Behind the Sandy covers; BuzzFeed’s longform pivot; the new ‘no comment’

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The Sandy theme, in 'The New Yorker' and 'New York.' ()
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BuzzFeed's search for a longform editor has come to an end.

Steve Kandell, whose most recent job was editor-in-chief of Spin, will oversee the site's efforts to produce more pieces of lengthy narrative journalism.

"Even though print itself is becoming less prevalent, the conversation-provoking longform journalism and profiles that have long been a staple of magazines are as vital as they’ve ever been, and I'm thrilled to help make this kind of writing a working part of the social web at BuzzFeed,” said Kandell in a statement.

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As we reported in September, some of the longform entries BuzzFeed has churned out in the past year under the editorship of Ben Smith have turned out to be big traffic generators, and the site is trying to capitalize on that momentum as part of its ongoing mandate to expand beyond the viral cat videos that made it a hit in the first place.

On Capital...

'Daily News' editors decamp to Jersey City in storm's aftermath

Other post-Sandy media tidbits...

The storm was the "first big test" for NJTV. [The New York Times]

Behind New York magazine's stunning Sandy cover ... [Poynter]

... And The New Yorker's. [newyorker.com]

In other news...

Incoming New York Times Company chief Mark Thompson "missed red flags" in the BBC's Jimmy Savile scandal. [The New York Times]

Michael Wolff says Times public editor Margaret Sullivan "has made a splash. But her impact is largely a sign of the Old Gray Lady's frailty." [The Guardian]

Two New York papers have flipped to the Republican nominee. [CNN.com]

In Washington, "fuck off" is the new "no comment." [Politico]

Aaron Gell talks about changes at The New York Observer. [The Slant]