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Career Beat: Lisa Arbetter named editor of StyleWatch

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

  • Lisa Arbetter will be editor of StyleWatch. Previously, she was deputy editor of InStyle. (Time Inc.)
  • Jill Geisler has been named Loyola University’s Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity. She was a faculty member at Poynter for 16 years. (Poynter)
  • Anna Dickson will be deputy director of photography at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was photography director at The Huffington Post. (Mediabistro)
  • Eliot Pierce is now chief product officer at The New Republic. Previously, he was a consultant. (Poynter)

Job of the day: The Tampa Bay Times is looking for a general assignment reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Noam Scheiber named labor reporter at The New York Times

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

  • Noam Scheiber is now covering labor at The New York Times. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic. (Politico)
  • Rachel Van Dongen will “lead a new initiative” at The Washington Post’s national desk. Previously, she was a deputy managing editor at Politico. (Poynter)
  • Claudia Wallis is now managing editor at Scientific American Mind. Previously, she was associate dean of strategic communications at Columbia University. (Mediabistro)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for an immigration reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Mediabistro sells for $8 million

FishBowlNY | The New York Times

Mediabistro will sell its editorial products to PGM-MB Holdings, LLC, Chris Ariens reported Thursday for FishBowlNY.

PrometheusGM owns and operates influential media brands Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, as well as the Clio Awards and Film Expo Group. The purchase price is $8 million in cash.

In the deal, PrometheusGM also gets Mediabistro’s e-commerce assets, Ariens reported, as well as TVNewser and Mediabistro’s job board, among other things. Mediabistro alums include Brian Stelter, who wrote for TV Newser and now hosts “Reliable Sources” at CNN, and Patrick Gavin, who worked for FishbowlDC.

In 2007, Laurel Touby sold Mediabistro.com for $23 million, Angel Jennings reported in The New York Times.

The Jupitermedia Corporation, an Internet research company that also sells photos and art, agreed to pay $20 million in cash and an additional $3 million over two years for the company, which is based in New York City.

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Publicist sues FishbowlDC for libel

LegalTimes | Washington City Paper

Washington, D.C., publicist Wendy Gordon has filed a lawsuit over a series of unflattering photos that the media-gossip site FishbowlDC ran of her, Zoe Tillman reports.

FishbowlDC would post a picture of Gordon, often pulled from Gordon’s Facebook page, and “provide a false and humiliating description,” Gordon alleged.

The posts – the complaint includes a few examples – would often insinuate that Gordon was sexually promiscuous and actively seeking public attention. Those descriptions were false, Gordon said.

Gordon’s complaint says she isn’t a public figure, and the posts “caused injury to her reputation and business interests, and caused her to suffer emotional distress and humiliation.” Read more

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