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Curtis Brainard at the Columbia Journalism Review's The Observatory has talked to Discover magazine for a reaction...

Curtis Brainard at the Columbia Journalism Review's The Observatory has talked to Discover magazine for a reaction to the recent blogger exodus that Deborah Blum covered here at the Tracker.

A week ago, news broke that  Ed Yong (his blog is Not Exactly Rocket Science) and Carl Zimmer (The Loom) were leaving Discover for National Geographic's new Phenomena blogging collective to be run by National Geographic science editor Jamie ShreevePhil Plait (Bad Astronomy)...

Kalmbach Publishing Company, the owner of Discover magazine, has hired an editor-in-chief to take over when the magazine moves from New York City to Waukesha, Wisconsin at the end of the year.

The new editor, Stephen C. George, is currently an executive editor at the Reader’s Digest...

Kalmbach Publishing Company, the owner of Discover magazine, has hired an editor-in-chief to take over when the magazine moves from New York City to Waukesha, Wisconsin at the end of the year.

The new editor, Stephen C. George, is currently an executive editor at the Reader’s Digest Association Inc. in Greendale, Wis., according to Kalmbach's press release.

Here's more from the press release:

George is the former editor of The Saturday Evening Post. His career includes senior editorial positions at Meredith Corp.’s Better Homes and Gardens and Rodale’s Prevention. George is an experienced health and medicine editor. He oversaw coverage of the topic at Prevention and, earlier in his career, was an associate editor at The New Physician. From 1999 to 2002, he was USA Today’s health/science columnist for its USA Weekend newspaper...

Noteworthy moves:

--Phil Plait is moving his Bad Astronomy blog from Discover to Slate on Nov. 12. "I’ve been writing at Discover Magazine for over four years, and...

Noteworthy moves:

--Phil Plait is moving his Bad Astronomy blog from Discover to Slate on Nov. 12. "I’ve been writing at Discover Magazine for over four years, and it’s been a great ride," he writes. Laura Helmuth, Slate's science and health editor, says, "We're thrilled to get him." The Bad Astronomer calculates that he has posted some 4,600 items at Discover. He leaves with great praise for Discover and its blog network, but can't resist adding, "I also hope y’all will follow me to Slate as well."

--Science News announces two promotions to fill top spots....

Last week, I posted on the future of Discover magazine's blogs and bloggers, and the reassuring news seemed to be that nothing would change. It was reassuring because Discover's blog network is widely thought to be...

Last week, I posted on the future of Discover magazine's blogs and bloggers, and the reassuring news seemed to be that nothing would change. It was reassuring because Discover's blog network is widely thought to be among the best science blog networks anywhere.

"They set the standard for other bloggers," said David Dobbs, who blogs at Wired. "Anyone would like to move there, I think. They are one of the best supported logistically and financially, and it shows in the product."

My post last week addressed the quality of Discover's blog network. But since I posted it, several people have raised a different question: Will the compensation paid to Discover's bloggers change?

Kalmbach Publishing Co., Discover's owner, ...

For those of you who have been wondering, as I have, about the future of Discover magazine's distinguished blog network, the early word is: Nothing will change.

That's what the publisher, Kalmbach Publishing Co., is telling the staff. As I...

For those of you who have been wondering, as I have, about the future of Discover magazine's distinguished blog network, the early word is: Nothing will change.

That's what the publisher, Kalmbach Publishing Co., is telling the staff. As I reported here in mid-August, Kalmbach executives told editor Corey Powell that they "like the magazine as it is, and the intention is to keep the magazine intact." The same message has been sent to the bloggers, who include the distinguished writers and scientists Sean Carroll, Carl Zimmer, Ed Yong, Phil Plait, and others. But the publisher has not provided a lot of detail.

"We weren't told anything ahead of time, and not much since. But what we were told is that the blogs are expected to go on more or less exactly as before," Carroll told me in an...