Politico is introducing Politico Pro Canada, which it is calling a “cross-border intelligence service for professionals with a stake in the Canada-U.S. relationship.” The subscription service, which will operate out of Politico’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, is to include an early-morning policy newsletter, news alerts on policy developments, coverage of U.S. state legislative activity on key topics of interest to Canada and a weekly preview of key policy events of interest to Canadian readers. The company says it spent a year researching the Canadian market, meeting policymakers and business leaders in Ottawa and Toronto, which spawned the idea for a “cross-border product.” Last month, Politico entered Asia through a partnership with the South China Morning Post.
Gizmodo Media is shedding more than 40 staffers through buyouts. Univision, which acquired Gizmodo in 2016, had called for a significant round of layoffs, but the buyouts rendered that unnecessary. The buyouts hit all the Gizmodo Media sites — including Jezebel, Gizmodo, and Deadspin — with most of the departures coming from the company’s video staff and the staff of news site Splinter. Staffers who took the buyout will get 18 weeks of severance and health insurance, which is being touted as a win by the union and a motivating force for other media companies to form their own unions.
Hearst has appointed Beth Buehler to the newly created position of vice president of operations. Previously, Buehler was chief operating officer at Rodale, which was acquired by Hearst in January. She joined Rodale in 2014 as the senior vice president of digital, where she increased digital revenue across eight brands, and led product and software development and strategic digital partnerships, among other operations. “Beth was a key contributor during the integration of Rodale into Hearst earlier this year, and she will be a great partner to our leaders across the company,” said Hearst chief operating officer Mark Aldam. Hearst president David Carey announced on June 25 that he was stepping down from his position.
The New York Times has brought on Julian Barnes as a reporter in its Washington bureau. Barnes was previously at the Times, as an intermediate reporter, from 1998 to 2001. For the past eight years, he has worked for the Wall Street Journal, most recently writing about terrorism, NATO and the American military in Europe. Before coming to the Journal, he reported on the Pentagon from the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times, covering the troop surges in Iraq as well as spending a week at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters with then-Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was serving as its director of intelligence. Barnes starts at the New York Times on July 9.