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Media Moves at BuzzFeedNews & AARP, Medium to Launch Four Publications

Medium has announced the creation of four new publications covering topics popular among its readers. With that expansion, the outlet has hired four new editors in chief to help launch the new ventures:

·         Paul Smalera has joined as an editor in chief overseeing a publication about business. He comes from Fast Company, where he most recently served as the executive editor, digital. He has previously worked for Quartz, The New York Times, and Reuters.  

·         Brendan Vaughan has joined as editor in chief and will oversee a forthcoming publication about power.  He was previously an executive editor at Penguin Random House and has also worked for GQ and Esquire.  

·         Vanessa K. DeLuca is the editor in chief will run a publication for and about black women. She is the former editor in chief of Essence magazine and helmed the magazine for five years.

·         Indrani Sen has been hired as editor in chief and will oversee a personal development publication. She was previously with Quartzy, the QZ’s lifestyle brand she launched.   Before that she spent seven years as an adjunct professor at CUNY Gradate School of Journalism.

Jeff Jeffrey has joined the Houston Business Journal as a commercial real estate reporter. He will focus on office, industrial and land deals, as well as construction, architecture and engineering. Jeffrey was most recently the national digital producer at American City Business Journals where he covered nation al business stories. He has also reported for North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Triangle Business Journal, and the National Law Journal.

BuzzFeed News has recruited Addy Baird as a reporter covering the Democrats and the growing leftist forces in Congress.  She comes from ThinkProgress, where she spent two years covering politics and voting rights. Baird has also covered local politics and health policy for Politico New York and worked for The Charlie Rose Show digital team.

Dan Gilgoff is the new executive editor for digital and content at AARP. He previously spent six years at National Geographic as the VP and executive editor for digital. Before that, he worked for CNN as religion editor, U.S. News & World Report as senior editor, and Beliefnet.com as politics editor.

The Hill has tapped Maggie Miller as cybersecurity reporter and covers internet, computer and network security, and the federal legislation affecting it. She was most recently a reporter ay Inside Cybersecurity, and before that reported for Inside Washington Publishers.

Ben Chapman has joined The Wall Street Journal as a reporter on the criminal justice beat, effective May 15. He comes from the New York Daily News where he covered education since 2009. Chapman’s bylines have also appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times.  

GQ has named Eric Leffler vice president, video. He was previously executive producer at Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair, and before that worked as a producer for digital partnership at MSNBC.

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About Anna Marevska

Anna Marevska is an editor and writer for Cision Blog, and writes media updates, media influencer and industry features. She is also manager of content and research at Cision’s research department, and the editor of FashionFilesmag.com. Find her on Twitter at @Anna_Mar3.

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