Also leaving the magazine is Mark Healy, who is set to take on the role of deputy editor at Men’s Journal.
The good folks at the Reader’s Digest Association have cause to celebrate this holiday season. After something of a rough period last year, the company is now poised to roll out a whole trove of new products in 2011. In addition, there’s a new editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray and allrecipes.com is moving forward with new initiatives.
In that spirit, and as a way of extending a special thank you to staffers, RDA CEO Mary Berner came up with “12 Ways of Thanking” at both the company’s new New York City headquarters and its office in White Plains. Yesterday, Berner and other executives at the company executives dressed as Santa’s elves and served treats like sweets, lottery tickets, and stocking stuffers after a breakfast courtesy of the Every Day with Rachael Ray test kitchen. Tomorrow, the celebration continues at the company’s Milwaukee office, where staffers will also enjoy massages, manicures, shoe shines, raffles, and Wii games.
Something to think about as you’re drinking watered-down cider, smiling blankly at the musical toe socks your office mate gifted you in the office Secret Santa exchange.
Two big moves from The Washington Post to report: Art critic Blake Gopnik is off to pursue a “new opportunity” here in New York, while fashion writer Robin Givhan (pictured) has, according to a Tweet from The New York Times‘ Jeremy Peters, been scooped up by Tina Brown to join Newsweek / The Daily Beast. Givhan has since confirmed her new job, saying she will cover style and culture for the recently-merged news outlets.
WaPo‘s memo to staff, via Yahoo’s The Cutline, appears after the jump.
Time managing editor Richard Stengel visited “The Today Show” during its 7 a.m. hour this morning to announce the magazine’s pick for its annual Person of the Year cover. This year, the honor goes to none other than Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old billionaire co-founder of Facebook. Zuckerberg also happened to be the subject of The Social Network, a film (loosely, if Facebook’s reaction is any indication) based on his time creating Facebook while a student at Harvard. The magazine notes that Zuckerberg is only a year older than its youngest Person of the Year, Charles Lindbergh — “another young man who used technology to bridge continents.”
As it does every year, the magazine allowed readers to weigh in with their choice for Person of the Year based on a list of candidates including the likes of Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert / Jon Stewart. This time around, readers chose controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently out on bail following allegations that he raped two women while in Sweden.
For connecting more than half-a-billion people and mapping the social relations among them (something that has never been done before); for creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little scary; and finally, for changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is Time‘s 2010 Person of the Year.
Thomson Reuters is debuting “Reuters America,” a news service built on relationships with a number of news sources, the first of which happens to the Tribune Co, with which Reuters America has signed a multi-year deal. (The Chicago Tribune‘s senior vice president and editor claims the move is not “anti-AP,” and that the company will remain an AP member while simultaneously using Reuters’ new service to bolster its coverage.)
Through this service, Reuters will provide not only text stories, but also photos and video content produced — some of which will be commissioned — by Reuters’ own journalists and as well as by outside journalists for use by newspapers, websites and TV stations. In addition, Reuters America will offer sports and entertainment coverage from six partnering sources, including The Wrap, SportsDirect, the Sports Xchange, US Presswire, SB Nation and Examiner.com.
The move helps Reuters position itself as stronger competition for the likes of the Associated Press (which recently cut costs of its own by placing its famed paid internship program on a one-year hiatus), and also aids newspapers and other news sources that have found themselves struggling with having to lay off editors and writers.
The (long-rumored) talks between Hearst and HFMUS continue, with Adweek reporting that Steve Parr, the president and CEO of the France-based Lagadère Active U.S. branch has been spotted visiting the Hearst building, and that further meetings between higher-ups at both companies have been scheduled for the coming weeks, making for a busy and, possibly, productive Noel on both sides of the Atlantic.
One of the more important talking points, evidently, is whether Hearst will be willing and able to seamlessly fold HFMUS-owned titles like Elle and Car & Driver into its current stable of titles.