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Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s Managing Editor, Leaving Magazine

Rolling Stone’s managing editor Will Dana is leaving his position at the entertainment magazine as the publication faces lawsuits over an article falsely accusing a University of Virginia fraternity of gang rape.

Three months ago the Columbia Journalism Review published an investigation of the story’s publication which laid partial blame on Dana. After the CJR report, Rolling Stone retracted the article but did not fire any of the staffers involved, including author Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

From the New York Times:

Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, will leave the magazine, just months after a controversial article about a supposed gang rape at the University of Virginia was retracted.

Mr. Dana, whose planned last day is Aug. 7, is not leaving for another job, and his successor has not been named. When asked if the departure was linked to the controversy over the discredited article, Rolling Stone’s publisher, Jann S. Wenner, said, via a spokeswoman, that “many factors go into a decision like this.”

In a statement, Mr. Dana said, “After 19 years at Rolling Stone, I have decided that it is time to move on.” He added: “It has been a great ride and I loved it even more than I imagined I would. I am as excited to see where the magazine goes next as I was in the summer of 1978 when I bought my first issue.”

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