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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Goldman’

Daily Beast Publishes An Extremely Exhaustive Oral History of Newsweek

Newsweek — in the print form — is dead. However, if you’re feeling nostalgic, and want to spend some time with the ghosts of Newsweek’s past, head on over to The Daily Beast. The site has published an extremely long and thorough oral history of the recently folded magazine, and depending on how you feel about oral histories, it might be worth a look.

One of our favorite memories comes courtesy of Peter Goldman, a writer for the glossy from 1962 to 1988. He was at the New Weston Hotel bar having a “liquid lunch” when someone informed him and his co-worker that JFK had been shot:

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Newsweek Cancels Iconic Presidential Election Series

Newsweek is opting to cancel its long-running presidential election series instead of embracing its increasing costs. The New York Times reports that the series — which features two teams of writers covering the presidential candidates for the year leading up to the decision — cost the magazine about $1 million, and that, in addition to people relying more on the Internet for information, prompted the cancellation.

Edward Felsenthal, the Executive Editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, said, “Sitting on election news felt to us out of place in an era where so much information comes out so fast.” Peter Goldman, the man who came up with the idea for the issue, said it made sense. “The cost of campaign travel has soared. It was expensive to do, and they’re looking at a lot of red ink,” explained Goldman.

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