The Atlantic is partnering with the Aspen Institute and the Newseum to offer the magazine's first-time summit of journalists, politicians, and business leaders this week. "The First Draft of
History" includes David Axelrod, John McCain and Michael Bloomberg interviewed by TV journalists, such as David Gregory, George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson.
Atlantic editors got the idea for the event about a year ago and formalized the plan in early 2009, after partnering with the Aspen Institute and Newseum trustee Shelby Coffey. An expected 500 to 600 individuals will head to the Newseum over the course of the conference today and tomorrow.
Intended to become an annual event, the magazine will extend impact of the proceedings in its print product. The January/February issue of The Atlantic will bear the title "The First Draft of History" and include reports on the conference as well as reflections from a handful of historians are attending.