How do you see the evolution of the newspaper in the next five years?
Each newspaper or magazine will have to creatively find its own sweet spot in the dilemma between digital and print. Two of the most exciting case studies are the Newsweek and Daily Beast company and The New Republic. The Daily Beast was a less known but financially stable online media company that merged with the very well known but financially ailing Newsweek magazine. With their powerful brand, strong company, and a great online platform, Newsweek and The Daily Beast are now one of the few organizations expanding both in print and online.
With its new owner and editor-in-chief in Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, The New Republic, a liberal intellectual magazine whose influence was waning, may regain its important foothold in the American conversation. We should watch very closely as Hughes unveils the magazine and website redesign this fall. It’s likely to be a cohesive vision of business, social media and traditional long-form journalism in a package only a Harvard history major and young tech entrepreneur can deliver.
It’s very exciting to come of age at a time with so much room for creativity in how we disseminate world-changing ideas.
Five reasons you love your school:
1. Great football team and culture
2. Athens is one of the best college towns in the U.S.
3. Great honors program
4. The large public school experience ensures a large degree of diversity in the student population and extra-curricular opportunities.
5. The education is strong, affordable and close to home.
Jon Stewart vs. Stephen Colbert?
Stewart is the moral conscience of America, but given a choice to watch only one, I’ll always choose Colbert. His gleeful attitude is infectious and he has the quickest wit in all of comedy.
What was the last (non-required) book that you read?
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris.
What is the most interesting article you’ve ever written?
I’m working on a freelance magazine piece right now about a college student who befriended convicted killer Troy Davis and visited him a dozen times in prison before he was executed last September. The student is releasing a memoir about their unique friendship on the first anniversary of his death.
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?