Tribune Publishing chairman and CEO Justin Dearborn has stepped down. Tim Knight, currently president of the company will move to the CEO spot and will join Tribune’s board. David Dreier will assume the chairman role. Dearborn had been chief executive since 2016, when he took over from Michael Ferro, who resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct outside the company. In December, the company terminated negotiations to sell the newspaper chain to the California-based McClatchy Co.
The Forward, which started out as TheJewish Daily Forward in April 1897, is stopping its print editions. It will continue to produce an English-language and a Yiddish-language edition online. The publication also plans to lay off about 40 percent of its editorial staff — including editor-in-chief Jane Eisner, executive editor Dan Friedman, digital director David Goldiner, design director Kurt Hoffman and vice president of marketing Kathleen Chambard. Started as a Yiddish-language daily, the Forward launched an English-language weekly edition in 1990, which became a monthly magazine in 2017. Over the years, writers at the paper have included Elie Wiesel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Cynthia Ozick and Phillip Lopate. The Forward says the shift to digital-only is meant to capitalize on its growth among under-35 readers who prefer to read news online. Currently it says that segment amounts to a third of total readers.
INTO, the news platform launched in August 2017 by gay dating app Grindr, laid off all editorial and social staffers on Jan. 15, according to a statement issued by the site’s editors. Grindr says it is shifting its focus from editorial content to a video-based format. “This decision was driven by the high user engagement and development we see through channels such as Twitter and YouTube,” the company said in a statement to The Wrap. INTO’s editor-in-chief, Zach Stafford, left the site to take the EIC post at The Advocate last year following anti-LGBTQ comments made by Grindr president Scott Chen.