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Jonathan Ellis is leaving The New York Times to join Mashable as its managing editor. Ellis had been with the Times since 2006, when he joined as a digital producer.
Ellis most recently served as the Times’ senior editor for digital platforms. Ellis was part of the Times team that created and developed the paper’s mobile strategy.
“Jonathan’s keen news sensibility combined with experience in building and experimenting with interactive storytelling techniques will be a huge asset as we aggressively grow all that Mashable has to offer our community,” said Jim Roberts, Mashable’s chief content officer and executive editor, in a statement. “Jonathan’s experience across news and platforms makes him exactly the talent that is core to Mashable’s growing newsroom.”
The New York Times has found its new fashion critic. Vanessa Friedman, currently the Financial Times’ fashion editor, will join the New York Times next month as fashion director and chief fashion critic.
Friedman had been with the FT since 2003. Prior to that she was features and fashion director for UK InStyle, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly and The Economist.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the Times,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of the paper, in a statement. “She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.”
In other Times news, Alexandra Jacobs — most recently an editor in the Styles section — has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer. Jacobs has been with the Times since 2010.
The void at The New York Times that was left by the departure of Nate Silver and his popular FiveThirtyEight blog will be filled by “The Upshot.” Quartz reports that’s the name of the paper’s new data focused venture, which will launch this spring.
The Upshot will be led by David Leonhardt. He’ll be overseeing a team of 15, including three graphic designers who will make things look pretty. Numbers and analytics can be intimidating, so The Upshot is going to do its best to present them in an easily digestible format.
“The idea behind the name is, we are trying to help readers get to the essence of issues and understand them in a contextual and conversational way,” Leonhardt told Quartz. “Obviously, we will be using data a lot to do that, not because data is some secret code, but because it’s a particularly effective way, when used in moderate doses, of explaining reality to people.”
South by Southwest to do list:
- Near constant social media updates praising SXSW
- Near constant real life disappointment with SXSW
- Small talk with media types
- Big talk with local drunks
- Attend a panel discussion about a trend that isn’t a trend
- Attend a panel discussion by people who take themselves too seriously
- See a concert by a terrible band
- See a concert by an average band
- Witness Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, hitching a ride in the back of a pickup truck
[Image via David Carr]
The Alliance for Audited Media — which verifies newspaper and magazine circulations — has named a new CEO, and The New York Times is getting a new Midwest correspondent. Details are below.
- AAM has named Tom Drouillard its new CEO, president, and managing director. Drouillard was most recently president and CEO of Scarborough Research. Previously, he served as president of the Americas at Nielsen Online. He’s succeeding Mike Lavery, who is retiring from AAM on March 31.
- Julie Bosman is moving on from The New York Times’ book publishing beat to become the paper’s Midwest correspondent. Bosman has been with the Times for 12 years. During her time at the paper she has covered education,media, advertising and politics.
A few Revolving Door notes for you below.
- Matt Chaban is leaving The New York Daily News for The New York Times, where he’ll overtake the Metro section’s Appraisal column. Chaban had served as the Daily News’ real estate editor since August of last year.
- Dan Primack has been named a co-chair of Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference. Primack has been a senior editor at Fortune since 2010.
- Tim Carmody and David Sims are joining The Wire. Carmody will serve as a contributing editor covering tech, while Sims will serve as a staff writer covering entertainment.
Looks like we weren’t the only ones puzzled by The New York Times Magazine’s Hillary Clinton cover. Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, wasn’t a fan of it either. In a new column, Sullivan took the magazine to task for the Clinton cover and one featuring Wendy Davis, the Texas senator:
I did not find the Clinton cover illustration sexist but simply bizarre, lacking the sophisticated execution one expects from The Times Magazine. The Amy Chozick article it illustrated was an intriguing idea, exploring all the connections in the ‘Planet Hillary’ universe.
The Wendy Davis article presents a different, more serious question: When an article sets out to examine gender bias, how can it avoid perpetuating that bias along the way? Despite its well-intentioned efforts, this piece managed to trip over a double standard with its detailed examination of Ms. Davis’s biography, including her role in raising her two daughters.
While the illustration of Clinton was certainly weird, the headline of the Davis cover “Can Wendy Davis Have it All?” was ridiculous.
Lauren Kern, a deputy editor for the Times Magazine, told Sullivan they knew it was a “charged phrase.” “We asked the question about whether Davis can ‘have it all’ in part because her critics are saying she can’t,” she said. “She can’t make a tough choice — one that many women and men have to make — about temporarily prioritizing education or career over family, without being criticized for it later.”
Thomas Middelhoff, the former head of German media giant Bertelsmann, is stepping down from his spot on The New York Times Company’s board. Middelhoff has been on the Times’ board since 2003.
“Thomas has served with great distinction as an outstanding director of The New York Times Company for over a decade,” said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the Times company and publisher of the Times, in a statement. “While I regret that he will not seek re-election, I am immensely grateful for his years of service, his advice and counsel, and his dedication in helping to steer the Times through a transformative period. We will all miss him.”
The Times said that all of its other directors — 13 in all — intend to seek re-election.
Here is how you know everything is terrible: James Franco — a man paid millions to play pretend — wrote a New York Times op-ed supporting Shia LaBeouf — another man who gets paid millions to play pretend.
LaBeouf, as you probably know, has taken to behaving like a jackass lately. He started by plagiarizing a comic written by Dan Clowes. Then when he was called out for plagiarism, he plagiarized his apologies. LaBeouf’s antics culminated in a “performance art piece” which involved him staring at people while wearing a bag over his head. In summary: LaBeouf has been acting like a spoiled child. It’s best to just ignore him, because his life isn’t that bad and he’ll (hopefully) realize that eventually.
Franco being Franco, simply cannot do that. Instead, Franco — who is just as annoying as LaBeouf — described LaBeouf’s art as “a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.” Franco added that LaBeouf’s behavior is basically everyone else’s fault but his own:
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