Congrats, James Bennet

By Corby Kummer

Usually the Food Channel looks out, not in--our job is to bring the world to your desktop and tabletop, or at least what's worth eating and thinking about, not to get into the sort of intramural tiffs that can be fun but kind of leave everybody else out. And it wouldn't occur to me to link to any of the nice praise other sites and people have had for the Food Channel--but boy, do we appreciate it!! The "we" being Eleanor Barkhorn, our incredible lead producer, and the interns who invaluably help, including now Shea Connelly.

But news that Ad Age has chosen James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic, Editor of the Year is worth pointing out here, because it's a sign that the media world recognizes the untold time and thought he's put into making the magazine always more provocative and pertinent without ever crossing the line into being inflammatory or irresponsible. If that sounds like a tough line to walk, it is, and he and our deputy editor, Scott Stossel, walk it month after month, with increasingly impressive results. Their hard work is made possible by the constant support of our chairman, David Bradley, and president, Justin Smith. Part of James's vision was bringing in Bob Cohn as head of TheAtlantic.com, in a kind of emperor of Constantinople to his Rome--and his fast and fantastic work quickly landed him on GQ's Most Powerful People in Washington List. And I can't omit Maria Streshinsky, our deputy managing editor and the minute-by-minute soul of the magazine, without whom it wouldn't get edited, fact-checked, laid out, and produced every month--and who gives me my own marching orders in my print life and is my beloved editor too.

The print magazine--it's still a big part of my life, along with the minute-by-minute action and fun of producing the Food Channel, and it should be a part of yours too. As James Fallows says in his typically long-view, right-on post (and, typically, he posted it last night at one in the morning, the minute he read about it), subscribe! The print life is still worth living, and only you can help keep it alive.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2009/10/congrats-james-bennet/28596/