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PR Bulletin: Media Insights

If you’re a public relations professional who relies on journalist relationships to help you generate editorial coverage for your destination, then these latest media updates are your keys to the kingdom of success.


CBS THIS MORNING: Adam Verdugo, senior producer, will be relocating to New York City to head up the studio guest booking department. He began on March 20, 2017.

CHROINCLE HERALD: All of Transcontinental Inc.’s newspapers and websites in Canada’s Atlantic region have been acquired by The Chronicle Herald, creating a new company known as SaltWire Network. The move positions SaltWire as the largest media company in Atlantic Canada, covering 35 communities across New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

CNN TRAVEL ONLINE: Lilit Marcus, formerly of Conde Nast Traveler, joined CNN Travel Online as its newest editor based in New York City.

DEPARTURES: Richard David Story, editor-in-chief of Time Inc.’s Departures, has left the luxury glossy publication after 17 years. His successor is Thomas Midulla, who is now the editorial director of Departures

ELITE TRAVELER: Kristen Shirley has been promoted to luxury editorial director for Elite Traveler. Shirley was most recently the luxury editor and has been with the magazine since February 2015.

GROUP NINE MEDIA/THRILLIST: Group Nine Media, which owns Thrillist, laid off 20 employees – including travel editor Matt Meltzer – to place an emphasis on video production. Meltzer remains a freelance contributor to Thrillist.

TOWN AND COUNTRY ONLINE: Lindsay Silberman has been appointed senior editor on the digital team at Silberman was previously a freelance travel writer whose work appeared in WSJ, Vogue and Departures.

SELF: Christine Byrne has left Buzzfeed Food to join SELF as digital features editor. Bryne is most interested in receiving pitches covering healthy food/dining, nutrition, and fitness/wellness experiences.

SKIFT: Greg Oates has transitioned from meetings editor at to senior editor at the outlet’s branded partnership business – Skift X. All of his future editorial work will be items that Skift is commissioned to work on by businesses and destinations. Dan Peltier should now receive all tourism-related news. Skift will announce a new meetings editor sometime in the coming weeks. Freelance contributor, Laura Powell, is now writing two stories per week for Skift’s new luxury newsletter which premiered in April.


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