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  • Amy Odell stepped down as Editor of Cosmopolitan.com to work on new projects after an impressive four and a half year run. Marie Claire‘s Jessica Pels takes over as the Cosmo Digital Director while Sally Holmes has been appointed Digital Director of Marie Claire. via Folio
  • Hearst announced that Bill Strickland is the Editorial Director for Hearst’s new Enthusiast Group. The update is a result of its acquisition of Rodale’s health and wellness brands, and the new Enthusiast Group includes former Rodale titles Bicycling and Runner’s World. via Cision
  • TODAY named Libby Leist as the executive producer of the morning show after serving as senior producer at NBC News for the past five years. via Cision
  • Teen Vogue named Phillip Picardi as the new Chief Content Editor with the departure of Elaine Welteroth as Editor-in-Chief. via Cision
  • Saveur parted ways with Adam Sachs, who has served as Editor-in-Chief since 2014, and Dan Dao, the Deputy Digital Editor since 2016. via Cision
  • People promoted Zoe Ruderman to Editor of People Digital, a new role overseeing the brand’s digital content. via Folio

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  • ABC News welcomed Zachary Kiesch as a New York-based correspondent.  He previously reported for FOX New York affiliate WNYW-TV on various important stories. via Cision
  • Fodor’s Travel welcomed Kayla Becker as an Assistant Editor after serving in a similar role at ShermansTravel. via Cision
  • Jezebel made a few updates to its editorial team:
    • Joanna Rothkopf moved from Managing Editor to Senior Editor with a focus on features, social issues and politics. via Cision
    • Madeleine Davies moved from Senior Writer to Managing Editor with a focus on women’s interests, sexism, dating, pop culture and more. via Cision
    • Julianne Escobedo Shepherd joined the staff as Deputy Editor, and she will cover culture, fashion and music. via Cision
  • The Los Angeles Times made a few additions to its staff:
    • Louise Story is the new Managing Editor after serving as the Executive Producer for Facebook Live at The New York Times. via Cision
    • There are three new Assistant Managing Editors:
      • Stephen Miller for digital content, after previously working at Fox Sports Media Group for a decade. via Cision
      • Sylvester Monroe after being at The Washington Post. via Cision
      • Bruce Upbin after serving as a VP at Hyperloop. via Cision
  • The New York Times shifted Gilbert Cruz to be the new Culture Editor after serving as the television editor and digital journalist. via Cision
  • Us Weekly welcomed Meg Storm as its new Beauty and Style Editor. She previously served as a Beauty Assistant at Town & Country for three years. via Cision
  • Vox welcomed Benjamin Pauker as managing editor, covering news. He will continue on at Foreign Policy as a contributing editor. via Cision
  • The Washington Post welcomed Alexandra Pannoni as its Multi-platform Editor for emerging and new products. She previously served as a Digital Producer for U.S. News & World Report. via Cision
  • Wine Enthusiast welcomed Lauren Mowery as a new contributing travel editor. She founded a wine travel blog, Chasing the Vine, in 2011 and has been published in USA Today, Forbes, and more. via Cision

Outlets to Watch

  • Stuff Stoners Like (UVPM 202,909) is currently one of the top new outlets focused on marijuana. The topic is continuously gaining legislative and editorial attention with many sites adding staffers dedicated to covering the latest news.
  • Local news outlets may see an increase in visitors as Facebook prioritizes news that is trustworthy, informative and localLocal publishers are defined as ‘those whose links are clicked on by readers in a tight geographic area’.”

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