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Men’s Journal editor Jason Fine is the new managing editor of Rolling Stone, it was announced Monday.
Fine will replace Will Dana, who spent 19 years at the magazine before it was revealed last week that he is leaving this Friday. Fine was considered a frontrunner to replace Dana, The Hollywood Reporter noted last week.
The change comes as Rolling Stone continues to deal with fallout from its retracted article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The same day as news broke of Dana’s departure, three UVA graduates and members of the fraternity sued Rolling Stone and the author of the article over the story.
Fine told The New York Times, which previously reported that Fine would replace Dana, that he would formally start his new role at Rolling Stone in the second week of August, but he will oversee the close of the current issue this week. Fine will also take over for Dana as Men’s Journal editorial director.
Fine added to The Times that he was “pretty shocked” to find out Dana was leaving and being offered the top gig at Rolling Stone was “pretty surprising.” Fine served as Men’s Journal editor since 2010 and also contributed to Rolling Stone as editor at large. Prior to this, he was an executive editor of Rolling Stone.
“I am delighted to have Jason as the new managing editor of Rolling Stone, and am confident his leadership skills will drive Rolling Stone into the future,” Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Wenner described Dana’s departure as “a conscious uncoupling,” using the phrase memorably ascribed to Gwyneth Paltrow‘s separation from husband Chris Martin.
Although last week Wenner declined to address the role the UVA story played in Dana’s departure saying simply, “many factors go into a decision like this,” he told The Times that after the UVA story controversy “it was very important for us to figure out a way to move on.”
“I think over all it was time for a change,” Wenner added. “I’m a big believer in change and the opportunities that arise from that.”
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone parent company Wenner Media recently saw across-the-board layoffs with more than a dozen staffers let go. Whether there will be additional changes remains to be seen, with Fine telling The Times he’d meet with Wenner and Rolling Stone‘s editors before deciding to make changes. Sean Woods, meanwhile, the editor who oversaw the UVA article will remain with the magazine, “as long as he wants,” Fine told The Times.
Men’s Journal deputy editor, Mark Healy, will take over as editor of that magazine.
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