Media Moves, Spring Edition: Part 2


Back at it again with the media moves! Journalism is a tough industry right now, so we’re helping you keep a pulse on who’s where. The other day we reported on the big layoffs at Mashable, Rachel King’s move to New York and more. Keep reading to get the update on shifts at Quartz and a big shakeup at Re/Code.


Michael Coren joined Quartz as technology reporter on March 21. Michael is based in San Francisco and his coverage will focus on the people and business in Silicon Valley, including startups and venture capital.

Takeaway: Michael should be settled into his new digs by now so feel free to welcome him to Quartz – particularly if you have clients based in the South Bay.


Dan Frommer, former tech editor for Quartz, has been named the new editor in chief at Re/code. Ken Li, Re/code’s founding editor in chief has moved on from the company.

Takeaway: If Dan’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he helped create the tech-and-media-focused news site Silicon Alley Insider which is now Business Insider. Read more about his appointment here in a post by Kara Swisher.

San Francisco Chronicle

Owen Thomas is the new business editor. He comes to the publication from ReadWrite, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief since April 2013.

Jess McCuan, deputy business editor has left the publication to join Quid, a startup selling software for analyzing media impact.

Takeaway: With the departure of Jess, the addition of a media industry veteran in Owen is a nice win for our local paper. Recall that Owen has spent time at a number of prominent outlets including: TIME, NBC Universal, VentureBeat and Business Insider.


Lora Kolodny is the new emerging technologies editor. Previously Lora was a reporter at Dow Jones in San Francisco, where she covered venture capital and tech businesses.

New additions to TechCrunch’s staff also include: Stefan Etienne and Signe Brewster. Stegan Etienne has been named contributing editor and will be covering gadgets and bleeding edge hardware. Signe Brewster has been named contributing writer and will be covering emerging science and technology, with a focus on 3D printing, robotics, drones, VR and space.

Takeaway: Robots, drones and more recently VR continue to be the rage so some fresh targets for those with clients in related areas.

Vanity Fair

Maya Kosoff has been named a staff writer covering the technology industry. Previously, she was a tech reporter for Business Insider since November 2014.

Stephanie Mehta is now a deputy editor. She joins from Bloomberg where she was the editor-at-large and oversaw its live events programming.

Takeaway: Stephanie has been primarily focused on technology so it’ll be interesting to see how this hiring impacts Vanity Fair’s coverage and editorial direction.

The Wall Street Journal

Doug MacMillan will leave the publication this summer to become a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University in New York.

Sam Walker has been named deputy enterprise editor. Sam previously served as sports editor for the paper.

Matthew Rose was named editor of enterprise. He previously served as the WSJ’s deputy Washington bureau chief

Technology editor Jonathan Krim recently left the publication to pursue new opportunities.

Takeaway: Some notable additions for those with enterprise clients. The loss of Doug is huge as not many technology reporters are more respected among PR and competing media outlets. Note that his plan is to return to the publication at some point next year.