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Time Magazine Names Its First Female Managing Editor (NYT)
Nancy Gibbs was named the new managing editor of Time magazine on Tuesday, the first woman to become the top editor at the newsweekly in its 90-year history. Gibbs, who started at Time as a fact-checker 28 years ago, succeeds Richard Stengel, who is leaving to work for the State Department after seven years in the job. She was most recently Stengel’s deputy. The Wrap “I cannot think of a more perfect person than Nancy Gibbs to lead Time,” said Time, Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson. “With Nancy at the helm, I expect Time to continue to flourish and grow on every platform.” WWD Gibbs’ first order of business, she said in an interview following her appointment, is a relaunch of Time.com in November that she said prepares it to fight off the competition. In the context of describing the new site, which is led by Edward Felsenthal, formerly of The Daily Beast, Gibbs also mounted a defense of the relevance of the weekly. Adweek While Gibbs said that she was more than content as a writer — and plans to continue writing, both for the magazine and books, as managing editor — the opportunity to play a larger role at Time was hard to turn down. FishbowlNY Gibbs was previously deputy managing editor and ranks as one of the most published writers in Time‘s history. She also holds the distinction of having written the most Time cover stories and has co-authored, with colleague Michael Duffy, the presidential histories The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity (2012) and The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (2007). Time Gibbs: “I am committed to using every new tool — and those not yet invented — to engage readers in a conversation with the world’s best thinkers about what works, what’s smart, what’s scary, what’s stirring, and I will always invite you to help us, challenge us, correct us, join us.”
Posts Tagged ‘Richard Stengel’
Rick Stengel, Time’s managing editor, is moving on. According to Politico and Capital New York (they both got the story at the exact same time!) Stengel is taking a spot at the State Department. His expected role will be Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
Stengel started with Time in 1981. He covered the 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns for the magazine as a senior writer. In 1999 he left Time briefly to write speeches for Bill Bradley’s bid to earn the Democratic nomination for president. Stengel then returned to Time in 2000, only to once again leave for two years, from 2004 to 2006. He has served as Time’s managing editor since 2006.
Nancy Gibbs, Time’s deputy managing editor, is expected to succeed Stengel.
Chris Christie isn’t a big fan of Time‘s depiction of him on its cover. While we said the cover — which featured Christie’s mug alongside copy reading “The Boss” — was alluding to his handling of Hurricane Sandy relief and his ties to Bruce Springsteen, Christie felt otherwise.
“I’m reporting Time magazine to the anti-Italian defamation league,” Christie said on Don Imus’ radio show. “I mean look at that thing. It says ‘boss’ underneath. I mean, come on. I can’t wait for that to come home for my kids to see it.”
Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor, was surprised that Christie was so upset.
Special circumstances call for special adjustments. Facing multiple big news stories — Hurricane Sandy and the election on Tuesday — Time decided to tackle them all, and published three separate covers this week.
The Hurricane Sandy cover will be sent to subscribers in the Northeast, while the dual Obama/Romney covers will be sent randomly to everyone else.
“In the storm-ravaged Northeast, our cover spotlights our Hurricane Sandy story with a dramatic image captured for Time by photographer Benjamin Lowy using Instagram,” said Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor, in a note to readers. “The rest of the country—about two-thirds of our readers—will see covers with a Venn diagram for our election special. There are two versions: one has the case for Romney on top; the other has the case for Obama on top. Regardless of which you receive, you can turn it 180 degrees to put a different candidate on top. It’s up to you.”
Time has promoted Steve Snyder from senior editor to assistant managing editor of Time.com. Snyder has been with Time since 2009, when he joined as an associate editor and helped launch Time.com’s Newsfeed. He was also the lead culture critic for Time’s Techland vertical.
“Steve has touched — and improved — nearly every aspect of Time’s digital operation,” said Time’s managing editor, Richard Stengel, in announcing the change. “His enthusiasm and curiosity have helped shape the site’s tone, tempo and ambitions.”
The complete memo about Snyder’s promotion is after the jump.
Time is going big for its Olympic issue. There are five covers — Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas, and Lolo Jones grace the stateside versions and the international versions feature Jessica Ennis and Homare Sawa.
“Pierre De Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, nobly tried to divorce the Olympics from politics,” writes Time’s managingeditor, Richard Stengel. “Oh, well. And that was back in 1896. But even as the Games have endured controversies over doping, bribery and the high-handed tactics of the International Olympic Committee, the beauty of sport, the spirit of the athletes and the pure meritocracy of physical ability always manage to triumph over politics. Which is why we have put together this special worldwide double issue on the Summer Olympics in London.”
The results are in and it’s official: America likes boobs, no matter what. According to The New York Times, Time’s provocative cover featuring a woman breastfeeding her son was its best-selling issue so far this year. “We had a cover that captured lightning in a bottle,” Richard Stengel, Time’s Managing Editor, told the Times. “It’s obviously a story that hit a nerve.” Not only did the issue fly off the shelves, Time doubled the number of subscriptions it sold in a typical week.
Time also did well digitally. After the bizarre issue debuted, four out of the top five searches on Google were related to the cover. It kicked up a social media storm as well. In the eight days since the breastfeeding cover’s release, Time had over 50,000 mentions on Twitter and its Facebook page had received over 43,000 likes.
With all this attention Time garnered, magazine fans can expect the “Hey look at this crazy shit!” cover trend to continue. We suspect that even when people complain about the glossy fronts, they’ll secretly be happy. As long as there are boobs, that is.
Two big editors at Time Inc. are rumored to have signed on for more of the magazine life. According to The New York Post, Larry Hackett and Richard Stengel, the Managing Editors of People and Time, respectively, have each renewed their contracts.
Both contacts are for two years, which is less than the typical three year deal, reports the Post.
Hackett and Stengel have been at their positions since 2006.
Time has named Bobby Ghosh an Editor-at-Large. Ghosh has been with Time since 1997, and most recently served as Deputy International Editor. Prior to that Ghosh was Time’s Baghdad Bureau Chief for five years.
As an Editor-at-Large Ghosh will be a “roving correspondent” says Richard Stengel, Time’s Managing Editor.
“Bobby will become a roving correspondent doing both international and domestic stories, and not only on foreign policy hot spots but his other loves, food and sports,” said Stengel in an internal memo. “Bobby’s mixture of great and intrepid reporting, unique insight and powerful writing is a recipe for what makes Time exceptional. Please join me in congratulating Bobby on his promotion and new assignment.”
Tomorrow’s Time features a fantastic interview with Warren Buffett. He doesn’t hold back when discussing the challenge put forth by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. If you’re not familiar, McConnell said that if Buffett was truly feeling guilty about paying too little in taxes, he could go ahead and donate his money to help ease the national debt. Be careful what you wish for.
“It restores my faith in human nature to think that there are people who have been around Washington all this time and are not yet so cynical as to think that [the deficit] can’t be solved by voluntary contributions,” Buffett tells Time.
Buffett then adds that he’ll match any contribution to the national debt that a Republican makes, “and I’ll even go 3 for 1 for McConnell.”
You’ve got to love that man.
Richard Stengel, Time’s Managing Editor, says of Buffett, “This week marks Warren Buffett’s first appearance on the cover of Time. I’m not sure how he’s avoided it until now, but he’s using this moment in his long and storied career to speak out about what the U.S. should do to move forward.”
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