RD Recap: Digital Media Cos. to Expand; Modern Farmer Lives

The latest media hirings and firings

We’ve only just begun 2015, but it seems as though we’re going to see some massive hiring sprees in the digital media space. Both Mashable and Business Insider raise cash — $17 million and $25 million, respectively — and plan to put a good portion of that money into expansion. The number of new staffers could reach 100 at each publication, although some of those positions will be added internationally, as they look to expand their reach beyond the United States. Gawker Media, which spent much of 2014 expanding its editorial roster, isn’t slowing down either, raising $15 million in debt. If you can get it, why not do so?…

Modern Farmer is dead; long live Modern Farmer. The hip farming magazine, thought to be getting sent out to the pasture after its two remaining paid staffers walked out a few weeks ago, signs former Country Living editor-in-chief Sarah Gray MillerHarper’s Bazaar poaches Aeriel Brown from Entertainment Weekly to be deputy photography director… Nylon’s editor-in-chief Michelle Lee adds head of brand strategy to her business card. The role of an EIC in 2015 is changing… Ariel Foxman takes over as editorial director of InStyle and People StyleWatch. He had been editor of the former publication. That means StyleWatch’s editor Susan Kaufman is gone… National Journal recruits John B. Judis as senior writer. He had been senior editor at The New RepublicRead More