Getty Images has named Jennifer Ferguson senior vp of global communications, a new role at the company.
Ferguson previously served as Christie’s senior vp and international director of communications and public relations.
Ferguson will report to Getty Images’ CEO Dawn Airey and be a member of the company’s executive committee.
Vice Media has an idea: While your reading a rad Vice article, why not enjoy a rad Vice beer?
Old Blue Last (named after the London bar that Vice owns) is Vice’s first beer. It’s five percent ABV and made by Blue Point Brewery in Long Island.
According to Vice, OBL is “gose-influenced, a little sour, a little salty, and perfect for cracking open in your living room, at your favorite music venue, or on your best friend’s rooftop.” Oh man. That is so cool.
OBL will hit store shelves in Manhattan and Brooklyn over the next few weeks. It’s going to be wild.
Et tu, “Gronc?”
That has been the sentiment among media watchers in the wake of Ken Doctor’s Sunday evening report for Politico Media that an announcement of Gannett’s acquisition of Tronc was imminent. Today, Bloomberg reporters Alex Sherman and Matthew Monks challenge that timetable:
Gannett Co. and Tronc Inc. have bridged a valuation gap that caused months of friction, but are still hammering out the details of a transaction, people familiar with the situation said.
The parties haven’t reached a final agreement, and an announcement isn’t imminent, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Gannett, the owner of USA Today, is in talks to buy Tronc for $18.50 to $19 a share, the people said.
One aspect of Doctor’s article that we’ve been pondering. He wrote that at the time Tronc chairman Michael Ferro got L.A. billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong to invest, he promised in return he would not sell to Gannett.
CNN has poached four staffers from BuzzFeed — Andrew Kaczynski, Kyle Blaine, Nate McDermott and Christopher Massie.
The staffers worked together for BuzzFeed as a political research team.
“To be at the biggest name in news for the last month of what has been the craziest election in modern history is just a great opportunity for me and everybody on our team,” Kaczynski told The Huffington Post. “When the opportunity was there, we made sure we took it.”
Laura Reston (pictured) joined the New Republic last summer as a reporter. A year and a quarter later, she’s very impressively moving up to managing editor, replacing Elaine Teng. Reston graduated from Harvard in 2015, where she was Metro editor of the Harvard Crimson, and then interned briefly at Forbes before joining an media organization that, admittedly, has had its share of upheavals this year since being purchased by Win McCormack.
Her appointment is one of a half dozen editorial and business moves announced today by the magazine. On that former side, Siung Tjia, formerly a creative director with Bloomberg Markets and ESPN The Magazine, is joining the New Republic as design director; Sarah Jones has been named social media editor; and Graham Vyse is on board as a staff writer, based in Washington.
From today’s announcement:
“It’s more crucial than ever for media organizations to reflect the audiences they strive to engage with,” says editor Eric Bates. “As we continue to revitalize this historically influential publication, our growing staff highlights our commitment to building on our top-notch team in both print and digital, and to identifying and promoting a wide range of diverse voices.”
Adds publisher Hamilton Fish: “We are thrilled to expand our existing team at the New Republic with such talented individuals. Each brings a dynamic perspective and deep experience that will contribute to our continued growth and evolution.”
On the business side, the magazine has hired Eliza Fish as audience and partnership manager and Steph Leke is the new media relations manager. New Republic is additionally filling more editorial positions: Culture staff writer, Politics staff writer and reporter-researcher.
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For its recent “Animal Issue,” Louisville magazine got the print-digital sequence right. The Kentucky publication gave each of its three Cover Contest runners-up a full page in the September issue, alongside winner Big Boy Becker, a two-year-old Great Dane, but waited until the very end of the month to share those same details online.
The runners-up submitted by readers are a formidable trio. There’s a parrot who squawks at all U.S. election TV coverage except for reports involving Bernie Sanders; a one-year-old New Zealand rabbit; and… Don Julio.
A key when entering a pet in a Cover Contest is the pitch. Don Julio’s owners Cristian and Jason Richey sent in this colorful decription:
Don Julio enjoys sniffing Santa Margherita wine; using his younger but larger brother, Baloo, as a pillow; and gluten-free cheese pizza from Domino’s. Drake is his favorite musician.
Sure enough, in the gallery, there is also a shot of Don Julio sniffing a said glass. Suggesting Don Julio may well be… the most interesting chinchilla in the world.
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Time Inc. has named Leslie Yazel editor in chief of Real Simple. Yazel joins the company from Cosmopolitan, where she served as director of editorial content.
Prior to her time with Cosmo, Yazel served as a deputy editor for The Wall Street Journal. She previously worked for The Washington Post, Redbook, Seventeen, Glamour and Maxim.
Yazel starts October 17. She’ll report to Nathan Lump, editorial director of Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group.
Mashable has named Kamelia Angelova director of emerging platforms. She most recently led Business Insider and Tech Insider’s video operations. Angelova had been with BI for seven years.
“We’re seeing exceptional growth in audience, engagement and video views across all our distributed platforms,” said Gregory Gittrich, chief content officer of Mashable, in a statement. “Kamelia is the right person to accelerate that growth even more and lead our innovative, visual storytelling across Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”
Kamelia will report to Eric Korsh, president of Mashable Studios. She starts October 10.
The Financial Times has revamped its site. The new look FT.com was designed with speed—it apparently loads desktop pages in 1.5 seconds—and customization in mind.
“We have designed our new digital platform around our readers’ preferences and usage, so it’s very fast, optimized for mobile, with smart navigation and personalization,” said FT CEO John Ridding, in a statement. “As a result, readers are spending more time on the site and that will help deliver further growth in our global subscriber base.”
The new FT.com was also created using reader feedback, specifically how they typically used the site. “Words, pictures, data and image combine seamlessly,” explained FT editor Lionel Barber. “Stories are not grouped according to old newspaper definitions, but to the way readers actually navigate, save and share their news.”
Bloomberg has made some changes to its economics team. Details are below.Brendan Murray has been named managing editor of U.S. economic coverage. He has been with Bloomberg since 1998. Alister Bull has been named a team leader on the Fed team. Bull joined Bloomberg two years ago from Reuters. Sarah McGregor has been named team leader for U.S. economic policy. She previously worked as an editor stationed in Africa. Scott Lanman has also been named a team leader for U.S. economic indicators. He most recently served as international economic policy editor. Ruth Pollard has joined Bloomberg as a team leader for the economics and government team in South Asia. She previously worked for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Atlantic Media’s CityLab continues its expansion plans with the promotion of Jessica Leigh Hester and Adam Sneed and the hiring of Gracie McKenzie.
Leigh Hester and Sneed, both most recently associate editors, have been bumped up to senior associate editors.
McKenzie has joined CityLab as its social media editor. She previously worked for The Diane Rehm Show and Narratively.