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The List of TNR Resignations Grows Amid Shake Up

It’s been a really, really bad week for The New Republic.

Following the resignation of Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier on Thursday, a slew of senior and contributing editors took to Twitter to announce that they would be following suit.

The shakeup comes a month after new leadership took over the progressive magazine.

The new CEO, Guy Vidra, former general manager for Yahoo News, and publisher/editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, reportedly wanted to take TNR in a new direction that didn’t align with the editors’ vision for the publication. The disagreement ultimately led to Foer and Wieseltier’s resignations…and now plenty of others. Read more

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Franklin Foer To Leave The New Republic

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Foer speaking at the Centennial Gala. Courtesy of New Republic.

Franklin Foer, editor of New Republic, sent out a staff email today announcing his resignation from the magazine.

Comrades,

The New Republic has been one of the great loves of my life–a set of ideas, a history, a collection of people I revere. I grew up here, made my best friends here, and learned so many profound lessons about the world in the process.

Part of the joy has been the struggle: We’ve fought to preserve an institution that was perpetually imperiled. It’s been hairy at moments, no doubt, but also exhilarating and immense fun. I’ve had an especially wonderful time these past two and half years. We’ve published essays and journalism that have actually, in moments, changed the world, or at least people’s opinions about the world. Read more

Guy Vidra Named CEO of The New Republic

Guy_Vidra_PhotoThe New Republic today named Guy Vidra its first CEO. Vidra comes from Yahoo News where he served as general manager and prior to that was head of business development at The Washington Post. 

“Guy is a highly respected innovator with deep experience who will build on our recent progress in redefining The New Republic for a new time,” said Chris Hughes, the publication’s owner.

Vidra added in a release, “I am eager to develop new products, push into new categories, and experiment with new approaches that will enhance and broaden our reach and deepen our relationship with readers.”

The release notes that Hughes will no longer serve as editor-in-chief of the publication but will remain as publisher and executive chairman. A TNR publicist has yet to respond to Fishbowl with whether Vidra will also take on that role or another hire for it will soon be announced.

UPDATE: TNR spokeswoman clarified that, “All divisions of the company — advertising, business development, technology, editorial, etc. — will report to Guy in the role of CEO, and Franklin Foer will continue to oversee editorial content and strategy in his role as Editor.”

The New Republic Celebrates 100 Years

TNR 100In celebration of its centennial, The New Republic will host a gala November 19 with a keynote from President Bill Clinton and co-hosted by Madeleine Albright, Christiane Amanpour, Harvard president Drew Faust, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, actor Peter Sarsgaard, “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, producer Aaron Sorkin, George Stephanopoulos, and Fareed Zakaria.

“The New Republic was created to shape the course of American life—and in the course of one hundred years, we’ve become an American institution,” said Franklin Foer, the magazine’s editor. “Our history has made a meaningful difference in public life and is worthy of tribute—and a big party!” Read more

Buetler to New Republic

Salon’s Brian Buetler has been picked up by The New Republic. From the press release:

Franklin Foer, Editor of The New Republic, announced today that Brian Beutler will join the company’s editorial team as a Senior Editor in April. At The New Republic, Beutler will write daily about U.S. politics and policy, with a focus on Congress, the White House, elections, and political movements. “Brian has that rare ability to both report, quickly and deeply, and to produce original analysis,” says Foer. “He’s one of Washington’s most promising talents.”  

Prior to Salon, Beutler worked Talking Points Memo as a Senior Congressional Reporter.  His first day will be April 7th.

TNR Names Jason Zengerle Senior Editor

ec814ca8-b81a-4d06-ab3c-e9cc84564510.imgJust four months after joining the not-so-old Politico Magazine as a senior staff writer, Jason Zengerle will join The New Republic as a senior editor.

In a TNR press release, Editor Franklin Foer says of Zengerle that, “Jason is a master of his craft…His pieces are unfailingly deep and almost always manage to stir conversation.”

Prior to Politico Magazine, Zengerle was a contributing editor at New York magazine and GQ. Zengerle spent the first 12 years of his career with TNR, so to hear of his return isn’t too surprising.

Also announced today is the addition of two new staff writers, Alice Robb and Danny Vinik. Robb, previously a fellow at The New Republic, will write about academia. Vinik, coming from Business Insider, will report on economic policy and politics.

Join us in offering a FishbowlDC congrats to Jason, Alice, and Danny!

Joe Scarborough Embraces TNR

TNR‘s Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer should probably go on “Morning Joe” more often, if for nothing else, to hear all the praise that host Joe Scarborough has to shower on him.

Sure hope Scarborough hasn’t forgotten about his first love: Politico.

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Nancy Pelosi Helps TNR Celebrate New Digs

Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.

“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).

Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.

Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”

Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.

The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.

Throughout the early evening, Chris Hughes, publisher of TNR, was seen… Read more

Separated at Birth: TNR’s Franklin Foer

Today we naturally pair up TNR Editor Franklin Foer and NYT‘s Nate Silver.

TNR Sparkles at Bibiana

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

The New Republic celebrated its relaunch last night at Bibiana Restaurant where politicos and journalists from print and TV mingled with bigwigs like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.J.) and Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist over hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The highlight of the evening: Answering the question, “Who is Franklin Foer?”

Meanwhile, we spoke to Publisher and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who was all smiles and relaxed. “I’m feeling super exited, energized,” he said, as we cornered him at the bar. “It’s a big moment for us.” Asked if he’s been sleeping, he replied, “I will sleep tonight.”

At around 7:30 p.m. FishbowlDC approached a man with glasses who we mistook for NYT‘s Nate Silver. We were all ready to ask if he was excited to be in the same room as Politico‘s Dylan Byers, who during the presidential election questioned whether Silver was a “one-term celebrity.”

The mystery man in question had a laugh with two other male attendees before denying that he was Silver. Except then he said he was Silver. Then said he wasn’t. Then someone else said he was. Finally, he identified himself as Franklin Foer, editor of TNR (pictured above). But by that point, we didn’t believe that either.

After consulting Google images, it was revealed that he was indeed Foer. It was our mistake, though Foer did acknowledge that he shares “some Semitic features” with Silver.

In a party speech, Hughes said the challenge ahead is to “produce a magazine 20 times a year that is as good” as the relaunch issue, which features an interview with President Obama. He called the TNR team “the best in the business” and said he wants the magazine to “become financially sustainable in the coming years.” In a moment that drew audible awes from the crowd, he admitted, “The day that Frank Foer agreed to come back to TNR was one of the best days of my life.”

Who showed up? See more pictures. Read more

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