Media on the Move: Week of March 6

Matter

As we enter March, newsrooms everywhere are continuing to shrink. Vox Media announced a plan to layoff around 50 employees, as reported by CNN. The decision is allegedly due in part to a pivot away from its video services, with the changes mostly impacting publications including Racked, Curbed and SB Nation.

Also reported by CNN, Newsweek Media Group fired multiple staffers from their publications, including Newsweek’s editor-in-chief Bob Roe, executive editor Ken Li and reporter Celeste Katz. Nancy Cooper, managing editor at the International Business Times, one of Newsweek’s sister sites, has taken on the role of acting editor at Newsweek, according to Huffington Post.

On the flipside, The Atlantic announced its plan to hire 100 new staffers over the course of 2018, increasing their headcount by 30%.  Half of those additions are set to join the editorial team. This growth will also include the formation of a “Talent Lab” to find diverse writers consisting of both full-time writers and contributors, as reported by TechCrunch.

Another notable change to the media landscape is the sale of The Los Angeles Times, along with The San Diego Union-Tribune and other newspapers, to local billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

 

ABC: Zachary Kiesch joins as a correspondent in New York.

Barron’s: Michael Kahn left the publication after 15 years.

Business Insider: After almost three years, Chris Weller is leaving the publication to work at the NeuroLeadership Institute.

Buzzfeed: Molly Hensley-Clancy is now a news reporter covering national politics and the democratic party.

CNBC: Angelica LaVito was hired as consumer health reporter and Lauren Thomas was hired to cover retail and real estate.

CRN: Dylan Martin joins as an associate editor covering IoT.

Deadspin: Megan Greenwell became the site’s first female chief editor.

Forbes: After three years as tech editor, Miguel Helft left the publication. No word on his next steps.

NBC News: Jason Abbruzzese left Mashable to join NBC as senior tech editor.

New York Times: Quinn Norton joins the editorial board as the lead opinion writer on power, culture and the consequences of technology. Kim Murphy joins as an enterprise writer. Jack Nicas leaves The Wall Street Journal to join as a tech editor.

Outline: Adrianne Jeffries left the publication to freelance, while Casey Johnston joins as an editor.

Time: John Patrick Pullen joins as the magazine’s West Coast news desk editor.

The New Yorker: Carolyn Kormann joins as a staff writer covering the environment and Naomi Fry joins to cover a wide-range of culture topics.

The Atlantic: Natasha Bertrand joins as a staff writer and James Somers as a contributing editor.

Washington Post: Sara Sorcher joins as deputy editor of Power Post.

 

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