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Frank Rich is Feeling Great

Frank Rich is loving New York after such a long career at The New York Times. He tells Adweek that he doesn’t miss the paper as much as he thought he would, and that working with Adam Moss has been fantastic. When pressed about why he left the Times, Rich offers up the – appropriately enough – dull answer that he was essentially bored, and wanted to do something new.

Rich hasn’t lost his love for the Times though, saying that the phone hacking scandal has put the paper in a better place than ever:

The New York Times has, as long as I can remember, set the agenda for American journalism, even if it’s in reaction against it. Now, with what’s going on with the Murdoch empire, they’re in an even stronger position because that’s been seriously destabilizing.

He also says that the move from writing about theater to politics is natural for him, and that he might go back to covering the former one day. If you’re a Rich fan check out the rest of the interview, but trust us when we say we just covered the most interesting parts.

Hugo Lindgren Pokes Fun at Frank Rich Debut in New York

This week’s New York features the anticipated debut of Frank Rich. When Rich left The New York Times for the magazine, it was quite a loss for the paper. And then, more recently, New York appeared to be rubbing it in that he was now writing for them. So it’s good to see Hugo Lindgren, Editor-in-Chief of The New York Times Magazine, poking some fun at New York for its cover.

Lindgren tweeted this morning, “Hey @dixonanddixon [the guy behind the mag's design], why is Frank Rich’s name so small on the cover of @nymag? Shouldn’t it be bigger than the logo?”

A little rivalry is always a good thing.

Jill Abramson Tries to Stop Defections From the New York Times

It’s not just The Daily that has been bleeding talent as of late. The New York Times has itself withstood a series of unexpected departures over the past year, notably to the Huffington Post, which swallowed up “Sunday Business” editor Tim O’Brien as well as business reporter Peter Goodman. New York magazine also had an unexpected coup by taking on Times columnist Frank Rich. So one of new Times editor-in-chief Jill Abramson‘s goals, she tells Gabriel Sherman at New York, is to put an end to all the defections, a surprising problem for the storied paper.

“Retention is becoming a challenge,” she said. “The economy has improved, whether it’s Bloomberg or the Huffington Post, I can feel on any given week that I’m playing whack-a-mole keeping our most talented people.”

Perhaps the Times will take a page out of Arianna Huffington‘s book and add a nap room in for the staff. It certainly can’t hurt.

New York Wants Us All to Know When Frank Rich Debuts

Back in early March, New York shocked us when it announced that Frank Rich was leaving The New York Times to join the magazine. Now that the news has settled in, New York apparently doesn’t want us to forget this monumental move, so the magazine is throwing up poster ads across the city announcing Rich’s debut column for its July 4th issue.

As Ad Age points out, these posters aren’t as cheap or as haphazard as they seem:

When New Yorkers see such posters – which are about the size of the bedroom-ready ones (e.g., Justin Bieber) sold at Walmart – slapped up on construction sheds and other seemingly random outdoor spaces throughout Manhattan, they often don’t realize that those seemingly ad hoc campaigns are actually carefully controlled by agreements between property owners and flyposting companies, which paste up and take down posters for various clients on tightly managed schedules.

Frankly (pun intended) we were hoping for a nice “save the date” card from New York, but this will just have to do.

Virginia Heffernan Is Moving to the Opinion Pages at the New York Times

Virginia Heffernan, former columnist for The New York Times Magazine, has a new position at the Times: starting Monday, she will “write regularly for the Opinion pages,” she told Adweek.

She also announced her new position over Twitter: “Some late Wednesday news: I’m going to the NYT’s Opinion pages. Excited.”

Heffernan, 41, was with the Times Magazine for four years until earlier this year, when new editor Hugo Lindgren decided to end her column, “The Medium.”

This news comes following several departures at the Times‘ Opinion pages, including Bob Herbert, who recently left to pursue other projects, Frank Rich, who left earlier this month for New York magazine, David Shipley, who left for Bloomberg’s new opinion venture, and editor Mark Lotto, who is leaving for GQ.

Columnist Bob Herbert Is Leaving The New York Times After Almost 20 Years

After nearly 20 years with the New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert has resigned, editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal announced in a staff memo Friday. His last column will appear in the paper on Saturday.

