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Career Beat: Julia Ioffe joins The New York Times Magazine

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Julia Ioffe will be a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was a senior editor of The New Republic. Jaime Fuller is joining New York magazine. She writes for The Fix blog at The Washington Post. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig will be a staff writer at The New Republic. She is a Ph.D. student at Brown University. (Politico)
  • Betsy Andrews will be editor-at-large at Organic Life. Previously, she was an executive editor of Saveur magazine. Karen Shimizu will be a deputy editor at Organic Life. Previously, she was a senior editor at Saveur magazine. (Fishbowl NY)
  • Eric Engleman is now technology editor at Politico Pro’s Pro Technology. Previously, he was deputy editor there. Tony Romm will be a senior technology reporter at Politico Pro’s Politico Pro Technology. Previously, he was a technology reporter there. (Email)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for a photographer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Steve Korioth named news director at WVVA-TV

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Steve Korioth is now news director at WVVA in Bluefield, West Virginia. Previously, he was interim news director there. (Rick Gevers)
  • Theodore Ross is now features director at The New Republic. Previously, he was a freelance writer for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and Vice. (Poynter)
  • Kim Komenich is now an assistant professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University. Previously, he was an assistant professor of new media studies at San Jose State University. (NPPA)

Job of the day: The Seattle Times is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Here’s where all those New Republic staffers are going

The messy and public firing of New Republic editor Franklin Foer in December prompted a wave of resignations from staffers at the magazine who foreswore the leadership of incoming editor Gabriel Snyder.

A running tally of journalists who resigned in protest compiled by New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza included many from the upper ranks of the magazine. In Lizza’s in-depth documenting TNR’s implosion, it was clear that a tug-of-war over the company’s digital strategy between new management and the old guard was a source of much friction. Vidra wanted to build a “vertically integrated digital media company,” and staffers were worried that journalism would receive short shrift. Here’s an anonymous source in Lizza’s story:

The editors were hardly opposed to giving greater attention to digital media, but they came to believe that Hughes was losing interest in the actual content of T.N.R.’s journalism and cultural criticism. “The only compliment Chris or Guy ever said about a piece was that it ‘did well,’ or it ‘travelled well,’ ” one of the staffers who resigned said. “If we had published Nietzsche’s ‘Birth of Tragedy,’ the only question would be, ‘Did it travel well?’ ‘Yes, Wagner tweeted it.’”

In the months since, several the staffers from The New Republic have landed on their feet at companies that look very much like the ones Snyder and Vidra are trying to build. And they’re poised to do work similar to the work they did at TNR. Here are some examples:

Leon Wieseltier, formerly literary editor at The New Republic, is now a contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic.

Alec MacGillis, formerly a senior editor at The New Republic, is now a staff writer at Slate.

Greg Veis and Rachel Morris, both executive editors at The New Republic, have joined The Huffington Post to help the company produce longform journalism and investigations. They are joined by former New Republic writer Jonathan Cohn.

What will the reimagined New Republic look like? Shortly after the falling out with Foer and staff, New Republic CEO Guy Vidra told Poynter he didn’t want The New Republic to resemble BuzzFeed, but that he admired the explainer-driven site Vox greatly. Read more

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Career Beat: Audrey Cooper named EIC of San Francisco Chronicle

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Audrey Cooper is now editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. Previously, she was managing editor there. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Ann Curry will develop a media startup funded by NBC Universal. Previously, she was a national and international correspondent at NBC News. (New York Times)
  • Steven Komarow has been named news director for Roll Call. Previously, he was an editor at Bloomberg. (PR Newswire)
  • Jason Zengerle is now a political correspondent at GQ. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic. (Email)
  • Jennifer Henrichsen is a technology fellow at Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. Previously, she was a research fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. (Email)

Job of the day: BuzzFeed is looking for a Geeky Staff Writer. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed)

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Career Beat: Joe Germuska named Knight Lab interim director

