National Journal editor-in-chief Ron Fournier annouced in a release this morning that he has named David Beard his online editor and deputy editor-in-chief. Mr. Beard, who has most recently been editor of the Boston Globe‘s Boston.com, will oversee both the free and paywall-protected segments of the National Journal online.
The release underscored Mr. Beard’s work on the Globe‘s Big Picture, an online-only feature that presents light news items (the coming of fall, for example) with large-format, high-resolution photographs. Mr. Beard won a Webby Award for the feature in 2009.
Mr. Beard’s performance is especially important as the National Journal relaunches with a “digital-first” newsroom. Atlantic Media VP of digital strategy Scott Havens, who will also be supervising the online business and strategy side of the National Journal, told The Observer earlier this month that Mr. Fournier’s team will primarily be competing with smaller online newsrooms covering Washington D.C. “For The Atlantic I think we’re less worried about you, you know, competing with Time Inc. or Dow Jones or Hearst or any of those big media companies in New York,” he said. “We’re more worried about the interrupters, you know, the small, nimble companies — the Henry Blodgets of the world, or Politico for example.”
Last week the National Journal announced the hire of Patricia Wilson as deputy editor-in-chief from Thomson Reuters and Kathy Kiely as a managing editor for politics from USA Today. The site is planning to launch at the end of October.