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Posts Tagged ‘Zeke Turner’

It’s Official: Arianna Huffington is Easy on The Eyes

Everyone knows that the New York Observer publishes “power lists” which are entertaining and allow media types to humblebrag about being included on them. But do you know who is the “most swoonworthy” person from its “Media Power Bachelors and Bachelorettes” lists? Turns out it’s Arianna Huffington.

According to the Observer — which ranked the bachelors and bachelorettes by the amount of time spent on the page — you all simply could not remove your eyes from the digital diva. The runner-up was Zeke Turner, of WWD.

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Jane Pratt’s New Website To Launch Next Week

Jane Pratt, ex-editor-in-chief of Sassy, the magazine bible of disaffected teenage girls for a brief stint in the 1990s, is launching a new website. The original name was JanePratt.com, which some found a tough sell, because Pratt is no longer a huge brand name in the media.

So her new website name, reports Zeke Turner at WWD, will be xoJane.com. How sweet.

WWD also runs down the list of hires at xoJane.com, which include Christina Kelly, the editor-in-chief of ELLEgirl, as an “official contributor,” Laia Garcia, who runs the blog Geometric Sleep, as lead fashion blogger, and onetime “America’s Next Top Model” judge Eric Nicholson as the site’s fashion director at large. They will join the two full-time staffers, managing editor Emily McCombs and beauty editor Cat Marnell.


New York Times Boosts Web Team

The New York Times is getting set to put up that infamous paywall, so what better way to prepare than hiring one of the best web design minds in the city? Zeke Turner is reporting that Ian Adelman, the wiz from New York magazine’s web brands, is joining the NYTimes.com team as Digital Design Director at the end of the month.

In an internal memo at New York, Adelman said that the move was exciting because he’s a believer in the Times:

Just as New York was a place that attracted me because it was a fantastic product that I was drawn to and read cover to cover, The New York Times is my source of news. It’s always fantastic to contribute something that you feel part of or some attachment to.

This is obviously a good move for the Times. It’s not hard to see how far Adelman took New York magazine’s online presence since he joined the company in 2006, so getting him to oversee nytimes.com during a period of great transition is very smart.

Of course Adelman will eventually have to deal with all his friends asking how to bypass the paywall, but that’s probably a good problem to have.

National Enquirer and Star Shed Staff

Four reporters have already been downsized as National Enquirer and Star, both owned by American Media Inc. begin to consolidate their staffs. WWD’s Zeke Turner writes that left coast-based Star reporters Debbie Emery and Sandra Clark, the Enquirer’s Phil Kim, and one office assistant have already been let go.

American Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy last November, but the company insists that’s not the reason for these recent layoffs.

“It’s a case of us working smarter and cutting out duplication,” Enquirer editor-in-chief Tony Frost told WWD. No other cuts are planned at this time.

Previously on FBLA: Bankruptcy on the Horizon for National Enquirer Publisher

National Enquirer And Star Make Staff Cuts

Although the company is steadily climbing out of debt, not everything is sunshine and roses at American Media Inc. WWD’s Zeke Turner writes that AMI’s National Enquirer and Star magazine have made cutbacks to their West coast teams and now both titles’ employees will work together under the guidance of New York-based editors.  Among the four total layoffs were three reporters – Star’s Debbie Emery and Sandra Clark and the Enquirer’s Phil Kim.  These reporters will now be able to serve as freelancers.

The two mags will now work together in what Star editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo has dubbed an “AMI news bureau.”  National Enquirer editor-in-chief Tony Frost provided his rationale for the job cuts:

It’s a case of us working smarter and cutting out duplication.

An AMI spokesperson denied that the layoffs had any connection to the publisher’s bankruptcy filings from last November or declining circulation numbers.  No further cutbacks are expected.

Observed: Zeke Turner Heads To WWD

Add Zeke Turner to the list of names leaving the New York Observer in recent months. Turner, who covered media and, more recently, real estate for the paper, is heading to WWD, which also scooped up former Observer scribe Jon Koblin as well as Peter Kaplan — also formerly of the Observer — as editorial director of the Fairchild Fashion Group.

As The Awl points out for anyone keeping track of such things, this move makes “for a solid 10 out of 10 departures in the last four or so months alone all being women and gay men (as far as we can tell from outside).”

Zeke Turner To Cover The New York Observer’s Real Estate Beat

Earlier today FishbowlNY learned that Zeke Turner will move from The New York Observer Media Mob page to take over the real estate beat.  Turner will fill Dana Rubinstein‘s shoes as she pursues freelance opportunities. 

Turner is set to start his new role on Nov. 1.  Hopefully this news of Zeke’s move at the Observer will make at least one Village Voice tipster happy.

Nick Summers Moves To The New York Observer, Much To The Consternation Of One Village Voice Tipster

By now, you’re likely aware that John Koblin has left The New York Observer for WWDier pastures. Now, nearly a month since the announcement that he was leaving made its way across the interwebs, comes news of his successor, courtesy of Runnin’ Scared: Nick Summers. Summers founded snarkelitist blog IvyGate and formerly worked as a reporter for Newsweek.

But, alas, this doesn’t mean that everything is all sunshine flowers and gin-flavored lollipops at the Observer offices:

Zeke Turner was the junior reporter under Koblin, and Summers is being brought in above him. A tipster writes in:

Zeke should have gotten that job. The morale in the newsroom is already in the dumps: hiring an outsider only makes it worse. I’m sure Nick is a good guy and talented. But Kyle doesn’t understand that Observer writers were never stars when they got into those spots (including Koblin, Sherman, Calderone, etc.). They become stars by having natural talent and moving up the ranks. Maybe he doesn’t know how to raise young writers (/be a fucking editor) so he gives these jobs away to more established people. It’s crap.

Dramatical.