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Conde Nast biz magazine won't be writing about parent

June 13, 2006

Conde Nast Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman likely won’t be overseeing any stories in the magazine about the parent company or the Newhouse family, she told the Media Industry Newsletter. That’s unlike Fortune, which has regularly skewered parent company AOL Time Warner.

Joanne LipmanFrom MIN: “I love the challenge of creating a new product,” she says. “Yes, I did it at the WSJ, and I enjoyed it, but there it was with an existing staff. Hiring people here and all of us going through the process together is adding an exciting new dimension. It is also terrific that at Condé Nast, editors get a lot of latitude. I knew that about David from his years at The New Yorker [vp/publisher from June 1998 through September 2005], and his respect for ‘church/state.’ That was a real draw for me to come here, and it will also be for others, as I am being swamped with résumés from writers and editors with extra­ordinary talent. We are going to have exciting staff announcements.”

“One business subject presumably out of bounds at CNP is CN, which Lipman profiled on the front page of the January 11, 1996, WSJ. (Definitely makes her unique from Graydon Carter, David Remnick, and Anna Wintour.) “It was on the financials of a privately held company [she was the first to do an ‘authorized’ analysis of CN chairman S.I. Newhouse, Jr.’s bottom line], not on the editorial, which I’ve always respected.” This Thursday (June 15): Lipman’s first in a series of CNP “preview” luncheons/interviews with Google ceo Eric Schmidt at New York’s Four Seasons restaurant.”

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