The Nation is adding an essential new voice to TheNation.com–Greg Mitchell, former editor of Editor & Publisher. Mitchell will be blogging "not 24/7, but often 16/6" as writer and editor of the new "Media Fix" blog, a snapshot of the best and worst each day in media and journalism. Media Fix will launch in April, concurrent with a redesign of TheNation.com. Mitchell’s @MediaFixBlog Twitter feed appears starting today.
"Greg was a great editor at Editor & Publisher, where–among many accomplishments–he challenged the mainstream media, pundits and the President in the run-up to the war in Iraq," said Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation. "For decades he has kept a keen eye on what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s missing from the media. We’re thrilled to have Greg, and we’re excited to launch Media Fix–our first blog at TheNation.com dedicated to the intersection of politics and media."
Mitchell served as editor of Editor & Publisher magazine from 2002 to 2009. He is the author of nine books, including So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits and the President Failed on Iraq in 2008, and Why Obama Won, in 2009. His earlier books include Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard Nixon vs. Helen Gahagan Douglas and The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics, which won a Goldsmith Book Prize. He’s also co-authored two books, on the atomic bomb and capital punishment, with Robert Jay Lifton. Mitchell has edited magazines since the 1970s, and is known for his contributions to the Huffington Post, his Twitter feed (@GregMitch) and his guest blogs at Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos. In his nearly eight years as editor of Editor & Publisher, the magazine won ten Jesse H. Neal Awards, the top prize in business journalism.
In his introduction to Media Fix today, Mitchell details his long association with The Nation, and writes that the blog will "probe the latest media outrages, and uncover a few ourselves." Part watchdog, part cheat-sheet, Media Fix will highlight must-reads from around the web (both mainstream and alt, spanning new and legacy media) and pay special attention to media politics and media culture.
Until Media Fix is up and running in April, Mitchell will preview the blog via the new Twitter feed, @MediaFixBlog.
"Greg is a lively and tireless voice with an insatiable thirst for news," said Emily Douglas, editor of TheNation.com. "He is joining The Nation at a time when our readers want someone to help make sense of (and sometimes make fun of) the increasingly complex media landscape."