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ANOTHER DAILY DEPARTURE: Culture reporter Molly Young is leaving News Corp.’s The Daily, as the fourth reporter to abandon the iPad newspaper since it launched less than two months ago.
“It was incredibly fun to work in a newsroom: lots of reporting, lots of running around,” Young, 24, wrote in an e-mail about her time at 1211 Avenue of the Americas. “It was the best time I ever had at a job, and also probably the best time I ever had in Midtown.” Her last day is today.
Young will be writing for New York magazine features editor David Haskell, but she doesn’t have a contract. Haskell said he has promised her the opportunity to write three features in the coming year. Her first piece, about Freeman Gunter, an influential New Yorker in late-Sixties gay magazine publishing, has been filed and may appear in the magazine’s April 4 issue, tentatively named the Apartments issue. Young said she will also return to blog for Prospero, The Economist’s books, arts and culture blog.
Young is the third departure from Daily culture editor and New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones’ desk alone. Three of Frere-Jones’ original four hires — Lauren Bans, Heather Havrilesky and Young— have left this month. The fourth departure from the Daily was political reporter Jon Ward, who left for the Huffington Post. Last week, Frere-Jones hired a replacement features writer from his former employer, The Village Voice: Web editor Zach Baron, 28, a precocious music critic who had his beginnings as an intern for the Voice’s legendary Robert Christgau. Frere-Jones did not return a request for comment.
— Zeke Turner