Last week I had one of those moments of befuddled emotions when I got an email from my editor at Print, Joyce Rutter Kaye. After an astounding 10 1/2 years at Print, Joyce is moving onto another great gig at NYC & Company, New York City’s official tourism, marketing and partnership organization, as senior editorial director. Let’s hope her design authority can do something about that nausea-inducing NYC logo I had to shield my eyes from every time I hailed a taxi.
Joyce’s decade at Print was an exceptional time for the magazine, including seven National Magazine Award nominations. After Print was nominated for General Excellence under 100,000 circulation in 2007, I interviewed Joyce for mediabistro.com right before the awards show. They didn’t win that night (stupid atomic scientists), but they were nominated again this year and won yet again, bringing Joyce’s win record to three out of the last six years! Considering how many bazillion under-100,000 circ magazines there are out there, that is pretty much, like, amazing.
So as I was mopping the tears of joy-sadness from my eyes, there was yet another wave of celebration when I heard that another of my editors at Print, one Emily Gordon would be taking the editor-in-chief reins. Before becoming managing editor at Print, Emily worked at numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Nation, Newsday, PEN America, and Legal Affairs. A journalist and critic since 1993, she has written about books, culture, and technology for publications such as The New York Times Book Review, Salon, A Brief Message, and The Washington Post Book World. She received her MFA in poetry from New York University.
And I’ll just add a few more details to that official bio: Emily’s also a faculty member for the newly-created D-Crit program at SVA (check out their new blog), she writes the spectacular Webby Award-winning blog about the New Yorker, Emdashes, and was recently seen on the local news swing dancing in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But you’ll have to ask her about that yourself.
Congrats to both ladies on amazing back-to-school season transitions!