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Vice Media Parts With 2 Top Editors, After Layoffs and Before an Expansion

  • June 04, 2019

There was a shake-up in the digital division of Vice Media on Tuesday.

Jonathan Smith, a Vice veteran who had been the editor in chief of for the last three years, was let go, along with the site’s managing editor, Rachel Schallom. The company announced that Erika Allen, a Vice Magazine alumna who was most recently a senior editor at New York Magazine’s The Cut, had been named the site’s executive managing editor, and other editors took on expanded roles.

Katie Drummond, who was named Vice’s senior vice president for digital in March after a stint as deputy editor at Medium, said she had been attracted by the possibility for growth.

“The appeal to me is very clear,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “This is a brand that can be fearless, tell big stories, has a global reach, attracts emerging talent.”

The company is indeed expanding, having posted listings for roughly a dozen additional editorial jobs, including a features editorial director, an opinion editor and an “authoritarianism reporter.” Ms. Drummond added that the restructuring of, with various editors heading up teams of reporters, meant there were no plans to name a new editor in chief of the site.

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