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The Atlantic Partners with PBS NewsHour

The AtlanticThe Atlantic is partnering with PBS’ NewsHour to produce broadcast adaptation’s of the magazine’s work. The series begins tonight, with NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff and The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin discussing Rosin’s cover story on teens and sexting.

“We’re excited to see our stories brought to broadcast, and honored to be working with the NewsHour to make it happen,” said James BennetThe Atlantic’s president and editor-in-chief, in a statement. “No one in the business cares more about journalistic integrity and depth.”

The Atlantic and PBS deal will last for the next six months.

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The Atlantic Shutters The Wire

The Wire GThe Atlantic is shutting down its spinoff TheWire.com, and folding staffers into the magazine and TheAtlantic.com.

In a memo to staffers, Atlantic Media co-presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn were blunt — the site just wasn’t successful enough to keep it going:

Important news on the digital front: In a couple of weeks, we will bring the staff of The Wire back into The Atlantic’s fold. 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.

The Atlantic Wire was launched in 2009 and rebranded itself as The Wire last year. The decision to rename the site the exact same name as one of the most iconic TV shows of all time was probably the first sign that something was amiss.

You can read Bennet and Cohn’s full note below.

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Dashiell Bennett Named Editor of The Atlantic’s The Wire

The Wire GDashiell Bennett has been promoted to editor of The Atlantic’s The Wire, a general news site. Bennett has contributed to the site since 2011, and most recently served as news editor. The Wire launched in 2009.

Bennett is The Wire’s first new editor since Gabriel Snyder left in January.

In a joint statement, The Atlantic’s James Bennet and Bob Cohn said that Bennett was the perfect choice. “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.”

Atlantic Media Names Four Co-Presidents

atlanticmedia_logo_rgb.PRAtlantic Media has named four new co-presidents. Details are below.

    • James Bennet and Bob Cohn have been named co-presidents of The Atlantic. Bennet — who has been editor-in-chief of the magazine since he joined in 2006 — will retain that role. Cohn, most recently The Atlantic’s digital editor, will now serve as co-president and chief operating officer of The Atlantic. He has been with the company since 2009.
    • Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf haven been tapped as co-presidents of Quartz, the business site from Atlantic Media. Delaney has been Quartz’s editor-in-chief since the site launched in 2012. He will retain that role. Lauf — Quartz’s publisher — will also continue with that role. Delaney joined Atlantic Media in 2012 and Lauf joined in 2008.

David Frum Joins The Atlantic

david frum GDavid Frum, a veteran political commentator and author of eight books, is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor. Frum has most recently been a contributor to CNN and The Daily Beast, but this marks a return to full-time journalism for him.

Frum has worked for the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. He served as a special assistant and speech writer for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002, and was a senior foreign policy advisor for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.

“David is a gutsy, heterodox thinker and a lovely writer—the very definition of the sort of contributor who has distinguished The Atlantic all these years,” said The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, James Bennet, in a statement. “I look forward to his bracing work appearing across all our platforms.”

Frum begins March 31.

Photographer Recalls Pair of Very Different Ariel Sharon Shoots

NYTMagazineArielSharonCoverIn many cases, memories of a suddenly departed towering political figure are the most arresting when presented unconventionally, or at least in a format far removed from the straight obit. Such is the case with Henry Kissinger‘s WaPo tribute and photographer Gillian Laub‘s wonderful piece in Tablet magazine about her experiences with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Laub was given zero advance notice by the New York Times Magazine in 2004. Although the reporter, James Bennet, had been working on the piece for a year, permission to photograph the PM had come suddenly. Within hours of getting the call, Laub was on an overnight flight to the faraway destination, where things quickly ran afoul:

After blowing way too many fuses, I never like to be dependent on anybody’s electricity, so I only use portable lights, and each battery weighs about ten pounds and looks like a lead brick. When [security at Sharon's Jerusalem office] ran a background check on me, they saw I’d been in Ramallah and Nablus two months before. I was interrogated for an hour.

