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Time Publishes Nelson Mandela Commemorative Issue

mandela.FINAL.inddNelson Mandela tributes are — rightfully so — coming from every media outlet. Newspapers honored him with giant photos and tributes. The New Yorker featured a powerful illustration of Mandela on its cover. Now Time has announced a special issue dedicated entirely to the South African hero.

Rick Stengel, Time’s former managing editor who collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has a piece. Morgan Freeman gives an inside look at how he got the role of a lifetime — playing Mandela in Invictus. There’s also a fantastic photo essay by Pulitzer winner David Turnley.

As Stengel explains in his beautifully written essay, part of what made Mandela so powerful was his understanding of when not to use that power:

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TIME Appoints First Female Managing Editor

By sheer coincidence, the once iconic newsstand combo of TIME and Newsweek have both this month anointed new senior editorial staff.

Last week, IBT Media announced that Jim Impoco was being handed the reins of Newsweek. Today, Time Inc. EIC Martha Nelson made it official by sharing the news that Nancy Gibbs has been promoted to replace the departed Rick Stengel as managing editor:

I cannot think of a more perfect person than Nancy to lead TIME. She has done an outstanding job running TIME since July, when I asked Rick to assist me with corporate matters related to our upcoming spin off. Her cover stories in the past weeks on Syria, collegiate sports and child-free couples have been huge successes with readers and in the media, and, in the same period, she launched TIME’s Martin Luther King Jr. anniversary special issue in tandem with a new documentary film unit, Red Border Films, that is expanding the way TIME tells stories through video online…

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Rick Stengel to Leave Time for State Department

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.

Time Makes Several Hires and Promotions, Names Michael Scherer Washington Bureau Chief

Time’s Rick Stengel just sent out a memo announcing several hires and promotions. The big one: Michael Scherer has been named the magazine’s Washington bureau chief. Scherer has been with Time since 2007, most recently serving as White House correspondent.

Here are the nuts and bolts of the other Time moves, followed by Stengel’s note.

Sam Jacobs Joins Time.com as Senior Editor

Time has added Sam Jacobs as a senior editor for Time.com. Jacobs comes to Time from Reuters, where he served as national political correspondent since late 2011. Jacobs has also worked for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

The memo announcing the addition — from Rick Stengel and Edward Felsenthal — is below.

Jacobs joins Time June 17.

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Time’s Fantastic Cover Designed by Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Time’s latest issue features one hell of a cover. The illustration was created by the Chinese dissident/political activist/artist, Ai Weiwei. To produce the absolutely stunning art, Ai used traditional Chinese paper cutting.

“The image represents Ai’s acknowledgment of the country’s centrality in the world, while at the same time challenging China’s leaders to make the future a freer and more democratic one,” wrote Rick Stengel, Time’s managing editor.

Look, forget this week’s Cover Battle. We’re not doing one today because no magazine is beating Time. This is outstanding work.

Time Publishes Two Gay Marriage Covers

We love the two new Time covers. It’s two couples kissing. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less. Interestingly, Rick Stengel, Time’s managing editor, wrote in this week’s issue that the covers were hotly debated topic.

“We had a long debate in our offices about this week’s cover images of two same-sex couples,” wrote Stengel. “Some thought they were sensationalist and too in-your-face. Others felt the images were beautiful and symbolized the love that is at the heart of the idea of marriage. I agree with the latter, and I hope you do too.”

What, exactly, is “sensationalist” about two people kissing? How could this be seen as “too in-your-face?” The photographs are only provocative if you have a problem with happiness.

Bobby Ghosh Named Time International Editor

Bobby Ghosh has been named the new editor of Time International. Ghosh has been with Time since 1998. He was most recently deputy editor of Time International. In 2007, Ghosh was named a senior editor of Time Europe. He has also been Time’s Baghdad bureau chief.

“He is entrepreneurial by nature and has many ideas on how to grow the Time brand,” wrote Rick Stengel, Time’s managing editor, in a memo. “And, finally, this appointment has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he saved me from getting tear-gassed in Tahrir Square last year. Congratulations to Bobby on his new role. He will be great.”

Ghosh is succeeding Jim Frederick, who is moving on from Time to pursue other interests. He will remain a contributing editor to Time.

The memo from Martha Nelson and Stengel is below.

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Time Inc. Staffers Confident in New Company That Has $500 Million in Debt

Now that Time Inc. staffers no longer have to worry about moving to Iowa to join Meredith, some are breathing a sigh of relief. The New York Times reports that several employees expressed confidence in the new, independent Time Inc. despite the fact that it will start off with between $500 million and $1 billion in debt. Now that’s optimism.

Rick Stengel, Time’s managing editor, was particularly upbeat. He told the Times the spinoff from Time Warner was exciting. “It’s sort of put up or shut up time,” he said. “I think great, let’s really test that hypothesis that people will pay for great content and great journalism. We can now invest our own capital.”

Other anonymous Time Inc. staffers expressed the same sentiments. One mentioned that a lot of people blamed Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner, for Time Inc. faltering. “There was a real sense that Jeff didn’t have either interest in Time Inc. and magazine publishing and didn’t have faith in it as a business going forward,” a former, anonymous Time Inc. exec, told the Times. “His focus was always the film and TV side of the company.”

We imagine the next few years are going to be rough for Time Inc., but in order to keep looking on the bright side, we think everything will work out.

Time Celebrates 90 Years

Time turns 90 this week. To celebrate, the magazine has a slew of offerings, including a slideshow/history lesson as taught by Time, an interactive cover feature (tweet your favorite and it’ll show up here) and some birthday advice from Joel Stein.

“For me, 90 is not so much a milestone but evidence that for nine decades Time is always new, always of the moment,” Rick Stengel, managing editor of Time, writes in this week’s issue. “We have to be because we cover the way the world is changing and that never stops.”

Happy birthday Time. Thanks for sticking around and not doing more covers like the one shown here.

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