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ASME 2012 Magazine of The Year Finalists Announced

The ASME has been under a bit of fire, but it still had time to announce the 2012 Magazine of The Year Finalists. As usual, there’s not much surprise, as Time, The New Yorker, Esquire, New York and Popular Mechanics were all nominated.

We’re sure all the people at the magazines are happy, but Adam Moss of New York had the best reaction to the news. ”Well, everyone is very happy about it, of course,” Moss told WWD. “But we beat Popular Mechanics last week in the bowling league, so really, the Magazine of the Year thing is just gravy.”

The Magazine of The Year will be announced May 3, along with all the other Ellie finalists.

Good Luck, Council On Ethical Blogging and Aggregation

Simon Dumenco, a Media Reporter for Ad Age, has come up with something called the Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation (CEBA). The group, according to David Carr in The New York Times, was founded in the hopes of developing a proper way for bloggers and aggregaters to credit others’ writing. Dumenco told Carr that bloggers should not see the group as the enemy:

‘This is not an anti-aggregation group, we are pro-aggregation,’ Mr. Dumenco told me. ‘We want some simple, common-sense rules. There should be some kind of variation of the Golden Rule here, which is that you should aggregate others as you would wish to be aggregated yourself.’

As aggregators ourselves, we completely agree that there should be some sort of standard. But there’s a couple problems with the CEBA. Maybe the most troubling thing is that for a group developing rules for bloggers, there aren’t many bloggers taking part. Here’s the rundown of who has signed up so far:

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Make Your Voice Count At New York Mag

Breaking into the literary dream that is New York magazine means you’ve got to offer something new, an interesting angle or exclusive access into a little-known subcultural scene in the city (or anywhere else in the world).

“A freelance pitch that provides unusual insight and access into a slightly more hidden world or scene has a better chance of becoming a story here,” said editorial director Jared Hohlt in How To Pitch: New York. ”Features that trend to get approved are narrative-focused and designed to engage the reader in good old fashioned storytelling.”

David Haskell, the magazine’s feature editor, agrees — but he needs more than just a good anecdote.

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New York Names Television Critic

New York magazine has named Matt Zoller Seitz its new Televison Critic. Seitz was most recently the Television Critic for Salon, and prior to that he worked as a critic for various publications, including the New York Times and the Dallas Observer.

At New York he will produce reviews for the magazine and Vulture, nymag.com’s entertainment vertical.

“TV is in many ways the great popular art form of our time, and so the position of TV critic at the magazine and Vulture is crucial,” said Adam Moss, New York’s Editor-in-Chief. “Matt’s passion for the medium and sharp writing make him the perfect hybrid critic, to provide both rapid commentary online and more lengthy, considered reviews in print.”

New York Launches Online Politics Channel

In advance of the upcoming presidential election, New York magazine has launched a new online politics channel. Titled Early & Often, the site offers a constant stream of content from some of the magazine’s best, including Frank Rich, Dan Amira, Noreen MaloneGabriel Sherman, Chris Smith, John Heilemann and Jonathan Chait.

The site is a welcome addition because it collects all of New York’s political news in one spot. Adam Moss, New York’s Editor-in-Chief, said Early & Often is a response to the magazine expanding its reporting.

“National politics has been a crucial part of New York magazine since its founding, which has steadily increased over the last five years, and the time has clearly come for us to give politics its own destination at nymag.com,” said Moss. “We have assembled a uniquely talented team to cover all aspects of our current political climate and the 2012 election cycle.”

UPDATE:
A tipster noted that this is Early & Often’s second iteration. Here’s a link to the old site, which stopped posting in 2006.

NYMag.com Sets Traffic Record in September with Over 10 Million Unique Visitors

September was a historical month for New York, as its website topped 10 million unique visits for the first time. While that’s great news, the best part about it might be that about 90% of the users during that time were enjoying web-only content. That is because the digital verticals that make up NYMag.com have all become brands on their own.

