Joan Connell named Online Editor at The Nation

The Nation’s just hired my friend Joan Connell as the magazine’s web editor. This is a wonderfully smart move–Joan is as good as they get.
Editor in chief Katrina vanden Heuvel, says, “Connell brings many strengths to her new role as our first full-time web staffer. She’s been a consistent trailblazer in the development of the Internet as a source of news and opinion–whether through the creation of blogs or through the increasing visibility of community journalism. We think she’s the ideal person to help us make our website, which already receives 600,000 visitors a month, an even more vibrant part of our work.”
The Nation already uses blogging, RSS, podcasting etc, but I’m expecting Joan to make everything better–she always does. (An award-winning writer and editor at newspapers and wire services, Connell first specialized in the coverage of religion, ethics and moral issues and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1994 for reporting on such topics as the religious right, scandals in the Catholic Church, environmental racism and the culture wars. As Executive Producer for Opinions at MSNBC.com from 1997 to 2004, Connell developed the network’s first weblogs, and as senior editor at MSN for the last two years, she developed editorial policies and strategies for the MSN portal, which draws roughly 81 million unique visitors monthly, and contributed to the network’s evolving Citizen Journalism efforts.)
Way to go, everyone.