Editor Evan Serpick is leaving City Paper to become the director of strategic communications for the Open Society Institute. His last day will be Aug. 19.
"For a kid who grew up idolizing the City Paper, this has been a dream job and I'll miss it," he said. "I've gotten to work with so many smart, talented people and I'm truly proud of the work we've done together, especially during the momentous events of this year."
Drew Kondylas, recently appointed as general manager of the paper, said of the move: "For more than three years, Evan has helped the editorial team at Baltimore City Paper continue a legacy of great writing and terrific reporting. We're excited for Evan as he starts his new journey with an organization that is actively pursuing positive change in Baltimore."
After previous stints as a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly, an associate editor at Rolling Stone, and a senior editor at Baltimore magazine, Serpick joined City Paper in 2012, following the departure of Lee Gardner.
During his tenure, he guided the paper through its sale from Times-Shamrock to Baltimore Sun Media Group.
It was during that transition when the owners at Times-Shamrock censored City Paper content and Serpick owned up to spiking a negative review of country star Jason Aldean after receiving pressure from advertisers.
In his three years, Serpick demonstrated a willingess to change the paper, founded in 1977. City Paper has grown to be a more web-savvy publication, with more frequent blog and photo gallery offerings. New sections, such as Baltimore City Power Rankings and City Folk, became regular parts of the paper.
More recently, Serpick decided to cut the long-running cartoon Maakies because the strip had become offensive. In a post explaining the decision, Serpick discussed the changing culture of alt weeklies and how the crude humor that helped such papers establish their footing was no longer acceptable.
"[I]f alt weeklies are to survive—and whether or not they will is a very open question—they'll have to stop relying on the same old tired stuff, no matter how great it once was," he wrote. "Times have changed and we can do better."