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Pontin named publisher of Technology Review

Jason Pontin
Jason Pontin

Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation, today announced that Editor in Chief Jason Pontin will become both editor and publisher of the 106-year-old publication.

Pontin, who joined the magazine in July 2004 to oversee a major redesign, will take over the duties of Publisher Bruce Journey, who is resigning after nine years to pursue other activities.

The magazine is also changing its publication schedule. Starting this winter, Technology Review will come out every other month, appearing six times annually instead of 11 times. The magazine has about 300,000 subscribers.

In a statement, Ann J. Wolpert, who chairs the magazine's board of directors, said the magazine is making a strategic shift by moving more of its resources into electronic publishing. Although Technology Review is owned by MIT, it has its own board of directors. will be redesigned and relaunched in November featuring news analysis, daily commentary, audio and video feeds, blogs, podcasts and Webinars about the impact of emerging technologies, according to Wolpert.

"The increased focus on electronic publishing is an innovation that will better meet the needs of our readership," said Wolpert, who acknowledged that the restructuring may lead to more staff changes. The web site currently gets about 400,000 unique visits per month.

"This is a strategy that is also consistent with MIT's longstanding interest in open access and promoting the exchange of information via the Internet," she said.

Technology Review will continue to print news for MIT alumni in the magazine; MIT News and MIT Insider will also be available electronically, according to Wolpert.

Wolpert said Technology Review will also continue to produce the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT, an annual event that brings together world-renowned innovators, investors and leaders in technology and business to discuss how they are profiting from emerging technologies and innovations.

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