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Jake Silverstein Named Editor of NY Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine finally has a replacement for Hugo Lindgren. Jake Silverstein, most recently the editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly, is the new editor of the Times Magazine. The title had been without an editor since Lindgren left in January.

Silverstein had been editor of Texas Monthly for the past six years. During his time there it received 12 National Magazine Award nominations and won four times.

Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times, said the hiring of Silverstein marked a new beginning for the Times Magazine. “With Jake at the helm, the Magazine will be redesigned, making it more beguiling, displaying more of the best riches of the Times,” she said, in a statement. “The traditional magazine forms will continue — narratives, deep profiles, investigative reporting, essays, photography — and others will be invented.”

Jonathan Mahler Joins NY Times as Media Reporter

Jonathan Mahler GJonathan Mahler — author of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning — is joining The New York Times as a corporate media reporter.

Mahler had been a contributor to Bloomberg View, the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Republic, New York and The Washington Post.

Mahler has also written two other books —  The Challenge and Death Comes to Happy Valley. He tweeted that he was “very excited” to join the paper.

In a memo announcing the hire, Peter Lattman, the Times’ media editor, wrote that Mahler “will cover the industry’s biggest companies and the moguls who run them, along with the seismic changes transforming their businesses.”

Lattman’s full note is below.

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Nate Silver and Paul Krugman are Bickering Like Children

Nate Silver and Paul Krugman don’t seem to like each other, and so they’ve taken to sniping back and forth. The net result is — as with any media feud — a total loss.

It all started when Silver took a shot at op-ed columnists, explaining that “They don’t have any discipline in how they look at the world, and so it leads to a lot of bullshit, basically.” Shortly after that, Krugman fired back in a column saying that Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight.com was long on numbers, short on analyzing them. Krugman has since written a few more columns piling on FiveThirtyEight, culminating with “So far [FiveThirtyEight] looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster.”

Silver, of course, decided to swing back. He wrote that when FiveThirtyEight was under The New York Times umbrella, Krugman enjoyed the site. But now things have suddenly changed:

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NY Times to Launch Two New Digital Subscriptions

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times is expanding its digital subscription plans with NYT Now and Times Premier. Both will launch April 2.

NYT Now will be available first on iPhones, for $8 every four weeks. The app will combine the most important articles from the Times and other websites, as well as morning and evening news briefs. The paper’s editors will create headlines and article summaries exclusively for NYT Now. Existing Times digital subscribers can access NYT Now for free.

Times Premier is basically the opposite of NYT Now; it’s for the person who can’t get enough Times. Premier will offer full digital access plus enticing extras, like full length videos; two free TBooks (compilations of Times articles on a single subject) a month; and a four pack of crosswords only available to Premier subscribers.

Readers who choose the Premier package also get access to Times Insider, a feature that pulls back the curtain on the Times, and gives people a look at how the Times newsroom operates. Media addicts — please wipe your drool. Premier will be $45 every four weeks, or $10 extra every four weeks for those that are already print subscribers.

NY Times Public Editor Starts Tracking Anonymous Quotes

MargaretSullivanHeadshotMargaret Sullivan, The New York Times’ public editor, has had it with the Times’ use of unnecessary anonymous quotes. To point out the practice, Sullivan has launched something she’s calling “AnonyWatch.” Sullivan described it as “an effort to point out some of the more regrettable examples of anonymous quotations in the Times.”

The first incident featured on AnonyWatch includes an article that allowed a “Democratic insider” to claim that “Andrew Cuomo doesn’t really have friends.” As Sullivan noted, this goes against the Times’ policy of not allowing anonymous sources to slander people.

Another article Sullivan called out was even worse. In a piece on the Malaysian Airlines plane, an anonymous quote was issued on an anonymously sourced theory that someone on the plane made abrupt shifts in altitude to “depressurize the cabin and render the passengers and crew unconscious.”

When Sullivan asked the Times’ managing editor Dean Baquet for comment on the articles, he said they were both mistakes. We look forward to AnonyWatch locating more of those errors.

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Jonathan Ellis Leaves NY Times for Mashable

Jonathan Ellis is leaving The New York Times to join Mashable as its managing editor. Ellis had been with the Times since 2006, when he joined as a digital producer.

Ellis most recently served as the Times’ senior editor for digital platforms. Ellis was part of the Times team that created and developed the paper’s mobile strategy.

“Jonathan’s keen news sensibility combined with experience in building and experimenting with interactive storytelling techniques will be a huge asset as we aggressively grow all that Mashable has to offer our community,” said Jim Roberts, Mashable’s chief content officer and executive editor, in a statement. “Jonathan’s experience across news and platforms makes him exactly the talent that is core to Mashable’s growing newsroom.”

NY Times Names Vanessa Friedman Chief Fashion Critic

The New York Times has found its new fashion critic. Vanessa Friedman, currently the Financial Times’ fashion editor, will join the New York Times next month as fashion director and chief fashion critic.

Friedman is succeeding Cathy Horyn, who left the Times in January.

Friedman had been with the FT since 2003. Prior to that she was features and fashion director for UK InStyle, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly and The Economist.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the Times,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of the paper, in a statement. “She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.”

In other Times news, Alexandra Jacobs — most recently an editor in the Styles section — has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer. Jacobs has been with the Times since 2010.

NY Times to Launch New Digital Venture ‘The Upshot’

NYtimes buildingThe void at The New York Times that was left by the departure of Nate Silver and his popular FiveThirtyEight blog will be filled by “The Upshot.” Quartz reports that’s the name of the paper’s new data focused venture, which will launch this spring.

The Upshot will be led by David Leonhardt. He’ll be overseeing a team of 15, including three graphic designers who will make things look pretty. Numbers and analytics can be intimidating, so The Upshot is going to do its best to present them in an easily digestible format.

“The idea behind the name is, we are trying to help readers get to the essence of issues and understand them in a contextual and conversational way,” Leonhardt told Quartz. “Obviously, we will be using data a lot to do that, not because data is some secret code, but because it’s a particularly effective way, when used in moderate doses, of explaining reality to people.”

Here’s the NY Times’ Exec Editor Hitching a Ride in a Pickup Truck

South by Southwest to do list:

  • Near constant social media updates praising SXSW
  • Near constant real life disappointment with SXSW
  • Small talk with media types
  • Big talk with local drunks
  • Attend a panel discussion about a trend that isn’t a trend
  • Attend a panel discussion by people who take themselves too seriously
  • See a concert by a terrible band
  • See a concert by an average band
  • Witness Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, hitching a ride in the back of a pickup truck

[Image via David Carr]

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