RD Recap: Politico Expands; Changes at NYT

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorPolitico plans to go big, doubling its journalist staff to 500 in the next four years. The publication, which recently announced that it would start sites in states including New Jersey and Florida, wants to expand into Asia and South America after the successful launch of its European venture. “We talk about [tripling] in terms of revenue for the company, but there is a direct correlation with between [sic] revenue and personnel,” chief executive Jim VandeHei told The Guardian. “If we are going to realize our ambitions we need a lot more reporters and a lot more people on the business side. There’s no doubt it’s a lofty goal, but it’s also an achievable goal because it’s based on eight years of experimentation, testing and knowing what works and what doesn’t.”…

Samantha Storey leaves The New York Times for The Huffington Post. The former senior staff editor is an “incredibly well-rounded digital player who intrinsically understands our goal to relentlessly inform, inspire, entertain and empower,” according to Arianna Huffington, who has also recently poached staffers from Mother Jones and RealClearPolitics… Meanwhile, HuffPo moves Alexander Kaufman into the business editor spot… Matt Ericson earns a promotion at NYT, jumping from deputy graphics editor to associate editor. He’ll help establish a consistent look and feel across all the publication’s many platforms… Read More