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Today is Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz’s 50th birthday, and to help him celebrate, AARP created a special cover.
Sadly, the AARP cover is ruined by Duritz’s unusual (and slightly worrisome) dedication to his misguided attempt at dreads. If ever there was a case for Photoshopping, this is it.
Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s chief content officer, is not afraid to speak his mind. When Time began selling ads on its cover, Pearlstine brushed aside the notion that the practice was a bad thing, even though it broke ASME’s number one guideline.
On the future of Time, EW, SI and People:
You can’t just reprise the news. You have to have journalism that makes a point and you have to be in sync with your audience. When I think about Sports Illustrated, when I think about People, Entertainment Weekly, Time — all four of them have editors who are very much in touch with their readers and that’s a comfort to me.
We’re just going to make this a site dedicated to Self news. Hope you’re cool with that. Joyce Chang and Mary Murcko, editor and publisher of the magazine, respectively, have announced… Wait for it… New hires! Alex Postman has been named deputy editor, and Maureen Dempsey has been named site director.
Since Chang and Murcko took over in April, they’ve let more than a few people go, and hired the following:
- Eric Johnson
- Barbara Reyes
- Suzanne D’Amato
- Rebecca Sinn
- Melissa Ventosa Martin
- Dania Ortiz
- Lori Cohn
- Tammy Cohen
- Lexie McCarthy
- Postman and Dempsey
Lucy Danziger, who served as Self’s editor-in-chief for more than a decade, is joining Penguin Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell division as an editor-at-large.
Danziger was a casualty of Anna Wintour‘s desire to shake up Self. Danziger and Self’s publisher — Laura McEwen — were both bounced from the title in April. Wintour chose Joyce Chang to replace Danziger and Mary Murcko to succeed McEwen.
At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Danziger will serve as a part-time scout while working closely with Jennifer Tung, Ballantine’s VP and editorial director of nonfiction, and Marnie Cochran, Ballantine’s executive editor.
Danziger is also launching her own company — 10Points Ventures. The New York Post reports 10Points “will be involved in creating digital affinity groups in the fitness and well-being space.”
GalleyCat: George W. Bush is writing a book about his father, George H.W. Bush. Early rumors are that the book will be titled “Isn’t My Dad Great?” and the first chapter will be named “Yes.”
PRNewser: Johnson & Johnson’s new ad campaign summarized: “Sorry your baby keeps getting bathed in carcinogens now buy our stuff.”
SocialTimes: An app called Yo wants Apple to ban an app called Yolo. These are amazing times we live in.
Hearst has named Renee Peterson vice president of human resources for Hearst Newspapers, which publishes 15 daily and 34 weekly papers. Peterson joined Hearst last year. She came to the site from Hargrove, Inc., where she was director of human resources.
“Renee will bring important tactical and strategic human resources leadership to all of Hearst Newspapers,” said Hearst Newspapers president Mark Aldam, in a statement. “Our newspapers, websites and digital marketing services succeed in serving our audiences and customers because of our diverse, creative and hard-working colleagues. Having Renee provide the HR leadership to recruit, develop and retain the best multimedia talent is key to our continued success.”
Peterson, who recently became the San Francisco Chronicle’s VP of human resources, will continue in that role.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Capital New York taking on Men’s Health. For Capital’s “Infrastructure Issue,” the magazine went with an illustration that is slightly better than the doodles we make during work. Yes, even the log cabin with the swirly smoke coming out of the chimney!
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