June saw a number of interesting personnel changes in the media industry, including a few major moves by women into leadership positions.
Given the current state of women in U.S. media, these announcements were a welcome sight.
In addition, a number of publications announced the end of their print editions, the latest in a wave of publishers moving to digital-only.
These are just a few of the significant personnel and publication announcements from the media industry in June:
McClatchy: McClatchy named Kristin Roberts vice president of news, the first woman to hold this position at the company. She will lead a newly expanded News group that encompasses 30 newsrooms across 14 states, as well as news operations and McClatchy Studios, the company’s long-form audio and video documentary production unit. Roberts was most recently the regional editor of the company’s East region and has been on staff since 2017. Before that, she was the national editor at POLITICO, where she guided all coverage of the 2016 presidential race.
Axios: Michele Salcedo is the new breaking news desk editor at Axios. She comes from the Associated Press, where she spent a decade in the Washington bureau as an editor on the general news desk and as an editor on the Political Desk, working with political reporters covering the 2012 presidential campaign and high-profile congressional contests. Prior to the AP, she worked for the Sun-Sentinel as race and demographics editor.
CNBC Make It: CNBC Make It hired Lindsey Stanberry as deputy managing editor, a newly created position. She works across CNBC Make It to create new editorial series and develop content plans and strategies, as well as manage the site’s Money section. Stanberry was previously at Refinery29 for six years, most recently as the director of the Work and Money vertical.
Vogue: Vogue hired Robert Semmer as the new vice president of video, a new position for the fashion magazine. He comes from Premier Music Group, a small music agency founded by industry executive Josh Deutsch, where he worked as head of content. He previously worked in various content roles at The Fader, Viacom, and Vice.
Bustle Digital Group: Emma Rosenblum has been named editor in chief of Bustle Digital Group’s lifestyle division, which includes Bustle, The Zoe Report, Elite Daily, and Romper. She comes from Elle, where she spent two years as executive editor. Before that, she served as editorial director of Bloomberg’s Pursuits vertical, focused on luxury lifestyle and fashion.
Hearst Magazines: Jay Fielden has exited Hearst Magazines. He was the editor in chief of Esquire for the past three years and led Town & Country as editorial director. He also served as editor-in-chief of T&C between 2011 and 2016. Before joining Hearst in 2011, Fielden was editor-in-chief of Men’s Vogue.
Esquire: Esquire has filled the editor-in-chief spot with former digital director Michael Sebastian. He has been with the magazine for about two years but joined Hearst Digital Media in 2015 as senior news editor. He was previously a reporter for Ad Age. In addition, Esquire’s fashion director, Nick Sullivan, has been promoted to the newly created role of creative director. Before coming to Esquire, Sullivan was an associate fashion editor at GQ UK.
Publishing & Television News
Entertainment Weekly: Meredith Corp. announced that Entertainment Weekly will publish its last weekly issue on June 25 and will become a monthly publication in August. The new title will be led by JD Heyman, who replaces Henry Goldblatt as editor. EW will continue to produce weekly digital covers.
Traditional Home: Traditional Home will no longer publish a bimonthly print magazine. Most of its staff was let go, including publisher Beth McDonough. Editor-in-chief Jill Waage will remain at the publication. Meredith will produce limited, newsstand-only copies.
Vice News Tonight: After three years on the air, “Vice News Tonight” has been canceled by HBO effective in September. The weeknight newscast was produced by Vice Media with the goal of developing a nightly news habit in younger viewers. Vice Media also has announced that Josh Tyrangiel, the company’s executive vice president who launched the newscast, will be leaving Vice.
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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 FashionFilesmag.com. Find her on Twitter at @Anna_Mar3.