Another day, another editor change within Condé Nast.
Puja Patel is the new editor in chief of Pitchfork, the web-based music publication Condé acquired in 2015. She comes from Spin, where she was also editor in chief, and takes over from Ryan Schreiber, who founded Pitchfork in 1995.
“Puja is a highly respected and innovative editor who has spent her career covering the music industry,” Schreiber, who will remain involved in Pitchfork as its founder, wrote in a statement. “We expect that she will bring new perspectives and ideas to Pitchfork’s incredibly talented editorial team.”
Among Schreiber’s ongoing duties will be strategic advisement and helping define Patel’s “editorial vision,” according to a Condé statement, along with contributions to “brand projects, events and new business opportunities.”
Patel said she’s “honored” to be joining Pitchfork.
“As a devoted reader of the publication for over a decade, I’ve long admired the site’s thoughtful, in-depth writing and clear commitment to discovery and taste,” she said. “Ryan has built Pitchfork into a special place for music obsessives with wide-ranging curiosity, and I’m so excited to helm and expand on that vision in the coming months.”
Condé cited Patel’s work in turning Spin, which stopped printing in 2012, into a “digital-first” publication. Condé said during her two years as editor in chief, the magazine grew its audience by 14 percent and “became a reporting-focused publication” that broke news out of the indie music scene. Before joining Spin, Patel was a senior editor at Deadspin before it was sold to Univision out of the Gawker bankruptcy, and had earlier been a contributed music-focused work to the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and MTV.
Patel wrote on Twitter that her time at Spin “has been the most fulfilling of my career to date.”
As for that outlet, which was founded in 1985 by Bob Guccione Jr. as an alternative to Rolling Stone and is now currently private-equity backed by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, it seems there is no immediate successor for Patel. A representative could not be reached for comment, but Spin is no stranger to changes at the top. The publication has had at least six lead editors in the past five years.
Condé, too, has been plenty busy bringing in new, not to mention younger and presumably less expensive, lead editors for its titles. Just last week long-time GQ editor Jim Nelson was replaced, and last year saw the exit of Cindi Lieve and Graydon Carter from Glamour and Vanity Fair, respectively. Stefano Tonchi, editor of W for more than a decade, is also set to depart Condé via the sale of that publication, which he’s also looking to finance an acquisition of. Elsewhere, Pilar Guzmán is getting nixed from the top of Condé Nast Traveller after the title is consolidated with its British counterpart, and Anna Wintour favorite Phillip Picardi is set to exit Teen Vogue at the end of the year to lead Out magazine.
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