RD Recap: Richard Beckman Leaves Vice; Jill Abramson Joins The Guardian

By Noah Davis Comment

Revolving Door

Richard Beckman quits Vice Media after less than a year on the job. The former Condé Nast executive, who was publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair and CEO of Fairchild Publications, came on board as CRO last May with a great deal of fanfare and had success helping launch Viceland, but wants to move on. “It’s been a remarkable year, but my entrepreneurial skills beckoned, and I wanted the opportunity to focus on all my skills running something rather than just my sales and marketing skills,” Beckman told the New York Post. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, Vice co-founder Shane Smith replaces the dealmaker…

The Guardian recruits Jill Abramson as political columnist. The former executive editor of The New York Times will write a piece every two weeks. “For over 40 years, Jill has been a trailblazer for women in journalism, and brings an unparalleled knowledge of the relationship between politics and the media in the U.S.,” Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning said in a statement. “We’re delighted to add her experience, depth and gravitas to our distinct take on this fascinating election.”… The Ringer hires two more staffers, grabbing Kevin Clark from The Wall Street Journal and Complex’s Justin Charity. They’ll be staff writers, covering football and culture, respectively… Jennifer Jacobs moves to Bloomberg Politics, where she’ll be senior reporter on the 2016 campaign trail. She had been chief politics reporter at The Des Moines Register…