Justin Ocean knows us so well!
Last year we blew up the homo-journo’s spot when he took over as editor of weekly fag rag Next. He and his staffers retaliated by circulating an uproarious press release. Well, to avoid any such scandals this year, Ocean confirmed rumors that he has been tapped to take over The Out Traveler:
Yes, official as of today, in mid January I’m leaving Next to take over the editor position at The Out Traveler. No drama or anything behind the decision; just a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I’ve freelanced for The Out Traveler and Gay.com/Planetout.com for the past few years so it’s always been a direction I was interested in moving, even though I wasn’t actively seeking a new job.
Despite its share of hefty moments, Next has been a ton of fun and an amazing, fulfilling place to work and really flex some creativity. I think over the past year my co-workers and pack of contributors and I have really upped the ante of what a fag rag can be, and I expect that whoever takes my place is going to continue that growth. Who that is… Don’t know yet! The publisher and I are talking about candidates and looking around. Applications are being accepted.
Current print editor Matt Link apparently wants to spend more time on book projects or something…
Congratulations, Ocean! We know you’ve been around the block a few times, so we’re sure your extensive experience will come in handy!