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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 Partners with Twitter for ‘Person of The Year’

Time has struck a deal to partner with Twitter for the magazine’s annual “Person of The Year” award. The ultimate winner is always picked by Time’s editors, so it doesn’t really matter what you think, but if you want to vote anyway, you can. All you have to do is tweet using the hashtag #TimePOY or tweet Time with your thoughts on the matter.

We should note that the person who accumulates the most reader votes is awarded the “Reader’s Choice” Person of The Year, so it’s not completely worthless.

The real winner, the person who gets their mug on a Time cover, will be announced by Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor, Wednesday, December 11 on the Today show.

Time Names Michael Duffy and Radhika Jones Deputy Managing Editors

Time has made two major promotions this morning: Michael Duffy and Radhika Jones have both been upped to deputy managing editor.

Duffy has been with Time since 1985. He has served as Pentagon reporter, Washington bureau chief, nation editor and executive editor. Jones joined Time in 2008 as arts editor. She most recently served as executive editor. Jones has overseen many of Time’s special issues, including Person of the Year and the Time 100.

Below is the full memo from Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of Time, announcing the promotions.

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Time Promotes One, Adds Three

Time just promoted one staffer and added three. Below are the highlights, followed by a memo announcing the changes, from Time’s managing editor Nancy Gibbs, and Time.com’s managing editor, Edward Felsenthal.

  • Kelly Conniff has been promoted to special projects editor, overseeing long-term packages and lists. She joined Time two years ago as social media editor.
  • Laura Hibbard has been named audience engagement editor, a new role at Time. She comes to the magazine from The Huffington Post.
  • Michael Lester has been named associate video producer. He was most recently video editor for Talking Points Memo.
  • Sarah Begley has been named digital operations editor. She most recently worked at The Daily Beast.

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Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Time

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round pits Cosmopolitan against Time. For its November issue, Cosmo featured Miranda Kerr wearing the official FishbowlNY work uniform. You might not believe this, but we wear it better.

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Time Promotes Three, Hires 11 Staffers

timemagazinelogoNancy Gibbs hasn’t been managing editor of Time for long, but she has already made some big moves. Gibbs just sent out a memo announcing three promotions and 11 new hires. Below are the details, followed by Gibbs’ full note.

Gibbs’ memo:

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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.”

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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.

Cover Battle: Time or New York Times Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have Time versus The New York Times Magazine. Time went with what can only be described as Sad Obama. Putting Sad Obama on your cover will surely garner applause from Happy Republicans.

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Time Celebrates MLK ‘I Have a Dream’ with Special Issue, Website

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, and to commemorate that, Time is going all in. The print issue features items reflecting on King’s impact from Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Shonda Rimes, John Conyers, Marco Rubio, Theodore Olson, Malala Yousafzai and more. The cover is a fantastic picture (by Dan Budnik) of King at the legendary March on Washington.

On the digital side, Time has launched a multimedia site, Time.com/onedream. It comes packed with 10 videos, featuring the likes of Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte and several others. The site is the first effort from Red Border Films, Time’s new documentary unit Red Border Films, and it’s quite an  impressive debut.

Time’s special anniversary issue hits newsstands tomorrow.

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