The new year started off with questions about whether the rise of robo-reporters and virtual reality mark the end of journalism’s final chapter, while a new poll reports that Americans “believe in journalism,” despite generally distrusting media as a whole.
The year also began with the end of media sites The Awl and The Hairpin. As reported by The Washington Post, the sites will shut down at the end of January, “the latest niche sites to get squeezed out in an ultra-competitive digital ad market dominated by Facebook and Google.”
Other notable changes to the media landscape is Bloomberg discontinuing its financial commentary brand, Gadfly, and HuffPo no longer publishing columns from unpaid contributors.
The Atlantic: Elaina Plott joins as a staff writer.
Bloomberg Environment: Bobby MaGill joins as energy reporter.
Broadly: Sirin Kale joins as associate editor.
BuzzFeed: Tarini Parti joins to cover the White House and Nishita Jha is now the global women’s rights correspondent.
Digiday: Jack Marshall joins as managing director.
Gear Patrol: Meg Lappe joins to cover outdoors and fitness.
Glamour Magazine: Samantha Barry joins as editor-in-chief.
Motherboard: Jordan Pearson hired as associate editor.
NBC Today Show: Hoda Kotb became a permanent host, replacing Matt Lauer.
Network World: Brandon Butler hangs up his hat covering enterprise technology to join IDC covering campus networking.
The New York Times: Mike Isaac is leaving for a six month book leave writing about Uber; Lauren Kelley joins as editor and Katie Rogers is hired to cover the White House.
New Yorker: Added a food column and Helen Rosner joins as roving food correspondent.
Outline: Brandy Jenson joins as social media editor.
Reuters: Jonathan Weber is now a global tech editor.
Upworthy: Rebecca Eisenberg left the publication. No news on her next steps.
WIRED: Steven Levy and Jessi Hempel re-joined the publication as co-editors of the Backchannel column.