After Labor Day, Media Musical Chairs

The post-holiday media moves require a scorecard to keep track of

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It was busy Labor Day weekend of paperwork for several heavyweights in the journalism world: they all got new jobs! Here's who's coming and who's going at some of your favorite publications.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast Washington Times' national security correspondent Eli Lake is leaving his old job for the Tina Brown-led website/newsweekly. According to Politico, he'll stay on as a national security reporter "focusing on intelligence, military and cybersecurity." The report adds that "Lake, 39, who is also a contributing editor at The New Republic, most recently had a cover story in that magazine in July, 'All Over the Map,' about the collapse of the Republican foreign policy consensus." In other Newsweek/Daily Beast news, the company has named Rob Gregory as its president, a position previously unfilled at the company. Fishbowl New York notes that "Gregory was most recently with Plum TV, and was a veteran with Wenner Media before that." Of joining Newsweek, Gregory says "Newsweek and The Daily Beast deliver the ideal combination of immediacy and perspective, with a voice that is razor sharp, smart and fearless.”

New York magazine The New Republic's Jonathan Chait moves to the New York weekly after working at TNR since 1995 authoring the magazine's TRB column. In a note to Politico, Chait writes "Obviously I love TNR and had no plans to leave, but the opportunity at New York was irresistible. Everybody who works there raves about it, and my friends in journalism have noticed for a while it's become phenomenal -- 'the best magazine in America,' as one editor friend of mine told me." Back at New York's Manhattan headquarters, Daily Intel editor Chris Rovzar finished his last day before moving to Vanity Fair to edit its website with a playful goodbye blog post on the news blog.

The New Republic Taking Chait's place at TNR is recent Slate layoff victim Tim Noah. He e-mailed Politico "On Thursday I start my new job as a blogger and TRB columnist at The New Republic. The fabulous Jon Chait is vacating this position to move on to New York magazine. I couldn't be more thrilled." Highlighting his previous work, Politico notes "Noah, who had written Slate’s 'Chatterbox' column, has lately been on book leave for a book about income inequality, inspired by a series he did for the online magazine, to be published by Bloomsbury next year." In the memo to staff, TNR editor Richard Just notes that "Tim was actually an intern for TNR in 1980 and then was a staff writer here in the early 1980s, so this is a homecoming for him." Read the whole memo here.

Reuters  It was announced yesterday that beloved press critic Jack Shafer, another recent layoff, found a home at Reuters. As New York reported, "Shafer will cover the media beat for the Opinion section, edited by his former Slate colleague James Ledbetter. Whether he'll write a column or some combination of column and blog is still under discussion. Either way, the tone, frequency, and length will be very similar to his output at Slate, where Shafer typically wrote shortish columns several times a week." On Twitter, Shafer noted that he'll be writing more about politics than previously. It will be more overt," he said. "I won't be smuggling a politics column into the readers' media column." Other recent hires by Reuters include David Cay Johnston and David Rohde. Update: The Wall Street Journal's Page One editor Alix Freedman is moving to Reuters after 27 years at the paper, tweets Women's Wear Daily reporter John Koblin. "We all owe Alix a great debt for what she has contributed to the paper and the culture," said Robert Thompson to the staff. As the Huffington Post notes, "Freedman joined the Journal in 1984, working for the paper's Philadelphia bureau. She rose through the ranks of the Journal, becoming a senior special writer in 1991. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her reporting on the tobacco industry."

The New York Times On her first day on the job yesterday, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced the hire of two Wall Street Journal reporters to the Grey Lady. As Ad Week reported, "Amy Chozick, a television and culture reporter who joined the Journal eight years ago, will become a corporate media reporter.... Tech reporter Nick Wingfield, a 14-year Journal veteran, will join the Times’ Seattle bureau, where he will continue to cover technology." Those hires satisfied one of a number of new challenges for Abramson.

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