RD Recap: Cuts at Mashable; Changes at Condé Nast Traveler

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Mashable cuts about 30 editorial staffers as it looks to focus less on hard news and more on branded content and entertainment. Among the big names out in the reshuffle are executive editor Jim Roberts, chief revenue officer Seth Rogin, global news editor Louise Roug and business editor Heidi Moore. Additionally, the entire politics team is gone, along with managing editor Jonathan Ellis and half of the editorial video team. Meanwhile, the company, which just raised $15 million from Turner Broadcasting, adds Vocativ’s Greg Gittrich as chief content officer and Ed Wise as chief revenue officer. “Branded content is the business model for media going forward” said Pete Cashmore during Thursday’s staff meeting. “It’s very, very clear that branded content is the future.”…

Condé Nast Traveler moves Candice Rainey to executive editor, replacing Peter Jon Lindberg, who returns to freelancing after a short stint at the publication. Articles editor Lauren DeCarlo takes Rainey’s former position as deputy editor, while Alexandra Postman, the former editor in chief of Whole Living, joins as features director… Elizabeth Gilbert and Farnoosh Torabi score plush gigs as columnists for O, The Oprah Magazine. They’ll write about self-expression and creative living, and financial advice, respectively…