The Atlantic‘s pop culture and politics blog, The Wire, announced yesterday the hiring of two new staffers. Tim Carmody will become a Contributing Editor covering technology, and David Sims a Staff Writer covering entertainment. Carmody has previously written for sites like The Verge and Wired and Sims comes to The Wire via the AV Club and The Chief-Leader.
In the announcement, General Manager Andrew Golis said that the addition of Carmody and Sims is part of an effort to double The Wire’s staff over the next year. The Wire was relaunched and rebranded at the end of last year as a standalone brand, dropping any overt reference to Atlantic Media. They also revamped their website to give it a more mobile-first responsive design. Now they are attempting to expand the site and become a destination for socially driven cultural news.
In addition to new hires in the DC bureau, they will also be putting together a dedicated staff in New York that will collaborate with the DC staff to work on social distribution, product and design. Look for news of more hires in the near future.