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Matt Yglesias Named Executive Editor of Ezra Klein’s New Vox Media Venture

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Matt Yglesias will serve as executive editor of the new Vox Media venture founded by Ezra Klein, FishbowlNY has learned.

“That is my title,” Yglesias confirmed to FishbowlNY in an email Monday morning. “Now obviously the website itself needs a name and I suppose titles could change too as we build out the team, but ‘executive editor’ is the title Ezra and Melissa and I have had down on paper for me for months.”

Klein will be editor-in-chief.

Slate’s prolific economics blogger announced last week that he would join Klein, The Washington Post who recently quit to start his own publication with staff from his popular policy site, Wonkblog.

“There’s not much to say at this point,” Yglesias told The New York Times last Thursday, declining to provide details of his new position, “other than that I’m very excited to be part of this team and we’re hoping to announce some more stuff in the near future.”

But when Klein announced in a post on The Verge on Sunday that he would launch his new site with Vox, he and Yglesias chimed into the comments below. And, thanks to Vox’s comment system, which verifies official authors with a checkmark and job title, Yglesias revealed his role as executive editor.

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Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

As the sad news of the passing at age 59 from cancer of Peter Kaplan spread Friday, current Observer senior editor Colin Campbell suggested “there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself.” And so, Campbell for his first piece chose to republish Kaplan’s 2008 tribute to New York magazine founder Clay Felker.

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BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir meanwhile led off her memories with what she deemed a typically “quirky” Kaplan hiring experience:

In July 2007, when I was a writer for Gawker, I got an email from Nikki Finke that said in the subject line: “Peter Kaplan called and asked who to hire as his media writer/editor. I said you.” And so a few days later I got coffee with Peter at Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street between Park and Broadway, just down the block from the old Observer offices, and a few weeks later, after several back-and-forths about what the job was (I was to be writing about “ideas”) and how much money I would be making (not very much), I was hired.

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BuzzFeed Poaches Entertainment Reporter Jordan Zakarin From The Hollywood Reporter [Updated]

BuzzFeed has poached Jordan Zakarin from The Hollywood Reporter, where he covered film, television, and — oddly enough — BuzzFeed.

As the newest member of the site’s growing entertainment vertical, the New Jersey native will cover the film, TV and pop culture industry from BuzzFeed’s New York headquarters.

“I’m crazy excited to join the young, ambitious, wildly talented and fun team at BuzzFeed,” Zakarin said in a statement to FishbowlNY. “I plan on learning a lot and contributing all that I can. All of my friends share BuzzFeed posts on Facebook, so I’m hoping they might finally decide to share one of my stories, too.”

At THR, he delved deep inside the world of Joss Whedon fans and asking Chippendales strippers to review “Magic Mike“ to profiling Jessica Chastain.

“We are thrilled to have Jordan Zakarin join BuzzFeed’s entertainment team,” BuzzFeed’s executive editor Doree Shafrir said in a statement to FishbowlNY. “He’s a social media native who will be an essential voice in our New York office and help us continue to cover the industry in new and exciting ways.”

He starts May 3.

In the meantime, THR‘s online editor Chris Krewson is looking to fill the position.

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Media Reporters Finally Realizing No One Cares About Media Reporting

Breaking: Media reporters might finally have taken their heads out of the sand — at least for just this week! — and realized that about 96 percent of people don’t care about media. Not anymore, that is.

BuzzFeed set off the talk with a smart piece on why/how the New York Times layoffs were covered. Doree Shafrir wrote that no one knew the details behind the buyouts because the media beat has changed:

The pressure to be first has only gotten more intense, and often that breaking of news, particularly in media, is taking place on Twitter. And for a young reporter, what used to be the rewards of the media beat — getting to know everyone in media very quickly, often because they’re calling you up to yell at you, and then gaining their respect, and then eventually moving on — seem less vital in the age of the at-reply.

That is true, but Shafrir nailed it at the end when she explained that there is little interest in media gossip these days because the Times buyouts were “just another depressing sign of an industry in the throes of wrenching contraction.” The only thing we’d add? Media reporting was never that interesting to most people.

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Steve Kandell Joins BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed has hired Steve Kandell as its long form editor. At the site, Kandell will be responsible for jump starting its foray into long form pieces. Kandell was previously the editor-in-chief of Spin. He also serves as a contributing editor for Details.

“The social web has created an opportunity for an exciting revival of longform and Steve is perfectly positioned to pioneer the social future of narrative journalism at BuzzFeed,” said Doree Shafrir, BuzzFeed’s executive editor, in a statement. “Steve’s deep experience in magazine writing and editing really make him the ideal candidate to craft long form narratives that inspire conversation and sharing.”

Rolling Stone Names New Senior Editor

Rolling Stone has named Monica Herrera its new Senior Editor for RollingStone.com. Herrera has been an Associate Editor at Rolling Stone since July of 2011. Prior to that she was an Online News Editor at Billboard for two years.

Herrera replaces Doree Shafrir, who left Rolling Stone in late January to join BuzzFeed.

Buzzfeed Grows Again, Adds Tech Vertical

It’s getting to the point that it’s difficult to keep up with how much Buzzfeed is expanding. It started in December when the site added Ben Smith to be its new Editor-in-Chief, then continued when Doree Shafrir joined as Executive Editor earlier this month, and now there’s more news: Matt Buchanan, a veteran of Gawker’s Gizmodo, has been added to the team.

According to All Things D, Buchanan will be in charge of Buzzfeed’s new tech section. Joining him is John Herrman, who most recently worked at Popular Mechanics, but is a former Gizmodo editor as well.

Buchanan said the chance to be part of something completely new was enough to lure him away from Gawker Media. “It’s an opportunity to build something completely new on a really exciting platform, which, even though the hallmark of Gizmodo is the immense freedom we all have, you know, the one thing I can never get here is the chance to do it all from scratch,” Buchanan told All Things D. “And to do something that’s different from what a lot other tech sites are doing, I hope.”

If you think this is it for Buzzfeed, you’re wrong. Smith said there will be more, so we’ll try to not blink and catch it all.

BuzzFeed Continues to Expand, Adds Doree Shafrir

Another big name is joining BuzzFeed. Doree Shafrir, most recently a Senior Editor at Rolling Stone, is joining the site to help expand its cultural coverage. The New York Times reports that Shafrir’s title will be Executive Editor, and she’ll report to Ben Smith, who joined the site earlier this month.

“I’ll be leading the launch of new culture-related verticals in the next several months, working most immediately on hiring new editors to build on BuzzFeed’s great team, helping to define the voice and direction of our pop culture content — and also contributing myself,” Shafrir told the Times.

With all the new hires, it’s worth wondering if one day people will consider BuzzFeed as more than just a place filled with top ten lists and pictures of kittens. The site has a long way to go before it breaks that stigma, but it certainly is stockpiling the people to make it happen.

Doree Shafrir Begins Her New Job At Rolling Stone

It’s official. Last month, we told you that Doree Shafrir, formerly of The New York Observer and Gawker, was prepping to move to Rolling Stone to act as senior editor for the magazine’s site, RollingStone.com. Today, the magazine made the official announcement via Twitter:

Yesterday marked Shafrir’s first day on the job.

Doree Shafrir Goes To Rolling Stone

Doree Shafrir, who has held high-profile gigs at the New York Observer and Gawker, is heading to Rolling Stone to serve as the senior editor of RollingStone.com.

Wrote Shafrir on her personal Tumblr:

So: some news! I’m going to be a senior editor at Rollingstone.com as of November 1.

I AM SO EXCITED.

LIKE, BEYOND.

Beyond exciting indeed!

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