RD Recap: Changes at Gawker; A Surprise Pair of Layoffs at the NYT

The latest media hirings and firings.

It’s a Tuesday, so there must be some moves at Gawker Media. Katie Drummond leaves her deputy editor role at Bloomberg.com to become editor in chief of Gizmodo. Current head Annalee Newitz is off to Ars Technica, where she’ll be tech culture editor. Meanwhile, Michael Hession says goodbye to Gizmodo as well. He’s off to join Brian Lam‘s Wirecutter crew. Additionally, Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan goes to Vocativ, where she’ll be a deputy to former Jezebel editor Jessica Coen. The entire company is dealing with an over 5,000-word piece about its problem with women. And a lot more cuts and big changes are coming…

David Leonhardt is leaving The Upshot, the New York Times’ data-driven blog he founded. He’ll stay with the paper, however, joining the opinion section. “I have asked David to take on a formal role in helping the Opinion section amplify and expand the pioneering work that editors and designers for Editorial and Op-Ed have been doing on digital platforms,” section editor Andrew Rosenthal wrote in a note… The NYT fires assistant news editors Kyle Massey and Vanessa Gordon… The Los Angeles Times loses Booth Moore to a buyout. She had been at the paper for 18 years and fashion critic since 2004. Her husband, Adam Tschorn, also works there, but he won’t take the buyout… Sue Brooks is the new global head of product at Reuters. She had been at the Associated Press… Read More