Monika Bauerlein


Since taking the helm at Mother Jones in 2006, Monika and editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery have won two National Magazine Awards, launched a nine-person Washington bureau, relaunched the website, given birth, and forgotten what it’s like to sleep.

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Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones. Previously, she served as co-editor with Clara Jeffery, who is now editor-in-chief. Together, they spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, the addition of a 12-person Washington Bureau, and an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy that grew's traffic more than tenfold. She has also worked as Mother Jones' investigative editor, focusing on long-form projects marrying in-depth reportage, document sleuthing, and narrative appeal, and as an alternative-weekly editor, a correspondent for US and European publications in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, an AP stringer, corporate trainer, translator, sausage slinger and fishing-line packager. She lives in Oakland.

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Hey Look, It's a New Homepage!

| Fri Feb. 4, 2011 4:00 AM EST

Well, hello. If you’ve been here before, you've probably noticed that things look different. That’s right, we’ve redesigned the homepage—part of an incremental makeover of the site. 

We did this for a couple of reasons. First, change is good. Second, there were some parts of the old design that didn’t suit the rapid-fire pace at which our content rolls out these days.

Traffic has doubled over the last year. Our reporters in D.C. and on the West Coast are cranking out more stories than ever. Our new commenting system has pulled many more of you into the conversation, as has the vibrant community of our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr friends.

This design is less blocky, more open, and brings more of our freshest content to the top of the page. It also showcases the voices (and mugs) of the team of amazing staff writers and editors we've built over the past few years. If you click on any of their pictures, you’ll get to our new author pages. Bookmark your favorites.

Great photojournalism is one of MoJo’s hallmarks. Now, instead of burying our photo essays at the bottom of the page, we prominently feature two of them each day. Go to our photojournalism page to see lots more.

Love yourself some David Corn? Our DC bureau chief now has his own corner of the home page, complete with his latest TV appearances.

We have one of the best journalism internship programs in the country, so why not show off what these guys can do? Ditto for our far-flung network of famous and talented alumni. We point you to some of their best work.

And finally, there’s you. We've created a "Feedback" block to feature your tweets and comments. Don’t forget to send your scoops to our tipline. And it’s now even easier to subscribe to our magazine and our free newsletters—and become part of the community of supporters that keeps us going.

Pulling this off took a lot of work from everyone at this nonprofit shop. We're so proud of what they've accomplished. Which doesn't mean we're not open to constructive criticism; tell us what you think, because making a good website is a two-way street. Consider yourself consulted


Who You Calling a Print Magazine? MoJo Wins Online News Association Award

| Sun Oct. 31, 2010 2:32 AM EDT

Just in case the grins on the faces of reporter Kate Sheppard and news editor Dan Schulman don't tell you everything you need to know—yes, we are  honored and proud today to have won the Online News Association award for Online Topical Reporting/Blogging for our team coverage of the BP spill. For much of the summer, Mother Jones actually had more reporters covering the disaster than most dailies or TV news operations around the country: Our human-rights reporter Mac McClelland was on the scene for four months while Kate in Washington kept up the heat on agencies and politicians, and environmental correspondent Julia Whitty explored the stunning new science that shows the true impact of BP. It was an amazing endeavor, involving literally everyone at MoJo at one point or another and drawing on major effort from many (reporters, editors, factcheckers, tech crew—you know who you are). You can read the results here.

Fun fact: As far as we can tell, Mother Jones was the only magazine (that doesn't publish exclusively online, a la Salon) honored at the ONA awards last night; the event has long been dominated by daily newspapers, broadcasters, and online-exclusive news sites, which makes sense given that much of the magazine industry has not exactly stampeded into digital news. Here at MoJo, though, we pretty much tore down the distinction between print and digital several years ago, and now aim to bring you sharp, sassy investigative reporting 24/7 via the Interwebs as well as in our award-winning print magazine (you do take advantage of our dead cheap subscriptions, right?). So hooray for an award confirming that that's working out okay—and an extra hooray for all the other great journalism shops honored last night, including our fellow nonprofits at NPR, ProPublica, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and California Watch. (Bonus hooray for these last two, fellow Bay Area operations. Now back to the World Series already in progress.) 

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