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Revolving Door: ‘LA Times’ Cuts, New Outlets, and Journos on Google+

Wintour, Stoudemire, and 'Vogue' editor Hamish Bowles during spring Fashion Week 2010. Photo: Getty Images

Bad news to report from the West Coast: Layoffs are happening at the Los Angeles Times (and one of the paper’s editors offers an example of what not to say during times like these).

On a more positive note, Hearst is launching Cosmo for Guys, or CFG for the BMOCs, a tablet pub on August 1. That should be… interesting. And Anna Wintour fave (she has a thing for the male athletes, no?) Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a fashion and sports site.

Finally, Muck Rack has a list of 140 or so reporters who are on Google+, with links. Any others?

More media changes after the jump.

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‘Vogue’ Is In Vogue on the Newsstands

Numbers released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Rapid Report show that while much of the fashion magazine industry is suffering a loss in newsstand sales, Vogue is up about 16 percent from its average sales number for the first half of 2010.

Adweek suggests a few reasons for the jump: Hot covers featuring celebs like Lady Gaga in March (which sold 445,000 copies, the top seller for the first half), a rebound in the sale of luxury goods, and increased visibility of EIC Anna Wintour, which we noted a couple of weeks ago after Wintour’s acceptance speech at the Webbys went viral.

Marie Claire was down 21 percent (along with Harper’s Bazaar), with EIC Joanna Coles noting that a few chances it took with the cover didn’t pan out, like featuring a man, Bradley Cooper, perhaps before he revealed to the world that he could speak French. InStyle and People Stylewatch were among the other fashion magazines that took a hit.

The Audit Bureau numbers also show that Justin Bieber covers aren’t doing so well on the newsstands. According to WWD, Vanity Fair‘s Bieber cover is set to become the worst seller in 12 years. Other magazines, like Teen Vogue, which also featured the teen star also showed a dip in numbers.

Anna Wintour Speaks Geek

Anna Wintour turned up at the Webbys last night to accept an award and deliver the traditional five-word acceptance speech.

Ever since The September Issue, it seems we’re seeing and hearing more from the Vogue editor. Or maybe it’s the impression that the nonstop world of Web coverage gives?

She’s a major force behind the very successful Fashion’s Night Out events. She was photographed at the recent CFDA awards. She’s a VIP each year at the Met’s Costume Institute gala. And she recently made a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s marriage equality initiative (after the jump).

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Social Media in Vogue at Fashion140 Conference

Anne Hathaway’s character in The Devil Wears Prada might have thought twice about tossing her cell phone at the end of the movie if Twitter and mobile apps had been available then. How these platforms and the real-time web are reshaping the fashion industry were the topics discussed at the Fashion140 conference in New York last week.

Many of the speakers agreed that fashion is a natural fit with social and digital media since it involves visually-oriented brands in a taste-based category where the opinions of one’s peers count. As Lauren Indvik, associate editor at Mashable commented, “Shopping is rarely a solo endeavor.”

Digital media advances have impacted many aspects of the fashion world, as evidenced by five key takeaways from the day:

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Rubensteins, Edelman, Siegel, Nadal on the Observer‘s Power 150 List

Four PR people crashed the New York Observer Power 150 List this year, a ranking dominated by extremely rich and powerful people in finance and politics, topped off with a healthy mix of media moguls and editors from all sides of the MSM wars including Anna Wintour, Henry Blodget, Tina Brown, Arianna Huffington, David Remnick, Nick Denton, Scott Dadich, (responsible for WIRED‘s app), and Dennis Crowley (Foursquare super Mayor)

The “purely subjective, data-free ranking” includes:

Howard Rubenstein (#17)–Founder of Rubenstein Communications, and godfather of New York PR

Steve Rubenstein (#78)–The “fresh-faced heir apparent” to the empire, credited as a force behind the restoration of the High Line

Peggy Siegel (#86)–Called the city’s “most notorious publicist” by the chatty, salmon-colored newspaper

Richard Edelman (#133)–Davos regular, and President and CEO of independent megafirm Edelman Public Relations.  We’re sure he’s enjoying his characterization as “one of the truly good guys in an industry not known for them.”

Also notable is the inclusion of MDC Partners Chairman Miles Nadal at #94.  Nadal joins the list for acquiring a string of interesting small and midsize marketing, social media and PR firms to bolt on to his growing advertising conglomerate.

Vogue PR Director Departs; Replacement Named

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Patrick O’Connell, who served as Vogue‘s director of communications for twelve years, is leaving the magazine.

O’Connell handled communications for not only the magazine, but also for its famous editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. “It’s just simply time for a personal change,” he told Women’s Wear Daily.

Vogue has already named a replacement, Megan Salt, who began working with the magazine last year as a special events consultant.

Who Got Hired To Do Vogue Digital Work? Hint: It’s Not a PR Agency

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[Vogue editor Anna Wintour]

Talk to any PR agency CEO these days about social media and you will hear about things like the “tremendous opportunity” digital and social media represent. That is true. The challenge is will that opportunity be for PR agencies, ad agencies, “social” agencies or others? So far the answer has been a little bit for everyone, and certainly the changing competitive set is keeping agency execs scrambling to stay on top of their game.

In one high profile account win this week, Blue State Digital won a contract with Condé Nast to do digital work on both the editorial and business sides of Vogue.

Blue State created my.barackobama.com and said profits are up 40% in 2009, due somewhat to expanding outside of political clients and landing work with National Geographic, the Red Cross, Hearst Publishing and Focus Features.

Howard Rubenstein One of New York‘s Power Dozen

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New York magazine placed Howard Rubenstein in very elite company this week, including him their Power Dozen, a list anchored by mayor Mike Bloomberg. Called the “dean of damage control,” Rubenstein is noted for his cross-aisle brokering, and for engineering the mayor’s term limit putsch. The 76 year-old is President of Rubenstein Associates, a firm he founded in the 50s.

Megamogul Rupert Murdoch made the list, as did Vogue EiC Anna Wintour–the former owns a multi-billion dollar media empire, while the latter conducts and champions a multi-billion dollar business that employs 175,000.

The other nine are Al Sharpton, Sheldon Silver, Stephen Ross, Jamie Dimon, Herb Pardes, Andrew Cuomo, Mike Fishman, and of course, Chuck Schumer.

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