News just broke about an hour ago ago that TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld is leaving the company and Eric Eldon is moving up the masthead. Schonfeld took the editor position in September during that period of upheaval that saw Michael Arrington’s departure from the site. According to a post on TechCrunch, the site will now place a renewed “focus on the basics” with a continued search for writers in Silicon Valley and other key cities. Business Insider notes the many changes at TechCrunch in recent months.
BuzzFeed has hired author and Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings to cover President Obama’s re-election campaign. BuzzFeed hired Politico’s Ben Smith in December and promised a number of new hires in the coming months. The announcement here.
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