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Kate Lewis Talks the Future of Hearst Magazines

Kate Lewis, VP of content operations and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM), has a lot on her plate. She oversees editorial for all 18 of Hearst Magazines’ websites. With that much responsibility, Lewis has plenty of expert insight into the magazine world.

In an interview, Lewis spoke about her love of print and what the future holds for HMDM. Below are some highlights.

On how her love for print can help digital operations:

I care deeply about the way we present our content, that we think like features editors and don’t just pursue the ephemeral Internet news story. I also want to go after big packages and meaningful features, and figure out how to make the Internet listen to us.

On how teamwork is vital to her job:

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Norman Pearlstine Talks Advertising

NormanPearlstine_FeaturedNorman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s chief content officer, is no stranger to the world of advertising. In his role at Time, he has to guide the company through the nasty waters of the magazine world, somehow keeping it afloat. So when The Washington Post asked him about Time Inc.’s approach to ad dollars, he had plenty to say. Below are a couple highlights.

On the controversial spreadsheet that seemed to indicate that if a writer didn’t pen advertiser-friendly content, they were cut:

I don’t think you can say to a reporter that you should be writing stuff for the benefit of advertisers. But as an editor who’s a steward of a publication who has to go down on head count, do I have the right to choose to keep the reporter that is generating a lot of traffic… as opposed to the guy who happens to have a beat that nobody’s reading? The answer has to be yes.

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Chris Rock Speaks with NY Times

You’ve probably noticed that Chris Rock has been everywhere lately. The guy is a press tour champion right now. Rock’s latest stop during the promotion of Top Five — his latest movie — is with David Carr of The New York Times.

Rock will speak to Carr as part of the Times’ TimesTalks series. The two will discuss the film, which “digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap — and the exigencies of being black in entertainment today,” according to the Times.

The event is (of course) sold out, but you can watch it live here. Tune in tomorrow, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

Dean Baquet Comments on TNR and Rolling Stone

Dean Baquet GWhen you’re the executive editor of The New York Times, people want your take on everything from the Times to the latest media blunders. There are no bigger media f*ck ups lately than the debacle at The New Republic and Rolling Stone’s embarrassingly bad reporting on its UVA rape story.

WWD asked Dean Baquet — the Times’ top editor — for his take on both.


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Graydon Carter: ‘I Used to Revel in my Canadianness’

CraigOffmanTwitterProfilePicWhen Craig Offman (pictured) interviewed lo those many years ago for the position of editorial assistant at Vanity Fair, Canada was a topic of conversation. His interviewer, Graydon Carter, counseled: “Don’t tell people in New York you’re from Canada. They don’t care.”

The Great White North came up once again earlier this month when Offman, now a feature writer with the Toronto Globe & Mail, sat down for lunch with his old boss at Carter’s Monkey Bar. Offman wound up working at VF for four years, ascending to the perch of horoscope editor:

The discussion naturally turns to the ancient homeland. Carter had just talked about the Jian Ghomeshi scandal with his mother over the phone. Justin Trudeau, whom the magazine featured in the December issue, also came up. “He’s not as good-looking as you’d expect,” Carter said. “He’s attractive for a politician.”

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Jack Shafer Talks About Being Let Go Like the Media Critic He Is

ShaferWhen columnist Jack Shafer announced last night via Twitter that he was leaving Reuters, the media world responded with a collective electronic gasp. Despite the surprise following his announcement, this is familiar territory for Shafer, who landed at Reuters after Slate shut down his “Press Box” column in 2011. Hours after his announcement, Shafer spoke to Capital New York’s Peter Sterne in an interview reflective of just how much of an industry vet Shafer is. Even in discussing the unfortunate loss of his own job he came at it like a critic:

I don’t fit their game anymore, and I’m completely understanding of that. They’re treating me well on the way out. So there’s no reason for tears. It’s our business, right?

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Peter Bart Pays Norman Lloyd the Highest Hollywood Compliment

ShutterstockTennisCourtTomorrow, on the sunny west coast, Peter Bart will meet Norman Lloyd for a game of tennis. Bart, the former Paramount Studios production VP and current Variety editor-at-large, is 82. Lloyd, a Tinseltown legend, will turn 100 on Saturday.

The combined 181 years of these players is actually not the most notable aspect of tomorrow’s match. Per Bart’s latest transcribed weekly conversation with Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr., the game will be distinguished by something even rarer. Explains Bart:

“I’ve never caught Norman making a bad call on the tennis court, setting him apart from everyone else I’ve ever played with.”

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Arianna Huffington to Interview Jennifer Lopez on HuffPost Live

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, is going to interview Jennifer Lopez on HuffPost Live. The interview will take place live at about 11:50 am.

Lopez is doing a press tour for her new memoir True Love. She and her sister — Lynda Lopez — will also be discussing The Lopez Family Foundation, their charity that seeks to empower young women.

You can submit questions for Lopez or just watch the interview by clicking here. A word of caution though, we’ve been informed the following topics are off-limits:

  • Bennifer
  • Lopez’s butt
  • Gigli
  • Huffington’s butt

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Details on Jill Abramson/Steve Brill Venture

During an talk at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s annual Conference and Mentoring Project, Jill Abramson gave a few more details about her startup with Steve Brill. According to Poynter, the news venture will produce one feature a month, paying writers up to $100,000 to do so.

Abramson said the articles — described as “one perfect whale of a story” — will be longer than a typical magazine piece, but shorter than a book. The content will be available to readers via a subscription.

Abramson wouldn’t identify who is investing in the project, and admitted Brill and her didn’t have a name for it yet. But we’re sure that’s enough details to get writers who are looking for work thinking.

Condé Nast Exec Fired After Alleged Theft

CondeNastLogoDeb Lee has been fired by Condé Nast for allegedly stealing $50,000 from the company over the past few years.

Lee had most recently served as GQ’s senior director of entertainment and partnerships. She previously worked for Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue.

The New York Post reports that Howard MittmanGQ’s relatively new publisher — decided to let Lee go a few weeks ago when the allegations were brought to light.

There is no word on how, exactly, Lee allegedly stole the money. A Condé spokesperson would only confirm that Lee was no longer with the company.