Staff at The New Republic learned about a major reorganization at the D.C.-based political magazine.
Not only is the magazine relocating to New York, but its circulation was reduced from 20 to 10 times a year, and its top two editors were dismissed.
According to a memo sent Thursday by TNR chief executive Guy Vidra, editor in chief Franklin Foer, and literary editor Leon Wieseltier were let go.
Foer was replaced by Gabriel Snyder, who comes from Bloomberg Media and The Atlantic Wire, which was recently folded into the Atlantic’s main site.
“As we move forward under Gabriel’s leadership, we are re-imagining The New Republic as a vertically integrated digital media company,” Vidra wrote. “Given the frequency reduction, we will also be making some changes to staff structure.”
Vidra said an all-staff meeting would be held Friday to address the changes. The magazine will relocate to New York-based offices in Union Square, but Vidra did not provide a timetable.
The news caused waves on Twitter where contributing editor Ryan Lizza tweeted that he wanted to be removed from TNR’s masthead “immediately.”
Fellow writer Jonathan Chait followed suit, asking to be removed as a contributing editor via Twitter, while other journalists tweeted their dismay that Foer and Wieseltier were let go.