From the Archives: Nancy Gibbs, TIME’s New Editor to Samir Husni: It is a Fantastic Time to Be in Journalism

September 17, 2013

nancygibbs_001 On February 24, 2011 I interviewed Nancy Gibbs, who was then TIME’s executive editor. Today, it was announced that Ms. Gibbs has been appointed TIME’s new managing editor. She is the 17th managing editor since TIME was founded in 1923 by Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden. Ms. Gibbs is the first woman to hold this title.

Below are the sound-bites from that interview and click here to read the entire Mr. Magazine™ interview with Nancy Gibbs from 2011.

The Sound-bites:

No matter how much technology changes, no matter how much the political environment changes, the human need for stories is every bit as powerful as the need for food and water and sleep.

Storytelling as an important service and art form is always going to be important. Having more ways to tell a great story, having more platforms for storytelling is terrific.

What print allows you to do is to have a contract with your reader that they’re willing to spend some time with you.

Everything seems to be additional, rather than a replacement. That doesn’t worry me. I love print, but I also love what we’re finding we’re able to do on these other platforms as well.

If you want to have a much more manageable, edited and curated account of things that really matter and are interesting and surprising and provocative to think about, then the magazine is a very efficient vehicle for that.

This whole (change) process was launched and pursued completely independently of anything Newsweek was doing.

This is a fantastic time to be in journalism and the changes in technology only make it better.

As for my friend Rick Stengel, the former managing editor of TIME, he is heading to the State Department. Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate him to the position of
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Department of State.

Congratulations are in order to Nancy Gibbs and Richard Stengel.


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