Ben Reininga Is Named EIC at Vocativ

Plus four other promotions.

Vocativ announces five promotions as one of its own, Kelly Bourdet, heads to Gizmodo to serve as editor in chief there. Bourdet had been editorial director at Vocativ, a role she shared since October with Ben Reininga. Bourdet will join Gizmodo in mid-February, and Reininga, meanwhile, is promoted to editor in chief, responsible for the “newsroom, editorial vision and content strategy for the site,” according to a note to staff from Vocativ COO Danna Rabin.

In the note, Rabin announced four more promotions in addition to Reininga’s:

  • Jordan Jayson is upped to publisher, and will be responsible for Vocativ’s brand marketing, audience growth, distribution and new revenue efforts. She had been vp, head of marketing.
  • Rob Blatt is named director of audience and will work on distribution channels, including newsletters, social media and partnerships. He was previously senior manager, digital marketing.
  • Jody Sieradzki is named director of product and, as her title implies, will focus on creating new vehicles through which to showcase Vocativ’s work. She had previously been product manager.
  • Adi Kochavi is named president of Vocativ Films. She will work on creating new television and feature programming for the venture. She was previously a data story producer.

Kochavi had served as a producer on Vocativ Film’s first major venture, a Showtime series called Dark Net that explores stories coming from the same space as the content on Vocativ’s digital site: the vast bulk of the internet that doesn’t get picked up by Google, or any search engine. The second season premieres in April.