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Fareed Zakaria’s Time Column Debuts

Fareed Zakaria has debuted the first entry for his new Time column. The magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel introduces the column in his Letter to Readers:

Fareed is quite simply one of the foremost public intellectuals of our time. He does something that is rare: he connects the dots on foreign policy, politics, the economy and the larger culture to make sense of the world’s most important ideas and trends. And he does it with a subtlety that is nevertheless clear and accessible. For him, politics and international affairs are complex and gray, not black and white.

In his inaugural post, “The Real Challenge from China: Its People, Not Its Currency,” Zakaria takes a look on how China is investing in its people as the country “moves up the value chain.” This is the first column Zakaria has written for Time since leaving his post as editor of Newsweek International.

Also in this week’s issue, Joe Klein‘s cover story offers a look at what happens when a New York-based journalist criss-crosses the country to meet with “real” Americans in order to get a sense of what, exactly, is on people’s minds as we approach midterm elections. Klein’s 6,782-mile trek is also chronicled in daily entries on Time.com’s  Swampland blog.

Redesigned Newsweek Set to Launch in May

newsweek-goldcup.JPGMore details are emerging on the Newsweek redesign (the mag just celebrated its 75th anniversary) set to launch in early May. Per an article in today’s FT:

For more than a year, Thomas Ascheim, the former Nickelodeon cable executive who is Newsweek’s chief executive; Jon Meacham, editor; and Fareed Zakaria, international editor, have plotted the radical remaking of a product that had lost its relevance as a news source years ago as readers turned to the internet and cable news…A prototype of the redesign…is a cleaner take on the old, with more white space and bolder photographs. The launch will coincide with a relaunch of Newsweek.com that will replace wire copy with links to the best sources of online news, even if published by rivals.

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Journalists Say Internet Hurts

NSONYHC6_LARGE.JPGIt’s hard to read a survey like this and not conclude it’s a bit like carriage drivers saying cars are hurting the horse and buggy industry, nevertheless here it is. The Atlantic has polled 43 media insiders (Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, Juan Williams, Fareed Zakaria, to name a few) and the majority of them (65%) feel the Internet has hurt journalism. Says one participant:

News consumption depends on news production, and I don’t see anything on the Internet that produces news — that is, detailed responsible empirical journalism — the way newspapers do (or did). It is typical of Americans to get more excited about consumption than about production.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, someone else said (and we’ll leave it to you to match responses to faces):”You abandon the conceit that ‘newspapers’ equals ‘news,’ you realize that people have far more information available to them about current events than ever before, and that’s a great thing for both journalism (the gathering of news) and the public.” Also? The Internet is here to stay. Full results can be found here.

Fareed Zakaria on The Daily Show: The Raisin vs. Virgin Debate Rages On

Newsweek contributor and CNN host Fareed Zakaria made a relatively serious appearance on Jon Stewart last night to discuss, among other things, the resilience of Mumbai after the recent terrorist attacks and how the Indian press, in comparison the American press during 9/11, handled the day after. Zakaria also points out that there is some debate as to whether a mis-translation has led terrorists to believe there will be virgins awaiting them instead of, you know, raisins.

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