RD Recap: Condé Nast Heads to Austin; CQ Roll Call Adds Patrick Thornton

The latest media hirings and firings.

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Condé Nast goes to Austin, Texas. The company plans to open a digital innovation center in the hipster Texas city that’s known for tech savvy. “Austin has become an epicenter of digital talent and creativity, and establishing our presence there will not only enable us to accelerate our growth, but it also will provide us with insight into cutting edge technology and keep us at the forefront of the industry,” said Fred Santarpia, the company’s executive vice president and chief digital officer. “As the next generation of consumers looks to be informed, entertained and inspired, we will be sure to make our content available to them in the most dynamic and compelling ways on every imaginable platform and device.” The plan calls for 50 new jobs in the first year, with the possibility of more on the way…

The Associated Press grabs Magan Crane as digital presentation manager in the Washington bureau. She had been with Agence France-Presse for almost two decades… The Financial Times hires Sacha Bunatyan as global B2C marketing director. She had been Amnet’s chief operations officer… CQ Roll Call installs Patrick Thornton as senior director of user experience and strategy. “This is one of the places that anyone looking to push journalism forward would want to be,” Thornton, who had been director of digital products at Washingtonian, said. “We’re building a very user-focused company making products that people find informational and enjoyable.”… In one of the stranger stories you’ll read, USA Today suspends crossword puzzle editor Timothy Parker after plagiarism allegations come to light…