Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Is Buying ‘The New Republic’
Social media meets old media:
Saying that he’s convinced “the demand for long-form, quality journalism is strong in our country,” Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep that he’s buying The New Republic.
That’s a magazine, as Steve says, which is four times older than its new owner. Hughes is 28.
“People still want independent, rigorous reporting and The New Republic has been a place where that happens,” Hughes tells Steve during a conversation that’s to be broadcast on Friday’s Morning Edition.
Hughes, who directed online organizing for the Obama campaign in 2008, adds that there’s no shortage of short-form journalism these days (such as blogs). “The shortage is understanding the big problems of our day,” he believes. “Where do you go for context on the problems our nation faces?”