RD Recap: Changes at HuffPo; New Hires at Washington Examiner

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorThe big news in the media world is that Verizon has bought AOL for $4.4 billion, a 17 percent premium on Monday’s closing stock price. The big question for our purposes here is how the acquisition will affect AOL’s content properties, including The Huffington Post and TechCrunch. At least one reporter hears they might be spun out at a later date, possibly to German publisher Axel Springer, a company that owns many properties, like the German edition of Rolling Stone. “We’ve spoken to partners about content and scaling,” AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said. “Obviously we’ve seen a lot of interest in the content brands we have. So over the course of the summer, stay tuned.” Meanwhile, HuffPo poaches Jo Confino from The Guardian to be executive editor of the impact and innovation department, after Arianna Huffington found herself impressed with a panel Confino moderated at Davos…

Bradley Davis trades his digital editor of markets and finance spot at The Wall Street Journal for a business editor position at the Omaha World-Herald. The University of Nebraska graduate takes over for Deb Shanahan, who is getting bumped up to features editor… The Associated Press’ Amanda Myers leaves Washington for Los Angeles. She’ll focus on legal affairs at the L.A. bureau… The Washington Post recruits Time’s Emily Rauhala as a China correspondent… The Washington Examiner snags five more journalists: Pete Kasperowicz, David Brown, Barbara BolandNicole Duran and Ariel CohenRead More