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Atlantic’s Global Channel Welcomes Familiar Face

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Bob Cohn, editor of Atlantic Digital,  announced today that Uri Friedmandeputy managing editor at Foreign Policy, will rejoin the staff and taking the reins as editor of Atlantic’s Global channel. Global’s current editor,  Olga Khazan, will be moving to a writing role and Moisés Naím has been named contributing editor and will write for the Global channel.

For a look at the internal memo, follow the jump.

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The Atlantic to Hire for Video Team

This morning The Atlantic‘s Digital Editor Bob Cohn and VP and GM of Atlantic Digital Kim Lau announce the promotion of  Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, their newly named executive producer of Atlantic Video. Previously she was senior associate editor. She came to The Atlantic two years ago to launch and run a video channel. Cohn describes the “arduous” task she faced, sifting through the Internet and finding material that best suited the outlet while coping with a complex licensing process.

“Kasia is the ideal person to lead our efforts,” said Cohn in a memo.

Most important line: “We’ll be hiring for this team during the spring and summer.”

See where she’s been, what she’s done…

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Atlantic Announces New Hires, Promotions

Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet shot a memo to staff earlier today on behalf of him, Magazine Editor Scott Stossel, and Digital Editor Bob Cohn.

The purpose: To announce three hires and two internal moves.

The gist: The new editor of the Global Channel is WaPo‘s Olga Khazan. Elisa Glass joins as Art Director from Northern Virginia magazine. Now don’t f–k this up. Her name is EE-Lisa, pronounced like eBook. The third new hire is Esther Yi as associate editor. She was managing editor of Harvard’s The Crimson.

See the internal memo…

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Atlantic Digital Touts ‘Record-Setting’ Month

Forget the conventions. The powers that be at The Atlantic are giving their digital properties their own balloon drop in the form of a boastful afternoon release about their numbers.

The Atlantic‘s three digital properties posted what they are calling “a record-setting month” in August: TheAtlantic.com drew 10.8 million unique visitors, TheAtlanticWire.com  attracted 3.3 million unique visitors, and theTheAtlanticCities.com broke 1 million unique visitors for the first time since launching less than a year ago.

In a particularly bragilicious quote, Atlantic Digital Editor Bob Cohn says, “We had a terrific August on all three of our sites, both in terms of producing quality, must-share journalism and attracting our biggest-ever audiences. One thing I’m especially proud of is that no single story or set of stories drove our traffic. We were strong on all of our channels, and we did especially noteworthy work on topics ranging from the Olympics and the Mars Curiosity rover to the economy and the presidential campaign. Plus we had nice boosts from magazine stories, notably ‘Fear of a Black President’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates in our last issue.”

Using Omniture, they offered comparisons to a year ago: In August 2012, monthly unique visitors to TheAtlantic.com increased 57 percent compared to August 2011, while unique visitors were up 27 percent. (TheAtlanticCities.com launched in September 2011, so a yearly comparison is not available.)

The Atlantic Touts Growth on Digital Platforms

The Atlantic has seen a surge of traffic across its three online platforms at the start of 2012. Between TheAtlantic.com, TheAtlanticWire.com and TheAtlanticCities.com, the publication saw 14.3 million unique visitors in January, according to a press release.

TheAtlantic.com saw the most UVs with 10.1 million, a 98 percent increase from January 2011. But while TheAtlantic.com’s month-to-month traffic is up 15 percent, TheAtlanticCities.com’s is up the most at 40 percent.

“Our growth across the three sites proves to us that there doesn’t have to be a tradeoff between producing quality, ideas-based journalism and succeeding in the chaos of the digital world,” said Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital.

Atlantic Digital Hires 3, Promotes 1

Bob Cohn, Editorial Director for Atlantic Digital, has announced new hires and a promotion.

The hires: John Metcalf (from WJLA/Channel 7) — staff writer on Atlantic Cities, Matt Haber (The New York Observer among others like Salon, WCP, The Village Voice)– news editor of The Atlantic Wire and Jen Doll (The Village Voice blog, Runnin’ Scared)– senior writer for The Atlantic Wire (pictured above). The promotion is for Andrew Cohen. He moves from Correspondent to Contributing Editor of TheAtlantic.com.

Read the full internal memo…

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The Atlantic Poaches Gawker Editor

Gawker Editor Richard Lawson is going to work for The Atlantic Wire. He will be a senior writer covering entertainment and culture for the pub’s news- and opinion-tracking site. He starts on Nov. 2. This is the second time he has left Gawker — in 2009 he departed for CBS.com.

Lawson broke the news on the site today, reports Capital, inserting it into a post he wrote on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” He writes, “As it would happen tomorrow is my last day writing for this site,” Lawson wrote. “I am not departing this internet, of course. I’ll be at the Atlantic Wire next week.”

He also wrote something slightly self-revealing on Twitter early Tuesday morning: “I think I’m way less of the typical ‘Gawker writer’ than what comes to mind. This was a totally accidental job, after all.”

Lawson’s new editor had glowing things to say. “Richard is one of the finest writers I have worked with, and I am thrilled he is bringing his unique voice to The Atlantic Wire,” said Gabriel Snyder, the site’s editor.

Shocking so did Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital: “The Atlantic Wire is establishing itself as a great way for busy people to cut through the clutter to find the stories and ideas that matter most right now. Under Gabriel’s leadership, the site has more than doubled its traffic in the last year, and with the addition of Richard to the team, we’re ready to expand our reach and impact. Look for more great hires in the coming months.”

Lawson started at Gawker Media in 2007 as a sales coordinator in the ad department. He soon migrated over to editorial after establishing himself as one of the site’s “most popular” commenters, writing under the name LolCait, according to a release. Lawson has written for The Awl, The Guardian, and Out magazine.

The Atlantic Hooks Politico’s Ball

Politico‘s Molly Ball is headed to The Atlantic, where she will be a staff writer covering national politics for TheAtlantic.com. Before Politico she was a reporter for the Las Vegas-Review Journal and Las Vegas Sun. She attended Yale. Past reporting jobs have led her to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Cambodia and to the NYT and WaPo.

“Molly’s experience as a fast-moving political reporter will be a big benefit to our 2012 coverage,” said Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital Bob Cohn. “The voice and clarity she brings to her writing, combined with her instinct for cut-through-the-clutter analysis, make her a great fit at The Atlantic.”

Ball will work closely with channel editor Garance Franke-Ruta. Her first day is October 3.

Congratulations to Ball.

The Atlantic Chooses Business Editor Close to Home

TheAtlantic.com has hired Derek Thompson to be its new business editor. He’s a former fellow for The Atlantic. They say that his “instincts for creativity and rigor” make him qualified along with his work on the business team since 2009.

See the internal memo from Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital…

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The Atlantic Snags Garance Franke-Ruta

Garance Franke-Ruta,  for the last three years a WaPo politics editor and blogger is moving to The Atlantic next month.  No formal announcement has been made but news of the move was leaked by Bob Cohn over Twitter this afternoon.

“@1bobcohn: Great news: WaPo’s @thegarance is joining us @TheAtlantic as online politics editor. Starts next month.”

Prior to her gig at WaPo,  Franke-Ruta was a senior editor at the American Prospect as well as a senior writer at the Washington City Paper.

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