Big news in little fag rag land.
New York-based weekly Next found a new editor following Justin Ocean’s travel over to The Out Traveler. Former Washington Blade journo Brian Moylan will take the reigns next week. Associate Publisher Jeff Woodward had the following to say:
Next is proud to announce that Brian Moylan, a six-year veteran of The Washington Blade, has accepted the vacant–and much sought after–editor-in-chief position here at Next Magazine, New York’s Gay Guide. Following a powerhouse year that brought Next to new heights, existing editor Justin Ocean guided the redesign of our 14-year-old bar rag into a magazine for the masses, featuring a slicker look, style and feel and a new more inclusive and diverse outlook on the ever-changing New York gay community. Justin credits synergy between creative director Topher Ellsworth and associate art director Charlie Piazza as the visual masterminds behind the redesign and editor Benjamin Solomon as key to keeping the ideas fresh, creative and more relevant than ever.
…While Justin leaves behind some big shoes to fill, we are confident Brian can continue the newfound focus, energy and excitement of the past year and take it even further. With his extensive years working in gay publications and fresh outlook on the city, it’s an honor to welcome Brian to Next…
Moylan kept his statement more concise:
I’m thrilled to be working again full time in gay media and I couldn’t pick a better publication than Next. Ocean and his team have really made the magazine into New York’s best gay publication, and I’m looking forward to taking up the mantle and making it even better.
We hope he can handle the New York City’s “extreme personalities”.