Mixed Messages

Jann Wenner likes his offices clean and his front-of-books concise. “Incoming,” Rolling Stone’s pop-culture news section overseen by deputy managing editor James Kaminsky, has been stripped of linguistic clutter and renamed “Mixed Media” by Wenner. The new header debuted at the end of August.
“He wanted to clearly telegraph what the section is about,” Kaminsky said in a phone conversation. “[Wenner] felt the old name was confusing rather than illuminating.”
Kaminsky added the new name better reflects the section’s focus on television, books and the Internet. The current installment of “Mixed Media” opens with capsule reviews of the fall television line-up and offers a sidebar detailing recent books by Iraq War soldiers. Coming up in the next issue: a piece on Anderson Cooper’s Katrina coverage-cum-theatrics.
–Gabriel Sherman

Mixed Messages