The Nation oldest weekly magazine in the US names new editor

first_imgThe Nation: oldest weekly magazine in the US names new editor The Nation was founded by abolitionists in July 1865 but it built a reputation as voice of the American enlightenment, beacon for progressive ideas and forum for debate between liberals and radicals. Henry James contributed more than 200 reviews and travel essays. Martin Luther King was civil rights correspondent. It took a bold stand against George W Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.The Nation might be described as a critical friend of the Democratic party. “We’re not a party newspaper,” insisted Guttenplan, who on 15 June will become its 16th editor in 154 years. The Nation has only endorsed three candidates during a presidential primary: Jesse Jackson in 1988, Barack Obama in 2008 and Bernie Sanders in 2016. As for the crowded 2020 race, Guttenplan is keeping his powder dry.“It’s much too early to say who the Nation will endorse or even if the Nation will endorse. I think it’s great that there’s such a big field and there is a lively battle of ideas that’s happening … If you had said to me in 2015 that in 2020 most of the Democrats are going to be for universal healthcare, I’d have said you were crazy. Whatever we owe Bernie this time, from last time we owe Bernie an enormous debt for shifting the goalposts.” Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian news Magazines Regular readers have no cause for alarm about any dramatic shifts in direction or tone, Guttenplan said. “I think one of the reasons that Katrina asked me to do this is because she knows that we see the world pretty similarly,” said the 61-year-old, one of the magazine’s lead correspondents covering the 2016 presidential campaign. “I have a different background from hers and I have my own views but I love the Nation as it is, so it’s not like I’m going in intending to fix it.” DD Guttenplan will become the Nation’s 16th editor in 154 years on 15 June.Photograph: Courtesy of the Nation Wed 10 Apr 2019 13.13 EDT Share on Facebook Read more Last modified on Wed 10 Apr 2019 13.50 EDT Share on Twitter This article is more than 3 months old Gizmodo and the Onion sold to equity fund in cut-price deal Share via Email Share on Facebook US press and publishing Read more Shares1010 David Smith in Washington Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Newspapers & magazines Sign up to the Media Briefing: news for the news-makers Topics DD Guttenplan, currently based in the UK as the Nation’s editor-at-large, will take over from Katrina vanden Heuvel The Nation, the oldest weekly magazine in America and a prominent voice on the left, has named a new editor for the first time in a quarter of a century.DD Guttenplan, currently based in the UK as the Nation’s editor-at-large, will take over from Katrina vanden Heuvel, who stays on as publisher and switches to a new role as editorial director. Sign up for the US morning briefing Share via Email Share on Twitter This article is more than 3 months old … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Donald Trump and Republicans are already hard at work attempting to portray Democrats as radical socialists, demonise freshmen members of Congress such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and conjure images of a new Venezuela. But Guttenplan argues a younger generation is unburdened by fears of the Soviet Union and this is a moment of opportunity for the left.“I’m a socialist, and a card-carrying member of the Labour party for that matter. I think it is possible to go too far left; I just don’t think the Democrats are likely to do it in 2020.”Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Guttenplan moved to London in 1994 and was until recently the editor-in-chief of the Jewish Quarterly. He is also the author of The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority.The Nation’s appointment of a sexagenarian white man might raise some eyebrows at a moment that the left is energized by youth, women and people of color, exemplified by 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez. Guttenplan is not thrown by such questions.“We have a diverse staff, we have a very good and proud record of diversity in bylines but of course we can do better,” he said. “Because I am who I am, I feel it’s incumbent on me to maybe make more of an effort to not just to try harder but to do better … If it isn’t more diverse under me, then I’m not doing my job properly.”The Nation has a female president, Erin O’Mara, and Vanden Heuvel will stay on board to plot strategy, edit select writers and provide regular commentary. The current civil rights correspondent is the Rev William Barber and the magazine has just recruited Elie Mystal, who is African American, to write about politics, law and racial justice.Zephyr Teachout, an associate law professor at Fordham University who was appointed last year to the Nation’s editorial board, said: “I’m excited to have Don coming on. He’s very witty and incisive and completely dedicated to both journalism and making sure that the progressive voices taking on concentrated power are heard.” Magazines @smithinamerica Reuse this contentlast_img

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