Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2016)—The Atlantic is planning a full slate of breakfast-to-evening events and programs at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in July, working out of centrally located spaces in both Cleveland and Philadelphia.
The Atlantic’s Convention HQ will serve as home base for daily newsmaker briefings, lunches, receptions, and other news and topic-drive events. Each venue will also be the hub for The Atlantic’s political reporting team, which will be providing coverage for TheAtlantic.com as well as radio, TV, and moderating live events.
“Our coverage of politics and policy has never been stronger,” said Bob Cohn, president of The Atlantic. “Our recent cover story, ‘The Obama Doctrine,’ demonstrates our commitment to explaining how Washington works (and doesn’t), and the conventions give us another opportunity to create great journalism—online, on stage, in print—on national affairs.”
The Atlantic’s conventions presence is part of the publisher’s broader strategic expansion of its political coverage inside Washington and beyond. Earlier this year, TheAtlantic.com launched a fully redesigned Politics & Policy section and 2016 Distilled elections hub, as it grew the size of its political reporting team. Readership of the Politics section of the site has grown more than 160 percent year over year. A newly expanded Washington-focused media sales team and the brand’s event arm, AtlanticLIVE, continue to grow their portfolio to include more programs focused on vital policy debates and issues pivotal to the elections.