Mar 31, 2014

MEDIA News: Media Moves at Newsday, Business Insider, Defense One and More… Newswire’s Audience Research Department makes thousands of updates to the  database of journalists and bloggers that underpins our Agility media targeting and distribution platform.  Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news from the research team.  Learn more about Agility media targeting here.

Newsday Newsday (New York, NY): Former @WSJ President Gordon McLeod has been named Publisher @Newsday.

SI KIDS Sports Illustrated for Kids (New York, NY): Mark Bechtel (@SI_MarkBechtel) is the new Managing Editor of @SIKids. He most recently served as a Senior Editor at Sports Illustrated (@SInow).

Business Insider Business Insider (New York, NY): Anthony Weiner (@anthonyweiner) joins @businessinsider as a Political Columnist. His column titled “Weiner!” will appear the last Friday of every month.

Defense One Defense One (Washington, DC): Ben Watson (@iBenwatson) takes the reins as News Editor @DefenseOne.

BuzzFeed BuzzFeed (New York, NY): Former Breaking News Reporter Adrian Carrasquillo (@RealAdrianC) has been promoted to Editor of Latino Coverage @buzzfeed. And Alison Willmore (@AlisonWillmore) will be Buzzfeed’s first Film Critic.

Gawker Gawker (@Gawker) ( The new Editor-in-Chief at Gawker is Max Read (@Max_Read).

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): The Times (@LATimes) names Kimi Yoshino ( (@kyoshino) Business Editor.

Degen Pener The Hollywood Reporter (Los Angeles, CA): Culture Editor Degen Pener  (@DegenPener) will serve in the same position with Billboard (@billboard) also.

Mashable Mashable (@Mashable) ( Ashley Codianni (@AshleyCodianni) will soon be the Director of News Videos at Mashable. (@Salon): Laura Bennett (@LBennett) will soon be the new Culture Editor at Salon.

The Verge The Verge (@Verge): Matthew Schnipper (@MattSchnipper) will be the new Managing Editor.

The Daily Beast The Daily Beast (@TheDailyBeast): Malcolm Jones has been promoted to Book Editor at The Daily Beast.

Slate (@Slate): The newest contributor for is Jamelle Bouie (@JBouie). His focus will be on politics and race.

epicurious (@Epicurious): Danica Lo (@DanicaLo) is the new Executive Editor at Epicurious.

Chicago Sun-Times Chicago (Chicago, IL): Deputy Features Editor Sue Ontiveros (@SueOntiveros) is resigning from the daily (@Suntimes) after 30 years of service. She will continue to serve at the paper by posting a weekly editorial page column about social issues and blogging about nutrition, fitness, wellness and food online on a freelance basis.

Capitol File Mag Capitol File (Washington, DC): Amy Moeller (@amyemoeller) has been hired as an Associate Editor @capitolfilemag.

Billboard Billboard (New York, NY): Frank DiGiacomo (@frankdigiacomo) joins @billboard as a Contributing Editor and Carson Griffith (@CarsonGriffith) joins as a Contributor.

PIX11 WPIX-TV (New York, NY): WPIX-TV (@wpix) launches “PIX11 Investigates”, an investigative news program, featuring Arnold Diaz, Mary Murphy (@MurphyPIX), and Howard Thompson (@PIXHelpMeHoward) as hosts.

Essence Magazine Essence Magazine (New York, NY): Deena Campbell (@DeenaCampbell) is the new Hair and Beauty Editor @essencemag.

domino Domino Magazine (New York, NY): Krissy Tiglias (@krissytiglias) is the new Digital Director @dominomag.

Star Tribune The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Matt Vensel @mattvensel) is joining the paper (@StarTribune) as a Sports Reporter covering the Minnesota Vikings football team. He was most recently with The Baltimore Sun.

Duluth~Superior Mag Duluth-Superior Magazine (Duluth, MN): The monthly lifestyle periodical (@DSMagazine) focused on the Duluth region, has closed down. The magazine had been in print since 2008.

Washington Post The Washington Post (Washington, DC): Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) joins the Sports Staff as a Reporter/Blogger.

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL): Chicago Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone (@TimSassone) recently passed away. Tim covered the Blackhawks and hockey for the last 26 years.

SCVSignal The Signal (Santa Clarita, CA): The Signal (@SCVSignal) promotes Russ Briley to Publisher.

Simi Valley Acorn Simi Valley Acorn (Agoura Hills, CA): The Acorn (@SVAcorn) welcomes Darleen Principe as Editor.

Petoskey News-Review The Petoskey News-Review (Petoskey, MI): Rachel Brougham is the new Assistant Editor @PetoskeyNews.

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