A new editor at BusinessWeek

Bloomberg annouced today that we’ll have a new editor-in-chief at BusinessWeek. His name is Josh Tyrangiel. He’s 37 years old and has little background in business. Those are both pluses, as far as I’m concerned. As a young editor, he’s not likely to be steeped in the very legacies that weigh our industry down. And business coverage, to be interesting and vibrant, should be tied to broader trends in society. Stand-alone business pieces tend not only to be boring, but also blinkered.

Here’s a vision I wrote last week for BusinessWeek. From my point of view, the key question for Josh and his bosses (Norman Pearlstine and Matthew Winkler) is whether they’re interested in gaining a readership “outside of” business. Based on what I’ve been hearing, I doubt it.

I would like the magazine to become not only required reading, but also a source of pleasure, for the most curious and intelligent people on earth, inside and outside of business.
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