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Joe Germuska will be interim director at the Knight Lab. Previously, he was director of software engineering there. (Knight Lab)
  • Millie Tran is now a writer for BuzzFeed’s news apps team. Previously, she was editorial coordinator at the American Press Institute. (Email)
  • Noah Kotch is senior editor and director of video at The Washington Post. Previously, he was chief content officer at Vocativ. (Washington Post)
  • Suzette Moyer will be a senior designer at The Washington Post. Previously, she was creative director of Bay magazine at the Tampa Bay Times. Carey Jordan will be a designer at The Washington Post. Previously, she was art director at Washington City Paper. (Washington Post)
  • Josef Reyes will be creative director at Foreign Policy. Currently, he is art director at Wired. Sean Naylor is now a senior reporter at Foreign Policy. Previously, he was a senior writer at Army Times. Amanda Silverman is a print story editor at Foreign Policy. Previously, she was deputy editor at The New Republic. Ilya Lozovsky is assistant editor for Democracy Lab at Foreign Policy. He has written for CNN’s Global Public Square. (Email)
  • Kurt Soller is now editor of the Etc. section at Bloomberg Businessweek. Previously, he was deputy editor there. (Email)
  • Karen McKay is a senior account director at Vox Media. Previously, she was national sales director for RealClearPolitics. (Email)
  • Cathy Horyn is now critic-at-large at The Cut. Previously, she was a fashion critic at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Colby Smith will be vice president for ABC News Digital. Previously, he was director of business development for ABC News Digital. (Email)

Job of the day: High Country News is looking for a reporter in Washington, D.C. Get your résumés in! (High Country News)

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Career Beat: HuffPost adds three from The New Republic

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Tiffani Lupenski is now news director for KGTV in San Diego. Previously, she was news director for KATU in Portland, Oregon. (Rick Gevers)
  • Greg Veis has joined The Huffington Post. Previously, he was an executive editor at The New Republic. Rachel Morris has joined The Huffington Post. Previously, she was an executive editor at The New Republic. Jonathan Cohn has joined The Huffington Post. Previously, he was a writer for The New Republic. (The New York Times)
  • Kevin Uhrmacher has joined The Washington Post’s graphics team. Previously, he was an intern at The Washington Post. John Muyskens will join the graphics team at The Washington Post. He is a graduate of Calvin College. (Washington Post)
  • Lee Glendinning is now head of news for Guardian U.S. He is deputy editor there. (Capital New York)
  • Susan Svrluga will anchor “grade point,” a higher education blog from The Washington Post. Previously, she covered Virginia’s outer suburbs. (Washington Post)
  • Minju Pak will be managing editor of T Magazine. Previously, she was copy chief of WSJ magazine. (New York Times)
  • Sasha Frere-Jones will be executive editor at Genius. Previously, he was pop music critic for The New Yorker. (New York Times)
  • Cap Watkins is now vice president of design at BuzzFeed. He has worked for Etsy, Amazon, and Formspring. (Fast Company)

Job of the day: The Dallas Morning News is looking for a city hall reporter. Get your résumés in! (Poynter)

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Career Beat: The New Republic adds 4 staffers

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Jamil Smith will be a senior editor at The New Republic. He’s a producer at MSNBC. Elspeth Reeve will be a senior editor at The New Republic. Previously, she was a senior writer at Racket. Bijan Stephen will be an associate editor at The New Republic. Previously, he was an editorial assistant at Vanity Fair. Cathy Park Hong will be poetry editor at The New Republic. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. (Poynter)
  • Alex Pareene will be special projects editor at Gawker Media. Previously, he was executive editor of The Racket. (Poynter)
  • Gregory Gittrich is chief content officer at Vocativ. Previously, he was founding general manager and editor of NBC News Digital. (Poynter)
  • David Allan will be editorial director of Health and Wellness at CNN Digital. Previously, he was a managing editor at BBC.com. (Poynter)
  • Larry Ingrassia will be associate editor at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was a deputy managing editor at The New York Times. (Poynter)
  • Tim Cavanaugh will be news editor at the Washington Examiner. Previously, he was news editor for National Review. Paige Winfield Cunningham will be a health care reporter for the Washington Examiner. Previously, she covered health care for Politico. Tara Copp will cover defense for the Washington Examiner. Previously, she was a defense analyst for the Government Accountability Office. (Fishbowl DC)

Job of the day: The Odessa (Texas) American is looking for a police reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Marilyn Thompson will be deputy editor at Politico

