Posted by: Tom Lowry on November 17, 2009
Josh Tyrangiel, who was named this morning to be editor of a Bloomberg-owned BusinessWeek, says it’s too early to lay out specific plans for the magazine but his goal is to create “a great indispensable business weekly.”
In a brief interview, Tyrangiel, 37, says he plans to meet soon with BW staffers as a group and individually to gather their input so “we can formulate a strategy for the magazine together.” Tyrangiel has been serving as a deputy managing editor of Time magazine and as the top editor of its online operations.
While he earned kudos for his work online at Time, Tyrangiel says he is committed to long-form journalism in print. “Listen, the big mistake magazines made was trying to imitate the Web,” he said. “Magazines are read reclining, and that lends itself to longer, more in-depth stories.”
Tryangiel has edited business stories in the past but he acknowledged that he is not a traditional business journalist. He says his background is an “opportunity” for the magazine. “I need help,” he said, “and I am going to rely on the staff. I want the staff to stay in their lanes and be experts on their subjects.”
He believes a big reason that Bloomberg LP Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine and Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler recruited him is that “I am a good person at bringing people together. We are going to work on this as a team.”