Alan Rusbridger to step down as Guardian editor

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Written by Alex Veeneman

The editor of The Guardian newspaper, Alan Rusbridger, has announced that he is stepping down from his position.

Rusbridger, in a message on the social networking site Twitter, said he would step down next year. A statement from The Guardian said he would be going to chair The Scott Trust, effective in 2016 when its current chair, Liz Forgan, reaches the end of her term.




In that statement, Rusbridger said The Guardian’s journalism would be in safe hands.

“In global journalism, there are a handful of roles that have the capability to redefine our industry,” Rusbridger said. “I am privileged to have held one of those roles for 20 years, a period in which successful newspapers have become global content providers, reaching audiences in dramatically new and valuable ways. We have strong future leaders in place with unparalleled news and digital experience, and I know that our journalism will be in the best possible hands.”

As soon as the announcement was confirmed, tributes were paid on Twitter by his Guardian colleagues, as well as student journalists and observers of the industry. The Scott Trust will appoint Rusbridger’s successor, the statement added.



Rusbridger will be remembered for helping The Guardian expand its digital innovations, particularly utilising open journalism as a value of the paper’s output, through interaction with readers online as well as on social media platforms, including Twitter.

Rusbridger will also be known for the paper’s expansion into Australia and the United States, as well as the controversy surrounding the publication of documents leaked by the former US security contractor, Edward Snowden.

These are now interesting times for The Guardian, with the question on what chapter it will take next. One thing is guaranteed is Rusbridger’s legacy and influence within the last 20 years, which will likely remain to be a mainstay for the paper for many years.

What do you think? How has Alan Rusbridger changed The Guardian? What is the paper’s future? Have your say in the comments section below.