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Revolving Door:, ‘Roll Call,’, and More

Here are this week’s media highlights from Mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:

Anya Strzemien has been named deputy editor at She had been senior style editor at Huffington Post. (Business Insider)

Eliza Newlin Carney has been named reporter at Roll Call‘s lobbying and influence team. She had been contributing editor at National Journal. (FBDC)

Kurt Soller has been named style and grooming editor at He had been men’s fashion editor at Ralph Lauren. (mb)

Mitchell Alan Parker has been named editor at Austin Monthly Home. He had been senior editor and home and design editor at Houston. (release)

Jeanne Cummings has been named enterprise editor at Bloomberg. She had been assistant managing editor at Politico. (FBNY)

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Thrillist Responds to Blog Swarm Over Weekend Junket


[Bloggers & journalists throwing down on sponsors' dime, via RandomNightOut]

In the debate about journalism ethics after Thrillist’s Jet Mystery junket last week, there were no flies on the company or sponsors. The disclaimer, that a few journalists didn’t match up with their contracts, clearly gives the option to pay for the trip (the text is visible in Gawker’s scan of the invite):

“Media rates are available for reporters who feel obliged to pay for the trip: tell us if you’re interested and we’ll let you know what they are.”

We checked in with Thrillist Director of Communications Flavie Bagnol who told us the same blow-back happened last year, and put perspective on the blog swarm. “People are digging into this to make it something that it is not,” she said. “I think The New York Times has much bigger fish to fry than looking into the life of a freelance journalist who was not even covering the trip.”

Bagnol also pointed out that the journalist partly responsible for igniting the swarm, did the same thing last year after their Vegas launch junket, “Jeff Bercovici seems to love the topic–or lacks imagination.”

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Thrillist’s Jet Mystery Junket Takes Off Tomorrow


In the wake of FTC clampdown on blogger payola, and just plain bad offers to buy coverage, Thrillist and title sponsor Jet Blue are doing it right, flying 70 bloggers and journalists to an undisclosed location for a 3-day party.

The mystery weekend in summer 2008 to Las Vegas earned coverage in, CoolHunting, PRWeek, HuffingtonPost and others. This time around the party will amass alot of hashtag love and re-tweets from both Thrillist and from JetBlue (3.5 million followers), and make Director of Communications Flavie Bagnol dozens of media contacts for life.

We know from #jetmystery that Mashable COO Adam Hirsch, Newsweek’s Kurt Soller, PSFK blogger Dan Gould, and RandomNightOut blogger/photographer Nick McGlynn will need a release form, swimwear and something to wear to a “white party”.

We don’t see a booze sponsor this time, though Starbucks promises in a press release to keep them all buzzed on VIA.