TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Daily Beast Publishes An Extremely Exhaustive Oral History of Newsweek

Newsweek — in the print form — is dead. However, if you’re feeling nostalgic, and want to spend some time with the ghosts of Newsweek’s past, head on over to The Daily Beast. The site has published an extremely long and thorough oral history of the recently folded magazine, and depending on how you feel about oral histories, it might be worth a look.

One of our favorite memories comes courtesy of Peter Goldman, a writer for the glossy from 1962 to 1988. He was at the New Weston Hotel bar having a “liquid lunch” when someone informed him and his co-worker that JFK had been shot:

He said, ‘You guys are with Newsweek, you should probably know this: the president was shot. They hit him in the hand.’ Someone had a radio and they had misheard. My first reaction was annoyance because I was doing a Kennedy story and I had it all framed in my mind. Kennedy was on a political trip to the South. ‘Now he’s been shot in the hand? That’s going to complicate my goddam life.’

Other Newsweek staffers who reminisce include Henry Hubbard (congressional correspondent, 1959 – 1985); Osborn Elliott (editor, 1961 – 1976); Jerry Adler (writer, 1979 – 2010); and Barbara Kantrowitz (writer/editor, 1985 – 2010).

Mediabistro Course

Pitch Your Magazine Article

Pitch Your Magazine ArticleStarting October 1, learn how to write queries for magazines and websites! In this course, you'll learn how to write and send an effective pitch, generate pitch letters, research outlets for your articles, and follow-up with editors to ensure that your queries get results. Register now!