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Here’s the email from Tina:
To: All Staff
From: Tina Brown
I am very pleased to share the news that John Avlon has been promoted to Political Director for Newsweek & The Daily Beast.
John has been with The Beast since 2008 as senior columnist, juggling his online and video commentary for us with his role as a CNN contributor and finding time to write 3 books - Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America (published by us - and endorsed by President Clinton), and co-authoring two volumes of “Deadline Artists”. He was Rudy Giuliani’s chief speechwriter while he served as mayor and is also the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics. John won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for best online column in 2012 - he will continue to write his column in his new role.
Says John, ‘over the past four years, I’ve enjoyed working with Tina and the talented writers at The Daily Beast and Newsweek spanning the spectrum of left, right and center. I’m looking forward to building on our reputation for excellence and edge in this new role, working with what I believe is the best team in the business.’
Please join me in congratulating John on this promotion!
Lauren and Jesse - masterminds of next week’s College Rankings - are talking out the methodology they used to come up with America’s Rowdiest, Happiest, Most Beautiful, Least Rigorous, etc - on iPad Sunday and newsstand Monday!
PICTURE DEPT is a new venue for photography presented by the award-winning Newsweek & The Daily Beast photo teams. As photo sharing has exploded online with services like Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and others, there has never been more content available for viewing. But as more great, new photography venues are created, it is increasingly hard to keep up with the seemingly endless stream—and to find the very best of what’s out there. PICTURE DEPT is designed to both filter and condense this information into a single resource. The site includes curated photo features and recommendations of the best of what is happening in photography—not just from Newsweek & The Daily Beast but also from Tumblr, around the Web, and the world beyond the computer screen.
About the name:
When we decided to create a photo Tumblr, we turned to the amazing Newsweek archives for inspiration, and there we discovered a battered metal box that contained hundreds of faded yellow 4 x 6 note cards. On each card was the date of an issue of the magazine and the complete listing of its photo spreads. And they were all titled “PICTURE DEPT”, the original moniker of the photo department. The cards ranged in date from the 1930’s - 1970’s and reminded us of the amazing legacy of the magazine. So we decided to resurrect Picture Dept for the 21st century.
Guys! Our friends in Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s photo department have been hard at work brainstorming, and then designing, the latest addition to the nwktumblr family: Picture Dept!
It just launched today. We’re super excited for them.
If you like photography, photojournalism, taking pictures, or just find yourself curious what it’s like to work in the photo department at an international media company, follow their tumblr. It’s beautiful.
As for what’s in store, they plan on posting original photography, photos that run in the magazine and on the site, photos that don’t make it, and the best photos they find around the web and on tumblr.
Congrats and welcome to tumblr!