Dig Restructures Media Assets, Editor Dan McCarthy to Depart

september 24, 2015  08:00 am
Dig Restructures Media Assets, Editor Dan McCarthy to Depart
BOSTON, MA -- DigBoston announced today that it will be restructuring its core media business, and that editor Dan McCarthy will be let go on September 29 as part of the shuffle.

McCarthy came to DigBoston after nearly five years at the helm of the Boston city edition of NYC-based men’s lifestyle website UrbanDaddy.com, which he relocated from Manhattan for and launched in 2009, and maintained as city editor and chief writer until his departure for DigBoston in 2013.

“The decision to restructure our core operations and in the process temporarily eliminate the editor position in no way reflects on Dan’s talent, commitment to producing great journalism, and overall quality of work since he came on board,” said founder and publisher Jeff Lawrence.

As part of the restructuring, Lawrence will assume the role as publisher and editor while the company reevaluates the editorial approach and delivery. In addition to McCarthy, two other positions have been eliminated, one in production and the other in sales.

“I’ve had the pleasure of taking the editorial reigns several times over the last 15 years, and following in McCarthy’s footsteps will no doubt be one of the most difficult to follow yet. Once we have a new plan in place however, I will be looking for someone to assume the editorial leadership again,” said Lawrence.

McCarthy will stay on to produce one more edition before he departs. DigBoston’s current News and Features editor, Chris Faraone, will remain on staff at the paper in his current role and will assist in creating the new organization.

“I’ve had an incredible ride over the last two years, overhauling and growing DigBoston’s editorial footprint to where it is today,” explained McCarthy. “With a really talented and hardworking team I oversaw two redesigns of the print newspaper, a total website overhaul and relaunch, published several high-profile local and national scoops, and assembled numerous special-issue packages. All while producing the kind of sharp timely content that Greater Boston craves week in and week out. I couldn’t be more proud of what I’ve accomplished, and I wish the team well. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find a job.”

The restructuring will allow DigBoston to continue offering superior content to its core audience - specifically investigative features, media criticism, music, film and performing arts - while also ensuring the sustainability of the company as it creates new opportunities and invests in long term growth and strategy.

Founded in 1999, DigBoston is the city’s only alternative voice, producing an award winning weekly print publication, online community, and social media bullhorn that celebrates humor, news and nightlife throughout Boston and beyond.