Dear TNR Reader, Over the last few months, TNR and its authors have been nominated for a number of awards, which I wanted to let you know about. Last month, we found out that TNR was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in General Excellence in the Thought Leader Magazine category. Although we didn’t end up winning when the awards were announced last week, it was a true honor for everyone associated with the magazine to be a finalist. (You can see the full list of nominees here.) Two editors in TNR’s literary section have recently received recognition as well.
Dear TNR Reader, You’ve probably heard that magazine journalism is a genre whose time has passed. That long-form writing is being made obsolete by Twitter. That the future belongs to cable news shouters. At TNR, we beg to differ. We’ve always thought that carefully crafted magazine journalism had an appeal that was not going away. And now we’ve designed a stunning iPad app to prove it. We put together our app with a simple idea in mind: that the old values of magazine journalism—deep reporting, beautiful prose, long-form argument and narrative—were a perfect match for this new medium.
I’m thrilled to announce the hiring of Timothy Noah as a TNR senior editor. Tim was actually an intern for TNR in 1980 and then was a staff writer here in the early 1980s, so this is a homecoming for him. In the intervening years, he has become one of the most respected voices in political journalism, most recently at Slate, where he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award last year. Tim will write both a blog and the TRB column in the magazine.
A few weeks ago, TNR published an editorial about aggregation. Most of our peer publications are devoting significant space on their websites to aggregation these days, and we wanted to sound a cautionary note about the practice. Aggregating stories—especially stories on topics that people are likely to be searching for at that very moment—is by far the cheapest way for publications to drive traffic to their websites, which is why everyone is doing it.
You’ve heard it again and again: Long-form journalism is on its way out. The two things that the Internet—and by extension our culture—value most are speed and brevity, the very two things that long-form journalism is not.
The New Republic is pleased to announce the appointment of a new editor. Here, outgoing editor Franklin Foer bids adieu, and incoming editor Richard Just introduces his vision for the magazine. Franklin Foer: Back when I was a writer, I never quite understood the appeal of editing: all that delicate managing of neurotics and divas, the always-looming menace of budgets, the grim notion of turning down a colleague’s request for a pay raise—and without even the glory of a byline.
The Jets begin this season as a Super Bowl favorite. That in itself is unusual. But there is something even more unusual taking place, something that rarely happens in the world of sports: The team appears to be in the process of upending its identity as a secondary attraction in its own city. As a longtime Jets fan, I know this is supposed to make me thrilled. But the truth is, I feel a bit uneasy. Sportswriters commonly mischaracterize the identity of the Jets, labeling them perennial losers, disappointments, or underdogs. But this isn’t really accurate.
This is the most recent item in a debate about humanitarian intervention. Click here to read the previous contributions by David Rieff, Leon Wieseltier, and Michael Kazin. I’m always suspicious of blanket arguments, even—as with David Rieff’s recent post on liberal interventionism—when made by a writer whom I greatly admire. In a nutshell, Rieff has no use for American interventions (either military or non-military) on behalf of idealistic ends.