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Sasha Frere-Jones Steps Back From The Daily

Sasha Frere-Jones, the big name Culture Editor for The Daily, is stepping back from his duties to become its Editor-at-Large. Jesse Angelo, the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily, said in an internal memo that Claire Howorth, formerly the Deputy Culture Editor, would take over for Frere-Jones.

The New York Observer reports that Angelo said the reason Frere-Jones was leaving was that he wanted more flexibility.

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Yet Another Reporter Leaves The Daily

Three out of the four of The Daily’s culture editor Sasha Frere-Jones‘s original hires have left this month, WWD reports. The latest to deflect is culture reporter Molly Young.

Young will be leaving to write for New York magazine features editor David Haskell, but she doesn’t have a contract.

All this deflection is giving rise to speculation — what exactly is going on over at The Daily? Young herself had only good things to say: ““It was the best time I ever had at a job,” she told WWD. And Jones appears to be moving ahead in filling up the emptying slots, with the news that he hired Zach Baron from The Village Voice coming out last Wednesday.

Zach Baron Leaves The Village Voice for The Daily

The Daily has been having a bit of a difficult run lately. It began charging Monday amidst rumors that it only had 5000 subscribers, and has weathered several deflections lately, including as recently as yesterday, when Lauren Bans left to be an associate editor at GQ.

So it’s due for some good news!

The Cutline reports that The Daily has poached  Zach Baron from The Village Voice, where he works as a writer and editor. Baron will be joining The Daily’s features desk, where he will report to culture editor and New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones.

Cue joke about Baron helping The Daily find the richest dog in South Dakota or whatever.

“I wish him well,” said Tony Ortega, editor-in-chief of The Voice. We do, too!

New Yorker Music Critic To Join News Corp.’s iPad Paper

Sasha Frere-Jones is adding some digital work to his already busy agenda.  According to NYT.com’s David Carr, The New Yorker‘s music critic will become the culture editor of News Corp.’s yet-to-be released iPad newspaper, The Daily.  Frere-Jones’s hiring has not been officially announced, however it has been confirmed by sources working with The Daily.

Frere-Jones has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 2004.  He is best recognized for publishing “A Paler Shade of White,” a controversial column that addressed race in hip-hop and indie music.  New Yorker editor David Remnick said Frere-Jones’s move is not uncommon and he expects the music expert to continue to contribute to his magazine:

“People who write here do all sorts of things — books, other writing — so he can do what he wants as long as the work here doesn’t suffer.”

Frere-Jones is the latest addition a Daily team that already has acquired Viacom’s Greg Clayman to lead business operations.  Mike Nizza of AOL and The New York Times and former New York Post editor Jesse Angelo have also signed on with News Corp.’s project.

News. Corp plans to launch The Daily before the year is out.  Not much other information has been revealed about the new digital paper, however Rupert Murdoch is believed to be directly involved in the venture.