Managing editor of Rolling Stone Will Dana is leaving the magazine just months after the publication pulled a controversial story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia.
The New York Times first reported his departure, stating that his last day will be 7 August and that he is not leaving for another job nor has his successor been named.
The magazine has been in turmoil since last November when it published an article titled ‘A Rape on Campus’ that detailed a gang rape at the University of Virginia that relied on a single source, a woman called Jackie.
Following the story’s publication, investigators were unable to find evidence that the rape occurred. A review of the article by Columbia Journalism School professors called the piece “a journalistic failure.”
Shortly afterwards, Rolling Stone retracted the article.
Rolling Stone’s publisher Jann S. Wenner told the New York Times through a spokeswoman that “many factors go into a decision like this” when asked if Dana’s departure was related to the discredited rape article.