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Time correspondent Simon Shuster tells the story of his abduction near Konstantinovka, in Ukraine, recently. He was stopped at a checkpoint where a man “pulled me from the car and cracked me on the head with the butt of his pistol.”

About half of his buddies got nervous, even sympathetic, when they saw the blood running down my face, and a few even ran to bring me some tissues. Maybe these were meant to be the peaceful citizens struggling for their rights. For a while, they bickered about what to do with me before calling their commander, a lanky man in camouflage named Vanya, who soon drove up with a long-barrel shotgun and a bandolier of red shells across his chest. “You’re screwed now,” one of his men whispered at me.

But on the ride back to his headquarters in the town of Kramatorsk, inside the occupied city hall, Vanya apologized for the beating. “We’re at war here,” he offered as an explanation. “We’re in a military situation.”

Simon Shuster, Time

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Time.com website redesign: ‘There’s a lot of text, and that’s intentional’

As Time.com‘s Managing Editor Edward Felsenthal, and Daniel Bernard, head of product, prepared to preview the newly redesigned Time.com for me, I expected one of two types of popular overhauls: a spacious, minimalist approach a la NPR, or a grid-based explosion of images a la NBC News and Bloomberg View.

But Felsenthal and Bernard emphasized neither of the two buzzwords I expected: “visual” and “white space.” Instead, the site in its second major redesign in 18 months unabashedly embraces density — text-based density!

“I think the homepage draws on visuals, which of course have always been a part of Time’s history,” Felsenthal said. “But it’s pretty dense, there’s a lot of text, and that’s intentional.”

That doesn’t mean the site is cluttered or overwhelming, just that it isn’t afraid to present visitors with lots of choices. At the same time, it maintains visual hierarchy — no visitor to the Time homepage will wonder what the top story of the moment is:

The aim, Felsenthal said, is for Time.com to “do for the minute what Time has always done for the week since it began, to bring you up to date in an extremely smart and readable fashion, quickly. The very name Time is a recognition of the fact that people don’t have enough of it.”

To that end, the site’s navigation is built around a curated, independently scrolling selection of top stories, always present in a left rail on large screens and expandable with a tap on small screens. When you reach the bottom of a story, it automatically transitions into the next story in the list, much like Quartz. (Another influence from the Atlantic’s mobile-first business site: native advertising included in the left rail and in the main stream of stories; it’s labeled “content from” at Time.)

Article-first design

Where Time’s strategy meshes with strategies at nearly every other news organization is in its focus on article pages, increasingly important as readers arrive at sites through side doors like Facebook. In January, 22 percent of visits to Time.com arrived via social media, according to Omniture, Time said.

An article page at Time.com before the redesign…
… and after.

The site’s navigation is based on Time data that suggests offering related stories isn’t always the best way to keep visitors engaged and bounce rates down, which is why Taboola’s eclectic — and sometimes tasteless — collections of stories from “Around the Web” seem to work. Visitors entering a technology-related story won’t be prompted to view other tech stories on Time; instead, they’ll be prompted to view the stories hand-selected by Time editors and deemed to be the top stories of the moment.

The homepage is divided into three columns: the latest stories on the left, the most important stories in the middle, and columns, videos and longform magazine pieces (still behind a paywall) on the right. There are no traditional topic index pages, just streams of stories grouped by topic — accessible by clicking or tapping the hamburger menu button adopted in nearly every news site redesign.

Felsenthal said the new site was a sign of Time Inc.’s commitment to fast digital growth (Time launched its first responsive site not all that long ago, in October 2012). Time.com has hired 35 people across editorial, product, tech and sales, Felsenthal said, with editorial hires coming from new media brands like BuzzFeed, Gawker, Mashable and Business Insider. (Still, Time Inc. announced 500 layoffs earlier this month as the company prepares for its IPO.)

Time has numbers to back up the claim that the investment in digital is paying off. Unique visitors have more than doubled, from 10.2 million in January 2013 to 23 million in January 2014, according to comScore. The site published an average of 122 pieces of content per day in January (some of which, it must be said, falls under the category of clickbait), up from 72 earlier last year.

Meanwhile, Facebook likes have increased 250 percent year over year, and traffic from social has nearly tripled, the company said. In January, mobile accounted for 45 percent of Time’s traffic.

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Figure skating: the best Olympic sport to illustrate anxiety

The Sochi Winter Games start in a week amid fraught circumstances, from concerns about Russia’s anti-”gay propaganda” law to concerns about security to concerns about press freedom.

And what better sport to convey the anxiety surrounding Sochi than figure skating? Its popularity may have declined in recent years, but as a vessel for illustrating these games’ ability to evoke beauty and unease simultaneously, it remains without peer.

