It is she who made Vogue the commanding title in women's and fashion magazines, the overriding authority that sets the tone for everything else. That is, in fact, the real intellectual challenge for an editor in chief. If she can bring the editors of other titles along (I'm thinking of you, GQ and Bon Appetit!) it will do more to protect Condé Nast than all the (very necessary) innovation Scott Dadich and Chuck Townsend combined can muster.
“We’ve spent the past 10 years trying to make Wired more Condé Nast. We’ll spend the next 10 trying to make Condé Nast more Wired.” —C.E.O. Chuck Townsend(2)
The latest sign of that expansion is the addition of Jonah Lehrer's Frontal Cortex blog, which was leading newyorker.com around the time news broke Tuesday afternoon that Lehrer has left sister Conde Nast title Wired, where he was a contributing editor, to become a New Yorker staff writer.
Young, veteran media reporter John Koblin ditches all that to write about sports for Denton's Deadspin
It's not as strange as it might seem that a media reporter for a fashion trade magazine is moving to the sports beat. Koblin, who started as an intern in the Newark bureau of The New York Times before being recruited to the Observer to write for its new comercial real-estate beat, and then took over the media beat there, wrote about sports on the side throughout his tenure there.(3)
Thompson is only the second senior editor to leave the print magazine to work on the digital side. Does this mean The New Yorker is starting to take its website more seriously?
"The move was certainly not intended to send a signal," said Thompson. "They just needed a new editor, and for whatever reason, Remnick thought I'd do a good job at it."(1)
Condé Nast leads the pack in just-released nominations for big digital-magazine awards, the Digital Ellies
This years' awards also brings at least one newcomer, The Atavist, a newish startup that commissions works of long-form journalism for individual sale, and which is nominated in the reporting and "use of interactivity and multimedia" categories.
You can view the full list of nominees after the jump.(1)
For a long time, the best thing about writing stories about life inside Condé Nast, the magazine starship now residing for the most part at 4 Times Square, was to point out the luxuries and perks. Then it was to treat minor belt-tightening (no more free Orangina!) with mock-serious shock and concern. Today came a reminder that Condé Nast is swimming in the same water as the rest of us (and, no, it wasn't the mixed results of today's report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.) For most of hte morning and afternoon today, the company's email system has been down.
New York magazine's average circulation increased .1 percent to 405,532, according to the latest data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations; though newsstand sales were down 7.6 percent to 14,204, that's less of a decline than the industry as a whole saw (nearly 10 percent).
The New Yorker's average circulation, meanwhile, increased 2.2 percent to 1,047,260, and newsstand sales were up 2.8 perecent to 33,530.
For the next four weeks, we'll be publishing a 2010 mini-Almanac in periodic installments. Like the almanac published yearly by The New York World an age ago (which survives today as the World Almanac), it's a way of pulling together a selection of the most important stuff that happened over the last year, and reminding us what we were thinking about these things before we knew what was happening to us.
Today, 2010: The first year of iPad.