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Longtime Texas Monthly Editor To Launch Non-Profit News Site

Evan_Smith.jpgEvan Smith, the president and editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly said today that he will be stepping down next month in order to take a job as founding CEO of the Texas Tribune, a non-profit news Web site that will launch later this year.

Smith joined the Texas magazine in 1992 as a senior editor, and moved his way up to deputy editor the next year. He took over as editor in 2000, and was promoted to his current position last September. In a letter to Texas Monthly staffers today, Smith recounted some of the editorial highlights of his tenure at the magazine: “two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence in the last six years and fourteen more nominations over the last nine; the most City and Regional Magazine Association awards during that period of any member publication.”

Now Smith is moving on to the Tribune, which likens itself to ProPublica. The new venture will publish non-partisan investigative journalism online and host events.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been consulting with my friend of fifteen years, the venture capitalist John Thornton, on a project very close to his heart: a nonprofit, nonpartisan public media organization whose mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide interest,” Smith said to his colleagues. “As John has been telling anyone who will listen, the Texas Tribune will publish original news reporting online (much like ProPublica) and put on conferences, conversation series, and other on-the-record, open-to-the-public events (much like the Aspen Institute). For nearly a year I’ve been helping John refine his concept for the Trib, and I’ve suggested various people he might hire. At some point along the way, like Dick Cheney leading the search for George Bush‘s vice president and concluding that he was the one he was looking for, I came to believe that perhaps I should join John in a more formal capacity, and he came to believe it too.”

However, Smith said he will continue to consult with Texas Monthly and host the weekly half-hour interview show, “Texas Monthly Talks,” as editor emeritus, “for the foreseeable future.”

“So you won’t get rid of me that easily,” he told his staff.

Smith will be replaced by Elynn Russell, a longtime Texas Monthly vet who will be the first woman to lead the magazine, minOnline reported.

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LAT in 90 Seconds

steinonline.jpgOnline, No One Can Hear Your Scream: In an apparent bid to either ramp up its Web site or drive Joel Stein mad (either outcome would be much appreciated), the LAT will begin weekly, hourlong online chats. For the first one on Jan. 23, the powers that be are offering up Stein on a stick. At first we wondered, “Were we punked? Was Stein’s I don’t want to hear from readers” column a ruse?” But then we remembered that Stein isn’t funny enough for that. And we felt better.

ptc.jpgMad About You: The Parents Television Council is on another tear about a self-produced problem.

jagger.jpgPay for Play: That rock stars can be hired for private parties is nothing new. That so many of them are farming themselves out so often is kinda sad. If the record industry’s slump doesn’t take a turn soon, we might eventually see Mick Jagger singing with Barney.