Adweek and the Houston Chronicle Announce Promotions, More Publications Shut Down Print Versions in Recent Media Moves

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Media Moves: May 2019 Career Changes and Media News

Roles in the media industry seem to constantly be shifting and it can be tough to keep up with the game of musical chairs. Who’s working where? What’s their title? What beat are they covering?

And what about the reasons behind the moves?

Whether it’s caused by a new wave of graduating journalism students beginning careers in the industry, unfortunate rounds of layoffs, a “self-imposed career break,” or something else, we work to keep track of these job changes.

In a new round-up that we’ll be posting each month, here are a few of the significant personnel and publication announcements from the media industry in recent weeks.

Promotions and Hires

Teen Vogue: Teen Vogue welcomed back former contributing writer Danielle Kwateng-Clark as its culture and entertainment director. Her focus is leading music, movie, television, and popular culture content. Kwateng-Clark comes from Broadly, where she was senior editor.

The Philadelphia Business Journal: The Philadelphia Business Journal hired Kevin Donahue as managing editor. Most recently, Donahue was a senior director of digital editorial operations at Rodale. Before that, he worked as the senior managing editor for Men’s Health – a Rodale title – for nine years.

The Houston Chronicle: The Houston Chronicle promoted Steve Riley to executive editor of the newspaper. Riley started at the publication as deputy managing editor and has been serving as interim executive editor since 2018. He was previously with The News & Observer, working up from reporter to senior editor of enterprise.

Adweek: Adweek recently announced the promotion of two editors:

  • Stephanie Paterik is now executive editor, promoted from managing editor. She joined Adweek in 2015 as senior web editor.
  • Lisa Granatstein is now the editor and senior vice president of programming. She previously was the managing editor and has been with the outlet since 2015.

G/O Media: Paul Maidment will be the new editor in chief of G/O Media (formerly Gizmodo Media Group) and will lead editorial oversight of G/O Media properties, including Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Jalopnik, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, and Kotaku. He was previously director of analysis at Oxford Analytica.

Medium: Medium announced the creation of four new publications covering topics popular among its readers. With that expansion, the outlet has hired four new editors in chief to help launch the new ventures:

  • Paul Smalera has joined as an editor in chief overseeing a publication about business. He comes from Fast Company, where he most recently served as the executive editor, digital.
  • Brendan Vaughan has joined as editor in chief and will oversee a forthcoming publication about power. He previously was an executive editor at Penguin Random House and also has worked for GQ and Esquire.
  • Vanessa K. DeLuca is the editor in chief and will run a publication for and about black women. She is the former editor in chief of Essence magazine and helmed the magazine for five years.
  • Indrani Sen has been hired as editor in chief and will oversee a personal development publication. She was previously with Quartzy, QZ’s lifestyle brand that she launched. She previously spent seven years as an adjunct professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Parting Ways

G/O Media: G/O Media has parted ways with editorial director Susie Banikarim. She had been with the company since 2017, oversaw all editorial operations, and set strategic vision for Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Splinter, and The Root.

“CBS Evening News”: Jeff Glor, the “CBS Evening News” anchor, has left the program. He was the anchor since 2017 and, during that time, secured an interview with Donald Trump. He will remain with CBS as a co-host of the “Morning Show Saturday.” Before joining CBS News in 2007, Glor anchored for local stations in Boston and Syracuse, New York.

Publishing Announcements

Politico: Politico’s popular Morning Media daily newsletter has ended as we know it. It will still be available for subscribers and Michael Calderone will write plenty throughout the 2020 election and beyond.

Brides: After more than five decades under the Condé Nast umbrella, Brides magazine has a new owner. The magazine has been purchased by Dotdash, a digital media company. The new owners plan on shutting down all print operations of Brides and redesigning The last print issue will come out in August/September in the U.S. and September/October in the U.K. Lisa Gooder, the magazine’s current executive director, will stay on in the new title of general manager, where she will continue to oversee the title’s strategy and content.

Money: Money magazine will cease print publication and move to an online-only format in June. The monthly personal finance magazine is 47 years old and was acquired by Meredith Corp. over a year ago.

ESPN The Magazine: ESPN The Magazine will shut down its print version in September, but it may consider publishing print versions of special issues in the future. The magazine launched in 1998.

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Anna Marevska is an editor and writer for Cision Blog. She writes media updates, media influencer, and industry features. She also is manager of content and research at Cision’s research department, and the editor of Find her on Twitter at @Anna_Mar3.

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