Neill’s appointment is effective October 29.
With Deborah Needleman just starting to get comfortable as the new editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, WWD reports that staffers from WSJ. are following her there. WSJ.’s fashion features director Whitney Vargas and creative director Patrick Li are both expected to join the staff of T soon, with more to follow.
Vargas has been with WSJ. since 2010. She had previously served as Elle’s senior fashion news editor.
Li resigned from WSJ. last week. He had been with the magazine since last May. He was the founder of the design firm Li Inc., and has worked with Vogue China, Jason Wu, Rodarte and more.
Deborah Needleman is in high demand, and so the rumors about her leaving WSJ. for T: The New York Times Style Magazine will not end until we hear something official. WWD reports that Needleman is still expected to accept the job at T, but a source at the Journal said that on Tuesday, the paper’s managing editor — Robert Thomson — met with her and gave a last ditch pitch to keep her. Additionally, there is gossip swirling that Hearst offered Needleman a job.
It all makes us wonder: Who are these people who keep spreading rumors about their coworkers?
“Ohhhh snap, Stacey was just eating at her desk! And it was leftover Tuna Helper, so she’s definitely gone. I can’t wait to tell someone about my assumption!”
What an odd life. Of course then we have to write about it, so…
Despite Needleman denying the claim that she had already taken the job at the Times, several sources have told WWD that not only is she going, she’s taking several WSJ. editors with her.
Either people are extremely bored and just making things up, or Needleman is indeed headed to the Times, and we’ll all have to act surprised when she does. Can’t wait!
With the New York Times courting Deborah Needleman, it’s unclear if she’ll be editing WSJ. in 2013 and 2014, but there is one sure bet: WSJ. will be uppping its publishing frequency both years. Starting in 2013, WSJ. will publish 11 issues, then up that to 12 issues in 2014.
Adverising is up at WSJ. too. According to Dow Jones Company, the title has enjoyed a 45 percent jump in ad pages compared to last year.
Naturally, all this good news prompted some strong words from top editors. ”WSJ. Magazine has become the benchmark by which all glossy magazines are judged,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, in a statement. “Our team’s successful formula of gloss without dross, of style with substance, has recast the character of luxury magazines and broadened the Journal’s already growing global audience.”
The benchmark by which all glossy magazines are judged!
Here’s something that would be worth boasting about: If they can hold on to the editor that helped make this all happen.
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