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Leon Wieseltier will be a contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. Previously, he was literary editor at The New Republic. (Poynter)
  • George Rodrigue will be editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Previously, he was assistant news director for WFAA. (Poynter)
  • Marilyn Thompson will be deputy editor at Politico. She’s currently Washington bureau chief for Reuters. Maura Reynolds is now White House editor at Politico. Previously, she was an editor at Bloomberg. (Email)
  • Peter Jamison is now a metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Nigel Duara is now a southwest correspondent at the Los Angeles Times. He was a reporter at The Associated Press. Noah Bierman will cover the California congressional delegation for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was a congressional reporter for The Boston Globe. (Email)
  • Aaron LaBerge is now chief technology officer at ESPN. Previously, he was senior vice presidet of technology and product development there. (ESPN)
  • Dianna Heitz will be senior multi-platform editor at CNN Politics Digital. She is a deputy managing editor at Politico. (Email)
  • Chris Montgomery is now a Web developer at Billy Penn. Previously, he was a Web developer for Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. (Billy Penn)
  • Jim Rainey is now a senior film reporter at Variety. Previously, he was a reporter at The Los Angeles Times. (Variety)
  • Bill Siegel will be director of news strategy for The E.W. Scripps Company. He is news director for WWL. (The E.W. Scripps Company)
  • Fred Poust will be senior vice president of conferences and business development at Forbes. Previously, he was chief marketing officer for the Clinton Global Initiative. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Virginian-Pilot is looking for an urban reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Leon Wieseltier joins The Atlantic

Leon Wieseltier, the former New Republic literary editor in charge of the magazine’s books and arts coverage, has joined The Atlantic as a contributing editor and critic, the magazine announced Monday.

Wieseltier, a longtime New Republic editor, was among the first to announce his departure from the magazine during a shakeup that included the ousting of then-editor Franklin Foer.

At The Atlantic, Wieseltier will “write for the magazine and the Web site, across his customary wide range of subjects,” according to a press release from The Atlantic.

Here’s the full release:

Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2015)— The veteran writer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier is joining The Atlantic as contributing editor and critic, James Bennet, president and editor in chief of The Atlantic, announced today. In his new role, Wieseltier will write for the magazine and the Web site, across his customary wide range of subjects. He will be reunited with his former colleague at The New Republic, Ann Hulbert, the literary editor of The Atlantic.

“For a generation of editors and writers, Leon has helped define standards for piercing criticism of culture and society,” said Bennet. “There is no writer better equipped – by dint of erudition, wit, and forcefulness – to fill the role of critic for The Atlantic.”

Wieseltier comes to The Atlantic from The New Republic, where he served as literary editor for the last thirty-one years. He is the author of several books including Nuclear War, Nuclear Peace, Against Identity and Kaddish, a widely acclaimed hybrid of memoir, philosophy and religious history. He has published translations of modern Hebrew poetry as well as influential essays on culture, politics, religion, foreign policy, and national security

In 2013, Wieseltier was awarded the Dan David Prize, which recognizes three honorees each year for outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on the world. In describing Wieseltier’s accomplishments, the judges wrote, he is “a foremost writer and thinker who confronts and engages with the central issues of our times, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion.”

Wieseltier is a member of the Editorial Board of the Jewish Review of Books. He has taught and lectured at many universities, and this spring is teaching at Harvard Law School.

Wieseltier joins The Atlantic at a time of expansion for the brand’s culture coverage. Along with Hulbert, The Atlantic’s culture writers and editors include Sophie Gilbert, Spencer Kornhaber, Megan Garber, Lenika Cruz, Joe Reid, and David Sims; James Parker, a contributing editor and author of the magazine’s Omnivore column; Senior Editor and Film Critic Christopher Orr; and Contributors Sarah Boxer, Deborah Cohen, William Deresiewicz, Caitlin Flanagan, Nathaniel Rich, among others.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, to Holocaust survivors, Wieseltier attended Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford Universities. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Jennifer Bradley, who will soon join the Aspen Institute as director of the Center for Urban Innovation, and their son.

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Career Beat: Joel Lovell joins ‘This American Life,’ The Atavist

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community.

  • Joel Lovell will join “This American Life” and The Atavist. He was editing special projects for The New York Times. (Huffington Post)
  • Hernán Rozemberg will be editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current. He is metro editor for the Lafayette Journal and Courier. (Media Moves)
  • Mike Wilson will be editor of The Dallas Morning News. He’s the managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. (Poynter)
  • Byron Pitts has been named co-anchor of “Nightline.” Pitts is chief national correspondent at ABC News. (Huffington Post)
  • Ben Pershing will be editor at National Journal Daily. He’s the Washington editor at National Journal. Tim Alberta is now a senior political correspondent at National Journal. Previously, he was senior editor of National Journal Hotline. Shane Goldmacher is a senior political correspondent for National Journal. Previously, he was a congressional correspondent there. Sacha Scoblic will be copy chief at National Journal. Previously, she was a copy editor at The New Republic. (Email)
  • Ian Bremmer is now foreign affairs columnist and editor at large at Time. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group. (Email)
  • Tasneem Raja is now senior digital editor at NPR. She is interactive editor at Mother Jones. (Email)

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