Franklin Foer, brother of Joshua and Jonathan Safran, has returned to the top of The New Republic, the Times reported over the weekend. Mr. Foer left the post at the end of 2010 and was succeeded by Richard Just. Mr. Foer’s return marks the first major personnel change by the magazine’s new owner, Facebook founder Chris Hughes, who plans to hire 15 and open a New York office in hopes of competing with The New Yorker and The Economist. The Times strangely omitted Mr. Just’s standing at the magazine, but The Huffington Post reported that he is leaving the magazine. Mr. Just’s departure reportedly surprised some, considering his editorial talent and his part in facilitating Mr. Hughes’ takeover.
Adweek pointed out that, at 28, Mr. Hughes is the same age as Michael Kinsley, Andrew Sullivan and Peter Beinart when they took over the magazine. [Adweek]
New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane is stepping down in September, after two years. [Washington Post]
New York Times veteran and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Doug Frantz has joined The Washington Post. [Romenesko]
Sally Singer‘s T New York Times Magazine is showing weak ad pages. [WWD]
The New Yorker will be on smart phones soon. [NY Post]
Ira Glass lost his virginity in a Goucher dorm room. [Romenesko]
Boutique e-publishing house The Atavist—founded by Wired writer Evan Ratliff and New Yorker online editor Nicholas Thompson—now has blue chip tech backers like Eric Schmidt and Marc Andreessen. [NY Times]
George Washington University sophomore Daniel Lippman fact-checks the D.C. press corps gratis. [Politico]
Zuckerbride Dr. Priscilla Chan is quoted in a 2005 Harvard Crimson article about Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of Harvard.
“Hey Priscilla, do you want a job at the facebook?” Zuckerberg asked a passing friend.
“I’d love a job at facebook,” Priscilla Chan ’07 responded, offering him a Twizzler. [Harvard Crimson]