Articles about "The New Republic"


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.
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Career Beat: Newsday makes 2 executive appointments

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

  • Paul Likins is now vice president of digital operations at Newsday Media Group. Previously, he was head of revenue operations and programmatic solutions for Wenner Media. Stefanie Angeli is now senior director of national sales at Newsday Media Group. She previously led sales at Mom365.com. (Email)
  • Gregg Birnbaum is now managing editor, head of political content at New York Daily News. He is a deputy managing editor at Politico. (Email)
  • Matt Cooper is now politics editor at Newsweek. He has covered the White House for Time, The New Republic and U.S. News and World Report. Ross Schneiderman is now a senior editor at Newsweek. He has contributed to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Jonathan Broder is now a senior writer at Newsweek. Previously, he was the defense and foreign policy editor at Congressional Quarterly. Winston Ross is now a national correspondent for Newsweek.
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The Rocky Mountain News may return

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Rocky II?

    "Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News." (Denver Business Journal) | Denver Post Publisher Mac Tully: "We're going to continue to do what we do — which is award-winning journalism — and wish them the best of luck." (The Denver Post) | Hiya, Rocky. (Rocky Mountain News)

  2. Fraud threatens digital advertising gains

    "Up to 50 percent of publisher traffic is bot activity, just fake clicks from automated computing programs. ... Digital advertising will take in $43.8 billion next year, and $6.3 billion will be based on the fraudulent activity." (Adweek)

  3. Matthew Kaminski will lead Politico's Europe operation

    Kaminski is on The Wall Street Journal's editorial board. Politico and German partner Axel Springer have purchased European Voice, which they'll rebrand as Politico. Better get used to hitting that caps lock, European Voice staffers!

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Guy Vidra: ‘change does not mean discarding your principles’

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In a letter to New Republic readers, CEO Guy Vidra talks about his vision for the publication. Vidra and New Republic owner Chris Hughes removed Franklin Foer as editor of the publication last week, and many staffers resigned in protest.

Before a press tour Monday, Vidra and Hughes had mostly expressed their plan for the publication with jargon like “vertically integrated digital media company.”

In his post, Vidra notes he “started my career in journalism” and says “I firmly believe that those who say that this publication was only ever meant to reach a small audience are wrong.” He praises the magazine’s past accomplishments, including its “an unparalleled back of the book,” and promises to provide “depth.”

But: “we will begin to tell our stories more effectively in other ways,” he writes.

When we spend the time and energy to do a longform piece, we will create formats for our readers to engage with that information outside of print.

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Glenn Greenwald will live-blog the torture report

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. U.S. Senate will release torture report today

    Glenn Greenwald will live-blog. (The Intercept) | Former intelligence machers launch a website to respond to criticism. (Foreign Policy)

  2. Chris and Guy's press tour

    New Republic owner Chris Hughes and CEO Guy Vidra went on a press blitz Monday. Vidra told me remaining staffers at the in-turmoil publication were enthusiastic about its new direction after a Q&A on Friday. (Poynter) | He told Joe Nocera Vox was something like what he wanted to build under the New Republic brand. Nocera then gets browsing. "After we spoke, I went to the Vox website. I scrolled down until I saw a headline that stopped me cold. 'Everybody farts,' it read. 'But here are 9 surprising facts about flatulence you may not know.' Goodbye, New Republic." (NYT) | Another blast: I just read the word "farts" in The New York Times.

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TNR doesn’t want to be BuzzFeed. But maybe Vox

The first thing I asked New Republic CEO Guy Vidra to do was to explain his vision for the company in plain English. “It is unfortunate that our vision for the company has not been articulated clearly enough, and I take full responsibility,” he said.

He also says it “is just not right” that he was looking to boot New Republic Editor Franklin Foer from the moment he started at the company. Foer lost his job last week in a messy coup followed by many staffers resigning from the company.

His plan? “We need to succeed in digital,” Vidra said. “What that means in reality is to take technology, to take experimentation in digital, and to leverage all of that in the service of great journalism.”

That could take the form of expanded presentations of longform stories, for instance. “This publication has primarily focused on print,” he said, emphasizing that the printed magazine is “not going away.”

But he foresees digital- and print-focused editorial people collaborating with one another as well as with engineers and people in other departments when figuring out how they want to tell stories. Read more

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Rolling Stone’s lawyers were OK with UVA rape story

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. How Rolling Stone blew the UVA rape story

    Managing Editor Will Dana says "he, other editors and fact-checkers felt that Jackie was credible, and the magazine’s lawyers had no problems with it, so the magazine ran it." (NYT) | The magazine amended its original apology to take blame for the mistakes it originally attributed to its source, Jackie. Compare the notes. (Diff Checker) | Erik Wemple: "Fire the Rolling Stone editors who worked on this story." (WP) | Matt Taibbi: "People also need to understand that the mistake here did not involve the fact-checking department." (@mtaibbi) | Rolling Stone succumbed to confirmation bias, Judith Shulevitz argues: "Erdely and her editors were all in the grip of a myth. ... they had never subjected their beliefs to the test of falsifiability." (CJR) | Jay Rosen: "Watch out, journalists.

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Drama at The New Republic, in 11 headlines

Here’s what happened starting yesterday at The New Republic, and here are nine headlines we’ve seen since. (It was originally seven. I’m adding as we go here.)

Mashable:

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Huffington Post:

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New York:

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Muck Rack:

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Politico:

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Daily Beast:

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Gawker:

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Capital New York (via Media Pro newsletter, subscription required):

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Bloomberg:

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Mashable:

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The Nation:

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‘Dark social’ is mostly Facebook

Good morning. The weekend awaits. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. “Dark social” = Facebook

    For years, publishers couldn't identify the source of a hunk of their traffic. Chartbeat this week "flipped a switch on its real-time dashboard to place that traffic in its proper bucket"; “We saw mobile Facebook traffic increase by about 40% on sites with big Facebook presences,” its chief data scientist, Josh Schwartz, said. (Marketing Land) | "The only question is how much Facebook traffic you’re not counting," Alexis Madrigal writes. (Fusion) | "Dark social comprises only a small percent of overall desktop traffic, but commands a fairly significant chunk of mobile traffic." (Chartbeat) | "That kind of dependence on a single site raises all kinds of issues." (Gigaom)

  2. J-school student arrested in NYC Garner protests

    City University of New York grad student Desiree Mathurin reported on a protest at the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday night and got popped with 82 others.

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Franklin Foer leaves The New Republic

New Republic Editor Franklin Foer told staffers in an email Thursday that he is leaving the publication. Gabriel Snyder will be the new editor, New Republic CEO Guy Vidra tells staffers in a memo. (An earlier version of this post said the publication would move to New York. Please see correction below.) It will also cut print frequency. His memo follows, too.

Snyder “reflects the ‘straddle generation’ of journalists and editors who remain deeply rooted in the qualities of traditional journalism…but also understands what it takes to create content that will travel across all platforms,” Vidra writes. The publication will be reimagined as a “vertically integrated digital media company,” and “we will also be making some changes to staff structure.”

Given this digital focus, it shouldn’t be a problem that Ryan Lizza asked to be taken off the masthead via Twitter.

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