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Chris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.

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FishbowlDC: CNN’s Jake Tapper wonders “Why Washington won’t work.” He’s going to need some time. Check back with him in about 30 years.

TVSpy: Say hello to the newest TVSpy’er — Mark Joyella. Hello!

TVNewser: Stacey Dash, who has been divorced three times, talked to the New York Post about dating. Maybe take any advice she doles out with a grain of salt.

The Atlantic Announces Several Promotions and Hires

The AtlanticThe Atlantic has announced a few promotions and hires. Details are below.

  • Alexis Madrigal has been promoted from senior editor of The Atlantic to deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, a new role at the magazine. He has covered science and technology for the glossy since 2010.
  • Julie Beck has been named the new editor of TheAtlantic.com’s Health Channel. She most recently served as an associate editor.
  • Dr. James Hamblin, who previously led the Health Channel, is shifting his role. He will now write more often for the site and take part in more video features.
  • Kathy Gilsinan is joining as an associate editor. She comes to the magazine from World Politics Review.

ESPN The Magazine ‘Body Issue’ Features Six Covers

ESPN The Magazine has unveiled its annual Body Issue, which features lots of mostly naked pro athletes with bodies that will make you hate yours. Aside from Prince Fielder. There’s a good chance his body won’t invoke your jealousy.

The following athletes are featured on six different covers: Michael Phelps, Venus Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Prince Fielder, Jamie Anderson and Serge Ibaka.

This year’s collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types,” said Chad Millman, ESPN’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes’ bodies and all they are capable of.”

ESPN’s Body Issue hits newsstands July 11.

Cosmo Revamps Website

Cosmopolitan.com has received quite a makeover. The site is slicker, faster and cleaner than the old version. Yes, it has the “mobile look” that many people don’t like — featuring the clickable menu in the upper lefthand corner of the page — but Cosmo’s isn’t as clunky as some we’ve seen.

An interesting aspect of the new site is something called “Marketplace,” which is essentially just a collection of sponsored links. By clicking “Best Designer Dresses,” you’re taken to another set of links to the advertisers’ sites. Marketplace is definitely one of the more clever forms of native advertising that we’ve seen.

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Happy 125th Birthday, WSJ

wall_street_journal_logo_01As we’ve already noted, today is The Wall Street Journal’s 125th anniversary. To help celebrate, we played around with some of the interactive features the Journal launched for the occasion.

Our favorite is the WSJ 125 Archive, which lets you pick from sections — like Scandals, How We Live, Titans, Tragedies and more — or from major moments, like The Great Depression, and scroll through items that show you how the paper covered the stories. It’s a must for any news junkie.

Another unique interactive allows readers to peruse notes on the Journal’s first front page, published July 8, 1889. What was making news then? Wheat! “The Kansas wheat crop of 1889 was, at roughly 30 million bushels, nearly double the crop of the previous year and the third largest on record, behind 1884 and 1882,” explained the Journal.

The Journal’s full slate of digital content celebrating its anniversary is available here.

Happy birthday, Journal. Don’t party too hard tonight.

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facebookwiredInside Facebook: If you’re wondering if your Facebook profile is hurting your job search, it is.

TVNewser: One way to make The View even worse than it already is? Add Sarah Palin.

FishbowlDC: The Washington Free Beacon’Jonathan Karl really wants to know more about Barack Obama’s Twitter account.

The Hollywood Reporter Adds Two

the hollywood reporter logo GThe Hollywood Reporter has added two to its editorial staff: Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop. Frosch will serve as reviews editor and Bishop will serve as news director, THR.com.

Frosch comes to THR from France 24, where he served as film editor and critic. He had been with France 24 since 2009. Bishop most recently served as The Verge’s film and TV editor.

“Bryan and Jon are proven impact players in their fields,” said THR’s executive editor, Matthew Belloni, in a statement. “We’re thrilled they are bringing their experience, strong relationships, and tireless work ethic to help The Hollywood Reporter build on its success.”

Botth Frosch and Bishop begin their new roles July 14.

Consumer Reports Hires Mark Rechtin, Bloomberg News Adds Reporter

A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Consumer Reports and Bloomberg News. Details are below.

  • Consumer Reports has named Mark Rechtin its cars content development team leader. Rechtin comes to the magazine from Automotive News, where he served as west coast editor and Los Angeles bureau chief for the past 20 years. He’ll report to Diane Salvatore, Consumer Reports’ senior director, content strategy and development.
  • Lucas Shaw is joining Bloomberg News as a TV and music industry reporter. He comes to the company from TheWrap.com.

Michael Provus Named Rolling Stone Publisher

Rolling-Stone-LOGO-2Michael Provus has been promoted from associate publisher to publisher of Rolling Stone. Provus had served as associate publisher since 2010.

Provus is succeeding Chris McLoughlin, who announced he was leaving amid some chaos at the magazine. The reports were that Gus Wenner forced COO John Gruber to fire an exec over the phone, and that led to Gruber leaving the title as well.

Provus’ appointment is effective immediately.

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