Welcome to TFP’s latest roundup of hiring news highlighting women’s roles in the evolving media landscape. Here’s what’s been happening over the past few weeks:

  • Christina Bellantoni is headed back to CQ Roll Call, where she’ll take on the role of Editor in Chief. She left the publication, where she was previously Associate Politics Editor, two years ago to serve as Political Editor of “PBS NewsHour.”
    Katie Couric, image courtesy of David Shankbone under Creative Commons license


  • Katie Couric has agreed to join Yahoo as its Global News Anchor, where she will become “the face of Yahoo news.” This represents another coup for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has recently announced a spate of high-profile hires aimed at beefing up the site’s ability to deliver news content.
  • Jessanne Collins has been named Editor in Chief of Mental Floss magazine. She joined the publication in 2011 as Managing Editor. She was previously the Managing Editor at Playgirl magazine and is the author of the e-book How to Be a Playgirl.
  • Leslie Farrand is leaving her role as Executive Director of Print and Integrated Sales at New York Magazine to become Associate Publisher, Advertising, at InStyle, starting in January.
  • Leah Ginsberg is the new Deputy Editor at People StyleWatch. She was previously Executive Editor at OK magazine.
  • Elizabeth Spayd has been named Editor in Chief and Publisher of Columbia Journalism Review magazine and CJR.org. She had been with the Washington Post for the past 25 years, serving most recently as the newspaper’s Managing Editor. 
  • Jennifer Cole has been promoted from Travel and Feature Editor to the role of Deputy Editor at Southern Living magazine.
  • Janet Elder and Rebecca Corbett have received promotions at The New York Times. Elder has risen from Assistant Managing Editor to Deputy Managing Editor, and Corbett is moving up from Senior Editor to Assistant Managing Editor.
  • Min has named Marie Claire EIC Anne Fulenwider Editor of the Year and Women’s Health‘s Laura Frerer-Schmidt Publisher of the Year.
  • Adweek announced its Hot List award winners, with Cosmopolitan EIC Joanna Coles taking Editor of the Year; Cosmopolitan was also named Hottest Magazine of the Year. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who is also Cosmo’s Careers Editor, was named Digital Executive of the Year.
  • In a study released this week by the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation, 64% of women in journalism reported experiencing abuse, threats, and intimidation while working, and 52% of the time it came from a boss, supervisor, or colleague. Almost half said they had experienced sexual harassment related to their work. Amanda Hess wrote a column about the issue on Slate’s XX Factor blog about why female journalists have avoided talking about the problem.
  • A MediaShift article this week explains why the news industry needs more women in tech roles. On a related note, although new Bureau of Labor Statistics figures indicate that there’s been an uptick in the number of women hired to fill tech jobs in the past year, a Wall Street Journal article points out that that “does not necessarily mean that the tech industry hired more women than men.”

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Posted by: Gina Barrett