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Rolling Stone's Managing Editor Will Dana To Depart

Exit Comes Amid Continuing Fallout From Retracted 'Rape On Campus' Story

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The managing editor of Rolling Stone, Will Dana, will depart from the publication eight months after the magazine's now-retracted "A Rape on Campus" was published.

The New York Times' Ravi Somaiya reported the exit late Wednesday night, stating that Mr. Dana was "not leaving for another job, and his successor has not been named."

"When asked if the departure was linked to the controversy over the discredited article, Rolling Stone's publisher, Jann S. Wenner, said, via a spokeswoman, that "'many factors go into a decision like this,'" per Mr. Somaiya's report.

The 9,000-word longform feature, "A Rape on Campus," profiled the horrendous story of a gang rape and sexual violence at the University of Virginia, all based on one account of a source that went by the name Jackie.

After initial pushback on some of the reporting, the Washington Post published a report, along with many other publications, bringing more questions to the forefront. Earlier this year, the magazine retracted the piece in a statement from Mr. Dana.

The exit comes after the most recent result from the story's fallout in that three University of Virginia alumni sued the publication.

In a statement provided to the Times, Mr. Dana, who joined the magazine in 1996, stated, "It is time to move on."

"'It has been a great ride and I loved it even more than I imagined I would. I am as excited to see where the magazine goes next as I was in the summer of 1978 when I bought my first issue,'" via Mr. Somaiya's report.

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