President Obama will write a cover story about Haiti for the next edition of Newsweek, which will hit the newsstands Monday. How did the newsweekly snag him? Editor Jon Meacham simply called up David Axelrod, who put the question to his boss, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The presidential essay is part of the magazine's move toward commentary over straight news reporting. In fact, the magazine's website had scant coverage of the Haiti earthquake in the immediate aftermath. The shift in strategy comes as Newsweek lost $25 million in the first half of 2009.