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Big Changes at The New Republic (FishbowlNY)
In this, the New Republic’s 100th year, a new direction. FishbowlDC Franklin Foer, editor of TNR, sent out a staff email Thursday announcing his resignation from the magazine. Capital New York Literary editor Leon Wieseltier is also out. Gabriel Snyder, a former editor of The Atlantic Wire and most recently a digital adviser at Bloomberg, has been tapped to succeed Foer, TNR chief executive Guy Vidra wrote in an email to staff. Furthermore, the magazine will be reducing its frequency from 20 to 10 issues a year, moving from Washington D.C. to an office in New York City’s Union Square and “making some changes to staff structure,” Vidra added. HuffPost Speculation had run rampant that Foer might leave the magazine, which he returned to edit in 2012 following its sale to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. Some staffers fear that Hughes and chief executive Vidra are too focused on increasing Web traffic, and that such a strategy could pull the magazine away from its legacy of narrative journalism and criticism. In his memo to staff Thursday, Foer acknowledged the competing plans for the magazine’s future. “Chris and Guy have significant plans for this place,” he wrote. “And their plans and my own vision for TNR meaningfully diverge.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Hughes bought TNR in 2012 at the age of 28 with ambitions of restoring its esteemed place in Washington media. Instead, TNR failed to hire marquee names, struggled to attract advertisers and failed to gain a prominent place in the conversation.

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Big Changes at The New Republic

In this, the D.C. publication’s 100th year, a new direction. Tweeted out just a few moments ago by NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik:

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The New Republic Turns 100

The New Republic is 100 years old and yet it doesn’t look a day over 23. The first TNR was published November 7, 1914.

To celebrate its birthday, TNR has published a special centennial issue featuring content from Hanna Rosin, Hendrik Hertzberg, Jonathan Chait, Michael Lewis and many more.

The double issue clocks in at 144 pages and hits newsstands today. To get you started, check out the Franklin Foer feature on the history of TNR and how it helped launch modern liberalism:

Unlike the highbrow little magazines to come in the 1930s, The New Republic wasn’t intended to be a clubby conversation among the hyper-literate. [Herbert] Croly had a very specific understanding of elites: They were meant to be a vanguard that would self-consciously shape the political culture of the country and set its artistic standards. Croly wanted his publication to serve as a transmission belt of ideas, carrying the thoughts of intellectuals to a much broader and, therefore, much more meaningful audience.

See TNR’s first cover below. It was… Plain!

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Richard Just Joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Richard Just is joining Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Just is coming from a stint as editor-in-chief of The New Republic. He served as TNR’s editor from 2010 until late last month, when Franklin Foer returned to the magazine as editor.

At Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Just will work as consulting editor at the company’s Washington D.C. bureau.

See below for the internal memo from Tina Brown announcing Just’s arrival.

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Franklin Foer Returns to New Republic

Franklin Foer, the Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic from 2006 to 2010, is returning to the magazine for another stint in the same role. Foer has been working on side projects since leaving the title, and told The New York Times that he had no intention of coming back. “But to me, it feels like a new project,” Foer explained. “It doesn’t feel like I’m going back to my old job.”

For The New Republic’s relatively new owner, Chris Hughes, hiring Foer is a big step toward rebuilding The New Republic. Other changes that are planned include adding pages to the print version, redesigning the website and setting up offices here in the city.

Hughes, who worked for Facebook and left with a fortune estimated at $700 million, knows kickstarting the magazine is going to be rough, but he sounds optimistic. “Our goal is to recruit a lineup of all-star. We want to hire great people, and quality costs money,” he said. Good thing he’s got plenty of it.

Marty Peretz To Drop Editor-In-Chief Title At The New Republic

While he may be the longtime owner of political mag The New Republic, Marty Peretz has not been an active editor for the publication for years.  Peretz has shed himself of the editor-in-chief title and will leave that role to Richard Just, the man who took over for Franklin Foer in December.  According to the New York Post’s Keith Kelly, Peretz left a farewell note explaining why he has relieved himself of the editor role.

I have been with The New Republic going on 37 years, almost all of them with the title of editor-in-chief.  The truth is that I hardly ever actually edited an article for the magazine. But, frankly, it was my vision and the vision of my compatriots of what was needed for a serious journal of opinion in American society that defined what TNR has become since 1974.

The 70-year-old Peretz, who now resides in Israel, added that he will serve as editor-in-chief emeritus and contribute to TNR’s website.

The New Republic Appoints Richard Just As Editor, Franklin Foer To Become Editor-At-Large

Today, The New Republic has announced the promotion of Richard Just to editor. Meanwhile, Franklin Foer, the publication’s former editor, will now take on the role of editor-at-large.

Just has been with The New Republic since 2004, when he began as its online editor. He has since worked as its deputy editor, managing editor, and executive editor.

Foer will cover politics for The New Republic, including the 2012 elections, both in print and online. He will also work on a book chronicling “the birth of American liberalism,” due out in 2013.