RD Recap: Will Dana Leaves Rolling Stone; New Leadership at Gawker

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorWill Dana is out as managing editor of Rolling Stone. The 19-year veteran of the magazine doesn’t have another job lined up and is presumably departing as a result of the discredited University of Virginia campus rape story. Men’s Journal editor Jason Fine is reportedly about to step into the lead RS role. Meanwhile, Jann Wenner is dealing with at least two pending lawsuits relating to the piece. He initially said that no one would lose their job as a result of the story, but the famously fickle founder appears to have altered that decision. “It has been a great ride and I loved it even more than I imagined I would. I am as excited to see where the magazine goes next as I was in the summer of 1978 when I bought my first issue,” Dana said in a statement announcing the news…

John Cook will serve as executive editor of Gawker Media on an interim basis, while the company searches for a new editorial leader. Cook worked as editor of Gawker before jumping to First Look Media and then returning to the mothership, where he has been investigations editor. Leah Beckmann jumps to acting editor in chief of Gawker, with Hamilton Nolan taking her deputy editor spot… Erica Duecy takes over as digital director at Architectural Digest. She had been in the same position at Saveur… Read More