Justine Rosenthal, long-time deputy of Tina Brown, is out at ‘Newsweek’
Another high-level NewsBeast editor is headed for the exit.
Tina Brown, the editor-in-chief of the now all-digital Newsweek and its sister website, The Daily Beast, announced today that one of her main deputies, Justine Rosenthal, is leaving the company.
Rosenthal had taken over editing duties at Newsweek following the departure of Tunku Varadarajan several months ago.
She is the latest in string of recent departures at the troubled publishing outfit.
Newsweek will now be top-edited by Richard Just, who was ousted from The New Republic following its sale to Chris Hughes.
Newsweek's parent company, IAC, recently anounced it was putting the publication, which now exists as a tablet magazine, back up for sale.
UPDATE: In a separate note to staff this afternoon, Brown announced that Daily Beast editor Deidre Depke is moving into the new role of managing director. John Avlon, meanwhhile, will become the Beast's executive editor after returning from paternity leave in September.
Brown's announcement about Rosenthal is below, followed by her memo on Depke and Avlon:
To: All Staff
From: Tina Brown
This week’s issue will mark Justine Rosenthal’s last with us. Justine took over Newsweek at a challenging time for the company in November of 2011 and immediately took command, cultivating writers and creating memorable stories that made us all proud. In these last difficult months with reduced resources she has shown tireless professionalism, maintaining quality and producing some of Newsweek's most resonant pieces from such bylines as Dan Klaidman, Chris Dickey, Andrew Romano, Tony Dokoupil and Megan McArdle.
Under Justine’s editorship we were able to reverse Newsweek's many years of decline and breathe life back into the magazine both as a print edition and in the stellar digital format that she and the team have continued to produce each week. Renewal rates under Justine’s tenure were 20% higher than in 2010, single copy sales for the magazine were up 2% at the newsstand (when the industry average was down 10%) and our digital edition circulation grew 5 fold in 2012 – testament to Justine’s indefatigable energy, sharp intellect and keen eye for a story. Justine has been a valued colleague and friend over the last two years. We will miss her greatly.
Richard Just, with support from Louise Roug, will top-edit the digital edition of Newsweek going forward. Please join me in wishing Justine well for the next step.
And here's the Depke/Avlon news:
To: All Staff
From: Tina Brown
I am thrilled to announce that at the end of the summer Deidre Depke will become even more vital to our success with a promotion to the new role of Managing Director. As Editor of The Daily Beast, Deidre has presided over a terrific period of growth – with traffic up 28% year-on-year, and she powered us to our second annual Webby award for Best News Site. In her new role Deidre will work closely with me on strategy, partnerships and high level personnel matters and will continue to be involved with editorial planning, staffing, new projects and so many of the areas where she has been so critical over the last year and a half.
As of September (after his paternity leave), John Avlon will assume the role of Executive Editor of The Daily Beast, running the newsroom with the valuable assistance of Managing Editors Paula Szuchman and Adam Auriemma. John first joined us shortly after the site launched in 2008 as a Senior Columnist, he has combined writing for us with his role as a trenchant CNN contributor and has also found time to write a number of books including Wingnuts; How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, which we had the pleasure of publishing under our own imprint. In his most recent role of Political Director, John has been integral in re-energizing our political coverage with his direction of our talented D.C. bureau.
Please join me in congratulating Deidre and John as they redouble their efforts to ensure The Beast continues to grow!