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NY Times Mag Adds Tamar Adler

Despite massive newsroom cuts at the New York Times, the Times Magazine continues to grow as it gears up for a relaunch. Tamar Adler  — author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace and a Vogue contributor — is joining the Times Mag as a contributing writer. Adler will contribute to a food column along with other writers, including Mark Bittman and Sam Sifton.

Adler is the just the latest addition to the Times Mag, as editor Jake Silverstein reshapes it in his vision. The glossy recently added Emily Bazelon and Bill Wasik, and Silverstein has cut some unpopular features while adding new ones.

The revamped Times Mag doesn’t debut until next year, but some changes are already here. Adler’s first column will be available in this week’s issue, along with the new essay feature, “First” (the inaugural edition was written by Mark Leibovich).

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Capital New York’s Sexiest 60-Second Interview Yet

CapitalProLogoOne of the features of Capital New York’s brand new “Media Pro” morning newsletter is something called The 60-Second Interview. Participants so far have included Curbed CEO Lockhart Steele, Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min, former FishbowlNY editor Rachel Sklar and, today, Glenn Beck.

The Daily Caller got a kick out of the fact that present in today’s e-mail version was the editorial annotation [CUT?] ahead of The Blaze founder’s praise of I Love Lucy (Beck’s Ricky Ricardo praise was indeed excised from the Web side). Meanwhile, at The Blaze end, assistant editor Erica Ritz seems to have felt the need to confirm to her readers that the conversation is not a hoax:

Glenn Beck told Capital New York in a “60-second interview” that he actually admires a number of reporters from the mainstream media.

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NYT Correspondent: A Watergate Scandal Would Never Be Uncovered by Journalists Today

MarkLeibovichThisTownIn recent years, as Ken Auletta discussed not too long ago on PBS NewsHour alongside David Carr, The Guardian has broken three massive, Woodward & Bernstein-like stories. But over in D.C., at least according to New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich, it’s a much sadder story.

Liebovich spoke on Wednesday to students at the University of Montana as part of the President’s Lectures Series. Per a report in the Montana Kaimin by Andrew Visscher, he says it all has to do with the rise of D.C. self-congratulation:

The media provides the fuel necessary for this new order of self-seeking politicians, Leibovich said. He claims a journalistic takedown like Watergate could never happen in modern times, where journalists are often more focused on Facebook statuses and Twitter followers.

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Mark Leibovich Joins New York Times Magazine

Mark Leibovich is joining The New York Times Magazine as chief national correspondent. Leibovich has been a political reporter for the Times, most recently covering the Republican primaries. Leibovich will also contribute to the paper’s Style section.

Below is the memo announcing the move from Hugo Lindgren, editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine.

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The Best in Media Writing

The blizzard continues to snarl travel plans, leaving a ton of people bored out of their minds in airports across the nation. It’s times like this when having something good to read (or plenty of alcohol) comes in handy, and Joe Pompeo over at The Cutline has put together a great list of long-form media writing to help.

Number one on the list, which we agree with, is the Roger Ebert profile by Chris Jones in Febuary’s Esquire. It’s an amazing piece that offers a look into the life of Ebert, who hasn’t been able to speak since his thyroid cancer surgery in 2006.

Other articles featured in Pompeo’s list include a Nick Denton article by Ben McGrath in The New Yorker and a Glenn Beck feature by Mark Leibovich in the New York Times Magazine. Give some of these articles a try if you’re looking for something to take your mind off of the holiday travel madness.

“Vook” Heralds An Era Of Stupid e-Reader Terms

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The New York Times released its list of buzzwords for 2009 last week, including terms people actually used this year, like “birthers” and “I’mma let you finish” (more of a buzzphrase, actually), and ones that literally no one outside of reporters Mark Leibovich and Grant Barrett‘s inner circle have ever used, like “mancession” and “drive like a Cullen.” You know, because in Twilight the Cullen family drives really fast? Nope.

Especially head-scratching was the inclusion of the buzzword “vook” which Barrett describes as “A digital book that includes some video in its text.” We’d give our own opinion on this entry, but Publisher’s Weekly just sums it up so succinctly:

While we are happy to think e-books and multimedia in general have become more a part of Americans’ collective consciousness in 2009, frankly, we’ve never really heard anyone use the term outside of publishing, so we kind of question its “buzz.”

Agreed! In fact, a Google News search reveals that before October, only two or three publications had ever used that term. And while October saw a boost in articles about the multi-media term, the past two months yielded less than four results that didn’t just refer back to this Times article.

So while it may be a buzzword to The New York Times, “vook” is certainly no “Play him off, keyboard cat,” which didn’t even make the list.

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The More Things Change, Etc.: Obama Emulated Bush Press Tactics

22ggg98955324_a9c7e66de3.jpgOver at Politico Michael Calderone got his hands on an advance copy of this Sunday’s NYT Magazine which features a profile of Barack Obama‘s incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs by Mark Leibovich. The piece also talks about the campaign’s four letter word strategy when it came to the press: Bush. It’s not new news that more than once over the campaign season journalists commented and complained about the Obama camp’s strict press access and control over his message, so perhaps this excerpt pulled by Calderone shouldn’t come as a total surprise.

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