"Journalism is the new marketing degree" is the slightly sarcastic motto among New York Times staffers, many of them former journalists, who create articles and videos for brands. It appears the same could be said at The Atlantic, which just hired former Time magazine Managing Editor James Gaines to lead content operations at its branded-content division, Atlantic Re:think.
Mr. Gaines was most recently held editor positions at Reuters, but he spent the bulk of his career at Time Inc., where he was top editor at People, Life and Time. Mr. Gaines also served as managing editor of News Corp.'s short-lived tablet publication The Daily. In his new role, he will report to Sam Rosen, VP-marketing, The Atlantic, who leads Re:think as a whole.
The last couple of years have seen many publishers build departments to help advertisers create editorial-like content. The Atlantic, for better or worse, has been at the vanguard of this push towards so-called native advertising. In early 2013, The Atlantic was slammed for running a sponsored post from Scientology, but the publication explained itself ("We screwed up," it said) and produced an internal protocol for accepting and running articles from brands.