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Engadget’s Top Gun Editors send in resignations

Posted by Bradley Wint on 13/03/2011

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In the light of AOL’s big restructure, two more top gun editors at AOL have resigned from Engadget, one of the world’s biggest technology blogs on the web.

Joshua Topolsky (Editor-in-chief) and Nilay Patel (Managing Editor) both gave up their positions, just a short while after Paul Miller (Senior Editor) resigned on the grounds of dissatisfaction with the new direction AOL was taking to promote its brand. The vision/document called The AOL Way has ruffled some feathers among the writing staff at AOL. Paul for instance found the business aspect of the model to be too overwhelming, crushing the writers’ creativity, all in the name of making more money.

He said “AOL sees content as a commodity it can sell ads against. That might make good business sense (though I doubt it), but it doesn’t promote good journalism or even good entertainment, and it doesn’t allow an ambitious team like the one I know and love at Engadget to thrive.”

The big announcement came when Joshua posted his departure notice on Engadget’s website, expressing his love for blogging and working with the team. He did not mention a reason for leaving but sources have confirmed that Arianna Huffington begged him to stay on, but “he had already mentally made up his mind to go.” Topolsky won’t be abandoning the squad completely though, as he will remain in a managing editorial position to guide the actual writers, and also continue to be part of the Engadget Show.

However, Nilay Patel has clearly expressed that he will be leaving Engadget completely in pursuits of bigger dreams. If he had stayed on, he would have been lucky enough to slip into Joshua’s position, but even with that being one of his biggest hopes in life, he doesn’t see it as being in his long term vision.

We wish them all the best in their endeavors and hope that AOL also sees what repercussions their new plan is having on staff members. Just this week gone, they laid off nearly 900 staff members, in an effort to restructure on being a leading content provider. If you want to read more about The AOL Way, check out the full leaked copy here and tell us what you think about it.

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  • Erich

    I dont like Engadget anyway…Lifehacker is more informative

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