Lifehacker's Jager on the move to Finder

By Craig Daveson in Media News on
Lifehacker editor Chris Jager is moving on to a new role as reviews senior editor at Finder. 
Having joined Lifehacker in 2013, Jager previously worked at Haymarket Media where he contributed to PC & Tech Authority, iTnews and CRN. 
When former Lifehacker editor Angus Kidman left to become Finder’s editor-in-chief in 2015, Jager then stepped up and has served as editor ever since.
Now when he starts at Finder come March 2, Jager will be reunited with his former boss. 
Among his top moments at the publication, learning hand to hand combat from action movie star Dolph Lundgren and driving an actual WWII tank rated among the highest, though Jager is still not positive how the tank part can be interpreted as a ‘life hack’. 
“I employed a defensive technique from the aforementioned Dolph Lundgren class during an attempted mugging in Wollongong,” said Jager. 
“I managed to save my friend's purse but was punched in the head for my troubles. Results inconclusive.”
Despite the name, there is much more to Lifehacker than just simple tips or tricks, and Jager shared some advice for anyone looking to fill his shoes when he finishes on February 28.
“I think the most important quality is being able to predict trends before they enter the zeitgeist,” said Jager. 
“When lots of people first start googling a topic, Lifehacker should already have an answer for them. The site covers a lot more than just tech, so you also need to be across food, sports, personal finance, relationships, general life hacks and anything else humans care about.”
“Being a boss at SEO also helps.”
Finder’s editor-in-chief Angus Kidman added “Chris is an amazing writer and editor, and we're thrilled he's jumping on board the Finder rocketship to help supercharge our reviews content.”
“Finder's already a big player in the reviews space, and we have ambitious plans to build on that base.”
Chris Jager can be found on Twitter at @JagerChris, and Pedestrian is hiring for its Australian Lifehacker editor here

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