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.
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Atlantic 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.
Last night’s “Atlantic Exchange” featured venture capitalist Marc Andreessen in conversation with The Atlantic‘s President and Editor-in-Chief James Bennet at DC start-up incubator 1776 (if you haven’t yet been, check it out!). Andreessen and Bennet explored a range of topics including the value of bitcoin and the future of Twitter.
Full coverage of the conversation will be available here.
Claire Shipman and Katty Kay spoke to an audience at Sixth & I Monday evening about their book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, which is also the cover story of The Atlantic’s May issue. In it, Shipman and Kay argue that women still lag behind in terms of both earnings and workplace leadership because they are less confident than men.
The conversation was moderated by Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet.
Last night at Sixth & I Synagogue, The Atlantic presented “American Futures,” a conversation with Atlantic National Correspondent James Fallows and his wife, author Deborah Fallows, about their travels across America in a propeller-driven plane documenting small towns.
In the current issue of The Atlantic, James documents his case “for why cities work when Washington doesn’t,” through conversations with mayors, librarians, and YMCA employees – among others -in cities including Greenville, SC, Burlington, Vt., and Sioux Falls, SD.
“We’re looking for places that were not in the first tier for national media attention,” said James. “Not East Coast or West Coast cities where most of the news is or where most of the talent tend to migrate.”
The Fallowses, who solicited destinations online, received more than 1,000 suggestions of small towns for which to visit that were experiencing dramatic economic, cultural, and social changes. For more on their journey across America, click here.
It 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…
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.
Veteran political commentator and author David Frum is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor beginning March 31, editor-in-chief James Bennet announced yesterday. In his new role, Frum will write for the website and magazine and participate in Atlantic events.
Frum is the author of eight books, two of which are New York Times bestsellers. He most recently authored the e-book “Why Romney Lost” (published within 48 hours of the 2012 election), and Patriots, a political satire.
Frum has worked for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, Forbes magazine, Manhattan Institute and American Enterprise Institute. In the 1990s, he was a regular contributor to the Weekly Standard and from 2003 and 2008, he wrote a daily blog for National Review. Between 2009 and 2012, he edited a group blog, FrumForum.com, dedicated to the reform and renewal of political conservatism, which was hosted by the Daily Beast/Newsweek from January 2012 until May 2013.
The scene inside Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson‘s picturesque Kalorama apartment last night was regal and serene as staffers at The Atlantic and National Journal gave Emily Lenzner, their new head of corporate communications, a welcome toast. Lenzner (pictured at right on the left) replaces Linda Douglass.
Bigwig journalists and other important-for-Washington people spotted around the living room included The Atlantic‘s Editor James Bennet, WJLA’s Gordon Peterson, CNN’s Hilary Rosen, Michael Steel, spokesman to House Speaker John Boehner and former ABC News producer Ian Cameron, husband to U.S. Nat. Security Advisor Susan Rice. WaPo‘s spunky “Erik Wemple Blog” was apparently there, but we must’ve been on different shifts and didn’t have the pleasure of bumping into him there.
As the mostly typical Washington cocktail party circuit sipped wine, there were homey touches like just baked chocolate chip cookies on trays as well as a large spray of sunflowers in Carlson’s kitchen. There were also servers dotting the room handing out lovely bite-sized snacks such as spinach feta flat bread squares.
The most dramatic part of the evening came when partygoers hushed long enough for Carlson and The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons to give short speeches. “It’s great to be in Margaret’s home tonight,” Clemons began, before moving into this: “What The Atlantic does well is hire divas. I’m gay, so being a diva is high praise.” He glanced around the room and called out various “divas” such as National Journal’s newly installed Editor Tim Grieve, “the political diva” and the always charming (ha-ha) John Fox Sullivan (an “extraordinary diva”). Publisher David Bradley was named as “totally a Divo” along with Bennet and Carlson. He concluded, “Emily, I know you’re a diva as well.”
Lenzner did not demur about the “diva” comment and said she was happy to be part of the diva crew. She left it at that and encouraged guests to return to mingling.
Upon meeting Grieve (who once received a FishbowlDC award for having the worst temper in Washington) he shook my hand, exchanged niceties and said, “It’s been 30 seconds and I haven’t yelled at you.” He added, “I don’t have horns.”
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