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<I>TSC's</I> new editor in chief wants to hear from you. Also, the scoop on the media from Martha Smilgis.

We have two new faces on the site today: mine, and

Martha Smilgis

, our new media columnist.

A small bit about my mug: As the editor in chief, I get to perform a host of duties, and one of the more enjoyable ones is writing this column. I'll weigh in from time to time on what's happening in the market, but more often, I'll crib notes on what's new on


; what our columnists and reporters are up to; and when you might have a chance to catch up with them in person.

One deal, though: Let's be interactive. Drop me a line when you want to see a story or, as has been the case lately, ask the guys in

Columnist Conversation to chill out a bit.

That said, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Martha, although I suspect most of you are already familiar with her work. I first met Smil, as I have come to call her, 16 years ago while we were working on a story together for


magazine. Martha was a writer in the Living section, a cushy job back in those days, while I was a lowly stringer in the Atlanta bureau.

Even back then, Martha was already a media hound, having spent time at

Sports Illustrated


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magazines. I'll confess I was always a little envious of the


gig; not one to sit at home, Smil was the Los Angeles bureau chief and spent so much time with celebrities that many of them would drop her cards at Christmas.

All that experience makes her ideal to write our media column, which will appear once a week. Martha will review the business press -- her tart tongue should make you chuckle or cringe, depending on your vantage point -- and drop bits of inside dirt (read: sling mud into the faces of some of your favorites).

Don't let Smil fool you, though. She knows business and has been a shrewd investor for years.

One other happening around here I'm excited about: a chance for you to meet

Jim Cramer

. You've seen him plenty of times on


, but trust me, there's nothing like Cramer in person. Jim will deliver his fall forecast and investing strategy during a three-hour event at the American Conference Centers in New York, Monday, Aug. 6. Jim promises to pick the hot stocks and tell you what duds to steer clear of. You can sign up

here or call us at 800-562-9571 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT.

If you're coming, be quick about signing up. Cramer has a way of drawing crowds.


David Morrow is editor-in-chief of In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, he doesn't own or short individual stocks, though he owns stock in He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. He welcomes your feedback and invites you to send it to