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New York Times Magazine


Each Sunday, The New York Times Magazine sets the tone for informed debate and thoughtful discussion around the country. Reaching more than 23 million highly educated readers nationwide, in print and online, The Magazine explores the ideas, issues and personalities defining our world: in politics, global issues, finance, culture, fashion, design and more. Some of the most influential writers and photographers of our time capture the way we live now. - from the NYtimes magazine media kit)

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Scott Carney 1 year ago

A few months ago I had a conversation with an editor at the magazine who told me that they kill 50% of the stories they assign. The only way I can interpret this is that they intentionally over-assign in order to choose from a wider selection of quality content. Unfortunately their contract does not mention that they are speculating on content, and if they don't run a story the NYT mag will still only pay the 25% kill fee. This is not an ethical usage of the kill-fee clause. They are counting on killing stories in their business model, not because reporters are necessarily doing a bad job. While it may make the magazine higher quality for readers, it takes advantage of writers who are awed the the possibility of a byline here that they will under-cut their own interests. This happened to me on a story I wrote for the Times that went through eight drafts only to be killed. There was a problem with the piece, of course: It was investigative in nature and the idea that I pitched in good faith did not turn out to exist once I had spent several weeks researching the idea in India. We weren't able to do a write-around to fix the idea and I ended up wasting a colossal amount of time on a dead end story. All that said, The New York Times magazine is probably one of the most consistently excellent long-form magazines in the country. Their editors are generally some of the most experienced in the business and landing a story in these pages can help slingshot a writer's career to a new level. However, I cannot in good conscience give the NYTmagazine anything more than a 3-star review because of its practice of speculating on content.    
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