PR Bulletin: Q3 Travel Media Outlet Updates

October 1, 2014

Another quarter has passed and   it has been yet another busy period of editorial contact transitions. We have a lot of staff changes to report between July and September 2014, including departures of long-standing editors at Food & Wine and USA Today, not to mention a new editor in chief at Travel + Leisure. Jamie Beckman has joined the outlet as a Senior Editor. Previously a freelancer, her work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, First For Women, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Redbook and USA Today.
Food & Wine: Gina Hamaday’s position as Travel Editor has been eliminated by Time Inc. She will continue to freelance food and travel pieces for this publication as well as other outlets.
Good Morning America, ABC:SEC Network analyst and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will serve as a contributor. He will host the new Motivate Me Monday segment, featuring individual stories of inspiration and triumph in the face of adversity.
KIN Community/Corus Entertainment: Corus Entertainment INC and KIN have entered a partnership to launch KIN Canada. As the #1 female-focused lifestyle network on YouTube, the KIN Community attractions more than 200 million collective views from 25 million unique visitors per month consuming food, fashion, beauty, DIY and home video content.
Metro Canada: Catharin Bradbury is the new editor-in-chief of Metro English Canada. Her mandate is to make the daily commuter papers content more localized. Its print version runs in Calgary, Edmonton Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Online editions are also curated for London (Ontario), Regina and Saskatoon.
NBC TODAY: Jenna Wolfe has been named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for Today and national correspondent for NBC News. She had been working as an anchor for Weekend Today. Prior to that, Wolfe had worked on the Today show since August 2007.
Saveur: James Oseland has announced he will step down from his role at Saveur. Adam Sachs has been made the magazine’s new editor in chief.
USA Today: Effective September 3, Travel Editor Veronica Stoddart is no longer a staff member. She is now self-employed as a Travel Editor/ Consultant. Fellow Travel Section Editor Jayne Clark also left the publication. Pitches should be sent to John Peters.

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Written by Malcolm Griffiths

Malcolm is Vice President in Development Counsellors International’s Tourism Practice. Since joining DCI from Tourism Australia in 2003, he has developed creative marketing and public relations campaigns to communicate travel experiences for destinations spanning the globe, from California to Sweden, Miami to Tasmania.

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