RD Recap: Changes at Modern Farmer; Promotions at WSJ

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorModern Farmer returns, with former Country Living editor in chief Sarah Gray Miller at the head. Warren Schultz steps in as executive editor, with Maxine Davidowitz taking on the creative director duties. According to the editor’s letter in Miller’s first issue, the rebooted book will have less “twee hipster stuff” than the previous version, which Ann Marie Gardner headed up and brought to a bright but brief fame in media circles. It eventually fell flat after Gardner and lead investor Frank Giustra couldn’t agree on a direction forward. But a brand is a brand, so we get a rethink, a relaunch and, hopefully, a successful restart…

The Wall Street Journal promotes Jason Anders to business editor. He had been deputy editor, page one, a role he’s had since 2011. “The move to the corporate desk is a return of sorts for Jason,” Journal editor Gerard Baker wrote in a memo to staffers. “He was instrumental in building the desk when the print and online newsrooms merged in 2008 and worked to hone our real-time approach.” Anders, who joined the paper in 1998, replaces Dennis Berman, the publication’s new financial editor… The Economist moves Washington correspondent John Prideaux to U.S. editor. In his decade at the publication, he has held many roles including India correspondent, finance correspondent, Brazil correspondent and home page editor… Pacific Standard hires Madeleine Thomas as staff writer. Her work has appeared in The Grist, The Atlantic, Reuters and other publications… Read More