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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.15.11

'All Hell, Agony' at Newsweek; Clinton, Correspondent

November 15, 2011
Well, Newsweek seems to be falling apart at the seams. The publication jettisons publisher Ray Chelstowski. Former vice president of sales at CBS Eric Danetz takes over as senior vice president of sales. On the year, the magazine's advertising pages are down 21 percent, although they are showing some recovery of late. Still, the combined Newsweek/Daily Beast property is losing millions. Also out: managing editor Tom Weber, who will not be replaced. The pair lasted ten and nine months, respectively. Finally, executive editor Edward Felsenthal also resigns. Justine Rosenthal takes over as executive editor of the magazine while Daily Beast site managing editor Jane Spencer gets bumped up to executive editor of the site. Mark Miller comes back to handle the director of editorial operations role. Tina Brown, for her part, has been heard telling her staff their work is "all hell, it's agony." So, wow...

Chelsea Clinton, who doesn't talk to the media, joins our ranks, becoming NBC News as a full-time special correspondent. She will focus on the NBC Nightly News series, "Making a Difference." The media world is skewering the choice. Forbes' John McQuaid wrote, "Whenever a network TV news division pulls one of these nepotistic no-brainers, it saps a bit of American journalism's life force."... CNN lays off dozens in its New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Miami and Los Angeles offices. In total, 50 people lost their jobs after the company completed a three-year study of its redundancies. The cuts come just after Employee Appreciation Week... Glenn Beck snags Virginia Leahy as senior producer. GBTV will be a force, just watch...

Vanity Fair hires Paul Mazursky as online film critic. The five-time Academy Award nominee will write columns for the website... Fortune recruits Jake Brooks as digital development editor... The Roanoke Times lays off three as it moves to a digital-first strategy... NPR snags Publishers Weekly senior editor Parul Sehgal as digital associate editor for books... Teddy Lynn moves to BBDO as director of content... And there are changes at Ebony, Coastal Living and more...

November 15, 2011: Susan Edgerley has been named dining editor at The New York Times. She had been assistant managing editor there. (The Atlantic Wire)

November 15, 2011: Pete Wells has been named restaurant critic at The New York Times. He had been dining editor there. (The Atlantic Wire)

November 15, 2011: Daniel Geiger has been named staff writer at The Commercial Observer. He had been head staff reporter and online editor at Real Estate Weekly. (release)

November 15, 2011: Daniel Edward Rosen has been named staff writer at The Commercial Observer. He had been a freelancer. (release)

November 15, 2011: Cyndi Syracuse has been named account director at DMW Direct. She had been director of direct marketing at SKM Group. (release)

November 15, 2011: Michelle Megna has been named managing editor at She had been managing editor at (mb)

November 15, 2011: Jefferi Lee has been named general manager at WHUT-TV in Washington, D.C. He had been executive vice president of network operations and programming at BET. (release)

November 15, 2011: Trenton Parks has been named CIO at Johnson Publishing Company. He had been VP of information technology at (release)

November 15, 2011: Michael Rocha has been named global director of brand valuation at Interbrand. He had been group managing director at Brand Finance. (release)

November 15, 2011: Jonathan Gibs has been named SVP of digital research of the entertainment and digital networks and integrated media division at NBCUniversal. He had been SVP of analytics and insight for media and advertising analytics at Nielsen Company. (release)

November 15, 2011: Lindsay Powers has been named lifestyle and entertainment homepage editor at Yahoo. She had been deputy editor at The Hollywood Reporter. (mb)

November 15, 2011: Jesse Brukman has been named editor at Blood, Sweat & Cheers. He had been associate editor at Maxim. (mb)

November 15, 2011: Brian Toomes has been named Web manager at Blood, Sweat & Cheers. He had been Web content manager at (mb)

November 14, 2011: Virginia Leahy has been named senior producer at GBTV. She had been producer at MSNBC. (TVNewser)

November 14, 2011: John Dickerson has been named political director at CBS News. He will continue as chief political correspondent at Slate. (TVNewser)

November 14, 2011: Jake Brooks has been named digital development editor at Fortune. He had been chief strategist and project director at Hazan+Company. (FishbowlNY)

November 14, 2011: Marielle Bobo has been named style director at Ebony. She had been senior fashion editor at Essence. (mb)

November 14, 2011: Jennifer Slaton has been named executive editor at Coastal Living. She had been deputy editor at Health. (release)

November 14, 2011: David Muldoon has been named creative director at Maude. He had been associate creative director at Digitas. (release)

November 13, 2011: Anna Gonzalez has been named social media producer at HLN. She had been national assignment desk editor at CNN. (mb)

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