Besides being Rookie’s story editor, Ms. Alani is married to the radio personality Ira Glass. Early in Rookie’s development, Mr. Glass advised Tavi and Steve Gevinson as they were working out an ownership deal with Say Media, the company that backs Ms. Pratt’s site, xoJane.
Mr. Glass recalled overhearing conversations between his wife and the Gevinsons and deciding to intervene. “None of them had been involved with setting up a business or an intellectual property deal like this,” he said, adding that he found the terms offered by Say “disheartening.” (In a statement, the company maintained that it was a “standard media ownership structure.”)
Mr. Glass helped convince the Gevinsons that they could operate independently, and ultimately they parted ways with Say and Ms. Pratt, who appears on Rookie’s masthead as “fairy godmother.”
(Source: The New York Times)