RD Recap: Changes at CNN; NYT Loses Peter Lattman

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

CNN lets go of 50 staffers on the digital side but plans to turn around and hire 200 while spending $20 million to bolster the ranks. Gone are “several generalist reporters and editors as well as employees from the company’s product, technology and operations,” while the network will focus on hiring “a mix of journalists, video producers, analytics and audience development experts and mobile product developers.” According to Andrew Morse, evp of editorial for CNN U.S. and general manager of CNN Digital Worldwide, “The world has changed. Scale alone is not enough. We can’t fight the last war. The one for the desktop homepage – we already won.”…

The New York Times loses deputy business editor Peter Lattman, who is off to Emerson Collective, the philanthropic organization established by Steve Jobs‘ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs. According to an email announcing the news, he will “oversee Emerson’s media initiatives and help develop its strategy around supporting and investing in journalism and other content.”… The Toronto Star loses publisher and Star Media Group president John Cruickshank. “I’m ready to leave scaling new journalistic heights to someone with less arthritic limbs and more recently acquired tools and skills,” he said in a statement announcing the news…