Life The More Things Change
posted by September 20 at 8:00 AMon
Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere on the World Wide Internets, the king ain’t dead and no one has been “replaced.” I’m not leaving The Stranger, and I’m still in charge of The Stranger’s editorial content.
But Christopher Frizzelle, our arts editor lo these many years, has been promoted. His new title? Editor—and, yes, that is my old title. Which is why I’ve got a new title too: Editorial Director.
What do these new titles mean?
You’re reading this online, so you’re probably aware that The Stranger isn’t just a newspaper anymore: In addition to our weekly print edition, we’ve got blogs, podcasts, video, tons of expanded web content, and the occasional amateur porn contest. In order to manage the growth of our editorial content—in order to keep putting out Seattle’s only newspaper while at the same time running the best alt-weekly website in the country—we’ve had to change our editorial department’s structure.
So Frizzelle is taking over the day-to-day management of the editorial department as well as overseeing more to most of The Stranger’s features. I am still going to be sitting in my coveted corner office, watching helmetless hipsters ride by on their brand-new fixies, posting obsessively to Slog, working with Christopher—and the rest of the editorial staff—to create, shape, and direct our editorial content online and in print.
Christopher’s primary areas of focus will be features and the back of the book, aka arts, while my primary areas of focus will be front of the book and the web. This isn’t a massive change. The Stranger has always been a group effort, and editors and associate editors and the odd intern have all contributed to the direction of the paper in ways that only editors-in-chief might at other publications. Our shiny new titles and Chris’s promotion do, however, recognize Chris’s contributions to the shape and direction of Seattle’s only newspaper.
So congrats to Chris and we now return you to your regularly scheduled Slog, already in progress.
This was originally posted yesterday in the early evening.