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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.
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Uri Friedman Named Global Editor of TheAtlantic.com

The AtlanticUri Friedman is rejoining The Atlantic as global editor of its website, TheAtlantic.com. Friedman comes to The Atlantic from Foreign Policy, where he served as deputy managing editor. Friedman is succeeding Olga Khazan, who is moving into a writing role.

In related news, Moisés Naím is joining TheAtlantic.com as contributing editor to the global channel. Moisés was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy from 1996 to 2010, and most recently served as chief international columnist for El Pais and La Repubblica, newspapers in Spain and Italy, respectively.

Below is the memo from Bob Cohn — editor of Atlantic Digital — announcing the moves.

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The Atlantic Taps Executive Producer for Video

The Atlantic has bumped Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg up to executive producer of Atlantic video. Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg has been with The Atlantic since 2011, most recently as a senior associate editor.

In a memo announcing the move, Bob Cohn, editor of Atlantic Digital, said Atlantic video — which Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg will now oversee — is a point of emphasis. As a result, “We’ll be hiring for this team during the spring and summer,” wrote Cohn.

Cohn’s full note is below.

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The Atlantic Sets Traffic and Ad Revenue Records

October was a good month for The Atlantic’s web properties. The Atlantic’s online counterpart, theatlantic.com, and The Atlantic Wire, both set all-time high traffic marks, at 12.5 million and four million unique visitors, respectively. The Atlantic Cities also roped in 917,000 visitors, good for its second-best month.

Ad sales at the sites were also up. The previous high (no number was given by The Atlantic) was set in October 2011, but ad revenue was 28 percent better this October.

“Our writers and editors did a terrific job in October,” said Bob Cohn, editor-in-chief of Atlantic Digital, in a statement. “Analysis and commentary on The Atlantic, smart news curation on The Atlantic Wire, data and trends about urban life on The Atlantic Cities — our sites demonstrate there is an appetite among readers for intelligence, creativity, speed, and wit. Thanks to our hard-working editorial, tech, and product teams, we’ve now doubled our audience over the last 16 months.”

The Atlantic’s Digital Brands Enjoy Record-Setting Traffic in August

All three of The Atlantic’s digital brands — theatlantic.com, theatlanticwire.com and theatlanticcities.com — posted record-setting numbers in August. Theatlantic.com grabbed 10.8 million unique visitors, theatlanticwire.com 3.3 million and theatlanticcities.com garnered one million.

“We had a terrific August on all three of our sites, both in terms of producing quality, must-share journalism and attracting our biggest-ever audiences,” said Bob Cohn, editor-in-chief of Atlantic Digital, in a press release. “One thing I’m especially proud of is that no single story or set of stories drove our traffic. We were strong on all of our channels, and we did especially noteworthy work on topics ranging from the Olympics and the Mars Curiosity rover to the economy and the presidential campaign.”

Digital ad revenue was also sky high for the three brands: It was up 47 percent in August, compared to last year at the same time.

Online numbers were gathered via Omniture.

The Secret to The Atlantic’s Success

Most people would agree that the people behind The Atlantic produce quality work. So what’s their secret? Bob Cohn, Editor of Atlantic Digital, just revealed it in a tweet:

A flawless strategy.

The Atlantic Promotes Three Top Editors

The Atlantic Media Company has promoted three of its top editors. James Bennet has been named Editor-in-Chief of The AtlanticScott Stossel has been tapped as Editor, Atlantic Magazine, and Bob Cohn has jumped to Editor, Atlantic Digital.

Bennet has been with the Atlantic since 2006, most recently as Editor of The Atlantic. Stossel started in 1992, left in 1996, and rejoined earlier this year. He was most recently Deputy Editor of The Atlantic. Cohn has been with the company since 2009, most recently Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital.

Justin Smith, President of The Atlantic Media Company, said the promotions were meant “to better position us for continued growth.” See the full memo after the jump.

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The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr Expands Role

Christopher Orr, a Senior Editor for The Atlantic, is expanding his role to include TheAtlantic.com. He has been named the site’s Principal Film Critic. Orr will now contribute weekly film reviews and other content to the site.

“Chris brings intelligence, curiosity, and humor to everything he does,” said Bob Cohn, Editor-in-Chief of Atlantic Digital. “That, combined with his love of movies and his deep experience as a film reviewer, makes him a great addition to the growing roster of talent on the Entertainment channel of TheAtlantic.com.”

Orr’s first column for the site, a review of “The Avengers,” can be found here.

Robert Wright Joins The Atlantic’s Website as Senior Editor

Robert Wright, a contributor to The Atlantic for more than 20 years and an award-winning author, has been named Senior Editor of TheAtlantic.com. Wright will write for the website’s Voices section, and cover a variety of subjects, including philosophy, politics, foreign policy and religion.

Wright’s most recent book, The Evolution of God, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. In addition to contributing to the Atlantic, Wright has written for publications such as The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineForeign PolicyThe New Republic, and Time.

“Bob is a terrific addition to The Atlantic,” said Bob Cohn, Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital. “He’s a brilliant thinker and first-rate journalist whose analysis will help readers better understand the world swirling around them. He’ll be an important contributor to our coverage of the 2012 election and many other topics.”

The Atlantic Wire Nabs Gawker Vet

The Atlantic Wire has hired Richard Lawson as a Senior Writer. Lawson was previously with Gawker, where he started in 2007. At The Atlantic Wire, Lawson reunites with Gabriel Snyder, the Editor-in-Chief of the site.

Snyder had previously worked at Gawker, and is looking forward to teaming up with Lawson once again. ”Richard is one of the finest writers I have worked with, and I am thrilled he is bringing his unique voice to The Atlantic Wire,” said Snyder.

Bob Cohn, Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital, said that The Atlantic Wire has been doing well, so expansion is in the future. “Under Gabriel’s leadership, the site has more than doubled its traffic in the last year, and with the addition of Richard to the team, we’re ready to expand our reach and impact,” said Cohn. “Look for more great hires in the coming months.”

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