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SpinMedia Fires Spin Editor in Chief

Caryn Ganz announced departure on Twitter

Remnants of once-hot indie music title Spin's days as a print magazine are continuing to disappear in the wake of its acquisition by Buzzmedia (now SpinMedia) last summer. This week’s casualty: editor in chief Caryn Ganz, who announced her departure yesterday on Twitter.

Ganz first joined Spin in 2001 and left in 2006, spending a few years at MTV News, Rollingstone.com (where she was deputy editor) and Yahoo. Spin re-hired her in 2011 to oversee its online editorial efforts as it shifted to a more digital-heavy strategy. When Buzzmedia bought spin in July 2012, it canned the magazine’s then-editor in chief and managing editor (among others) and eventually shut down its print side entirely at the end of last year. (Subscribers’ remaining issues were replaced with copies of Car & Driver, of all things.)

Ganz told Poynter that her firing was “surprising,” and said that last month had been the magazine’s website second-biggest ever in terms of traffic, while page views had doubled since she rejoined Spin. According to Poynter, the SpinMedia will begin the search for a new editor in chief, and current editorial director Charles Aaron will transition to editor at large.

“Spin has grown steadily as a result of a concerted team effort since SpinMedia purchased it in July 2012,” a company spokesperson emailed. “But we felt it required new leadership to help take it to the next level as a digital brand. Personnel shifts are never easy, and we’re deeply respectful of the enormous contribution Caryn made to help us get this far.”

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