“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.”
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.