RD Recap: Gawker Continues Losing Staff; Changes at Marie Claire

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving DoorGawker continues losing writers and editors as part of the long fallout from last week’s battle between editorial and business. William Arkin, the founder of Gawker’s national security site Phase Zero, takes the buyout (although it sounds like he was almost forced to do so), writing, “I hate to be hyperbolic, but want to understand ISIS or the Tea Party or Occupy or Charleston or Dylan? Look no further than Gawker and its ilk, which means look no further than twitter or your own so-called smartphone: We are making the world a miserable place.” Editorial researcher Sultana Khan also says goodbye, albeit in a less dramatic fashion. Features editor Leah Finnegan and senior editor Caity Weaver are also bidding adieu to the House that Denton Built. Meanwhile, staff writer Dayna Evans moves to New York magazine, although she planned her departure before the whole ordeal went down…

Marie Claire hires James Morris as director of photography and names freelancer Alexis Wolfe senior market editor, while promoting Kyle Anderson to market and accessories director and Brittany Kozerski to senior market editor… Newsweek hires away Matt McAllester from his post as Europe editor at Time. He’ll be in the same position at his new publication. Could this be a renewed battle for talent between the two legacy publications?… Kristin Roberts joins Politico as national editor. She had been managing editor at National Journal, a position she left in mid-July after changes at the magazine… The New York Times promotes Sam Dolnick to associate editor. Dolnick had been working on the NYT Now and Apple Watch apps as the senior editor for mobile there… Read More