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TNR’s Relaunch Targets ‘Modern’ Reader

The New Republic magazine relaunches today with a splashy new cover featuring President Obama and a story inside from an Oval Office interview. Launch materials say the newly designed pub is geared toward the “modern reader online and in print.” They say Editor-in-Chief Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, is bringing “new life” to the operation.

In a letter to readers, Hughes writes, “With this issue, we relaunch The New Republic… We believe that our new hyper-information age is thrilling, but not entirely satisfying. We believe that there must remain space for journalism that takes time to produce and demands a longer attention span – writing that is at once nourishing and entertaining… In 2013, The New Republic can no long be just a magazine. We are a media company that produces live events featuring our staff and other experts, a responsive website designed for social conversation and a mobile life, audio versions of all of our work, a cutting-edge tablet app and, of course, 20 print issues a year.”

He takes a knock at Twitter, writing…“Want to know every important opinion about the question of the moment? You can consume them in 140-character aphorisms while waiting for the bus.  But with this rush of information, or perhaps because of it, few of the words that scroll across our screens stick or really change how we view the world.”

Hughes insists the magazine will “strive to be” free of partisan bias.

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