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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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Sidney Hillman Foundation Taking Submissions for 2014 Hillman Prizes

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is accepting submissions for its 2014 Hillman Prizes, which honor the best investigative journalism. The Prizes are issued for the following categories: Books, Newspaper Reporting, Magazine Reporting, Broadcast Journalism, Opinion Journalism and Web Journalism.

All entries will be judged by Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor, The New Yorker; Harold MeyersonWashington Post columnist and editor-at- large, The American Prospect; Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation; Rose Marie Arce, senior producer, CNN; and Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Entries must be received by January 31. For more on how to submit work, click through.

2012 Hillman Award Winners Announced

The Sidney Hillman Foundation has announced the Hillman Award winners, which are given out annually to journalists who promote social and economic justice with their work. This year’s award ceremony will be held May 1 at The TimesCenter building.

The judges selecting the winners included Hendrik Hertzberg, Senior Editor, The New Yorker; Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large, The American Prospect and columnist for WaPo; Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Nation; Susan Meiselas, a Magnum photographer; and Rose Marie Arce, Senior Producer, CNN.

The winners:

Book Journalism
Frank Bardacke
Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers, Verso Books

Opinion & Analysis Journalism

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

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The New Yorker Chooses 9/11 for First e-Book

We’re not quite sure how much of an audience there is for e-books, but The New Yorker is certainly grabbing some attention with its first venture into the territory. The Cutline reports that the magazine’s first e-book — titled After 9/11 — will center on 9/11, and features writing that will make it attractive to readers:

[The book] includes vignettes from the magazine’s trademark ‘Talk of the Town’ section by Hendrik Hertzberg, John Updike, Jonathan Franzen, Susan Sontag, Calvin Trillin and George Packer; deeply reported features by Adam Gopnik, Seymour Hersh, Jane Mayer, Jon Lee Anderson and Steve Coll; criticism by Malcolm Gladwell; and fiction by Don DeLillo. It also includes Nicholas Schmidles recent account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The New Yorker’s Deputy Editor, Pam McCarthy, said that if the book is successful, the magazine will look to do more.

After 9/11 is available for $7.99 on the Kindle or Nook.

Jeff Bercovici: Retire ‘Pajama Jokes’

41DLDBOGgPL._AA280_.jpgJeff Bercovici columnist at Daily Finance lays out a case for nixing the pajama dig:

Jokes about bloggers in pajamas were already a cliche by 2005, when a group of blogs banded together to form Pajamas Media. They were even more hackneyed by 2008, when Sarah Palin swatted at “some blogger probably sittin’ there in their parents’ basement in their pajamas.” Now it’s 2010. Paul Krugman blogs. So does Hendrik Hertzberg. So does James Fallows. So does…well, everyone.

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The Electorate: John McCain is ‘Proud’ of Them, Taibbi, Not So Much

taibbicencom.pngSo, while the star of last night’s debate was arguably ‘Joe the Plumber’ (look for his debut this Saturday on SNL!) the exchange that caught our attention was when John McCain said: “Let me just say categorically I’m proud of the people that come to our rallies.” And even though he went on to say that inevitably there would be some crazies in large crowds he didn’t spend much time disowning the racist rhetoric he and Sarah Palin have lately been stirring up. In a similar vein, many of you may have come across yesterday’s NYT article, which talked to some voters in the South who seemed to be stumbling a bit on the fact that Barack Obama is black, or at least half black. Here’s a sample:

“He’s neither-nor,” said Ricky Thompson, a pipe fitter who works at a factory north of Mobile, “He’s other. It’s in the Bible. Come as one. Don’t create other breeds.”

“He’s going to tear up the rose bushes and plant a watermelon patch,” said James Halsey, chuckling, while standing in the Wal-Mart parking lot with fellow workers in the environmental cleanup business. “I just don’t think we’ll ever have a black president.”

Clearly these people do not represent the South as a whole, but still, wow. Which brings us back to a panel we attended last week, which was moderated by Rachel Sklar and featured Matt Taibbi and Hendrik Hertzberg discussing, you guessed it, the election. After the jump some nice polished video, courtesy of the folks at the Center for Communication, of Taibbi talking about the electorate. Also of note, though not on the video, is the part where Hertzberg points out that more often than not Democracy doesn’t result in the best candidate (take most of the 19th Century for example), what it does do is “give the candidate some legitimacy.”

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The Public Thinks the Press is Too Tough on Palin, Matt Taibbi Thinks the Public Gets What it Deserves

taibbipaling.pngA new Pew Research survey finds that 38% of the public think that the press has been too tough on Sarah Palin, including many independents (to the tune of 41%) and some democrats (18%).

Sadly it doesn’t appear that the public was polled as to whether they believe that this “toughness” is perhaps the press compensating for its lack of access to the candidate, (including blocked access to Palin supporters of late). Or whether this “toughness” is the result of the press doing its job in vetting a candidate that was only very lightly vetted by the campaign who brought her on board. Or what they actually feel the role of the press is at all. With this in mind, here is tough member of the press Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi‘s not so sunny take on an electorate that has fallen for Palin. Taibbi was discussing election coverage along with the New Yorker‘s Hendrik Hertzberg at a Center for Communication panel at NYU last night (more on that later). (Note: The sound is not terrific, but it’s hard to miss Taibbi’s point.)

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Media Events: 01.22.07


Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings

MONDAY 01.22.07

WHAT: Half King Reading Series: Best American Magazine Writing of 2006
WHO: Rolling Stone‘s James Bamford, Vanity Fair‘s James Wolcott, GQ‘s John Jeremiah Sullivan, New Yorker‘s Hendrik Hertzberg
WHEN: 7:00PM
WHERE: The Half King, 505 W 23 Street
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Many reasons, if for none other than to see if Hendrik Hertzberg really sounds like a Hendrik Hertzberg.