Monday, October 18, 2010

Out with the old: top edit team at Editor & Publisher let go by new owners

Citing a need to go in new directions, the new owners of the venerable Editor & Publisher magazine have fired the top three editors. According to a story in Folio:, longtime editor Mark Fitzgerald, managing editor Shawn Moynihan and senior editor Jim Rosenberg were let go by Duncan McIntosh Co.
In the statement, Fitzgerald says he was told the company wants to take Editor & Publisher in an unspecified “other direction editorially.” Citing a company memo, Fitzgerald says the magazine will be “utilizing more individuals for the print edition who are experts in their individual fields as opposed to reporters who track down experts and put the expert’s story into the writer’s words.”
Owner Duncan McIntosh told Folio: that the magazine will be put out by his own team.
“We knew when we took over the magazine that it had to change, to adapt to where the newspaper industry is headed,” he says. “We just weren’t getting the changes we were looking for with the staff that we had in place."
Howver he described the departing editorial management team as "great guys and accomplished journalists."E&P was closed down in late 2009 by Nielsen Business Media, then rescued by McIntosh, who publishes a number other titles, including Boating World, Sea Magazine and The Log newspaper.

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