Let’s just get this out of the way: The CIA doesn’t hire working journalists. Not American ones, anyway. It stopped in 1976 after an embarrassing investigation by Sen. Frank Church (D-ID) revealed that infiltrating news teams was just one of several bad habits dating to the 1950s. But we can’t help imagining the clinking of Read More
In this week’s giddily Obama-centric edition of The New Yorker—you had the illuminated O in “Yorker”; the “ELECTION SPECIAL” tab on the outside cover flap; and more than 35,000 words inside about the election—the longest story in the magazine was assigned to none other than the magazine’s editor, David Remnick. His 12,000-word opus on race Read More
In a memo sent this morning to Time staffers and posted on Romenesko, managing editor Rick Stengel announced that the magazine has hired Salon political reporter Michael Scherer. Mr. Scherer, who has also worked at Mother Jones, will report and produce videos for Time.com, as well as writing for the magazine, and will Read More
“I’ve met an estimated 56 of 100,” said NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, surveying the crowd at last night’s Time 100 gala. “I always assumed I might come as a guest but not a lapel-wearing member.”
Oh, Mr. Williams, don't be so modest! Or quite so serious, either: he said he was most looking Read More
Can The Economist be stopped? Or then again, can The Economist be started?
That’s not a good lead. It’s hard to remember what a good lead is after spending an evening with The Economist. Here are some of the opening sentences of articles in the March 10 issue:
“Texans are addicted to aggressive driving.”
“Any Read More
What’s in a participle? When the new Time magazine appeared on Friday, Jan. 5—returning, after decades of Mondays, to an end-of-week publishing cycle—it included a note from managing editor Richard Stengel titled “A Changing TIME.”
That was changing, not changed.
“In the coming weeks and months,” Mr. Stengel wrote, “you’ll be seeing more changes and Read More
September 14, 2006
To: Time Inc. Employees
From: Richard Stengel
Re: Staff Announcement
TIME.com has experienced a renaissance under the editorial leadership of Steve Koepp. Within the last year, the site has doubled its unique users and increased the time spent per user by more than 50%. TIME.com has launched blogs (with more on the Read More
“All news breaks online anyway,” said Richard Stengel, the managing editor of Time magazine. “So why are we hoarding things to release them on Sunday night? It just seems crazy.”
Mr. Stengel was invoking 21st-century technology to explain an apparently retro move: On Aug. 17, Time announced that as of January, it will begin coming Read More
The new managing editor of Time magazine will be Richard Stengel, Time Inc. announced this morning. Stengel, currently the head of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, previously held several editing posts at Time and Time.com. The full announcement comes after the jump:
RICHARD STENGEL NAMED MANAGING EDITOR OF Read More
You’re Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery , by Richard Stengel. Simon & Schuster, 315 pages, $25.
“TK,” to a journalist, means “to come.” It’s a placeholder in draft copy for something to be added later.
The first page of my review copy of Richard Stengel’s history of flattery says “Acknowledgments TK,” the Read More