If you’re into this sort of thing, some fascinating meta-media notes on Joe Hagan‘s piece on Time magazine in this week’s New York mag:
Editor Richard Stengel tells Hagan he wants Time to be a bit more like the Economist. Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey does not: “Well, that’s not the magazine we’re making. To say that we’re going down that road is not where we’re going.” Stengel later amends his description. Stengel calls new Time columnist Joel Stein “a god to people in their twenties and thirties.” Huey on his Time legacy: “Ex-CEOs don’t mean spit. And neither do ex-editors-in-chief.”
Stengel on Time vs. the New York Times: “The New York Times talks to people who already agree with all the things in the New York Times. I would argue that the bar for us is higher because we have a diverse audience. We’re not preaching to the converted.” Stengel on being mocked for Time‘s Person of the Year choice, “You,” on the Daily Show. “I loved seeing myself on the Daily Show.” Huey first offered Stengel’s job to Daniel Okrent, the first public editor of the New York Times. Okrent turned down the offer for a one-year tenure during which they would seek a permanent replacement for Jim Kelly. Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown volunteered herself for the job.
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