Top Editors Depart Popular Science
Editor-in-chief Cliff Ransom and executive editor Jennifer Bogo have been dismissed from the Bonnier-owned title.
Updated at 1:56 pm on April 19, 2016.
Popular Science has dismissed editor-in-chief Cliff Ransom and executive editor Jennifer Bogo, representatives for the Bonnier-owned title confirmed today.
The departures come less than two months after design director Todd Detwiler also left the brand. Detwiler has since been succeeded in that role by Chris Mueller.
Ransom joined Popular Science as executive editor in 2011 before being promoted to editor-in-chief late in 2013. Prior to that, he held editorial roles at National Geographic Adventure and Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel. Bogo joined Popular Science in 2012.
A Bonnier representative tells Folio: that Popular Science is currently interviewing for a new editor-in-chief as the brand continues to focus on developing content across channels—Facebook video views jumped 308 percent in February, according to the spokesperson.
Average circulation for the monthly title dipped about 4.4 percent year-over-year in 2015, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, but average monthly unique visitors to PopSci.com jumped 20.3 percent over the same time period, and the brand's combined audience across Facebook and Twitter increased 13.8 percent.
Earlier this year, Popular Science switched from a monthly to a bimonthly print schedule for the first time in the title's 144-year history.
"By far, the biggest area of growth Popular Science faces is on the Web and in social media," wrote Ransom in a note posted on PopSci.com. "Changing the print frequency will allow us to redeploy resources to seize those opportunities."
*An earlier version of this story referenced Popular Mechanics as a Bonnier-owned title. Popular Mechanics is published by Hearst.