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Kyle Pope Reflects on The Short Life of Conde Nast Portfolio

Having been on both sides of the editorial process as an editor (Wall Street Journal) and a freelancer (The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times), Kyle Pope of The New York Observer has learned a few keys to being a great writer and reporter: Never take no for an answer, develop your own voice, and be nimble.

That final lesson, of course, he experienced firsthand as deputy editor of presumably the most infamous magazine launch (and shuttering) of all time, Conde Nast Portfolio.

Although critics blamed its demise on everything from the mag’s cover choices and operating expenses to its overall disorganization and low staff morale, Pope has a simpler explanation: “When the world changed, we didn’t adapt quickly enough.”

Part 1: Kyle Pope on The New York Observer‘s Web Problem

Part 2: Observer Editor Kyle Pope on His ‘Necessary Tension’ with Jared Kushner

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