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TheWire.com Folds into The Atlantic

Atlantic Media co-presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn yesterday announced to staff in a memo that TheWire.com’s staff and content will soon be folded into The Atlantic’s print and digital space.

Bennet and Cohn write in the memo:

“We are very proud of what The Wire has accomplished editorially, and we think that joining its aggressive, deft news coverage with The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism will provide a richer experience for The Atlantic’s readers, a firmer foundation for our ambitions to cover the news, and greater opportunities for growth for The Wire’s team. This decision is also driven by a recognition that the business strategy behind separating The Wire from The Atlantic simply hasn’t proven out. Experimenting with new revenue streams to support our journalism – like experimenting with new forms of reporting, storytelling, and distribution — has been essential to our progress across the ever-shifting media landscape; so too has moving quickly to face the facts, and to adjust, when an experiment isn’t working as we’d hoped.”

TheWire.com was launched in late 2013 from The Atlantic Wire, which was originally founded in 2009.

For the full memo, click on over to FishbowlNY.

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Increased Newsstand Sales, Website Traffic for The Atlantic

While newsstand sales in the magazine industry have fallen nearly 12 percent since the start of the year, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, single issue sales of The Atlantic were up 28% for its January – June/July issues, Atlantic co-presidents, editor-in-chief James Bennet and COO Bob Cohn announced today. July 2014 also bests March 2014 as the most trafficked month ever for TheAtlantic.com, with 17.8 million unique visitors.

The Atlantic also reports that its website traffic has increased by more than 80 percent since July 2012 and that video plays have tripled since 2012.

The Atlantic’s September issue – with a focus on education – will be released this Thursday.

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The Atlantic to Explore Global Innovation in Abu Dhabi

The Atlantic today announced its first ever international event, slated for this fall in Abu Dhabi. ”What’s Next? Navigating Global Challenges with the Innovation Generation” is planned for November 5 and will address the ideas and leadership behind global innovation.

“Abu Dhabi is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the Middle East, the perfect place for our conference on global innovation,” said Bob Cohn, co-president and COO of The Atlantic.

The plan, as of now, is for a day-long conversation on best practices in international innovation, and to explore ideas and techniques for advancing global connectivity and cyber resilience, unmanned flight and vehicular technologies, STEM learning in the Middle East, clean energy, and international partnerships, among other topics.

Media inquires can be directed to Anna Bross.

NPR’s Margaret Low Smith Named President of AtlanticLIVE

md2qtgdoloqe8n04c95kNPR’s Margaret Low Smith was named VP of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLIVE, its events division. In this role, she’ll oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE and lead Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and head of LIVE content, and Emily Akhtarzandi, the LIVE sales team’s managing director of business development. Smith replaces Elizabeth Baker Keffer, founding president of AtlanticLIVE, who left for the Chicago-based investment firm BDT & Company in February 2014.

For NPR, Smith ran a division of nearly 400 journalists as its senior vice president for news since early 2011. Read more

The Atlantic Announces Record Growth for Newsstand Sales and Website Traffic

Atlantic president and editor-in-chief James Bennet and president and COO Bob Cohn yesterday announced record growth for newsstand sales and website traffic for The Atlantic. Over last year, two of this year’s issues have more than doubled 2013 sales while five issues are up 25 percent.

Ta-Nehisi Coates June cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” set a single-day audience record for a magazine story on TheAtlantic.com. Read more

Atlantic Names Dashiell Bennett Editor of The Wire

Dashiell BennettAtlantic Presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn announced today that news editor Dashiell Bennett has been named editor of The Wire, its site that tracks “what matters now” in politics, business, tech, and entertainment. He has been with the site since 2011.

“We looked long and hard for the best person to run The Wire,” said Bennet and Cohn in a release. “In the end, Dash combined the deepest understanding of the core mission of the site with the clearest vision for its possibilities. And while our search was underway, he demonstrated his leadership ability by helping our writers steadily sharpen their work and continue to grow their audience.”

Bennett was previously a senior editor for Deadspin and Business Insider and has written for Gawker, The Onion, and Slate, among others.

The Wire has added four staff writers this year: Adam Chandler, covering politics and culture; Arit John, writing politics and national security; Polly Mosendz, offering articles on technology and business; and David Sims, reporting on television and movies.

TheAtlantic.com Has Best Month Ever

The AtlanticIt seems Q1 has been kind to The Atlantic this year. The mag today is touting what it says are record numbers across its digital properties. According to an announcement by newly minted co-Presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn, March was “the best month of traffic in the history of the site”:

During March 2014, TheAtlantic.com attracted 16.6 million unique visitors, an increase of 34% year over year. Thecurrent magazine cover story, “The Overprotected Kid” by national correspondent Hanna Rosin, is also setting records for a single story at TheAtlantic.com – with more unique visitors, and more social shares, in its first two weeks online than any previous piece on the site. The Atlantic’s three sites – TheAtlantic.com, Atlantic Cities and The Wire – now reach nearly 24 million unique monthly visitors.

Bennet and Cohn also said that advertising revenue across all platforms was up 39% over this same time last year, and that print circulation had increased from last year. Read the whole announcement after the jump…

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J.J. Gould Named Atlantic Digital Editor

Newly installed Atlantic co-presidents Bob Cohn and James Bennett announced today that  J.J. Gould will be the new editor for TheAtlantic.com. Cohn was formerly the digital editor, while Gould had been executive editor for the site.

Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, and he has also written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow TimesThe Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory.

The move comes amid much reshuffling over at Atlantic Media. The departure of Bruce Gottlieb led to a game of musical chairs at the top of the masthead earlier this month, and just yesterday we reported that CTO Tom Cochran had left to go to the State Department.

 

Bradley Installs ‘Next Generation of Leadership” at The Atlantic

Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley announced today that James Bennet and Bob Cohn have been named Co-Presidents of The Atlantic.

Bennet will retain his current title of Editor-in-Chief while Cohn will take on the title of COO as well as co-president. He will transition from digital editor to preside over all business operations, including AtlanticLIVE and The Wire.

Bradley also announced that Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf would become Co-President’s of Quartz, Atlantic’s digital business publication. They are and will continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher respectively.

“With these promotions, we are all but complete in installing a next generation of leadership at Atlantic Media,” Bradley said.

Earlier this month, he appointed yet another pair of co-presidents during a round of promotions at National Journal Group. NJ Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve and Publisher Poppy MacDonald added Co-President to their existing titles, while Tim Hartman was promoted to CEO.

Promotions All Around at TheAtlantic.com

TheAtlantic.com has three newly minted Senior Editors.

According to an announcement from Atlantic Digital Editor Bob CohnRebecca Rosen is now Senior Editor and Editor of the website’s Business channel. She had spent the past three years as a Tech writer and producer.

Eleanor Barkhorn, who launched the Education channel last September, is now Senior Editor as well as continuing her role as editor of the Education channel.

And Chris Heller is now Senior Associate Editor for the site. He had been Associate Editor, and was tasked with integrating social media into the newsroom.

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