Since I was named editor back in late 2001, TCSDaily has grown in ways I could not imagine. And it has thrived in part because it has been willing to evolve in a tumultuous and challenging media landscape. That evolution continues this week as I announce I am buying TCS from its parent company.
Back when I started (and when the site was called TechCentralStation.com), TCS was publishing an article or two a week, reaching just a few thousand readers a month. Importantly, it was trying to find its voice and its feet. And over time, it did.
During the last four years, TCS has flourished. We publish an average of six articles a day, on a wide range of topics - business and economics, politics, science and technology, foreign affairs, the war on terror, health and medicine, philosophy, pop culture and beyond.
TCS is now an established brand that reaches 100,000 readers a week. The quality of our audience is one of its strengths. We enjoy an elite readership from academia, media, government, and business who look to TCS for pieces that tell them something they don't already know. We don't preach to the choir - instead, we engage in thoughtful debate on seminal issues, and do so in a media marketplace that generates far too much noise and heat.
TCS would be nothing without its network of contributors, over 200 academics, writers, diplomats, think tank scholars, businesspeople and the occasional politician. TCS authors are widely cited in the media and the blogosphere, and TCS pieces are frequently reprinted in newspapers and magazines. Several TCS authors have gone on to write acclaimed books based their TCS writings. My greatest thrill as an editor is discovering and working with our writers, particularly younger authors, and providing a platform for new voices, perspectives and ideas.
When I joined TCS, I did so in part to work with James K. Glassman, the site's founder. I had known Jim from my time toiling in the vineyards of PBS as a television producer. Jim hosted a PBS television show called TechnoPolitics (which later migrated online to become the inspiration for TCS). I had long admired his writing, and I shared Jim's worldview. He was optimistic about America and its role in the world; he championed the dynamism of free markets; and he understood the significance of technology to prosperity and economic growth. Someone like that, I told myself, was someone I'd like to work with. Jim has proven an invaluable professional mentor; more than that, he has been a friend. Jim will be moving on from TCS to take over The American Enterprise magazine. He will be relaunching it as an exciting new business magazine, renamed The American, and it will be unlike anything you've ever seen. I wish him well.
You will see some changes at TCS in the coming weeks and months as we work on a site redesign, among other things. If you have thoughts for changes you'd like to see, or if you are interested in advertising on or supporting TCS, don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. What won't change is the TCS commitment to educating readers about critical issues in the world of ideas.
Best,Nick SchulzEditorTCS Daily