Monday, December 12th, 2011

Some Fellows Make Surprising Job Changes

If two's a trend, then holy cow. Ben Smith is leaving Politico for Buzzfeed and Don Van Natta is leaving the Times for ESPN (after 16 years!). (Bonus: from just the other day, here is a Ben Smith blog post about Don Van Natta.) This means a thing, and it's different from recent hires like "Tina Brown offering people oodles of money" or "Bloomberg View offering people oodles of money," but I can't put my finger on just what. In part, it's that there's no longer what was once so clearly a "pyramid" of desirable media jobs, with the Times right on top like the eye on the pyramid. (Ben could have gone to work for the Times years and years ago, if he'd wanted to; Don found it not necessary to carry on there.) In another part, it means that there are media organizations with money and smarts who are not quite what you expected they are—leaving lots of room for future surprises in the landscape.

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Mike Dang@twitter (#42,746)

Ben Smith to Buzzfeed is SO RANDOM! I also hear A.J. will be hiring some fine folks for the Denton media conglomerate so it seems everyone is playing musical chairs right now.

hockeymom (#143)

@Mike Dang@twitter They are also firing some fine folks. Lauri Apple is leaving. She wasn't there long, but I always enjoyed her posts/quirky art…first at Wonkette, then Gawker.

Gawker is maybe not such a good place for females?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@hockeymom For humans?

Vulpes (#946)

@hockeymom Matt Cherette and Whitney Jefferson of Jezebel are also going to BuzzFeed.

jolie (#16)

@Vulpes I do believe you mean "Matt Cherette Is Going To Move To BuzzFeed."

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@jolie Can't wait to read the 275 comments on that story.

hockeymom (#143)

Don Van Natta Jr. is a real loss for the Times. He did some great investigative work there. I know of at least one Aussie media mogul who won't be shedding any tears over his exit.

RonMwangaguhung (#3,697)

may we live in interesting (media) times …

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