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Jim VandeHei Named President, CEO of Politico And Capital New York (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Politico co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei will take over as president and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, Allbritton Communications Company chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton announced in a memo Sunday evening. The move follows Fred Ryan’s decision last month to step down as CEO and president of Politico and president and COO of ACC. NYT In a telephone interview, VandeHei, who until the move held the title of Politico executive editor, said, “I really want to dedicate my energy and whatever talents I have to figuring out a profitable future for journalism.” His longtime colleague John F. Harris will remain Politico’s editor-in-chief. USA Today Politico launched in 2007. Harris and VandeHei initially proposed the idea for a website aimed at national politics to their bosses at The Washington Post, and when they demurred, Allbritton decided to back the venture. Politico rapidly became a major new-media success, attracting a large audience and becoming a go-to place for inside Washington news. It became known for its speed and aggressiveness, determined to outdo its rivals — “win the morning” in Politico-speak — and drive the capital conversation. HuffPost / The Backstory Allbritton’s decision in May to sell the company’s TV stations in order to focus on Politico and make new media investments marked a generational shift for the family-owned media company. In July, it was reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed to pay nearly $1 billion for the stations, with the sale expected to close next year.

Scientific American Apologizes for Deleting Blogger’s Post on Being Called A ‘Whore’ (Jezebel)
Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D., has blogged for Scientific American for more than two years. Her blog, called “The Urban Scientist,” focuses on “sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media.” When she took to her blog to write about a sexist email she’d received, it was quietly deleted. Following an uproar on Twitter and the blogosphere, SciAm has offered an apology and an explanation — but is it enough? Wired / SuperBug According to Dr. Lee, the only notice she received that her post was considered inappropriate was its vanishing from the blog site. SciAm did not communicate with her about it other than by tweet. And SciAm said nothing about the uncalled-for abuse of one of its bloggers by one of its partnership representatives. Scientific American / @SA SciAm editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina: “We know that there are real and important issues regarding the treatment of women in science and women of color in science, both historically and currently, and are dismayed at the far too frequent cases in which women face prejudice and suffer inappropriate treatment as they strive for equality and respect. We recently removed a blog post by Dr. Danielle Lee that alleged a personal experience of this nature.” BoingBoing Unconvincing, especially given the lack of any apparent communication from Dr. Lee’s interlocutor. “We are investigating what links we currently have with Biology-Online” seems somewhat ill-omened, too. tressiemc When Dr. Lee decided that she could not afford to write for Biology Online for free at that point in time, she did so within a context of many of academia’s most pressing and vexing problems. If she is a whore for doing that then so are many of us doing the work we believe in without the assumed authority of being white and male.

BuzzFeed’s Copyranter Fired for Not Being ‘BuzzFeed-y Enough’ (NY Observer)
Mark Duffy aka Mark Copyranter was fired from BuzzFeed for not being “BuzzFeed-y Enough,” he announced in a Facebook post Friday morning. Duffy, who spent 20 years as a copywriter, took his much-loved blog over to BuzzFeed in April 2012. TheWrap “Got fired from BuzzFeed this week (my content wasn’t “BuzzFeedy” enough). Already freelancing, I want a full-time gig,” Duffy said in a tweet Friday. FishbowlNY Duffy’s posts seem plenty BuzzFeed worthy to us. But hey, we’re not in charge over there, so maybe something was amiss.