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Martha Nelson Named Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc.

Martha Nelson, editorial director of Time Inc., has been named its new editor-in-chief, as per WWD.

As the seventh person in 90 years history, she’s the first woman to hold the position.

Now she’ll run the ship at all of the titles whereas previously as editorial director she was at the helm of 17 titles within style and entertainment.

As per the piece, there are turbulent times ahead. Layoffs are anticipated after the holidays at Time Inc. and during the previous quarter, there was a loss in revenue within publishing to the tune of six percent.

Nelson told WWD, “It is a difficult time but it’s also an exciting time and, in some ways, the most exciting, certainly in my lifetime.”

As for her first initiatives in the new role, she’ll hone in on maintaining the magazines’ quality and also expanding their reach digitally.

Social Media Marketing Boot Camp is Only Two Days Away!

Are you getting psyched? We certainly are! That is, social media marketing boot camp, an interactive online conference and workshop, kicks off on Thursday and from the looks of it, the keynote speakers alone will be quite thrilling to hear.

Here’s how it works: Sign up to join the sessions live on Thursdays from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern or catch the recordings in the archives whenever it’s convenient for you. Throughout the week, you’ll complete assignments and get one-on-one feedback from a homework advisor.

For instance, Jennifer Rubio, social media marketing manager at Warby Parker, is leading a keynote session:  How to Create Brand Evangelists Across Social Platforms: A Warby Parker Case Study. As for what’s on tap, she’ll talk about how to create life-long brand evangelists using social media engagement, and how to use feedback to drive business goals.

With a line-up that includes how Facebook lessons from higher education, incorporating analytics into your social media strategy, and lessons learned from social TV, to name a few examples, it sounds like this interactive boot camp is not to be missed.

‘Wall Street Journal’ Integrates Newsroom

Okay, we’re not going to report about layoffs. Really. That would be speculating and right now, courtesy of JimRomenesko, there is news that a major Dow Jones property is streamlining efforts.

What we will mention, however, is an excerpt from an email from Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal as it outlines integrating staff into one “single newsroom.”

“We must now begin a new phase of integration, creating a single newsroom that does away with duplication and puts extra emphasis on scoops, thoughtful analysis and deeper reporting. The aim is to fashion an editorial engine that will drive content for all of our platforms, from the print Journal to a real real-time news service and customized digital feeds for specialist readers. For that strategy to be successful, total integration must be our imperative, not to cut costs (though spending, like imbibing, should always be done in moderation), but to make the most of our peerless journalism.”

Registration is Open for Mediabistro’s Job Search Boot Camp

Looking for a new job? Feeling a bit down and out and need a little jolt to your search? At Mediabistro, we talk to hiring managers and employers every day so we know what they’re looking for.

Please join us for our job search boot camp, an innovative 4-week online conference designed to help you discover your unique qualifications and learn how to showcase your skills to employers. Join us. It could make all the difference in your job search.

Learn from leaders in career management how to:

  • Define your target job and learn how to get the position you’re after
  • Effectively communicate your core skills and competencies in your resume, cover letters, and online presence
  • Create your personal brand and use social media to get the word out about your strengths and your goals
  • Activate your professional network, improve your face-to-face connections and create connections online

Deborah Needleman Hired to Run ‘New York Times’ Style Magazine

T, also known as The New York Times’ style magazine, has a new editor. Deborah Needleman, the editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal style magazine, is going to be in charge of T.

According to the Times, its executive editor, Jill Abramson, indicated in a statement that Needleman will be integral to expand the magazine:

“Deborah is a creative and innovative editor with an impeccable sense of style and design. As we look to expand and extend T and continue to evolve it for our loyal and sophisticated New York Times audience, we will rely on Deborah’s broad range of experience and creative energy. She is coming on board to strengthen the franchise and reimagine its future on all platforms.”

