After more than a five-month search, G/O Media has found an editorial director, promoting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Deadspin’s editor in chief, Jim Rich, to the role.
The news comes after G/O Media laid off 14 people earlier this month in what executives called a “small restructuring.”
G/O Media has been without an editorial leader since former editorial director Paul Maidment resigned last fall after weeks of turmoil and internal tension at the online media company.
The company settled on Rich after he was tapped to relaunch Deadspin in January. He had previously been editor in chief of the New York Daily News, credentials that Jim Spanfeller, CEO of G/O Media, called “impeccable” in statement.
Rich’s career “prepares him well to take on the duties of this very key position within G/O Media,” Spanfeller said.
Rich started at G/O Media at a rickety time for the company, just months after the digital media giant shuttered one of its category-leading sites (Splinter) and laid off its entire staff, followed by the exodus of Deadspin’s entire news team, triggered by Maidment’s editorial mandate to “stick to sports.”
Now, as G/O Media’s editorial director, Rich will oversee each of the eleven brands’ newsrooms—Gizmodo, The A.V. Club, Deadspin, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, The Takeout, The Root, The Onion and The Inventory—and guide investigative journalism and original reporting, and manage content creation.
Rich will assume the new position immediately.
“I am thrilled that he has accepted the position of editorial director, not only because of his newsroom background but also because of his dedication to journalistic authenticity and steadfastness,” Spanfeller said.