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BusinessWeek Editor Adler Heads For The Door

bw_cover.jpgAfter much speculation about how Bloomberg LP’s acquisition of BusinessWeek would affect the magazine’s staff, it looks like editor-in-chief Stephen Adler will be the first casualty of the deal.

Yesterday afternoon, Adler sent a memo to the pub’s staff announcing his plans to depart after the sale to Bloomberg is completed later this year.

“It was hugely important to me to help find the right home for BusinessWeek and to work closely with our business-side colleagues to ensure that staffers would be provided appropriate benefits under any circumstance,” Adler said in his memo. “Now that these goals have been accomplished, I’m considering other opportunities, and I believe it makes sense for a new owner to move forward with a new editor.”

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Newsweek Goes on Recession Weight-Loss Plan

MK-AT390_NEWSWE_DV_20081210175616.jpgThe rumors floating around yesterday that Newsweek was going to significantly reduce its rate base look to be true. The Wall Street Journal is reporting the weekly magazine may cut anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million copies from its current 2.6 million guarantee as well as slim down the magazine resulting in a publication that has “more photos and opinion inside its pages.”

Newsweek is seeking in part to mirror publications like the Economist, which has thrived in a tough market by focusing less on costly news gathering than on driving discussion of the day’s issues. [Editor-in-chief] Jon Meacham said recently that Newsweek has never been an objective summarizer of the week’s events, or “AP on nicer paper,” though he acknowledged a greater emphasis lately on editorializing. “We are trying to be more provocative,” he said.

So basically lots of opinions and pretty pictures. You know what that sounds like to us? A blog! We suppose eventually when this media tsunami ends sometime next year what we will left have in its aftermath is a whole lot of doctor’s offices filled with newsweekly pamphlets and an in-depth reporting industry that has moved to Twitter.

The New Yorker Sees the Future of Magazines and It Looks Digital

newyorkerdigital.pngHere’s one of the things we love about The New Yorker: they are always looking ahead. To wit: their website was early out of the gate with content, they have a whole slew of their writers blogging, they even offer podcasts and video(!) (though we still think they should follow the Economist‘s lead and make available for download someone reading the entire issue), and a few years ago David Remnick to the gigantic step of making the magazine’s entire archive available on CD. The irony, of course, is that it is still one of the few magazines we read in print. This may change.

We are still waiting for further details from the New Yorker on this, but in the meantime PaidContent has picked up and then signed up for…a New Yorker digital edition! That’s right. Turns out if you are a subscriber to The New Yorker you can sign up and receive your copy in your inbox as well as your mailbox. Not only that it will give you full access to the complete New Yorker archives dating back to February 1925! Apparently the launch is still in Beta, but interested parties can go here to check it out and/or sign up for a four week trial. One imagines this is very much the way of print in the future.