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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The More Things Change

posted by on September 20 at 8:00 AM

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.

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So who's taking over Frizzelle's old job? Or is that not happening?

Posted by cp | September 19, 2007 5:25 PM

Wow. We really blew that out of proportion.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 19, 2007 5:26 PM

#1: i heard dans alter ego, ecce, was up for the gig :)

Posted by hipsterlite | September 19, 2007 5:34 PM
Posted by and | September 19, 2007 5:39 PM

Congrats to Chris Frizzelle!! :-D Well deserved, I think this situation will work out really really well.

Dan - you work too hard!! :-D

Posted by Mikey who used to be from Spokane | September 19, 2007 5:41 PM

But who's going to write Ask A Mexican?

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 19, 2007 5:48 PM

Just wanted to say that this website really is great, and The Stranger has become a stronger publication since the introduction of Slog...a testament to real-time journalism. Keep up the great work. And pie rules!

Posted by laterite | September 19, 2007 6:01 PM

What about David and Josh's future at the paper? If not able to move up to editor et al, what keeps them around?

Posted by JustAsking | September 19, 2007 6:22 PM

And I assume this means a pay raise, too, yes?

Posted by Sam | September 19, 2007 6:26 PM

Yay Chris!

Posted by Boomer in NYC | September 19, 2007 6:31 PM

This is excellent news! Mazel Tov to Dan and Chris on their promotions. The Stranger clearly has the formula for online publications figured out and Slog will soon be the most visited online News Outlet in the U.S.

This proves that a strong Pro-Israel stance with a heavy anti-Christian bias is the right formula for America's digital age. Keep up what you are doing, you can't mess with success!

Posted by Issur | September 19, 2007 6:31 PM

You crack me up Issur.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 19, 2007 6:44 PM

Shoot, Dan. Word on the street in the Deuce was that you'd be moving to the Ann Arbor News. . .

Posted by Michigan Matt | September 19, 2007 7:03 PM

This sounds familiar.

Posted by Gomez | September 19, 2007 7:21 PM

Congratulations to our only newspaper!

Posted by aerosol | September 19, 2007 7:35 PM

I'm digging all the web stuff. I was wonder how Dan could be doing both.

Posted by Rhonda Bultz | September 19, 2007 7:51 PM

Cpl. Thomas L. Hilbert, of Venus, Texas, a small town 30 miles south of Dallas. Hilbert, 20, and two other soldiers serving with the 9th Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, died after their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device on Sept. 6. Hilbert's sister, BillieJo Alexander, told the El Paso Times that her brother had already reserved a hotel room in Las Vegas to celebrate his 21st birthday with his family in January.

Posted by news from Dan's war | September 19, 2007 9:14 PM

Gosh, I wonder if the Slog trolls are going to dig up Christopher's old pro-Iraq-war piece (to the effect that liberals don't support the troops and the U.S. should go to war in Iraq because it's our troops' job) and paste it in all Christopher's comment threads now. I mean, he's been getting off way too easily for that one all these years, compared to Dan (and Christopher never admitted he was wrong and acknowledged that the war was all his fault).

Posted by David | September 19, 2007 9:47 PM

Well looks like you've started it, David.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 19, 2007 10:03 PM

Wow, flashback. This post totally reminds me of those reorg emails they used to send around back in my days at Microsoft...

...These changes will better synergize our efforts in the areas of arts and news, and allow us scale up our drive to e-enable our content. In his new role, Chris is tasked with fast-tracking our game plan to be a world clas player in the ever changing media marketplace, to act on our deliverables, and to deliver on our actionables. Please join me in congratulating Chris on his new position.

I am also saddened to report that for reasons not even remotely connected in any way, shape, or form, to Chris's promotion - I mean, wow, what a total cosmic coincidence! - David Schmader and Josh Feit have decided to pursue opportunities elsewhere. We thank them for the tremendous contributions they have made, and we wish them the best of luck as they begin this exciting new phase in their careers.

Posted by Sean | September 19, 2007 10:05 PM

I'm not sure @17 technically qualifies as a troll. Seems more like a protester who interrupts the proceedings to call attention to his cause, which in this case is not entierly illegitimate.

Did Chris really write a pro-war article? Show me the link!

Posted by Sean | September 19, 2007 10:12 PM

@19: Well, I'm too lazy to do the actual "work" myself, but I must admit it wouldn't go too far amiss as far as I'm concerned.

@21: Did he ever!

Posted by David | September 19, 2007 10:21 PM

Chris F. sucks, and should be replaced. Dan rocks; Chris sucks---end of story. I hope Chris finds a nice job at Steak N shake. Gimme a double steak-burger, Chris!!!!

