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Harper’s Adds Business Column

Harper’s is adding a business column to its pages. “The Anti-Economist” — penned by Jeff Madrick — is the first business commentary column in the magazine’s history. Madrick is a former economics columnist for The New York Times and an author of several books.

“These days, reporting on and demystifying economic news is one of the most important responsibilities journalists have to their readers,” said Harper’s editor-in-chief, Ellen Rosenbush, in a statement to The New York Observer.

Madrick’s first piece appears in Harper’s October issue.

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More Details On Harper’s Shake-up Emerge

harperscover2.jpgLast week, Harper’s Magazine announced an editorial shift. The 160-year-old magazine announced that its editor, Roger D. Hodge, was stepping down, to be replaced (at least for the time being) by longtime managing editor Ellen Rosenbush.

But, it didn’t take long for the media to catch a whiff of sometimes smelling off. That same afternoon, The New York Times reported that some Harper’s staffers were saying Hodge hadn’t left on his own; he had been “dismissed.”

Today, the Times has a more in-depth piece about the shift at Harper’s, opening with a description of a meeting led by the magazine’s president and publisher, John R. MacArthur last week:

“In a rambling 40-minute monologue that left many attendees perplexed, Mr. MacArthur, 53, talked about the problems facing Harper’s: readership was down 35,000, newsstand sales were plummeting, the only direct-mail piece that seemed to work was 20 years old. Worse, Harper’s seemed irrelevant — ‘the mainstream media is ignoring it to death,’ he said — according to people who were at the meeting.”

MacArthur did not talk about Hodge, who the Times now reports definitively, was fired early last week.

While the struggles of Harper’s are nothing new within the industry, its story is unique in that it’s one of the oldest magazines in the country and a nonprofit to boot. Although the nonprofit model has been touted as a possible savior of the industry, Harper’s should serve as a model for the rest. Is it truly independent? How long can it last?

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Harper’s Magazine‘s Editor Steps Down

rosehodge.jpgHarper’s Magazine, the oldest general interest magazine in the U.S., has lost its editor.

The pub announced today that editor Roger D. Hodge was departing “to pursue other endeavors.” He will be replaced by managing editor Ellen Rosenbush (pictured left with Hodge), who will become acting editor of Harper’s starting on February 1.

Hodge had served as editor of the long-running magazine since 2006, and worked as deputy editor for two years prior to that. He started at Harper’s in 1996 as an intern. Rosenbush has worked for the title as managing editor since 1989, previously holding posts at Connoisseur magazine, GEO magazine and New Times Magazine.

Said Harper’s publisher John R. MacArthur:

“One of the most talented magazine editors in New York, Ellen has a wealth of experience and has worked with everyone from Tom Wolfe to Richard Rodriguez to Joyce Carol Oates; she will continue to draw the highest-profile writers in the country and uphold the quality of the journalism in the magazine.”

Update: Looks like there’s some speculation as to whether Hodge’s decision to leave was his own. The New York Times‘ Media Decoder blog, citing an anonymous source, claims Hodge was “dismissed” yesterday, although MacArthur told the paper, “It’s his choice, and it’s personal, and I just don’t want to go into it because it’s not something I can elaborate on.”

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