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Mark Zuckerberg Isn’t Getting Into the News Business

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Mark Zuckerberg will not be following Jeff Bezos. While Bezos recently expanded his empire buy purchasing The Washington Post, Zuckerberg has no interest in the news business. In a wide ranging interview with The Atlantic’s editor, James Bennet, Zuckerberg stressed that Facebook Daily isn’t going to happen.

Former journalist Terence Smith asked Zuckerberg if Facebook would one day serve as news creator, aggregator or forum, Zuckerberg said he felt the site was already the latter. “We don’t produce any content, because we try to be this neutral platform and a billion people are already generating content, so in that sense we are already an aggregator and a forum,” explained Zuckerberg.

The Facebook founder then added “I can’t see at any point us getting into producing our own content. I just think there are so many other people who produce awesome content that it’s not our place.”

However, just to be on the safe/one day hopefully profitable side, we bought FacebookDaily.com.

Joanna Coles is Blunt [Update]

Last week, Port, a magazine published in Britain, kicked up some controversy by putting six white male editors on the cover for its “golden age of print” story. Generally, people were upset because there are — shockingly enough — a lot of editors who aren’t white dudes.

The New Republic explored Port’s cover by trying to pinpoint why women’s magazines aren’t taken seriously, and it’s well worth your time. But what we wanted to highlight was the statement made by Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor, about the mantastic Port cover. Coles said that the whole thing seemed to be little more than some good old fashioned ass kissing:

When British editors or writers do stories like this they are punting for a job in New York. The fact the Port editor didn’t put James Bennet on there from TheAtlantic makes me think he definitely wants to work in New York and not D.C.

That’s good stuff.

Update (2:18 pm):
Uh, Cosmo’s Twitter isn’t helping women’s magazines’ case:

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The Atlantic Kicks Off Ebook Effort With Jonathan Rauch Memoir

The Atlantic is debuting its ebook initiative on Wednesday with “Denial” by Jonathan Rauch, a memoir of following the author’s unexpected trek to discovering at 25 that he is gay.

The Atlantic Books, the new imprint, will publish several long-form stories this year, the magazine said in a press release. Details of the next publication will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Over the two decades that Jonathan has been writing for The Atlantic, he’s produced revelatory articles on everything from politics to foreign policy to, in our current issue, end-of-life care.  But this book is his most powerful work,” James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic, said in a statement. “We are honored to make it the debut title of The Atlantic Books.”

Rauch, a contributing editor at the magazine, chronicles his quarter-century of denial, living in an inverted world “where love is hate, attraction is envy, and childhood never ends. He comes to think of himself as a kind of monster—until one day, seemingly miraculously, the world turns itself upright and the possibility of love floods in.”

“Denial: My Twenty-Five Years Without a Soul” is available now exclusively onKindle Singles and soon via Nook, iBooks, and Kobo for $1.99. For more information, please visit www.theatlantic.com/denial.

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The New York Times Isn’t Trying to Woo Back Atlantic Editor James Bennet

The New York Times editor Jill Abramson met with James Bennet, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, but he denied that she was trying to woo him back to the paper where he spent 15 years.

The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone heard from unnamed sources that Abramson wanted to gauge Bennet’s interest in returning to the Times, possibly to replace Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren.

Bennet did not immediately respond to an email from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

But he did respond to Calderone, saying he’d rather be left “out of one of these toxic Times gossip stories.”

“You and your sources have me: I met with Jill! Who is an old friend, and a brilliant editor,” Bennet said in an email. “I hope someday to meet with her again. And I have met at times with other people at the NYT, as I meet with people in media all the time who are serious, like us, about doing and sustaining great journalism. It’s useful to compare notes. But they didn’t, and they haven’t, offered me any job. And now I’m going to get back to doing the job that I love.”

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