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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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The Atlantic and Aspen Institute Announce the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 13.48.22Today The Atlantic, in partnership with the Aspen Ideas Forum, announced its impressive lineup of speakers for its sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum. The two day event will take place October 29 and 30 at the Harman Center for the Arts and will cover national and international topics of importance including business, education, climate change, policy, and science and technology.

Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson will discuss his forthcoming book The Innovators. Additional participants include Revolution founder and partner Steve Case, Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb, Cornell University president David Skorton, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, House of Cards screenwriter Beau Willimon, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), among others.

The Atlantic’s James Bennet, Steve Clemons, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Fallows, and Scott Stossel will join Bloomberg View’s Margaret Carlson and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell as moderators.

For a full list of participants across all topic areas, click here. Media interested in attending should start sucking up now to Alexi New for invites.

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.

For more, click here.

 

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.

Venture Capitalist Marc Andreessen on Bitcoin, Future of Twitter

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.

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Photo courtesy Max Taylor.

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay Discuss The Confidence Code with The Atlantic

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.

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James and Deborah Fallows Document Small Town America

20140416_191350Last 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.

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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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.

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