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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Metcalf’

84 Writers Support Harper’s Union & Publisher Responds

More than 80 Harper’s Magazine writers and friends signed an open letter to publisher John “Rick” MacArthur supporting the unionization of the magazine’s staff and urging the publisher not to cut two editors. The publisher has since  defended his actions in another letter.

The 84 signatures on the original letter included: Tom Bissell, Heidi Julavits, Naomi Klein, Jonathan Lethem, and Zadie Smith. The letter asked MacArthur to seek alternative ways to reshape the magazine’s financial budget, suggesting the publisher study the models of other not-for-profit magazines.

Here’s a quote from the original letter: “Editorial costs can only be cut so far without damaging the quality of the publication … At a time when there is much chatter about the death of print, publishing a magazine as brave and creative as Harper’s Magazine verges on a sacred trust.” (Via New York Magazine & Sarah Weinman)

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Harper’s Magazine Loses Two Editors

harpersmay.pngAfter a spate of departures earlier this year, two more editors from Harper’s magazine have decided to leave.

Yesterday the NY Times confirmed that senior editors Bill Wasik and Luke Mitchell will leave the literary magazine.

Here’s more from the post: “[The] departures leave just a single senior editor, Donovan Hohn. While the Harper’s staff was never huge, it appears to be down to a handful of people: acting editor Ellen Rosenbush, literary editor Ben Metcalf, and Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, who was promoted from an assistant editor to managing editor in April.”

In March, we noted that associate editor Paul Ford and senior editor Jennifer Szalai had both departed.