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Lance Ulanoff Leaving, Dan Costa Upped to Editor-in-Chief

After 16 years with the PCMag — first in print and later solely online — Lance Ulanoff (left) is leaving the Ziff Davis brand for “other interests.”

Dan Costa, who has been Executive Editor of, is being upped to Editor-in-Chief as well as Senior VP of Content for Ziff Davis. Costa will also continue to oversee the PCMag Labs.

Costa (right) joined PCMag in 2005 as senior editor. Before that, he was Editor of the CNET Fortune Technology Review, managing editor at, and columnist at Computer Shopper.

“It’s an honor to take on leadership of one of the most trusted and valued media brands in the tech category,” said Costa in a new release. “I look forward to building upon our current success of being the consumer’s primary source for timely and reliable information about new products and new technologies.”

After 27 years in print, the January, 2009 issue of PCMag was the final edition. In February of that year, the brand went 100% digital. In the last year alone, the Ziff Davis network of sites is boasting +75% growth in Visits and a +48% increase in Page Views

More in the press release after the jump…

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What’s Next For Digital Publishing

mbcircus1.jpgThis morning, executive editor Dan Costa hosted a panel at Mediabistro Circus where he discussed the future of digital journalism with Anil Dash from Six Apart, Blurb founder Eileen Gittins and Rob Samuels, the director of mobile product development for the The New York Times.

Costa opened the discussion with a story about a freelance writer who pitched him recently. The writer said his rate was 15 cents per word. Is this this future of journalism?

Both Dash and Gittins agreed that measuring the rate a writer is paid based on number of words is outdated. Today, it’s all about being entrepreneurial, creating a brand and building a following. “If you can go to Dan and show that you have 10,000 avid followers, your rate per word will go up,” Gittins said.

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