Chris Hughes, the owner and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, thinks that he needs to oversee both advertising and editorial in order for the magazine to excel. In a talk with pandoDaily, Hughes said that the days of keeping those sides separate are over. “I knew that in buying a content and media company, the idea that business sits over here and lets a newsroom do whatever it wants over there is anachronistic,” explained Hughes.
For many in the media world, that’s a controversial stance. And since Hughes doesn’t have much journalism experience (he did edit his high school paper!), it must be difficult for the TNR’s editors to trust him. However, Hughes does have plenty of business savvy, so maybe he’s doing the magazine a favor by controlling both sides.
Whatever ends up happening, you can count on The New York Times saying it was great.