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Revamped Condé Nast Traveler Debuts

In the past, anyone could describe a typical Condé Nast Traveler cover. The magazine pretty much always went with a large photograph of some exotic location that you’ll never visit, along with a model enjoying the scenery. That’s why FishbowlNY loves the March issue of Traveler so much — it’s different.

The latest Traveler features a bold, up close shot of Christy Turlington Burns donning sunglasses. The exotic location we’ve all come to expect from the front of Traveler has been reduced to a mere reflection in Turlington Burns’ shades.

The cover of Traveler isn’t the only thing to get an overhaul. Pilar Guzmán, editor-in-chief of the magazine, pointed out that staffers have used the past few months to “poke holes in every section and to question whether what we cover and how we cover it delivers on our twin promises of inspiration and service.”

We haven’t seen the inside of Traveler yet, but we definitely think they nailed the cover.

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Report: Condé Nast Traveler Tweaks ‘Truth in Travel’ Guidelines

CondeNastTravelerDec2013Good little scooplet from Jason Clampet at skift.com.

According to Clampet, Condé Nast Traveler has expanded the guidelines for writers and editors who take assignment trips. The guidelines, famously formulated by ex-EIC Klara Glowczewska and publicly spelled out under the banner “Truth in Travel,” will now apparently make room for staffers/contributors who are able to obtain a preferential discount:

Editors at the magazine recently informed contributors that they may request media rates from travel providers while writing stories for the magazine. Representatives of the magazine did not respond to request for comment…

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Traveler Lays Off 17 | NJ Paper Avoids Shutdown | Tribune Co. to Cut $100M


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Traveler Layoffs Reach 17 as Condé Nast Title Adopts A Softer Focus (Capital New York)
Fourteen Condé Nast Traveler employees were laid off Wednesday, bringing the total number of staffers cut under new editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán to 17, a source familiar with the matter told Capital. NY Post Guzmán is said to have handed walking papers to executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott, the daughter of the late famed Newsweek editor Osborne Elliot. Guzmán, raided from Martha Stewart Living, where she was the editor-in-chief, started shaking things up within days of her arrival at Condé. WWD / Memo Pad Since its inception, Traveler’s commitment to serious travel journalism was embodied in the logo coined by founding editor Harry Evans, “Truth in Travel.” The layoffs suggest that credo may too be discarded, or at least, take on a whole new meaning. FishbowlNY Dropping Doyle, Humes and Elliott might help Guzmán shape Traveler to her liking, but anyone who has been following Condé drama lately knows that these moves must’ve been approved by Anna Wintour. Wintour has been overseeing more cuts than a Jo-Ann Fabric scrapbooking class. Bloomberg “This is part of a broader restructuring effort that will shift the focus on more of a lifestyle lens and the growing digital business,” said Sarina Sanandaji, a spokeswoman for the magazine. The magazine is likely to replace some of the positions, she said.

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Condé Nast Traveler Cuts Exec Editor and Two Senior Editors

Pilar Guzmán continues to remake Condé Nast Traveler to fit her vision. The downside of that is when you don’t suit that new version, you’re shown the door. According to The New York Post the latest staffers to find the exit are executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott.

This is the second round of big cuts to hit Traveler. Earlier this month, Guzmán parted ways with managing editor Dee Aldrich, photo editor Kathleen Klech and Mike ConnollyTraveler’s style director.

Dropping Doyle, Humes and Elliott might help Guzmán shape Traveler to her liking, but anyone who has been following Condé drama lately knows that these moves must’ve been approved by Anna Wintour. Wintour has been overseeing more cuts than a Jo-Ann Fabric scrapbooking class.

Anna Wintour’s Hand of Death Hovers Over Glamour

Death gaze!

Ever since Anna Wintour was named artistic director of Condé Nast, her power and influence have grown. As we’ve mentioned, that has meant bad things for Condé editors who aren’t up to snuff. The New York Times reports that Wintour’s death gaze has now turn to Glamour, which means Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, had better look alive. While she can.

Recently Wintour signed off on the firing of Klara Glowczewska (the longtime editor of Condé Nast Traveler) and Brandon Holley (the editor of Lucky). Pilar Guzmán and Eva Chen — their replacements, respectively — were Wintour endorsed. With that done, Wintour’s icy hand of death has started flipping the pages of Glamour:

Now Ms. Wintour is turning her attention to Glamour, which has lost over 28 percent of its newsstand sales in the year ending in June, and perhaps other magazines as well. According to a magazine executive at a competing company with direct knowledge of the discussions, a creative director at his company was approached about working in a similar role for Glamour, and told that the post would report to Ms. Wintour, not Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor. (Mr. Townsend acknowledged the discussions, but said the reporting line detail was “dead wrong.”)