Vulture has become a force in the pop culture world, Daily Intel is a great source for breaking news and politics (especially now that they have Jonathan Chait contributing), and The Cut has become a must read for commentary on the fashion industry. Not only are these blogs delivering quality, they don’t skimp on quantity either: Adam Moss recently said that NYMag.com publishes new content every six minutes during the week. Every six minutes!

With over 10 million visits it’s inevitable that some of those people end up becoming print subscribers, so beyond increasing digital ad revenue, those hits help the magazine’s numbers as well. New York appears to have found a winning strategy. Don’t be shocked if other titles follow its lead.

Frank Rich is Feeling Great

Frank Rich is loving New York after such a long career at The New York Times. He tells Adweek that he doesn’t miss the paper as much as he thought he would, and that working with Adam Moss has been fantastic. When pressed about why he left the Times, Rich offers up the – appropriately enough – dull answer that he was essentially bored, and wanted to do something new.

Rich hasn’t lost his love for the Times though, saying that the phone hacking scandal has put the paper in a better place than ever:

The New York Times has, as long as I can remember, set the agenda for American journalism, even if it’s in reaction against it. Now, with what’s going on with the Murdoch empire, they’re in an even stronger position because that’s been seriously destabilizing.

He also says that the move from writing about theater to politics is natural for him, and that he might go back to covering the former one day. If you’re a Rich fan check out the rest of the interview, but trust us when we say we just covered the most interesting parts.

WWD Profiles ‘Dude-itors’

Oh holy crap. WWD might have just published the weirdest media article in months today. In a profile of Hugo Lindgren, Adam Rapoport and Josh Tyrangiel, WWD uses a form of “dude” 17 times and, because they do things like wear jeans, dubs the three men “Dude-itors.”

Yes, that’s right. Dude-itors.

Why are they considered so manly? The examples are endless! How about the time when Rapoport complained about a Starbucks lid? Or the fact that none of them wear glasses like the (obviously) un-manly Adam Moss? And let’s not forget that they listen to that zany rock music (specifically Ric Ocasek, who at 62 years-old, refuses to stop rocking).

Had enough Man for today? Probably. But If you haven’t, and want to read the entire piece, go right ahead.

In the meantime we’ll be here attempting to understand how a piece like that gets posted without at least one editor asking, “Dude, what the hell?”

UPDATE:
Ann Friedman has a great take on the WWD piece.

Adam Moss: Us Weekly Reader, Annoyed by Media

Adam Moss, Editor-in-Chief of perhaps the best magazine on newsstands – New York - apparently reads trashy celebrity tabloids just like the rest of us. He’s the latest person featured in The Atlantic Wire’s Media Diet segment, discussing what he reads during a typical day.

He says that he reads Us WeeklyThe New York Times (in print!), The Wall Street Journal, and a few blogs, like Gawker and Politico. He also says that he recently became a Twitter convert when he couldn’t access the Times’ website for news on Osama bin Laden.

But the best part of Moss’ “diet” was when he took the opportunity to put the media in its place:

What irritates me about the media is its sheer meta-ness: the constant self-referencing, the small little clique, the small-bore obsession with getting there two seconds before someone else and the sniping among media people talking about media.

Though he might be including FishbowlNY in that statement, we couldn’t agree more.

Dave Remnick, Stefano Tonchi, and Josh Tyrangiel on the National Magazine Award Nominations

Yesterday the American Society of Magazine Editors announced the nominations for the 2011 National Magazine awards. The New Yorker led the pack with nine nominations, followed by New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and the Virginia Quarterly Review (all with six nominations), causing some to speculate as to whether having “New York” in your title guaranteed a certain amount of success.

New Yorker editor Dave Remnick spoke to WWD about whether or not Jane Mayer‘s profile on the Koch brothers could beat Michael Hastings‘ profile of Stanley McChrystal. “Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston, right? Princeton beat UCLA,” he said. “Anything can happen.”

W editor Stefano Tonchi also told WWD that he was particularly gratified that W received three nominations, because — due to his recent relaunch — the magazine “only submitted what [it] had — that was September, October, November.”

“I would never, ever, ever anticipate that your own estimation of your work equals a certain number of nominations,” said Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel, “unless you’re Adam Moss and David Remnick, who are generally always right about that.”

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