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Jun 12, 2013

Media Moves and News for June

Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news compiled by PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department.

Politico ( has lost Political Reporter Jonathan Martin to The New York Times. Martin has been with Politico since its debut, just 6 short years ago. During his time with the political news outlet, he covered major stories such as the accusation of sexual harassment against then Republican presidential candidate Hermon Cain. The announcement comes as a major acquisition for The Times, where he will serve as National Political Correspondent, a position held by legendary greats such as R. W. Apple. It is unclear how the change will affect Politico as Martin was considered one of its major strengths, but with a plethora of young talent his departure will surely lead to the birth of a new political reporting giant at the paper.

ESPN ( and is currently in the process of cutting about 300-400 employees or between 5-10% of its staff. This is the first time since 2009, where 100 staff members were laid off, that the network has made such a massive reduction to its workforce. ESPN stated that they were making changes across the board in order to manage costs effectively and improve continued growth.

In a memo to The Rolling Stone’s Editorial Team Publisher Jann Wenner announced the promotion of his son Gus Wenner to Editor, taking charge of the magazine’s website. The twenty-two year old Brown graduate spent time interning with the magazine during his undergraduate years, and was officially hired just a short time ago. Though many outsiders have responded negatively to the announcement, in a statement to the International Business Times a former Stone’s staffer stated accusations of nepotism towards Gus Wenner may not be well deserved. According to the anonymous source “he’s a good kid who came in with a lot of great ideas, he shadowed [chief digital officer] David Kang at the website for a while, and he was pretty deep in it.” Although his rise may be unconventional, Gus Wenner seems to be the most promising heir to the family owned magazine. For more information —

Baton Rouge’s The Advocate ( is expanding its coverage and content of New Orleans and has added a few top former employees of The Times-Picayune to its staff. New Editor Peter Kovacs ( has hired George Russell ( as Managing Editor/Investigations, Martha Carr ( as the New Orleans Bureau Chief,   and Claire Napier-Galafaro ( and Andrew Vanacore ( as Reporters all covering New Orleans. With Carr in place as Bureau Chief Sara Pagones ( is now the Bureau Chief of St. Tammany. Pagones, Carr and Russell were part of The Times-Picayune’s staff that won Pulitzer Prizes for their Hurricane Katrina coverage.

Foreign Affairs magazine ( is growing in numbers on the web with over a million visitors a month. They even have a fun new app titled “Foreign Affairs on TV”. This app takes users on a spin behind the government affairs on TV shows that include “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” after each week’s episode.

Los Angeles Times ( Reporter Kenneth Weiss ( and Photographer Rick Loomis were recipients of the 2012 Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Environmental Reporting. A $10,000 check and the Edward J Meeman award was presented to Weiss and Loomis for their five-part series on preserving the planet’s ecosystem called “Beyond 7 Billion.”

The Chicago Sun-Times ( has decided to lay off its entire photography staff, a total of 28 full-time staffers, effective immediately. The paper plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video as they shift their focus to meeting the demands of online video and multimedia.

CQ Roll Call ( has bought out five employees in a cost-cutting move at the company. Those that took the buyout include Weekly Editor John Bicknell, Politics Editor Lauren Whittington, Executive News Editor Randy Wynn, Senior Editor Robert Healy and Leadership Editor Melinda Nahmias.

The New York Daily News ( staff listing underwent a significant change at the beginning of May.  Around 15 employees of the Daily News were let go. This is the largest number of layoffs since November 2011 when Editor-in-Chief Colin Myler took over. The paper is undergoing a reconstruction focusing on making the paper more digital.

UK native Deborah Turness has proven to be a great influence for all women in the broadcasting journalism industry. Nearly a decade ago she first shattered the glass ceiling in the UK, becoming the first Editor of a network television news division when she was appointed Editor of ITV News. Fast forward just a few years, and she is done it yet again, this time in the US. Just a few weeks ago, it was confirmed that beginning in August Turness will be the new NBC News ( President. She is the first female to be named president of a network news operation in the US.

Popular HLN Morning Anchor Robin Meade is also a country music singer. She recently sang the National Anthem prior to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. on Memorial Day weekend. Meade has been involved in NASCAR events in the past as she also performed at Daytona last year. Meade’s new album “Count on Me” is out this month.

Digital Editor for The Post-Crescent (, Joel Christopher (, has been named Digital Editor for Gannett Wisconsin Media. He will continue at The Post-Crescent, in addition, he will be responsible for digital strategy, implementation, training and practices at the following publications: Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wausau Daily Herald, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sheboygan Press, Fond du Lac Reporter, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Stevens Point Journal, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune and Marshfield News-Herald.

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