“He was often called ‘the conscience of The Times,’” Rosenthal wrote. “We will miss him and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

In a message accompanying the announcement, Herbert explained his decision:

The deadlines and demands were a useful discipline, but for some time now I have grown eager to move beyond the constriction of the column format, with its rigid 800-word limit, in favor of broader and more versatile efforts.

It may be difficult to imagine the Times Op-Ed page without Herbert’s voice, and Rosenthal said it was too soon to know who might replace Herbert, and whether it would be one person or possibly more.

This is only the latest in a series of shakeups at the Times Op-Ed page, including Frank Rich, who left earlier this month for New York magazine, David Shipley, who left for Bloomberg’s new opinion venture, and editor Mark Lotto, who is leaving for GQ.

Adam Moss On Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine

More people speaking to other people! This time it was Adam Moss, Editor-in-Chief of New York, talking to students at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Cutline covered the event where he answered questions on a few subjects, including the new Newsweek and Tina Brown. “The first issue is way, way better than the magazine that was published previously,” said Moss. “I think it’s going to be a great magazine and she’s a really talented editor.”

When someone asked how he felt about the revamped New York Times Magazine being similar to New York, Moss was complimentary, but insisted that they are totally different.

He also said Frank Rich is “creatively restless,” which is only a compliment when you’re someone like Frank Rich.

Bill Keller Comments on a Variety of Issues

FishbowlNY’s friend Tonya Garcia, from PRNewser, attended the New York Press Club event at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism last night, and Bill Keller was one of the featured speakers. Garcia was kind enough to forward us some of his comments, and below are some highlights, followed by what he really meant.

  • On fluff in journalism: “I don’t know how many times I’ve urged reporters and editors to get to the goddamn point.” Most writers think they’re smarter than they actually are.
  • On Frank Rich leaving: “He’s been restless for awhile.” I’ve already contacted Sly Stallone about going on a mission to bring him back.
  • On if The New York Times is considering something like Wikileaks: “How do you make sure the information hasn’t been massaged?” I have to be honest, I think Assange’s hair is absolutely fantastic.
  • On Fox News: “If you’re a regular viewer of Fox News, you’re one of the most cynical people on planet Earth.” If you’re a regular viewer of Fox News, you’re one of the most cynical people on planet Earth.

More Changes at The New York Times Opinion Section

As Frank Rich departs, Joe Nocera arrives. Michael Calderone at The Cutline is reporting that Nocera is moving from the Business section of the New York Times to its Op-Ed pages, beginning April 1st.

Andy Rosenthal said the following in a memo to Times staffers, regarding Nocera’s new digs:

Our readers have come to rely on his sharp insights into the often opaque world of business and finance. We’re certain he will find a new audience on Op-Ed, where we know he will continue to illuminate difficult issues and expose bad behavior by business and government.

Frank Rich Joins New York Magazine

Talk about a huge score: Frank Rich is leaving The New York Times for New York magazine. At New York, he will be writing a monthly column on politics and culture, as well as editing a new monthly section that will be centered around his essay. Rich will also write for the magazine’s website.

Rich has been at the Times since 1980, and expressed sadness with leaving the paper:

There is no greater newspaper than the Times,” said Rich. “I leave the paper with deep affection for both the institution and my many brilliant colleagues, and with much gratitude for the opportunity the paper gave me to serve in two dream jobs in journalism. After seventeen years in my second career there, as a columnist, I feel much as I did after nearly fourteen years in my first, as chief drama critic—both the satisfaction that I’ve given a great job all I had and a serious hunger to move on to fresh and expanded writing challenges after having done the same assignment for so long.

It also doesn’t hurt that his longtime friend, Adam Moss, is Editor-in-Chief at New York. Moss, rightfully so, is very excited about Rich joining the team. “I have had the privilege to work with him for almost 25 years. Since the day I came to New York, I have hoped I could persuade him to join us here. I’m ecstatic that he will now be bringing his wisdom to our growing audience.”

All we can say is wow. What an amazing pull for New York magazine. The entire staff should go ahead and pat themselves on the back for this one.

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