New York Post shedding columnists; the ‘real challenge’ at The Washington Post

Andrea Peyser and Linda Stasi. ()
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Andrea Peyser isn't the only columnist taking a step back at the New York Post.

The tabloid's longtime TV critic, Linda Stasi, has resigned from her staff position at the paper to go freelance.

She announced the move on Twitter late last week:

Stasi did not return an email and a Post spokesperson had no comment when asked if the decision was voluntary.

But sources are wondering whether there's some broader staff shuffling at play now that longtime Post lieutenant Jesse Angelo is running the show while editor-in-chief Col Allan tends to News Corp. matters in Australia for the next two to three months. The Post underwent a rare round of layoffs and buyouts just months ago.

Peyser's leave also coincides with Allan's, but sources familiar with the matter said it was for "personal reasons."

The fire-breathing opinion writer announced vaguely in an Aug. 1 column that readers "won't be hearing from me for awhile. I am taking a leave of absence from this newspaper."

The Post declined to comment when Daily Intel's Joe Coscarelli asked what the deal was. (Coscarelli also noted Stasi's departure in an update to his original item.)

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The Washington Post brand—the reputation of this paper for enterprising journalism, for a kind of public-minded mission, for global relevancy—that was born in the era of the 1970s. And the generation that came of age during that period—myself as a young journalist, but also lots of readers from the Boomer era—is still alive in the United States. And it still has a nostalgic memory of The Washington Post’s importance during the Nixon administration and otherwise. But it’s an aging generation. The real challenge is to make that brand relevant to the generation that’s coming out of college now, and that would be harder to do.

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Vanity Fair hits the iPhone:

Vanity Fair is the first monthly magazine to launch a mobile app providing readers with the full content of the magazine on the iPhone, and the second Condé Nast title to release a mobile app (the company launched The New Yorker iPhone app last year). Developed by an in-house team using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, it is the company’s first app to be formatted for iPhone 5.

In a nod to Liberty magazine, which first launched its reading times in the August 6, 1927 issue, Vanity Fair is the first publication to sort its mobile app’s content by reading time, categorizing the magazine’s features in a table of contents broken down by “Short,” “Medium,” “Long” reads, and “Everything Else.” “Short” reads can be finished in under five minutes, and include Spotlights, Fanfair, and Vanities. “Medium” reads range from 5 to 10 minutes, and include the magazine’s columns. In-depth features constitute the “Long” reads, which require 10 minutes or more of reading time. The fourth category, “Everything Else,” includes a variety of short sections regularly featured in the magazine, from Contributors, to Behind the Scenes, to the Proust Questionnaire.

Additional features on the app include:
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Readers may download the Vanity Fair app and receive sample content from the July issue for free. Individual issues are available for purchase for $4.99, and subscriptions are $19.99 per year. Current print and iPad subscribers will receive full access to the iPhone app.