The Atlantic must have still been reeling from the loss of Media President Justin Smith–who is leaving to become CEO of Bloomberg Media Group–when they sent out their email blast at 8:19 on Sunday night. If the odd timing wasn’t already a red flag, than the apologetic tone of the email, which also included a the statement from Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley, was a pretty big tip-off. ”The memo is below in full,” it began, “but given that it’s late on a Sunday, I’ve pulled the part of the memo I thought you’d find most relevant to any reporting you plan to do on this topic.” Which was very thoughtful, since Mr. Bradley’s long missive is less a memo as much as it is part unauthorized biography, part epic poem; an ode to the digi-whizz Mr. Smith who has often been credited as dragging the publication into the 21st century. (The Huffington Post has the entire 800 word affair up, if you’re ready for it.) If not, we’ve got the “best of” below.
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Last night Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley had a couple dozen of New York’s non-fashion elite to dinner at Eleven Madison Park, kicking off a new monthly series that aims to capture the engagement with Atlantic cover stories demonstrated online by Facebook recommendations in a more intimate, in-person format.
Unlike the ill-fated salons proposed by The Washington Post in 2009, lobbyists can’t buy a seat at these off-the-record dinners; The Atlantic picked up the tab. The aim of the series, which may move to Los Angeles, Chicago, Silicon Valley, or Washington, D.C., depending on the cover story’s content, appears more earnest.
The National Journal‘s website, once read only by D.C. pols willing to pony up the steep subscription fee, now has a set date when it will ease its paywall and present content to a larger readership.
After a summer of big name hires and a reinvigorated newsroom, the politics publication — which operates Read More
The National Journal has added another ace to its increasingly stacked deck of Washington talent. Veteran Matt Cooper has joined the aggressively relaunching Atlantic Media-owned National Journal Group as managing editor. He will also lead a major beat team that has yet to be determined, according to a release this morning.
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Ron Fournier, the Associated Press’s Washington bureau chief, has been named editor-in-chief of the National Journal Group by Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley, according to Mike Allen.
Mr. Bradley is planning to relaunch the National Journal in September, dropping the paywall to compete more direclty with Politico’s coverage of Washington online.
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Adam Pasick, the editor in charge of Atlantic Media’s business site launch, has abandoned ship to take Jessica Coen’s old job as online managing editor for New York, according to Jeff Bercovici.
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David Bradley, the owner of Atlantic Media, told The Observer earlier this spring that The Atlantic and its website were losing just under a million dollars a year.
“That is the farthest reach of my imagination,” said Mr. Bradley. “I’ve never seen growth like that. It’s in the teeth of the recession.”
In the Read More
In the winter of 2009, David Bradley, the owner of the Atlantic Media Company, and Justin Smith, one of his top executives, met for a late-night dinner at Kinkead’s restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue to plot the opening gambits in a Beltway media war.
Mr. Bradley wanted to talk about the future of the National Journal, Read More
On the evening of Monday, January 19th, the publisher David Bradley, stood in the opulent living room of his Georgian mansion off of Embassy Row in Washington D.C., across the road from the Naval Observatory, and spoke of existential angst.
"All of us have those middle of the night sentiments of, ‘Does any of Read More
02138, the lifestyle magazine for alumni who attended college "near Boston—um, in Cambridge" has been sold to Manhattan Media, publishers of The New York Press, City Hall, The Chelsea Clinton News, and other papers. O1238 was launched in 2006 with the backing of Atlantic Media’s David Bradley.
According to a Read More