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Justine Rosenthal Departs Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Justine Rosenthal is leaving Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Capital New York reports that Rosenthal, who was editing Newsweek and The Daily Beast after Tunku Varadarajan left in March, will be succeeded by Richard Just, with help from Louise Roug.

In a note to staffers, Tina Brown said Rosenthal’s skills and determination will be missed:

Justine took over Newsweek at a challenging time for the company in November of 2011 and immediately took command, cultivating writers and creating memorable stories that made us all proud…

Under Justine’s editorship we were able to reverse Newsweek’s many years of decline and breathe life back into the magazine both as a print edition and in the stellar digital format that she and the team have continued to produce each week.

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Tunku Varadarajan Departs Newsweek

Tunku Varadarajan is stepping down as the editor of Newsweek Global. Adweek reports that Varadarajan is leaving to work on a book and spend time with his family. Varadarajan had been the editor of Newsweek International, and was tapped as the editor of the all digital format, Newsweek Global.

In a memo, Tina Brown said of Varadarajan, “We can all agree that he has done a stellar job as editor of the all-digital Newsweek, bringing the magazine so smartly into its new, exciting lease-of-life phase with his counterintuitive ideas, terrific cadre of writers week-after-week and the editorial collegiality that has made him such a pleasure to work with.”

For Brown’s full note, head over to Adweek.

The Up and Down World of Newsweek

If we had a dollar for each time we read something good about Newsweek, we’d have about $15. However, if we had a dollar for each time we read something bad about the magazine, we’d have enough money to tolerate Plunge at the Gansevoort. Despite the plethora of bad reports about Newsweek since Tina Brown took over, each is typically sprinkled with some good. This is the world of Newsweek: Up and down all the time.

Here are the good and bad takeaways from WWD’s piece about Newsweek today.

Good:

  • There are people complaining, but it’s not as bad as everyone thinks. Newsweek’s International Editor, Tunku Varadarajan, said, “Yes, there are disgruntled people, but there are many, many, many more who are not disgruntled.”
  • People are actually coming back, including Mark Miller and Dan Klaidman.
  • Newsstand sales are up six percent compared to last year.

Bad:

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International Editor for Newsweek Selected

According to the Wall Street Journal, Tina Brown has tapped Tunku Varadarajan to head the new position. Varadarajan was a writer-at-large for the Daily Beast and before that was Executive Editor of Opinion at Forbes, as well as Assistant Managing Editor at the Wall Street Journal.

Peggy Noonan: The Best Columnist in America?

noondaily.pngWe have already made clear (probably more than once) our fondness for Peggy Noonan. And now over Forbes.com Tunku Varadarajan is singing her praises, too, though he’s also giving Rupert Murdoch credit for plucking Noonan from the “backwaters of the Weekend section” and “enthroning” her Declarations column on the paper’s op-ed page” — a decision that’s also paid off for Murdoch — where she is writing the “prose of her life.”

Here is what makes her so attractive to open-minded readers, and so infuriating to Movement Conservatives, who dismiss her as too blousy — she makes her point in a way that captures the humanity of its context. This isn’t punditry, de haut en bas, but engagement with the reader, with the reader’s milieu — with America.

Also, she rocked Jon Stewart a few weeks back.

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Forbes Re-Launches Opinion Channel With 16 New Columnists

tunkuvaradarajan.jpgForbes.com announced today that they have hired Tunku Varadarajan as the new Opinions Channel Editor. Varadarajan most recently served as a contributing editor at the Financial Times, prior to that, he was Assistant Managing Editor at The Wall Street Journal.

As part of his new role Varadarajan was responsible for today’s relaunch of Forbes.com Opinion Channel, which has been restructured to include four main topic categories: Business and Economics, Foreign Affairs and Defense, Culture and Society, and Politics. Sixteen new columnists have also been added. The full press release and a list of the new columnists after the jump.

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