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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.13.11

Buzzfeed's Political Move; Duffy's Time

December 13, 2011
In a surprise move that signals the growing power of social media on the journalism landscape, Buzzfeed poaches Ben Smith (and his 59,000+ Twitter followers) as editor-in-chief. (The site welcomed him with a meme. Of course, it did.) He will hire at least a dozen reporters in addition to Whitney Jefferson and Matt Cherette who were stolen from Gawker Media last week. While the venue is different, the theory remains the same: reporting leads to scoops leads to traffic leads to advertising sales. Buzzfeed, in essence, hopes their new editorial lead can create more buzz. Smith will continue to pen a weekly politics column for Politico. Dylan Byers, who recently moved from AdWeek, takes over Smith's blog...

Michael Duffy scores a new job title at Time. The magazine's Washington bureau chief is the new executive editor of the entire magazine. He will stay in the nation's capital. In a loving note announcing the hire, Time's managing editor Rick Stengel wrote: "It's hard to describe what Michael Duffy does at TIME because he does so much and he does it so discreetly. He presides over Washington and our political coverage -- and there's no one better at that than he -- but he also plants the seed for cover stories on everything from Hell to yoga. (Plus, he has the knack of making you think it was your idea.)"... The Tampa Tribune lays off 165 staffers. Among the cut: TV critic and 35-year veteran Walt Belcher, the man with "more bylines than anybody in the history of the paper."... The Jewish Daily Forward grabs Kim Rosenberg Amzallag, formerly Mishpacha's director of corporate accounts, as director of advertising. It's the publication's third hire in the past two weeks...

Current TV's The War Room With Jennifer Granholm signs up Bloomberg TV senior news director Mark Berniker as executive producer... Geraldo Rivera lands a gig as a radio talk show host on New York's WABC. Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. if you're interested...

AOL hires John Reid-Dodick from Thomson Reuters as head of human resources. He previously served at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Meanwhile, the Internet company loses PR vice president Kiersten Hollars, who joins Andreessen Horowitz as a partner... And there are changes at Little, Brown Children's, Los Angeles Times and more...

December 13, 2011: Catherine Carleton has been named director of data analytics at DMW Direct. She had been director of database marketing at Yellowbook. (release)

December 13, 2011: Davan Maharaj has been named editor at Los Angeles Times. He had been managing editor for news there. (release)

December 13, 2011: Barbara Bing has been named vice president at Garden & Gun. She had been publisher there. (mb)

December 13, 2011: Tracey Rogers has been named vice president and general manager at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Ark. She had been news director at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn. (TVSpy)

December 13, 2011: Manuel Abud has been named president at Telemundo Station Group. He had been president and general manager of Dallas there. (TVSpy)

December 13, 2011: Perry Bacon, Jr. has been named political editor at He had been congressional and White House correspondent at Washington Post. (FishbowlDC)

December 12, 2011: Tessa Shanks has been named assistant director of publicity at PublicAffairs. She had been publicity manager there. (mb)

December 12, 2011: Ali McSherry has been named manager at Gibraltar Associates. She had been communications manager at National Apartment Association. (mb)

December 12, 2011: Raul Rodriguez has been named vice president and general manager at Univision San Francisco. He had been general manager and vice president at Journal Communications. (release)

December 12, 2011: Rita Garcia has been named reporter and weekend anchor at KRIV-TV in Houston. She had been reporter at KCBS-KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. (TVSpy)

December 12, 2011: Michael Duffy has been named executive editor at TIME. He had been Washington bureau chief there. (FishbowlDC)

December 12, 2011: Mark Berniker has been named executive producer of The War Room With Jennifer Granholm at Current TV. He had been senior news director at Bloomberg TV. (release)

December 12, 2011: Melissa Schneider has been named director of production at My Damn Channel. She had been director of production at Digital Broadcasting Group. (release)

December 12, 2011: David Katz has been named director of business development at LiveIntent. He had been associate director of optimization at Cadreon. (mb)

December 12, 2011: Rob Adler has been named national sales director at LiveIntent. He had been senior sales manager at Pandora. (mb)

December 12, 2011: Jon Beck has been named VP of publisher development at LiveIntent. He had been VP of digital at The New York Daily News. (mb)

December 12, 2011: Adrian Palacios has been named senior digital marketing manager at Little, Brown Children's. He had been digital and consumer marketing manager at Penguin Children's. (Publishers Lunch)

December 12, 2011: Emmanuelle Morgen has been named agent at Stonesong. She had been agent at Judith Ehrlich Literary Management. (Publishers Lunch)

December 12, 2011: Hilary Redmon has been named executive editor at Ecco. She had been senior editor at Free Press. (Publishers Lunch)

December 12, 2011: Ben Smith has been named editor-in-chief at Buzzfeed. He will continue as columnist at Politico. (FishbowlDC)

December 12, 2011: Rix Garey has been named general manager at KFDM-TV in Beaumont, TX. He had been general sales manager there. (TVSpy)

December 12, 2011: Marcus Moore has been named reporter at WFAA-TV in Dallas. He had been reporter and fill-in anchor at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo. (TVSpy)

December 12, 2011: Sheena Parveen has been named meteorologist at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. She had been weekend morning meteorologist at WTVT-TV in Tampa. (TVSpy)

December 12, 2011: Dani Maxwell has been named anchor and reporter at WKOW-TV in Madison, Wis. She had been evening anchor and assistant news director at WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. (TVSpy)

December 12, 2011: Geraldo Rivera has been named host at WABC Radio in New York. He will continue as correspondent and host at FNC. (TVNewser)

December 12, 2011: Kim Rosenberg Amzallag has been named director of advertising at Jewish Daily Forward. She had been director of corporate accounts at Mishpacha. (mb)

December 12, 2011: Allegra Muzzillo has been named senior associate editor at New York Cottages & Gardens. She had been reporter and writer at Real Simple. (mb)

December 12, 2011: Lars Bastholm has been named chief creative officer at Cheil USA. He had been chief creative officer and chief digital officer at Ogilvy & Mather. (mb)

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