Rolling Stone editor in chief Noah Shachtman introduced Friday that he’s stepping down, following editorial variations with Gus Wenner, the journal’s chief government officer.
The hard-charging editor, who will exit the corporate on March 1, stated in an announcement that he was “so proud” of every little thing he and his staff have achieved over his two-and-a-half-year tenure, however he hinted that he clashed on the imaginative and prescient for the music and culture-centric outlet together with his 33-year-old boss.
“It’s the fitting choice, one Gus Wenner and I made after many discussions concerning the editorial course of the model,” Shachtman wrote in a memo to staffers.
“Tradition-shaping scoops and profiles, a Nationwide Journal Award, an Emmy nomination, greater than two billion views within the final 12 months alone, and, most significantly, the assembling of a genuinely outstanding staff,” Shachtman stated, itemizing the publication’s current accomplishments.
In a separate memo, Wenner thanked Shachtman and stated the editor will probably be changed within the interim by Sean Woods, who at present serves because the shiny’s deputy editor, and digital director Lisa Tozzi.
Rolling Stone will seek for a brand new editor in chief within the coming weeks.
“I’ve an unimaginable quantity of confidence and belief in our whole staff and couldn’t be extra excited concerning the subsequent chapter in Rolling Stone’s evolution,” Wenner stated in his memo.
Shachtman, 52, stated he’ll proceed to be concerned with the popular culture publication as a contributing author, whereas engaged on a start-up venture.
When he took the helm of Rolling Stone in 2021, Shachtman, the previous editor of The Every day Beast, spoke overtly about his want to alter the legacy journal’s tradition and spend extra time scrutinizing the wealthy and the highly effective.
“The brand new Rolling Stone goes to confront monsters,” Shachtman stated on the time, “even — particularly — if it means confronting monsters the journal helped elevate.”
Rolling Stone has been below fireplace as of late with Wenner’s father, Jann, a co-founder of Rolling Stone, going through criticism over comments he made to The New York Times that have been broadly denounced as sexist and racist.
Within the interview, he stated that black and feminine musicians weren’t “articulate” sufficient to be included in his new e book, which featured white, male rock stars.
The scandal finally led to Jann Wenner being removed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame final September.
On the time, Rolling Stone described the feedback as “offensive” and Shachtman published a piece inspecting the journal’s historical past. Wenner’s son, Gus additionally denounced his father’s feedback.