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Career Beat: Sonia Chopra named managing editor of Eater

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Sonia Chopra is now managing editor of Eater. Previously, she was cities editor there. Carolyn Alburger is now cities editor at Eater. Previously, she was editor of Eater San Francisco. Farley Elliott is now senior editor of Eater L.A. Previously, he was a freelance food, drink, and travel writer. (Email)
  • Emiliano Saccone is now chief operating officer of the FAV! Network. Previously, he was president of MundoFox. (Media Moves)
  • Neetzan Zimmerman is now senior director of audience and strategy at The Hill. Previously, he was head of editorial operations at Whisper. (The Hill)
  • Mark Kemp will be the editor of SF Weekly. Previously, he was editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. (The Desk)
  • Mara Shalhoup will be editor of LA Weekly. Previously, she was editor of the Chicago Reader (Robert Feder)

Job of the day: InsideClimate News is looking for a senior editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Pew: Only 2 top-20 alt-weeklies saw circulation gains in 2013

Pew Research Center

Many of America’s biggest alternative weeklies saw circulation fall or remain stagnant in 2013, but there were two exceptions: The Chicago Reader and Miami New Times.

The gains, reported by Pew Research Center this morning, show that those two papers were the only two to buck the trend of frozen and declining circulation that affected almost all of the top 20 largest alt-weeklies. The Chicago Reader’s circulation grew by nearly 6 percent, and Miami New Times saw a 1 percent bump. Read more


Sun-Times replaces weekend section with Chicago Reader content

Chicago Reader

This Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Weekend section will be replaced by content from the Chicago Reader, Michael Miner reports. The new 20-page section, featuring listings, reviews and features clearly marked as coming from the Reader, will be called Agenda.

“The Reader isn’t changing—its content, press run, and circulation will stay the same,” Miner writes. “The Friday Sun-Times will change conspicuously.”

Sun-Times Media Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk tells Miner he spoke with the Weekend staff. “I think they understand this makes sense,” he said. “The Weekend section had a great run — 17 years. But we need to evolve.” Read more


The future of alt-weeklies?: Chicago Reader switches to magazine format

Chicago Tribune
This week’s Reader will be bound by staples and feature a glossy cover, reports Phil Rosenthal. “The goal is to make the Reader seem less disposable, more indispensable and more distinct in a crowded media marketplace that includes Time Out Chicago, Newcity and Chicago Tribune’s RedEye,” he writes. “It’s hoped those who pick up the Reader to plan their weekend will feel greater compulsion to keep it on a coffee table into the next workweek.” || Ron Reason looks at the Reader’s new music section. || A feature from 1979: Chicago Reader — a ’70s success story.
More alt-weekly news: Harry Siegel named Village Voice metro columnist Read more


Political writer returns to Chicago Reader after eight months at Chicago News Coooperative

Chicago Reader
“I miss the extra real estate and space flexibility” at the Reader, says Mike Dumke. || July 15, 2010: Dumke is crossing the street.
Earlier: Chicago News Cooperative managing editor leaves after eight months Read more


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