Running a magazine is a journalistic assignment, and part of the fun of being a journalist is that you get to change jobs every so often. Though there's no stated term limit, four or five years should be plenty of time to put your stamp on a publication. When you find that you're no longer making it new every day, it's time for fresh energy and vision.
When that moment came for me, choosing David Plotz as my replacement was an easy decision. David has been here since Slate began, serving as the first writer of our "Assessment" column, lead political writer, and Washington bureau chief. Along the way he has devised some of Slate's most successful experiments in Web journalism, including the brilliant "Seed" series, which became his 2005 book The Genius Factory, and "Blogging the Bible," which he has also turned into a book scheduled for publication next year. For the past five years, I've been lucky enough to have David as my deputy. He's a brilliant journalist who has the respect and affection of everyone at Slate.
In the past year, I've been drawn more and more into projects that expand upon what we've built at Slate.
My new task at the Washington Post Co. is to consolidate and expand this portfolio of Web sites under the heading of the Slate Group.