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Jessica Lustig Named NY Times Mag Deputy Editor [Updated]

Jessica Lustig has been named deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine. Lustig was most recently a staff editor of the Times’ op-ed/Sunday Review.

Lustig has previously worked at The Village Voice, DetailsTime Out New York and New York.

In a memo obtained by Poynter, Times Mag editor Jake Silverstein wrote that Lustig ”brings a keen nose for writers, a brilliant sense of the ideas that animate stories, and a steady hand with copy. She has an incredibly smart feel for where the conversation is, something that will be a driving force in the magazine’s relaunch, and her excellent taste and deep moral engagement will help guide our coverage.”

Update (10:48 am):
Jenna Wortham has also joined Times Mag as a staff writer. She was most recently a tech columnist for the paper. She has been with the Times since 2008.

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Cover Battle: New York Times Magazine or V

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Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features The New York Times Magazine taking on V.

For its Innovations issue, the Times Mag went with a crumpled piece of paper with “In praise of Failure” written on it. It appears failing is a good tactic. High school would’ve been a lot easier if our teachers had known that.

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NY Times Mag Adds Tamar Adler

Despite massive newsroom cuts at the New York Times, the Times Magazine continues to grow as it gears up for a relaunch. Tamar Adler  — author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace and a Vogue contributor — is joining the Times Mag as a contributing writer. Adler will contribute to a food column along with other writers, including Mark Bittman and Sam Sifton.

Adler is the just the latest addition to the Times Mag, as editor Jake Silverstein reshapes it in his vision. The glossy recently added Emily Bazelon and Bill Wasik, and Silverstein has cut some unpopular features while adding new ones.

The revamped Times Mag doesn’t debut until next year, but some changes are already here. Adler’s first column will be available in this week’s issue, along with the new essay feature, “First” (the inaugural edition was written by Mark Leibovich).

NY Times Magazine Gets ‘Cleaned Up’

NYT_Twitter_MagazineThe New York Times Magazine’s editor, Jake Silverstein, is “cleaning up the book” ahead of a larger revamp next year. Readers will surely love some of the cleansing — specifically Silverstein’s decision to ditch the “One Page Magazine” feature that seemingly everyone complained about. A short essay will take its place.

Capital New York reports that the photo feature “Look” and the editorial “Who Made That” are also getting swept under the rug. “Riff,” the longform essay on culture will be moved to the front of the book, but it will be shorter and not run every week. “The Ethicist,” the weekly interview feature “Talk,” and the foodie favorite “Eat,” are all staying put.

The goal of all the changes, according to Silverstein, is to have the Times Magazine known for its great feature writing. ”We’re trying to create more spaces in the magazine for writers to have both the forms and the room to do great work, and for us to be able to publish as many forms and types of great writing as we can,” he told Capital New York.

NY Times Magazine Adds Emily Bazelon

emily bazelon GMake it two. Less than an hour after Slate lost Dave Weigel to Bloomberg Politics, The New York Times announced that Emily Bazelon — who had been a senior editor with Slate since 2005 — is joining as a staff writer.

“Emily writes with engagement, roving intelligence, and deep knowledge,” said Times Magazine’s editor, Jake Silverstein, in a statement. “She has also proven to be nimble at navigating the many platforms of modern media. She’s a smart and supportive co-worker and will be a tremendous asset to the Times. I’m giddy about bringing her aboard.”

Bazelon has been a Times Magazine contributor since 2007.

Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York Times Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Entertainment Weekly taking on The New York Times Magazine.

The above is one of four EW covers honoring AMC’s The Walking Dead. We chose this one because it reminded us of how Glenn used to be tough, and now he’s just sad all the time. Perhaps having zombies constantly trying to eat you does that to a person, but still. We miss the old Glenn.

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Mario Batali’s NY Times Column Ends

Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking” column that ran in The New York Times Magazine for the past three years is done. Or cooked, if you prefer a cooking pun. The weekly column — which was fairly small — featured Batali describing how to make some sort of cocktail.

According to Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, Batali was the one who made the call. “I absolutely did not can him,” Silverstein told The New York Post. “He felt the column had run its course. He’d written everything he could about drinking, and it seemed a very natural end to it.”

Batali will now devote the time he used to writing that column to making Eataly less annoying.

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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

NY Times Mag Names Bill Wasik Deputy Editor

The New York Times Magazine has added a new deputy editor — Bill Wasik. Wasik comes to the magazine from Wired, where he served as a senior editor.

Wasik previously worked as a senior editor for Harper’s. He’s also the author of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture.

Wasik tweeted that he was “thrilled” to join the Times Mag, and thanked its editor, Jake Silverstein, for the opportunity.

Below is Silverstein’s memo announcing the hire.

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Texas Monthly to Sue NY Times

The parent company of Texas Monthly is suing The New York Times for hiring Jake Silverstein — Texas Monthly’s editor — as the new editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.

According to the Times, Emmis Publishing is claiming that that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year.

Eileen Murphy, a Times spokesperson, described the lawsuit as “inexplicable.”

“We had an understanding with Emmis during the search that Jake would be permitted to exit his contract with Emmis and take the job,” Murphy told the Times. “We believe there is no basis for a lawsuit. We look forward to having Mr. Silverstein join the Times next month and help us shape the future of the magazine.”

This probably isn’t how Silverstein envisioned the next step in his career beginning.

Correction (4/12 9:20 am):
An earlier version of this post stated that Emmis was suing the Times and Silverstein. Emmis is suing only the Times.

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