It turns out the magazine hadn't done all it could. In the ethereal world of digital media, printed magazines continue to offer something concrete, a tangible representation of a collaboration between editors, artists, designers and writers. And nothing embodies this collaboration like the magazine cover, which remains one of the modern age's most widely consumed pieces of public art.
As Time magazine's design director, D.W. Pine, put it, "I still feel like the power of the Time cover is because we print it. The power is that we take the time and energy to craft
The spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the layoffs, but a Wenner staffer said the cuts occurred in the last few days and stretched across the editorial and business sides of the magazines. They were also equally weighted across all three titles, part of a shift in resources from print to digital, this person explained.
Vanity Fair made headlines this month with the release of its July 2015 cover, featuring a photograph of Caitlyn Jenner shot by Annie Leibovitz. It didn't take long for the image to become a viral sensation-or for people to begin speculating that it had earned a spot in the pantheon of "iconic" magazine covers.
But what is it, exactly, that makes a cover iconic? We spoke to four of the people behind some of the industry's most-lauded covers-Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, legendary Esquire art director George Lois, Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana and
Media-buying executives who steer brands' ad budgets say they're frustrated that Rolling Stone's ad team has not reached out in the wake of a blistering Columbia University School of Journalism report detailing the magazine's "journalistic failure" in its now-retracted story about rape on college campuses.
"They should have emailed a copy of the Columbia Journalism report with a mea culpa assuring advertisers what steps they are taking to ensure this doesn't happen again," a media-buying executive told Ad Age.
Rolling Stone's repudiation of the main narrative in "A Rape on Campus" is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable. The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking. The magazine set aside or rationalized as unnecessary essential practices of reporting that, if pursued, would likely have led the magazine's editors to reconsider publishing Jackie's narrative so prominently, if at all. The published story glossed over the gaps in the magazine's reporting by using pseudonyms and by failing to state where important information had come from.
The music (and film) category of the Apple Newsstand is not among the more popular categories used for new digital editions, accounting for only around 2.3 percent of all apps. And unlike the Arts & Photography category, it is not a place one sees the most innovative new digital magazines.
I find this terribly odd. After all, both audio and video are a natural for digital magazines, right?
Well, there is the issue of copyright and the ability to freely embed files into digital magazines and newspapers.
When Robin Williams died last year, mourning fans turned to the web-and Rolling Stone was ready for them.
"It was an incredibly sad moment, but the next day we promoted three cover stories about Robin Williams and the traffic was enormous," says Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner and the head of digital for Wenner Media. "People wanted to read these portraits, and the quality was there, the writing was there."
For Wenner, that outpouring of interest affirmed an idea that he had been mulling over for months, inspired by a "cover wall" in the magazine's midtown Manhattan offices.
Historically, New York magazine and The New Yorker tend to be among the biggest heavyweights at the annual glossy back-patting bonanza that is the National Magazine Awards.
So it should surprise no one that they are leading the pack of this year's finalists, announced Thursday afternoon, with 10 and six nominations respectively, including in the categories for general excellence (the latter) and magazine of the year (the former).
More notable and more interesting, perhaps, are the newcomers and first-time nominees who've managed to crash the gates of the magazine world's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.
It would be pretty easy to come up with a long list of reasons why this year was one of the worst in media: everything from mass layoffs at the New York Timesand dozens of other struggling newspapers, to the rise of "clickbait" journalism and massive fact-checking errors like the Rolling Stone piece on college sexual assault. But I'd rather take a look at some of the positive developments in the media sphere this year. So here's my list of things that make me optimistic:
BuzzFeed and Vice Media: Both of these outlets tend to come under fire from those who believe
Rolling Stone magazine has updated the "note to readers" that it posted Friday in light of a Washington Post report casting doubts on its article "A Rape on Campus" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which told the horrific story of a University of Virginia freshman named Jackie suffering a seven-man gang rape in 2012 at the prestigious Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. "We apologize to anyone who was affected by the story and we will continue to investigate the events of that evening," reads the last line of the note.