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The New Yorker to Launch New Paywall

Beginning July 21, The New Yorker’s content — dating back to 2007 — will be available for all to read online. We suggest you take advantage of this, because in three months, the glossy is closing everything back up; sealed behind a new, metered paywall.

The New York Times reports that the motivation behind opening up newyorker.com was to find out how readers interacted with the site, and then use that data to construct the revamped paywall. The magazine also hopes to add subscribers via the promotion.

We’re excited about this idea, because in the past, it was almost pointless to go to The New Yorker’s site unless you were a subscriber. You never really knew which articles would be available to non-subscribers, and the selection was always minimal.

David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, admitted as much. He told the Times that their method for selecting magazine content that was available online was “awkward” and had “long since outlived its conception.”

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Roger Angell Chats with M Magazine

Nice interview feature from Sridhar Pappu for the summer issue of men’s luxury quarterly M.

RogerAngellPicHe caught up with 93-year-old New Yorker editor and writer Roger Angell to talk reader response to February 2014 piece “This Old Man,” Angell’s imminent receipt of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award and this man’s august New Yorker genealogy:

The magazine is more or less a part of him: He knew it well even as a child, given that his mother, Katharine White, was its literary editor from its founding year of 1925 to 1960, and his stepfather, renowned essayist and Charlotte’s Web author E. B. White, joined its staff in 1927 and stayed on as a contributor into the early eighties.

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David Remnick is Syracuse University’s 160th Commencement Speaker

Over the years, a number of top-rank journalists have delivered the keynote at Syracuse University’s commencement. This group includes “First Lady of American Journalism” Dorothy Thompson Lewis (1937), Walter Cronkite (1968), Dan Rather (1984), Steve Kroft (1996) and Ted Koppel (2000).

On May 11 in the Carrier Dome, New Yorker EIC David Remnick will add his name to this list and receive as well an honorary degree. From the university announcement:

“As an author and journalist, David is one of the most insightful chroniclers of world events and the people who shape them,” says SU Chancellor and President Kent Syverud. “He excels at recognizing a great story and knowing how to tell it well, whether the subject is the fall of the Soviet Empire or the rise of Barack Obama.”

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If This is Wednesday, It Must Be New Yorker Cartoons Pitch Day

A highlight of last night’s 60 Minutes profile of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff is the portion where Morley Safer sits in on the weekly Wednesday illustrator pitches.

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One of the drawings submitted on this particular day hinged on, as is so often the case, a very clever cultural observation:

Mankoff: The apes are saying [to Tarzan]: “We found you and raised you as one of us. So we were just wondering at what point did you learn to shave?”

Artist Joe Dator: Can I say I have researched this? There is no iteration of Tarzan in literature, comic books or the movies in which he has facial hair. It makes no sense.

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UK’s Port Magazine Adds U.S. Editor

The two things that jumped off the page when reading Alex Vadukul‘s bio are the fact that he was born in Milan and idolizes Gay Talese. Solid lineage, on both fronts.

PortMagazine_Issue12The New York-based Vadukul, who has in recent years been a regular contributor to the New York Times, and also written for the paper’s style magazine T and Rolling Stone, this week added the title of U.S. editor for London-based arts and culture quarterly Port. The publication was co-founded in 2011 by Matt Willey, who serves as senior editor and boasts an equally intriguing background:

Willey is on the board of the Editorial Design Organization and is the vice chairman of The Typographic Circle. He is a visiting lecturer at Skolen For Visuel Kommunikation in Denmark.

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David Remnick Joins NBC’s Olympic Coverage

NBC just made its Olympics coverage more interesting. David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, is joining the network’s 2014 Olympic Winter Games team. He’ll contribute during the Opening Ceremony and throughout the games.

“David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics, in a statement.

Remnick has been with The New Yorker since 1992. He has been editor since 1998.

Changes Come to The New Yorker

From now on, The New Yorker is going to look just a little bit different. According to The New York Times, the magazine is revamping its table of contents and its fiction, Goings On About Town and Briefly Noted sections. In the video above, Wyatt Mitchell, The New Yorker’s creative director, discusses the new design.

If you have an eagle eye, you might notice the following updates:

The changes include a cleaner presentation of the table of contents and contributor pages. The most notable change may be on the ‘Goings On About Town’ pages, which start with a more distinctive presentation of the section’s opening image and include less detail on museum and show listings. The revised pages also highlight the work of the magazine’s critics.

David Remnick, The New Yorker’s editor-in-chief, is prepared for the inevitable complaints. He told the Times that if readers don’t appreciate the new look, “That’s O.K. Things settle down. Our bread and butter is the language and the reporting and the stories that we publish.”

Please feel free to complain about his reaction to complaints.

Daily Beast to Lose $12 Million This Year

Now that IAC has sold off Newsweek, what does the future hold for The Daily Beast and Tina Brown? The Daily Beast might one day disappear because — according to Adweek — it’s currently on pace to lose $12 million this year. That’s not likely to inspire much confidence in Barry Diller, who famously called buying Newsweek “a mistake.

As for Brown, Adweek guesses she’ll either stay at The Daily Beast, shift her focus to the Women in The World Summit, or maybe take some time off to finish her book on Hillary Clinton. In other words, no one has any idea what the hell Brown will do next.

At least Brown still has some support. David Remnick, The New Yorker’s editor-in-chief, told Adweek that he is “always rooting for her.”

Michael Bloomberg Won’t Buy The New York Times Because He Hates It

When Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post, a popular theory that emerged was Michael Bloomberg purchasing The New York Times (if it ever went up for sale). However, David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, says that’s not going to happen. Why? Because Bloomy hates the Times.

Remnick, appearing on This Week, explained “Mike Bloomberg is a great innovator, but I have to say, I’ve heard straight from the horse’s mouth that he detests the New York Times… Mike Bloomberg thinks that the New York Times has an opinion page on the front page and he loathes it.”

That probably settles that issue, but still, you have to wonder Bloomberg could end up buying the paper simply because he hates it so much.

If Bloomberg did, then he could change the Times to fit his vision. Which we imagine would feature plenty of articles praising Bloomberg.

A Lot of Media People Partied Last Night

The whirlwind surrounding the New Republic continued last night as Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine, threw a party to celebrate the glossy. Since those in the publishing business love nothing more than to hobnob with people just like them, there was a slew of big names in attendance.

Now you might be saying “I don’t care about yet another event full of media people congratulating themselves for being themselves” but we know you do! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So allow us to give you what you want, a list of people who went to Hughes’ shindig, via The Huffington Post.

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