Left, Time’s cover, November 17, 1980; right, Time’s redesign, which will be unveiled tomorrow
Tomorrow, Time is unveiling its possibly Economist-inspired redesign with a cover story — “How The Right Went Wrong” — about the state of the GOP featuring a tear-shedding Ronald Reagan on its cover. This is the 58th time Reagan has appeared on the cover of Time, according to the magazine’s online archive (the first being on October 7, 1966, when the actor-turned politician was becoming “the most magnetic crowd puller California has seen since John F. Kennedy first stumped the state in 1960″).
According to Richard Stengel‘s editor’s letter, Time‘s job is to “offer clarity in a confusing world”:
From the war in Iraq to the most wide-open presidential race in generations to how we educate our children for the 21st century, we will make decisions in the next few years that will affect all of us for many years to come. Time’s job is to outline the choices ahead and help you make those decisions.
In nod to Web 2.0, Stengel says Time.com will solicit questions for the next week’s Time interview, as well as include contextual links in many stories that “will help you locate original sources or related blogs and columns on Time.com.”