October 5, 2016 Last Updated 10:04 am

The New Republic beefs up its editorial and business teams

Among the six hires at the opinion magazine are Siung Tjia as design director, Graham Vyse as staff writer, and Steph Leke as media relations manager

The opinion magazine The New Republic has gone through quite a few years, but yesterday it announced a series of hires to beef up its editorial and business teams. The staff announcements were made by publisher Hamilton Fish, who has been running the magazine since its purchase by Win McCormack in February of this year.

nr-cover-300Earlier this year Fish announced that Suzanne Wilson would be joining the magazine as Director of Sales.

The history of The New Republic goes back to 1914 and the magazine soon became with hose looking for a liberal and progressive voice. Its influence, it might be fair to say, always was greater than its actual readership (its circulation at the start of the century was jut over 100K, about half that now). It has also had its share of interesting, sometimes controversial, editors – examples being Henry Wallace, Martin Peretz, Michael Kinsley and Andrew Sullivan.

The magazine’s sale in 2012 to Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, was as first seen as a positive development. But his ownership turned out to be rocky. At the end of 2014, the magazine replaced its editor and also announced that it would reduce its frequency from 20 issues to only ten.

But mass resignations forced the magazine to suspend publishing for a while and Hughes had to regroup, admitting in a post on Medium that “I underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today’s quickly evolving climate.”

Some decisions were reverse, but at the start of this year the magazine was put up for sale, with Win McCormack, editor-in-chief of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books, and the former publisher of Oregon Magazine, acquiring the title.

Here is the staff announcement:

New York, NY – October 4, 2016 — The New Republic is pleased to announce six new additions to its editorial and business teams. Since the publication’s founding in 1914, the New Republic has launched the careers of countless award-winning journalists across print and digital. The new hires reflect the organization’s dedication to building a diverse and talented staff in both New York and Washington.

“It’s more crucial than ever for media organizations to reflect the audiences they strive to engage with,” says Eric Bates, editor of the New Republic. “As we continue to revitalize this historically influential publication, our growing staff highlights our commitment to building on our top-notch team in both print and digital, and to identifying and promoting a wide range of diverse voices.”

The new additions to the staff include:

Siung Tjia joins the New Republic as design director, overseeing the visual direction of the organization’s print and digital features. Tjia formerly served as the creative director for Bloomberg Markets from 2011 to 2015, directing the overall design and photography for the award-winning magazine. From 2004 to 2007he was creative director for ESPN Magazine, where he previously served as design director and art director. His work has garnered awards from AIGA, Communication Arts magazine, the Society of Publication Designers (SPD), Folio, and Print magazine.

Graham Vyse joins the New Republic as a staff writer in the Washington bureau. He previously served as the politics editor of InsideSources, where he has covered the 2016 campaign. His work has also been published by Slate, NBC News, the Washingtonian, and The Dallas Morning News.

Sarah Jones has been appointed social media editor, managing digital strategies across all social channels. Prior to the New Republic, Jones worked at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, where she facilitated the expansion of the non-profit’s social reach.

Laura Reston has been promoted from reporter-researcher to managing editor, overseeing the editorial aspects of producing the magazine. She previously worked at Forbes and the Boston Globe, and served as metro editor of the Harvard Crimson.

Eliza Fish will serve as audience and partnership manager, focusing on growing the magazine’s national brand and digital footprint. Fish previously developed fundraising and marketing initiatives at The Baffler, a political and social criticism literary magazine. She began her career in experiential marketing and communications.

Steph Leke has been appointed media relations manager, developing branded communications and media relationships to enhance the organization’s public influence. She previously coordinated PR strategies for Princeton Architectural Press, and worked in production and publicity at The Eighth Floor and The Musmanno Group.

“We are thrilled to expand our existing team at the New Republic with such talented individuals,” says publisher Hamilton Fish. “Each brings a dynamic perspective and deep experience that will contribute to our continued growth and evolution.”

In addition to the new hires and promotions, the New Republic will be adding three more staff writers to its editorial team. Searches are currently underway to fill those vacancies.

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