Of course Wintour maintains that editors shouldn’t feel like her presence means they should update their wills.

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Pilar Guzmán Brings Changes to Condé Nast Traveler

Pilar Guzmán has only been editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler for a little over a week, but she’s already making her mark on the glossy. On Friday, she dismissed longtime managing editor Dee Aldrich and veteran photo editor Kathleen Klech. The New York Post is reporting that  Guzmán dropped Mike Connolly, Traveler’s style director, as well.

With three staffers gone, Guzmán turned to her old haunt — Martha Stewart Living — for new blood. Guzmán has hired Yolanda Edwards to be Traveler’s creative director.

What can readers expect from Traveler going forward? Guzmán told the Post that “We want to see more joy on the pages.” Traveler subscribers should prepare for whatever the hell that means.

Anna Wintour: Editor Assassin

Editors at underperforming Condé Nast magazines beware: Anna Wintour is coming for you. WWD reports that when Condé Nast Traveler staffers gathered to hear that Klara Glowczewska — the longtime editor of the magazine — had been fired, many noted Wintour’s presence in the room. Glowczewska was the second editor fired since Wintour was named artistic director, signaling that she’s not afraid to pull the trigger when people aren’t getting it done.

Thomas Wallace, Condé’s editorial director, was at the meeting as well. He said Glowczewska was fired because Traveler hadn’t recovered from the recession like other brands had, and that meant “Something needed to change.” Wintour was a pivotal part of that decision. “Anna’s not afraid to make changes,” a source told WWD. “She made [Charles Townsend and Bob Sauerberg] comfortable that it was OK, that she could find the right people to take over.”

Wintour signed off on Pilar Guzmán, who understands Wintour’s quickness with the ax. “Anna in her new role brings her incredible expertise, visual and editorial and incredible sensibility,” Guzmán said. That’s some incredibly smart ass kissing.

Pilar Guzmán Named Editor of Condé Nast Traveler

Pilar Guzmán has been named editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler. Guzmán comes to the magazine from Martha Stewart Living, where she had been VP and editor since 2011.

Prior to her time at Martha Stewart Living, Guzmán was the founding editor of Cookie. She has also worked at Real Simple and One. She began her career at the Daily News.

“We are so excited to welcome Pilar back to Condé Nast to run one of our most iconic brands,” said Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast. “With her charismatic style, digital savvy and exceptional taste, she has a unique sensibility for what resonates with audiences. We look forward to seeing her imprint on Condé Nast Traveler’s prized editorial content.”

Guzmán joins Traveler September 3. She is succeeding Klara Glowczewska, who is leaving Condé.

Does Adweek Have a Problem with Female Editors?

When Adweek came out with yet another article on how Tina Brown is difficult to work for, in what is starting to become the most tired media story du jour, it prompted Chris Rovzar at New York Magazine to ask, “What Is It With Adweek and Lady Editors?

First, Arianna Huffington is accused of using a courtesan’s techniques. Then Elizabeth Spiers‘s appointment as editor of the Observer is compared to a bad marriage. And this week … Tina Brown.

To that we might also add, though she’s not an editor, New York’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, who has had a couple of Adweek pieces calling her top position surprising considering a lack of substantive accomplishments.

In comments under Rovzar’s question, someone (from Adweek?) pointed to a nice piece they had on Jane Pratt and one on Pilar Guzman, but Rovzar rightly pointed out that those were Q&As, not analyses.

Of course, we don’t know if Michael Wolff, Adweek‘s editor, has a problem with the ladies. Maybe Rovzar’s theory is a stretch. But we’re hard-pressed to find any explanation why it came out with yet another story on how Tina Brown is tough to work for.

Martha Stewart Living Names Editor-at-Large

Pilar Guzman is bringing some of her old friends from Cookie with her to Martha Stewart Living. FishbowlNY just learned that she’s added Yolanda Edwards, a travel and lifestyle editor at Cookie, to Martha Stewart as an Editor-at-Large.

At Martha Stewart Edwards will work with the photo and art departments as well as create, assign and develop articles.

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