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Who Should Be TIME‘s Person of the Year?

From L to R: TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel (moderator); Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Matt Lauer 
Photo credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images 

TIME hosted its annual Person of the Year panel today, where a seemingly random assortment of notable people give their opinions on who should get the honor. Moderated by managing editor Rick Stengel, panelists included:

Bryan Cranston – best known for his chemical concoctions on Breaking Bad, star of Argo.

Newt Gingrich – The only panelist who actually held the honor of “Person of the Year,” as speaker of the house back in 1995. Dubious about climate change.

Matt Lauer – host of the Today show, not dubious about climate change.

Padma Lakshmi – Host of Top Chef, woman.

Michael Nutter – Mayor of Philadelphia.

Here’s a roundup of the contenders, and what the panelists thought. Read more

TIME Milks Cover Photo of Breastfeeding LA Mom

Media mission accomplished.

As TIME managing editor Rick Stengel explained earlier today to Forbes blogger Jeff Bercovici, “the whole point of a magazine cover is to get your attention.” Even if, as is the case with the May 21 issue, the person depicted on the cover is not actually featured in the accompanying article.

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Time Adds Editor-at-Large

Time has named Harry McCracken an Editor-at-Large. McCracken, the founder of the tech site Technologizer, has written for Time and Time.com in the past, and as part of his new role, will contribute more frequently to both.

In a memo, Rick Stengel, Time’s Managing Editor, said the more McCracken, the better.

“His expertise is matched only by his versatility: he writes long, writes short, knows the inventors and the consumers, offers the expert product review and then the high altitude perspective on the forces that are changing the industry and the culture,” said Stengel. “He writes in a clear, conversational style that is appreciated by both techies and Luddites.”

New Assistant Managing Editor at Time

Time magazine managing editor Rick Stengel just announced the addition of Tom Weber as an assistant managing editor. He will be responsible for features, both in print and online, as well as helping to shape the magazine’s digital strategy.

Weber has served as editor of SmartMoney.com, and managing editor at Newsweek/Daily Beast.

Stengel wrote in a staff announcement:

An elegant story teller and incisive editor, Tom has honed his skill working with young writers as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton, where he serves as a trustee of The Daily Princetonian. He will continue to do that here. As we refine and redefine what matters most in the stories we feature, we welcome Tom as a great new asset in helping us strengthen TIME across all its platforms.

Time Names New Europe Editor

Time has promoted Catherine Mayer to the role of Europe Editor. Mayer joined Time in 2004 and has been the magazine’s London Bureau Chief since 2006.

Mayer now joins the ranks of  Jim Frederick, Time International’s Editor and Zoher Abdoolcarim, the magazine’s Asia Editor.

“She [Mayer] will help Time expand, deepen and enrich our international coverage on all platforms and work closely with our business side to seek out new opportunities for growth,” wrote Rick Stengel in an internal memo. He added that she will continue to pen British culture pieces and profiles “as often as her new duties will allow.”

Time.com Names Managing Editor

Catherine Sharick has been promoted from Executive Director of Time.com to Managing Editor. Sharick has been with Time since 2002, when she joined the company as a Web Producer. Prior to Time, Sharick worked at Random House and Simon & Schuster.

John Huey said of Sharick, “Working closely with the last couple of managing editors of the site, Cathy has been a big part of Time.com’s dramatic success so far, and she will be an even more important contributor to its future success.”

“It is an understatement to say that she has earned this job,” said Rick Stengel in an internal memo announcing the promotion. “She leads by example, by her deep knowledge and understanding and an abiding sense of fairness. She is devoted to Time, to what we stand for, and to the highest standards of excellence.”

Time Rushes Commemorative Issue to Newsstands as Tribute to Steve Jobs

Less than 48 hours after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died, Time magazine is rushing to the presses with a special commemorative issue paying tribute to the visionary.

The special issue, hitting newsstands and tablets tomorrow, features Jobs on its cover and 21 pages dedicated to the man behind the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Time‘s special edition includes a six-page essay by Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson, a historical report on Jobs iconic career by Time technology reporters Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman, and a photo essay by Diana Walker, who has been shooting Jobs for Time since 1982.
 
“This is Steve’s seventh Time cover, which puts him in the category of Presidents and other world leaders,” Time editor Rick Stengel says. “No one has tracked Steve’s life better than the man who used to have my job, Walter Isaacson. Walter writes that Steve was the modern creation myth writ large and that he revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.”

The magazine is increasing its print run for this special issue, which will be available worldwide.

Time Names New Editor of Time International

Time magazine has named Jim Frederick as the new Editor of Time International. Frederick was most recently Managing Editor of Time’s website. Via an internal memo, Rick Stengel said Frederick will fit perfectly in the new role.

“Jim knows our European and Asian editions from firsthand experience… His passion for excellence, his gift for collaboration, his ability to see around corners and plan for the long term while remaining nimble in the face of breaking news, have all served Time digital well and will be essential as he helps lead Time International to new growth and strength,” said Stengel.

Time Gets New Deputy Managing Editor

Time Inc. has named Nancy Gibbs as Time’s new Deputy Managing Editor, which makes her the lead person to eventually succeed Rick Stengel. Stengel told The New York Post “I’m not going anywhere soon,” but added that he’d be reevaluating his path after the election.

Stengel said in an internal memo that Gibbs had definitely showed that she could handle the position. “Well, when it comes to Nancy, you already know the historic stuff: most covers written – among them four presidential election nights, Columbine, Katrina, the great original 9/11 cover (and a wonderful essay in this 9/11 + 10 issue) — a record that will never be broken,” said Stengel. “But what you don’t know is how Nancy has applied some of those same cover-writing skills to her work as a manager: she has brought great creativity to dealing with the business side, she has excelled at planning stories and covers many months in advance, and she has been a perfect mentor to writers and editors.”

Radhika Jones is Named an Executive Editor at Time

Radhika Jones has been promoted to executive editor at Time magazine. Jones, who has been with the pub three years today, has edited the last two TIME 100 issues and the Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” issue.

Jones joined Time from the Paris Review, where she was managing editor. She began her journalism career at the Moscow Times, where she started as a copy editor.

Jones joins Time’s two other executive editors, Nancy Gibbs and Jim Frederick, who is also the managing editor of TIME.com.

Memo from Time Inc. EIC John Huey and Time managing editor Rick Stengel, after the jump…

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