Farm Journal Hires Data Architect; The Atlantic Expands Politics Team Again | People on the Move
Condé elevates Phillip Picardi, Harper's Bazaar adds to its creative team, and Doug Harbrecht announces his retirement.
Matt Yaske, owner and CEO of data analytics firm MarketReach Data Services (MRDS), has joined Farm Journal Media as senior data architect, concurrent with Farm Journal’s acquisition of his company. The two firms first established a partnership back in 2008.
The acquisition brings MRDS’s proprietary algorithms and agricultural databases under the Farm Journal umbrella, and is the latest in what the company calls a series of investments in data science, machine learning, and sales activation.
Yaske began his career as a circulation manager for Cahners Publishing and spent a year at CDS Global before moving on to Farm Progress, where he spent ten years as an account executive. He started at MRDS in 2004.
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The Atlantic has again expanded its politics and policy coverage, hiring Natasha Bertrand (pictured) as a staff writer and James Somers as contributing editor. Bertrand arrives from Business Insider, where she’s been covering the Trump-Russia beat and become a familiar face on both MSNBC and CNN over the past year. Bertrand famously received a feather in her journalistic cap when White House lawyer and prolific late-night emailer Ty Cobb responded to a line of questioning by asking if she was on drugs.
Somers has been writing for The Atlantic since 2011, in addition to The New York Times Magazine and Playboy, among many others. He’s also read 253 books since 2005, according to his personal website. Somers’ appointment is effective immediately, while Bertrand will join The Atlantic in February.
SourceMedia CEO Doug Manoni announced he’s stepping down after eight years in that role. More on that here.
Elaine Welteroth’s departure last week from her post as editor-in-chief of the now digital-only Teen Vogue left Phillip Picardi, digital editorial director, as the heir apparent to run the brand’s content strategy. Condé Nast made things official Tuesday, giving Picardi the new title of Teen Vogue chief content officer. New duties will include oversight of the new Teen Vogue Summit event series. Picardi will also continue to run editorial for Condé’s LGBTQ-focused brand, them.
Storyful, the social media news aggregator acquired by News Corp. in 2013, has named Mandy Jenkins its new editor-in-chief. Jenkins has been with Storyful for three years, most recently as head of news. The appointment is part of a broader changing of the guard at Storyful, which in the last four months alone has tapped a new CEO, CRO, and now editor-in-chief.
Harper’s Bazaar has named Bryan Vargas its new assistant art director. Vargas joins from Time Inc., where he held a similar role at InStyle. Last week, Harper’s Bazaar‘s longtime creative director, Stephen Gan, jumped over to Elle. Hearst has yet to name Gan’s successor.
Matt Ford has joined The New Republic as a staff writer. He previously wrote for The Atlantic.
Bonnier Corp. cut 70 staffers, including Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs. More on that here.
Plano, Texas-based Success magazine has shut down and laid off “the majority” of its staff, according to a blog post from digital content director Shelby Skrhak. The 130-year-old title (which underwent some intermittent hiatuses over its history, most recently in 2007) employs around 150, according to one source, who says about 75-percent of staffers have been notified of their dismissal.
The American Society of Magazine Editors’ board of directors elected Dorothy Kalins to the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. The founding editor of both Metropolitan Home and Saveur, Kalins also oversaw the relaunch of Garden Design in 1994 and spent five years as executive editor of Newsweek. Since 2006, she’s run the publishing consulting firm Dorothy Kalins Ink.
Kiplinger’s director of new media, Doug Harbrecht, announced his retirement. Harbrecht joined Kiplinger in 2006 from the pre-Bloomberg Businessweek, where he worked for 20 years and helped earn the title a National Magazine Award for New Media in 2000. He also served as president of the National Press Club in 1998, where he invited Matt Drudge for a now-famous appearance. In retirement, Harbrecht plans to travel and continue his work educating journalists.