NEW YORK – November 1, 2018 – FanSided announced today that Jason Cole has been named Editor-in-Chief of FanSided.com, effective immediately. In his new role, Cole will manage content and editorial operations for the flagship site, FanSided.com, a premier destination for fans of sports and entertainment.
“Jason is one of the most talented and respected journalists in our industry and we’re thrilled to have him leading our team at FanSided.com,” says Patrick Allen, VP of Content and Strategy for FanSided. Whether it’s breaking news, columns, features or video, Jason has done it all and we’re excited to be adding someone with such a proven track record of delivering great content.”
Cole brings more than 25 years of experience as a writer, editor and educator. He carved a reputation as a top NFL beat and investigative reporter in a career that began in 1992 with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Herald, Yahoo! Sports and Bleacher Report. A selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cole has authored or co-authored six books, including Heart for the Game with Simon Keith and Giant: The Road to the Super Bowl with Plaxico Burress.
Cole will work closely with Allen in the development of tentpole events such as The Fandom 250 and Fan of the Year, as well as working with the product team to develop and test new technologies that will enhance content as well as user experience. Cole, who joins the team with years of experience, will continue to develop the site’s voice and identity and build on the momentum of a strong 2018, during which FanSided.com grew 22% in users and 118% in pageviews year over year in October, while subscriber growth across all social and email platforms totals over 6 million.
“As a former NFL beat reporter I know how much the home team means to its fans,” says Cole. “FanSided has built and grown a powerful platform that connects the most passionate fans to their teams in fresh, original ways. Our priority is to continue to meet that rabid appetite for conversation, debate and enlightenment around the more than 300 communities that we cover, and continue FanSided’s successful expansion into not just new sports communities, but also new corners of the pop culture zeitgeist. There is still so much opportunity to be mined here.”
Jason works out of FanSided’s editorial headquarters located in Chicago.
FanSided is one of the fastest growing network of fandom-focused sports, entertainment and lifestyle sites on the internet. Launched by two brothers who wanted to put their own spin on the coverage of their beloved Kansas City Chiefs, FanSided grew to be a thriving collection of more than 300 communities dedicated to bringing together fans to share their common passions. In May of 2015, the company was acquired by Time Inc. In November of 2018, Time Inc. was acquired by Meredith Corp.
FanSided believes everyone is a fan of something. That is why we’ve collected the most passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated editorial voices to lead our sites. Our thought-leading content creators belong to the fandoms they cover, giving our sites the best team-specific, sport-specific, genre-specific, and fanbase-specific coverage possible. The results speak for themselves. FanSided has exploded in popularity in an era where people are using technology to connect, making it easy for fans to digest the content they want, when they want it across all of their favorite verticals. And we’re just getting started.
Kari Stephenson: 646/864.6992; Kari.Stephenson@meredith.com