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July 16, 2012

Philanthropy Journal Founder Leaves in Cost-Cutting Shakeup

The founding editor and all three staff members at Philanthropy Journal have left the newspaper in a budget-based revamp by its owner, North Carolina State University's Institute for Nonprofits, says the Raleigh News & Observer.

Todd Cohen, the Journal's editor since it originated as a News & Observer column in 1991, said he left his post June 30. The shakeup comes two years after the publication, which covered nonprofit organizations and issues in North Carolina and nationally, was donated to N.C. State by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

Mary Tschirhart, who oversees the publication for the university, would not comment on Cohen's departure. The Journal is currently being run by three interim consultants and will continue operations with a staff of two, including an as-yet-unhired managing editor, with more money going into "direct content and programs" for readers, Ms. Tschirhart said.

Mr. Cohen has launched a new online journalism project, Philanthropy North Carolina.