Posted by yomama | September 19, 2007 10:24 PM

Whatever. I supported the war at the time as well. I can't point any fingers.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 19, 2007 10:25 PM

@21: Mister 17 found it necessary to hop on over to my blog and spam me there about my so-called pro-war views, while he doesn't know the first thing about me (ironically I've been shouting "Oil! Oil!" since day one): That's a troll to me.

But on topic: congrats to everyone who got promoted! And perhaps Mr Schmader et al are happy with the jobs they're doing now.

Posted by Griet | September 19, 2007 10:28 PM


Not surprising.

Posted by Sean | September 19, 2007 10:33 PM

No problem, Mr. Poe. I would consider it an extenuating circumstance that you couldn't legally vote at the time, either (if your myspace page is accurate).

Posted by David | September 19, 2007 10:33 PM

shit. does this mean I have to re-edit the stranger's wikipedia entry?

Posted by josh | September 19, 2007 10:54 PM

I do not wish to go into details.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 19, 2007 11:10 PM

wow...the vitriol over at Regina's side is pretty over the top. But, if it's any consolation to Christopher, the more the weekly drones (current and ex) whine and yelp, the better off you look.

Posted by gnossos | September 20, 2007 12:21 AM

chris has MORE attitude than dan and less reason to have it. pretentious snarky condescending fad levels system overload. if ever there were a way for the stranger to become a charicature of itself, this is it. we're stuck with 10 more years of being lectured about not how we're not new york...

Posted by ugh | September 20, 2007 4:16 AM

Chris is really over-rated and when was the last in depth piece written? He is better eye candy than Dan but as with all twinks just a twink with the same substance as a twink. (Think Go-Go Dancer with as much brain power)

Dan is annoying and obtrusive but he at least has brain power.

Posted by Just Me | September 20, 2007 7:08 AM

I think Chris F's book coverage has been pretty good-sometimes a little too cute but overall good. And as an old fart, I feel weird saying this but I do like that he's young. It's good for the paper.

Posted by Dale Y. | September 20, 2007 8:16 AM

OK, well I'm getting my sharpie & changing my bumper sticker. "End the war, leave Chris's brother over there."

Posted by daniel | September 20, 2007 8:21 AM

Dan, does the power to declare war remain with you or does it now rest with Frizzelle?

Posted by Gabriel | September 20, 2007 9:04 AM

@30 - I have to admit I laughed at this:

"The new novel by Safran Foer: 'Everyone is Eliminated.'"

Posted by Levislade | September 20, 2007 9:14 AM

Huh Gabriel? Expressing an opinion about the war means I think I believe I have the power to declare? What's your point? That since Frizzelle didn't start the war it's OK for him to espouse the tired old "you're a traitor and a coward if you dissent in a way I don't approve of" line?


I'm .... the only one who believes that the unsophisticated peace rhetoric I hear whenever I turn on the TV or go downtown is cowardly, irrelevant, and retarded.

Anyone who wants to bring the troops home doesn't support them. If you supported the troops, you'd support what they're doing, because they're doing it by choice.

I wrote, "and that supporting you means supporting what you're doing, a concept lost on most people."

Read it again folks, if you are against the war you can't support your loved ones or friends over there. You couldn't possibly think that military service is a honorable choice and that in a democracy the ultimate blame for ill-chosen or immoral wars lies not on the warriors but on us, you, me.

Posted by daniel | September 20, 2007 9:57 AM

Uh, daniel, my comment was to Dan Savage, and was a joke.

Posted by Gabriel | September 20, 2007 10:12 AM

Doh! Dum de dum dumm, well any excuse for a rant eh?

Posted by daniel | September 20, 2007 10:17 AM

Troll city.

Posted by daniel the fuckhead | September 20, 2007 10:24 AM

Well, if the South has the good 'ol boy network and this is an example of the gay young boy network.

Posted by Sammy | September 20, 2007 10:26 AM

Jesus. Can't any of you folks go work at the empty, smouldering shell that used to be the Chicago Reader?

Posted by Boomer in NYC | September 20, 2007 11:37 AM

you still here, Dan? I thought you left with the Sonics.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 20, 2007 12:37 PM

You guys seriously just promoted the guy who wrote "Bleak House" ?!?

I dare anyone to read this article and not laugh at how awful it is..

"This is the darkest thing I've ever written."

I mean, come on!

Posted by kurt | September 21, 2007 1:35 AM

When is A. Birch Steen going to get the promotion he so richly deserves?

Posted by MHD | September 21, 2007 10:58 AM

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