E&P Fires Editorial Staff, Replacing Reporters With ‘Experts’

Editor & Publisher was saved from extinction 10 months ago after Nielsen handed it off to boating publisher Duncan McIntosh — who is now throwing the remaining editorial staff overboard. Mark Fitzgerald, the magazine’s editor, told paidContent in an e-mail that he has been fired, along with Managing Editor Shawn Moynihan and Senior Editor Jim Rosenberg. Instead, an internal memo said the print edition will rely more on individuals who are “experts in their individual fields as opposed to reporters who track down experts and put the expert’s story into the writer’s words.”

Fitzgerald had been with E&P for 26 years. The magazine was shuttered for a short time last December, after Nielsen sold off eight of its b2b magazines to the company now known as Prometheus Global Media.

The magazine was resuscitated when Duncan McIntosh bought it, though surprisingly, much of the magazine’s core staff, including long-time editor Greg Mitchell and reporter Joe Strupp were not included; a short time later, reporter Jen Saba decamped to Reuters (NYSE: TRI) as a media reporter there, while Mitchell blogs for The Nation and Strupp writes for left-of-center watchdog Media Matters.

A century-old magazine covering the newspaper industry always seemed like an odd fit at McIntosh