W Magazine Appoints Its First Female Editor-in-Chief | July 2019 Media Moves

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Media Moves: July 2019 Career Changes and Media News

July saw several major personnel changes at some of the biggest names in publishing.

These are a few that stood out.

People magazine appoints a new deputy editor

The weekly magazine covering celebrity and human-interest stories also promoted three current staff members:

  • Wendy Naugle is the new deputy editor for the magazine. She takes over from Dan Wakeford, who was promoted to editor-in-chief in April. Naugle comes from Glamour magazine, where she started as health director and most recently served as executive editor.
  • Executive editor Kate Coyne has been promoted to editorial director of entertainment. In her new role, Coyne will continue to lead “The Beautiful” and “Sexiest Man Alive” issues, as well as a new franchise of first-person essays by celebrities. Coyne has been with People since 2008, joining as senior editor for television content.
  • Cynthia Sanz also has been bumped up from executive editor to editorial director. She is now the lead on human interest coverage and will oversee the magazine’s crime TV series, “People Magazine Investigates.” Sanz has been with People for 30 years, starting as executive editor. Prior to that, she was a features writer with the Dallas Morning News.
  • West Coast editor Lizz Leonard has been promoted to West Coast executive editor, leading the California bureau. She will focus on celebrity and Hollywood coverage.

W magazine has been sold to Future Media Group

Future Media Group also owns Surface magazine. W, a women’s fashion magazine, had been under the Condé Nast umbrella since 1999. The new ownership brought the following staff changes:

  • Longtime editor Stefano Tonchi will exit the title after almost a decade at the helm of W. Tonchi is also the founder and first editor of The New York Times Style Magazine.
  • Style director Sara Moonves has been promoted to editor-in-chief, W’s first female editor-in-chief. Formerly at Vogue and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Moonves has worked at W magazine since 2017.
  • Some of W’s current staff will transfer to Future Media Group, where some editorial titles will be shared between Surface, W, and Watch Journal.

The Verge announces two top editorial promotions

Also in July, Vox Media, owner of The Verge, announced it will begin licensing its publishing software, Chorus, to other publishers. The plan is to generate a new revenue stream, and the new venture has already resulted in several personnel moves at Chorus.

  • Helen Havlak is now vice president of all editorial operations. She was most recently the editorial director of the site and joined the staff in 2014 as engagement editor.
  • T.C. Sottek is the new executive editor and oversees general technology topics. He was previously the managing editor of the site for four years and joined the staff in 2011 as news editor.

VICE Media continues making editorial staff changes

More personnel changes may be coming at VICE as news broke this week that the company is in talks to acquire women-focused media company Refinery29.

  • Erika Allen has joined the company as digital executive managing editor. Allen has returned to VICE after working at New York Magazine’s The Cut as senior editor of culture. Before that, she worked at The Outline, where she served as managing editor and later as executive editor. Before The Outline, she was deputy editor at Vice Magazine. She joined VICE in 2015.
  • Meredith Balkus has been named digital associate managing editor. She most recently served as international editor for Vice.com and spent two years as global associate editor. Balkus joined VICE in 2017 as translation and content coordinator and previously worked for Thrillist Media Group.

The Wall Street Journal makes two key editorial leadership appointments

In a “true collaboration between the video, social, live journalism and markets teams,” The Wall Street Journal also announced this week the launch of its partnership with Twitter for the new WSJ What’s Now videos.

  • Lora Western has been named deputy publishing chief. Most recently, the veteran staffer served as the inaugural Washington news editor in New York. Western joined The Journal in 1992 as an editor at The Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and has since served as deputy managing editor, New York-based news desk editor, and editor of corporate coverage on the digital team.
  • Darren Everson has been named deputy chief news editor. He most recently was the editor of Global Journal, leading the group that produces the Asia and Europe print editions of The Wall Street Journal. He also is one of the original members of the Journal’s sports department. Everson joined The Journal in 2006 as a reporter covering the business of travel. Before that, Everson was a sports reporter at the Daily News and New York Post.

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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.

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