Media on the Move: Week of December 18

By Matter

The media industry continues to see downsizing with Buzzfeed and ESPN announcing 100-plus personnel layoffs and CBS starting its staff reductions as well. Still, while many publications report decreasing readership, we see a glimmer of hope with The New York Times sharing that its audience has doubled over the past two years.

In addition to shrinking newsrooms, we’re in the middle of a national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace. And it’s proving that no one is too powerful to fall as we’ve seen with prominent names like Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and Charlie Rose. Check out or list of media moves and changes to keep a pulse on this ever-changing industry. 

Adweek: Ann-Marie Alcantara leaves PopSugar and joins as tech reporter.

Barron’s: Jon Swartz hired as senior reporter working out of New York and San Francisco.

Business Insider: Sam Shead is leaving the publication to write a book about Google Mind while freelancing in New Zealand.

Buzzfeed: Matthew Zeitlin is no longer with the publication, no news on his next move.

Fortune: Barb Darrow left the publication. Since then, she has written an article for InformationWeek, but no official news on whether this is a permanent gig.

Gizmodo: Andrew Couts was hired as managing director.

Huffington Post: Hillary Frey was appointed executive editor.

Mashable: Aliza Weinberger, Patrick Kulp and Lance Ulanoff are no longer with the publication. No news on where their next moves will be.

Newsweek: Rachel Brody joins as their deputy opinion editor.

New York Times: Monica Drake joins as managing editor and Emily Flitter joins as banking reporter.

Time Inc: Meredith Corp. bought the publication in deal backed by the Koch Brothers.

PBS NewsHour: Yamiche Alcindor joins as White House Correspondent after three years with The New York Times.

TechTarget: Joel Shore leaves with the publication to freelance and consult.