More Newsweek hires as new staff scrambles to close first issue

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Newsweek has made several more hires since we last reported on the rebirthed title.

Capital has learned that Jezebel's Katie Baker is joining the all-digital newsweekly as a senior writer, and that Kira Bindrim, a homepage editor for Reuters.com, will be the publication's managing editor.

They join a growing team under editor-in-chief Jim Impoco that also includes Nicholas Wapshott, Alexander Nazaryan and Karla Zabludovsky, as we reported earlier this week.

Only one of five people from the title's previous incarnation who were offered jobs with the new, IBT Media-owned Newsweek, has accepted an offer to stay on board, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Capital.

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As a result of Newsweek's separation from its erstwhile sister web site, IAC's Daily Beast, roughly 20 others from the business and editorial sides of the combined entity were laid off over the past two days.

Capital has also learned that Newsweek's covers will be designed by Robert Priest of the veteran design duo Priest + Grace, who worked with Impoco when he was the no. 2 at Conde Nast Portfolio. They also designed the few magazines Impoco created and edited while he was at Reuters.

Sources said the new staff is scrambling to put its first issue to bed by tomorrow night and to transform the existing newsweek.com from a static site to a live one by the time the issue lands.

UPDATES: Another source confirms that Abigail jones from The Forward has been hired as a senior editor.

Additionally, former Reuters product head Alex Leo is now head of product for Newsweek and IBT Media, whose flagship publication is The International Business Times.