Rem Rieder, who has been American Journalism Review editor for nearly 22 years, is joining USA Today as full time media editor. “[He] brings us a combination of traditional media sensibilities and new media entrepreneurship that will help us develop our media coverage across all our beats and all of our platforms,” USA Today editor-in-chief Dave Callaway tells his staff.
University of Maryland Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation Leslie Walker and Capital News Service Multimedia Bureau Director Sean Mussenden have been named AJR interim editors.
The USA Today memo:
From: Callaway, David
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:32 PM
To: USAT ED Newsgroup; email@example.com
Cc: Kramer, Larry; Murphy, Derek
Subject: Rem Rieder
Folks, I’m excited to announce that Rem Rieder, who has been writing a weekly media column for us for the last several months, has agreed to join us full time as our new media editor.
Rem, who currently is editor of the American Journalism Review, brings us a combination of traditional media sensibilities and new media entrepreneurship that will help us develop our media coverage across all our beats and all of our platforms.
These days every company is a media company and everybody a media personality. Rem will help us explore that phenomenon both through his column and his stewardship of our coverage. He also will be a huge help as we build out the Gannett Global News Desk and continue to train staff in real-time and enterprise news coverage.
Before AJR, Rem had long and impressive stints at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other stops. He will report to David Craig and start work July 15. Please join me in welcoming Rem.
UPDATE: This is from AJR and the University of Maryland —
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Rem Rieder, the editor and senior vice president of American Journalism Review (AJR), is moving to USA Today as the newspaper’s media editor.
“After 21-and-a-half wonderful years at AJR, I’ve very excited about this new opportunity,” Rieder said. “I’ll be writing columns about the media and augmenting USA Today’s coverage of this dynamic and important subject. I’m looking forward to joining President and Publisher Larry Kramer and Editor-in-Chief Dave Callaway as they transform USA Today for the digital era.”/CONTINUES
AJR has been based at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism since 1987. Rieder became editor in 1991 and also served as a lecturer in the college.
“There’s so much journalism about journalism these days. And a lot of it is excellent,” said Rieder. “But where AJR stands out is with its heavily reported, in-depth articles on key issues facing the field. I particularly liked our recurring looks at the state of Washington coverage, statehouse coverage, foreign reporting, investigative reporting. And pieces like Jodi Enda’s look at the state and future of nonprofit journalism that just won a Mirror Award. At the same time, I loved writing columns for ajr.org responding to the developments of the day, or the hour.”
Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish said, “Rem has had an enormous impact on AJR and the entire Merrill College community. His love of Merrill College shines through every day. We wish him well in this exciting new opportunity and we’re very pleased he will continue in an advising role to AJR.”
Rieder says for him, the best part of his work at AJR was the people: “I’ve been privileged to have a number of wonderful managing editors and to work with so many good writers. And don’t forget all those terrific Merrill College students who have worked as AJR interns. It’s been great watching them grow and flourish.”
Dean Dalglish has appointed Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation Leslie Walker and Capital News Service Multimedia Bureau Director Sean Mussenden to serve as interim editors of the publication.