Rolling Stone Hires Daily Beast Editor as Its Top Editor

Rolling Stone has chosen Noah Shachtman, the highest editor of the information website The Daily Beast, as its subsequent editor in chief, the journal introduced on Thursday, calling on him to proceed the transformation of the 54-year-old pop music bible right into a digital-first publication.

Mr. Shachtman, 50, stated in an interview that he plans to deliver alongside The Daily Beast’s newsy strategy and net metabolism when he begins his new job in September.

“It’s got to be faster, louder, harder,” he stated. “We’ve got to be out getting scoops, taking people backstage, showing them parts of the world they don’t get to see every day.”

Mr. Shachtman will succeed Jason Fine, who stepped down in February after 5 and a half years as the highest editor to take a job overseeing Rolling Stone’s podcasts, documentaries and different media ventures.

The choice of Mr. Shachtman was pushed by Gus Wenner, Rolling Stone’s president and chief working officer and a son of Jann S. Wenner, who co-founded the journal as a 21-year-old faculty dropout from a San Francisco residence.

The elder Mr. Wenner offered a majority stake in Rolling Stone to Penske Media, the publishing firm led by the auto-racing scion Jay Penske, in 2017. Two years later, Penske Media purchased the remaining stake from BandLab Technologies, a music know-how firm based mostly in Singapore.

“I love that his strength is in an area where we need to get stronger,” Gus Wenner, 30, stated of Mr. Shachtman. “But he’s certainly got the skill set on long-form pieces, and that’s going to continue to be super important, too.”

“Five years from now, I want Rolling Stone to be at the forefront of content creation across any platform: films, podcasts, the website, the magazine,” Mr. Wenner added. He cited, amongst different issues, the Rolling Stone channel on the gaming platform Twitch.

Before changing into the highest editor of The Daily Beast in 2018, Mr. Shachtman lined know-how and the protection trade as a contract journalist and an early blogger. He later based and edited the Wired weblog “Danger Room,” a winner of a National Magazine Award in 2012.

He delivered to The Daily Beast a hard-hitting type paying homage to New York’s tabloids. In current years, the location, which the editor Tina Brown and the media entrepreneur Barry Diller began in 2008, saved an in depth watch on the Trump administration, the Jeffrey Epstein sex-trafficking case and conservative media retailers.

Tracy Connor, The Daily Beast’s government editor, will serve as interim editor in chief after Mr. Shachtman’s departure subsequent month, the chief government, Heather Dietrick, introduced in a employees memo. Ms. Dietrick added of Mr. Shachtman: “Under his guidance, we made a bigger impact and reached more people in diverse formats than ever before. He was at our helm but also in the trenches every day.”

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Mr. Shachtman stated that Rolling Stone would proceed to cowl pop music, digital tradition and the leisure trade, and that its outlook would typically be skeptical. Some critics have contended that the journal has typically veered away from journalism into fandom.

“Rolling Stone’s at its best when it’s both celebrating great art and taking down bad actors,” Mr. Shachtman stated, including that he has little curiosity in cozying as much as celebrities.

In a press release, Mr. Penske stated of Mr. Shachtman: “His experience, journalistic integrity and thought leadership make him the ideal choice to take this iconic brand into the next phase of growth and innovation.”

Mr. Shachtman in Brooklyn with Rolling Stone’s chief government, Gus Wenner, who stated the journal had change into worthwhile once more.Credit…Guerin Blask for The New York Times

A money-losing enterprise as not too long ago as three years in the past, Rolling Stone is now worthwhile, Mr. Wenner stated. The month-to-month print version, with a circulation of roughly 500,000, in response to the Alliance for Audited Media, is worthwhile by itself, he added.

In 2018, the journal returned to its previous large-size format, 10 inches by 12 inches, after a decade on newsstands within the extra widespread Eight-by-11 measurement. Rolling Stone began charging for on-line entry final 12 months. It attracts round 30 million distinctive guests every month, Mr. Wenner stated.

Mr. Shachtman and Mr. Wenner are white males at identified for publishing in-depth articles on white male rock gods like John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend and Mick Jagger when the infant increase era was ascendant.

“We’re in a different era now,” Mr. Shachtman stated. “No one appreciates the legacy of Rolling Stone more than me. But legacy is very different from future.”

Mr. Wenner stated he had thought of “a very diverse and wide range of candidates” for the job of main the journal.

“Diversity continues to be one of our biggest priorities, and it’s something Noah and I and Jay discussed at great length,” he added. “Continuing to bring in incredible leaders within the staff from all backgrounds will be a top mandate and priority of Noah’s.”

Although he’s a longtime journalist, Mr. Shachtman is aware of his approach round a chord development. From faculty into his 30s, he performed bass in a sequence of ska, reggae and dub bands, together with the third Degree and Skinnerbox NYC. Along the best way he performed New York’s CBGB, Washington’s 9:30 Club and different storied venues.

“He was good at appreciating the groove and holding things together,” stated Jon Natchez, a saxophonist within the rock group the War on Drugs, who performed alongside Mr. Shachtman in a ska band known as Stubborn All-Stars.

Mr. Shachtman, who lives in Brooklyn, stated he had saved tabs on the newest in youth tradition via his two sons, noting the social gaming platform Roblox as an instance.

“Getting into the spaces that are too weird, too confusing and too dangerous for parents to be in — that’s where Rolling Stone’s got to be,” he stated.