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NY Times Public Editor Criticizes NY Times Magazine Covers

originalLooks like we weren’t the only ones puzzled by The New York Times Magazine’s Hillary Clinton cover. Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, wasn’t a fan of it either. In a new column, Sullivan took the magazine to task for the Clinton cover and one featuring Wendy Davis, the Texas senator:

I did not find the Clinton cover illustration sexist but simply bizarre, lacking the sophisticated execution one expects from The Times Magazine. The Amy Chozick article it illustrated was an intriguing idea, exploring all the connections in the ‘Planet Hillary’ universe.

The Wendy Davis article presents a different, more serious question: When an article sets out to examine gender bias, how can it avoid perpetuating that bias along the way? Despite its well-intentioned efforts, this piece managed to trip over a double standard with its detailed examination of Ms. Davis’s biography, including her role in raising her two daughters.

While the illustration of Clinton was certainly weird, the headline of the Davis cover “Can Wendy Davis Have it All?” was ridiculous.

Lauren Kern, a deputy editor for the Times Magazine, told Sullivan they knew it was a “charged phrase.” “We asked the question about whether Davis can ‘have it all’ in part because her critics are saying she can’t,” she said. “She can’t make a tough choice — one that many women and men have to make — about temporarily prioritizing education or career over family, without being criticized for it later.”

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The New York Times Magazine Selects Lauren Kern As New Deputy Editor

The New York Times Magazine’s new editor Hugo Lindgren did not waste much time in naming his second-in-command.  Just 11 days after his own hiring, Lindgren announced today that he has brought on Lauren Kern as deputy magazine editor.

Kern and Lindgren have some history as the two worked together at New York magazine for five years.  She was the editorial director at New York prior to leaving for the executive editor position at O: The Oprah Magazine this past September.

Lindgren e-mailed the magazine’s staff with a glowing review of his newest hire:

“She is a great, creative editor, a thoughtful colleague and an all-around wonderful person.  We are lucky to have her.”

Lindgren added that Kern will begin work with The New York Times Magazine on Oct. 25.

O, The Oprah Magazine Makes Editorial Changes

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Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine announced four hires in their editorial department yesterday.

Lauren Kern, who worked at New York magazine, most recently as editorial director, has been named executive editor.

Michelle Shih, who spent the past 10 years at Food & Wine magazine, joins O as director of digital editions and lifestyle.

Raha Naddaf is the new senior editor at O. Naddaf previously worked at GQ, mostly as an associate editor.

O also brought on board Adam Bell as managing editor. He had been with Seventeen as executive managing editor since 2007.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the team we’ve assembled,” O editor-in-chief Susan Casey said. “We look forward to evolving Oprah’s vision–to help readers live their best lives–in dynamic new ways.”