Major Changes In Music Journalism Community

Ann Powers

There’s been a string of changes at national music publications this month. Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic Ann Powers—who often covered country music—has moved to a new role at NPR Music, which includes writing The Record blog. According to Billboard, she had relocated to Alabama with her family two years ago. Randall Roberts is filling her vacancy at the Times, as well as continuing as Pop Music Editor until a replacement is named for his former post.

Spin’s Editor in Chief Doug Brod, and Publisher Malcolm Campbell have exited the alternative music magazine. Reports, including this one from the New York Times, indicate the outlet is focusing on growing its online presence. Deputy Editor Steve Kandell has been promoted to Editor, and the Publisher role will go to Mike Albanese, who is credited with building the outlet’s advertising products. Music Editor Charles Aaron has been named Editorial Director.

Online alternative music outlet Pitchfork has promoted former Managing Editor Mark Richardson to Editor in Chief. He replaces exiting staffer Scott Plagenhoef.


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