Chris Hughes

Denis Wilson was previously content director for Target Marketing, Publishing Executive, and Book Business, as well as the FUSE Media and BRAND United summits. In this role, he analyzed and reported on the fundamental changes affecting the media and marketing industries and aimed to serve content-driven businesses with practical and strategic insight. As a writer, Denis’ work has been published by Fast Company, Rolling Stone, Fortune, and The New York Times.

In retrospect, last week's meltdown at The New Republic should have been easy to predict. The quintessential social media mogul - Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard roommate - buys the ultimate symbol of the old media, a progressive opinion journal that dates back to the Woodrow Wilson administration. What could possibly go wrong? But when the 28-year-old Chris Hughes snapped up The New Republic in 2012, he cast himself as more preservationist than disrupter, praising the magazine's rich tradition of rigorous reporting and speaking of the public's appetite for quality, in-depth journalism.

The New Republic has introduced a new feature on its site, a small addition but one that underscores Chris Hughes’ stated interest in long-form journalism and the active role he’ll be playing at the magazine. The section, TNR Reader, is a simple compilation of a few staff-chosen long reads from around the Web, less an aggregator than a collection of links.

The newest owner of The New Republic magazine is Chris Hughes, a new-media guru who co-founded Facebook and helped to run the online organizing machine for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Mr. Hughes’s purchase of a majority stake in the magazine will be announced on Friday, once again remaking the masthead of the nearly century-old magazine that helped define modern American liberalism.

His focus, he said in an interview in advance of the announcement, will be on distributing the magazine’s long-form journalism through tablet computers like the iPad.

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