With only 10 issues remaining, the print edition of Newsweek will now serve as Tina Brown's updated résumé. What will she do with these final covers, now that "everyone" (in New York media circles) is watching again?
You can help Tina decide how to make these last issues really shine! We've got the editorial calendar through the final issue, December 31, and can already see some interesting cover possibilities. "Smartest Families: How to Raise a Brilliant Child," holds promise, maybe with Einstein's head on a "regular baby" in a BOB double stroller in Prospect Park, with maybe Steve Jobs' head on the other baby? And "The Hero [...]
Once upon a time there was a magazine. It was called Talk, and Tina Brown made it with her friend Harvey Weinstein. Now Tina Brown has a magazine called Newsweek and she makes it with her friend Barry Diller. Let's look back, and also look forward.
"A year ago I introduced the magazine by saying that I wanted to bring intimacy to the American conversation, to marry emotion to ideas. In a deeply political season, I'm happy to reiterate that desire." —Tina Brown's Notebook, September, 2000.
Actual things people said in the September, 2000, issue of Talk
"He's really cute and normal. He's really nice and [...]
Like all right-thinking people who are fortunate enough to have escaped the dank, vomit-encrusted dagger armory that is Britain, Tina Brown is thankful that she no longer has to deal with that foul island's repulsive weather.
And for whatever reason, like we all needed a reason, there's a profile of Tina Brown! What is a Tina Brown? "'Tina’s a revolutionary leader,' [Hendrik] Hertzberg says by way of explaining why she left The New Yorker. 'Revolutionary leaders go wrong when they stay too long. George Washington went back to the farm; Fidel Castro didn’t.'"
Now, I'm no student of American history, mostly because my high school history teacher was so depressed and endrunkened that he committed suicide not long after my American history semester ended, but, basically, George Washington retired twice. (To the "farm," which… calling that a "farm" is a stretch. I think we [...]
The Daily Beast loses something like $200,000 a week. Newsweek loses around $500,000 a week. (Actually more like $538,000—that's $28 million a year.) Put the two entities together and you're losing a million dollars every ten days or so. Sure, there's some cash incoming—Newsweek has $165 million in annual revenue! Which is a ton of money… almost none of which comes from Newsweek.com. Making sense of the properties online is the most confusing order of the merger. (What will be done to the print product seems pretty obvious to most.) Particularly given that Newsweek.com has two to three times the traffic of the Beast. Here's [...]