Prior to joining the WSJ, Needleman founded the style magazine, Domino, and was also editor-at-large for House & Garden. She’s the co-author of Domino: The Book of Decorating and wrote The Perfectly Imperfect Home.

Allison Silver Named Executive Editor of Opinion at Thomson Reuters

Allison Silver, the former opinion editor at Politico, has a new job. According to Romenesko, she’s been named executive editor of opinion at Thomson Reuters. Tuesday will be her last day at Politico.

According to the site, John Harris, the editor-in-chief at Politico explained in a memo:

“Tapping into an extensive network of writers, and pursuing her own eclectic interests, Allison put POLITICO in the middle of many Washington debates in a way that we had not been before, which is what she promised in our discussions upon her arrival three years ago. She always pushed for better display for her authors, and for better ways, such as specially commissioned artwork, to illustrate opinion pieces and draw the reader’s eye to them….Her big shoes are being filled — temporarily — by managing editor Bill Nichols on a fill-in basis while we ponder our long-term choices about opinion.”

Baba Shetty Named CEO of Newsweek/Daily Beast

This just in — Baba Shetty has been named the new CEO of Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

As reported by The Huffington Post, he’ll start his new job in October and will replace Stephen Colvin. Shetty currently works at Hill Holliday, an advertising agency, as the chief of strategy and media.

In a statement, Tina Brown indicated: “We collaborated on our very successful Newsweek Mad Men issue together and forged a terrific creative relationship. He is extremely gifted at brand and digital strategy, is a strong leader, and is the perfect partner for the next phase of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company and our expanding live events business.”

Michael Pietsch Becomes CEO of Hachette Book Group

Michael Pietsch is leaving his post as the publisher of Little, Brown and Company and is becoming the CEO of the Hachette Book Group. He’ll officially replace his predecessor, David Young, on April 1.

Pietsch has an extensive literary background and as pointed out by The New York Times, he’s edited novelists like David Foster Wallace and James Patterson.

He told the newspaper: “It’s a bigger transition than I’ve ever made. The job of C.E.O. is much bigger than the job of a publisher. I get to drive the Maserati that David has built.”

According to the piece, Pietsch will report to Young through the transition date and will lead the company through a digital transition. It sounds like one of his first goals is to find his own replacement at Little, Brown which had been his employer since 1991.

‘Roll Call’ & ‘CQ Today’ Announce Merger

Two political newspapers, Roll Call and CQ Today, have announced they’re cutting back and consequently merging.

According to The New York Times, on November 13, both newspapers will become a single daily entitled Roll Call. In addition, their newsrooms will merge. The piece didn’t specify whether or not jobs were going to be eliminated as a result of the merger.

Beth Bronder, publisher of Roll Call, told the Times, “Roll Call will become the news of Capitol Hill, but also have that policy element.”

It sounds like the digital age could be attributed to one main reason for the merger. In January 2011 the House of Representatives allowed tablets on its floor and reps who previously read the brick and mortar newspaper switched to the online version. Plus, as pointed out by the Times, print advertising reduced its revenue, execs decided to merge the newspapers into one.

Bronder pointed out, “The question came up whether it’s worth it to print and deliver these copies every day. Everything pointed to migrating the CQ Today folks to an online environment.”

Joanna Coles Named Editor-in-Chief of ‘Cosmopolitan’

As Kate White steps down as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the magazine made famous by the late Helen Gurley Brown will have a new editor in charge.

Joanna Coles was named the new editor at the top of the masthead; she’ll be leaving her job running the ship as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, another Hearst title.

As per The New York Post, the change is happening pretty quickly. The November issue of Cosmo will close this week and then White will work on consulting projects for Hearst. On Monday Coles will begin her new job.

According to the newspaper, White’s departure is voluntary. The author of eight novels said, “I went to David Carey in January and told him I wanted to step down by the end of the year.”

“I wrote the book aware that I was going to be leaving,” she added. White’s latest book, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, will be released on September 18.

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