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The pop philosopher and self-help author Alain de Botton has taken on an impressively wide array of subjects, such as love, sex, travel, happiness and religion. In his latest work, Mr. de Botton puts on his press critic fedora and turns his attention to something more concrete: the media.
If you care, you’ve by now heard that Jack Shafer, the media critic laid off by Slate, was scooped up by Reuters. He will report to opinion editor James Ledbetter, according to the memo from Reuters editor in chief Steve Adler obtained by Romenesko.
“Jack’s arrival at Reuters adds to a rapidly strengthening Read More
New Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin, who recently took over as the chair of Magazine Publishers of America, announced his first move as the new chair of the consumer magazine trade group this morning: a rebranding effort. The group will henceforth be known as “MPA — The Association of Magazine Media.”
The new initials come Read More
On Monday, the editors of Vanity Fair posted Mark Bowden’s May 2009 write-around on Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. on the Web. The story, which was Mr. Bowden’s first for the magazine, made quite an impression on the small—and ever-shrinking—community of media reporters and pundits who obsess about The New York Times, not to mention Read More
Who says The Newseum, Washington D.C.’s interactive showcase for journalism and home to Ana Marie Cox’s slippers (seriously) can’t draw a crowd? According to a Washington-based correspondent, "there’s a line along Pennsylvania Avenue "three New York blocks long. It’s sick.”
Earlier this month, Politico’s Michael Calderone wondered, "But with Read More
An O.G. in the Usual Gang of Idiots: The Times‘ Neil Genzlinger profiles MAD magazine’s fold-in creator Al Jaffee and finds the 87-year-old writer/illustrator still up on youth culture. (Of course he is: The guy did a mind-blowing cover for Vice magazine’s Comics Issue, after all.)
Fox Season: Time‘s James Poniewozik Read More
The New York Times will soon decide whether it will do away with its public editor.
The two-year term of the current public editor, Byron (Barney) Calame, will conclude in May. There may, or may not, be another.
“Over the next couple of months, as Barney’s term enters the home stretch, I’ll be taking soundings Read More
NPR ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin had a word in mind this week. “[T]he journalistic community seems to be taking an unseemly delight in [Judith] Miller’s predicament and the problems it poses for The New York Times,” Dvorkin wrote. “The Germans have a word for this: Schadenfreude. It means taking pleasure in the discomfort of Read More
“I see part of the magazine’s job, a big part of the magazine’s job, as starting conversations,” New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati said.
Mr. Marzorati was speaking late in the afternoon on Feb. 2, having sparked the loudest conversation of his term since taking over for current Times culture czar Adam Moss last Read More