For The Economist, Putin on ice represents “A skater with feet of clay.”
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‘Undesirable’ U.S. journalist banned from Russia

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“I have been expelled from Russia and declared persona non grata,” David Satter wrote on his website Tuesday. The journalist and Russia scholar was banned from the country, Maya Rhodan wrote in Time Monday, “in what is reportedly the first such ousting since the U.S.S.R. disbanded in 1991.”

According to a story Tuesday from Radio Free Europe, Satter had been working with RFE as an advisor since September of 2013, and in December, Satter was told his visa would be renewed.

But Satter says he was told later by a Russian Embassy official in the Ukrainian capital that his presence in Russia was considered “undesirable” and his visa request had been rejected.

The Guardian has a video, here, with Satter explaining how things happened.

“It was typical, during the Soviet period, to accuse foreign correspondents of being spies,” Satter said in the video. “But to make a direct accusation of that kind against a journalist in post-Soviet Russia is, in fact, extremely rare.”

Moscow’s City Center in January, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Time corrects: Pope Francis did not reject church dogma

It’s almost, er, time for Time to unveil its Person of the Year. One of the contenders is Pope Francis, who is featured in a slideshow from the magazine:

The text above the slide notes, “The first Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of luxury.”

But that’s not what it initially said, as noted by the GetReligion blog. The slide originally read:

First Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of church dogma and luxury.

The pope rejected church dogma? That’s a pretty big story! Alas, it’s not true. Time realized its error, fixed the copy, and appended this correction:

Correction: An earlier version of this post suggested that Pope Francis rejected some church dogma. He does not.

At GetReligion, Terry Mattingly asks, “can anyone think of a more amazing religion-beat correction during the past 12 months than this one in Time?”

As of now, I’d say this one is tops. Read more

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Joe Pompeo looks at Nancy Gibbs’ first few months on the job as Time’s managing editor. She was named to the post in September.

Today, Gibbs runs a newsroom free of the histrionics that some of her peers are known for. So undramatic is her approach that during a recent editorial meeting, while critiquing a homepage headline she thought was misleading, according to people who were there, Gibbs remarked to the offending party: “Why aren’t you leaving this meeting to fix this right now?” Everyone burst out laughing, the joke being that she was paraphrasing a Jill Abramson quote from POLITICO’s now infamous piece about the New York Times executive editor’s reportedly “brusque” and “dismissive” management style. Gibbs, on the contrary, is known for her encouraging, almost motherly mien, though she can still gossip with the best of ‘em or lay down the tough talk when a situation warrants it.

Joe Pompeo, Capital

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Time: ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi apology nearly as good as Rob Ford’s

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CBS News’ retraction of “60 Minutes”‘ big Benghazi story is No. 4 on Time’s list of the year’s best apologies: “Logan issued two on-air apologies on CBS This Morning Nov. 8 and on 60 Minutes Nov. 10, though media watchdogs said the mea culpa should have explained how the program failed to see all sides of the story.”

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s apology for smoking crack came in a little higher.

Time’s year end Top 10 Everything in 2013 package also takes a few more looks at journalism:

TOP 10 OVERREPORTED STORIES – NO. 4, Wendy Davis’s shoes:

Never mind that for 11 hours Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered a controversial bill that she and other critics insisted would close all but five of the state’s abortion clinics. Instead, Look at her shoes! Just look at those things! They’re pink and stylish and, seriously, they look really comfortable.

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Time plays off ‘Bitter Pill’ cover with story on Obamacare

Time’s new cover touts a story by Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs about the botched rollout of the new health-care law. The design may remind you of a previous Time cover story:

“Bitter Pill,” Steven Brill’s 36-page examination of hospital costs in March “sold more than double the typical number of copies,” Christine Haughney reported at the time. Read more

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Time names ‘Person of the Moment,’ will add ‘Person of the Week’

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Time’s “Person of the Moment” will be “a nod to the people and stories that are influential now,” Associate Editor Susan Jackson writes in a post introducing the Time 100 Channel. “They will be actors and politicians, musicians and activists, titans and names you’ve never heard of before.” The current POTM is Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi.

The news organization will also take reader votes for a Person of the Week, Jackson writes.

When I interviewed new Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs last month, I asked her whether she’d consider doing something splashy, like killing Time’s famous Person of the Year feature. “I think I’d probably get a little pushback about that,” Gibbs replied. I was clearly 100 percent wrong about the direction Time might take.


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Nancy Gibbs announces new hires along with her plans for Time

New Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs will announce two hires this week, she told Poynter in a phone call Tuesday evening: Senior Editor Matt Vella will become business editor of the news organization, and former New York Post deputy features editor Isaac Guzman (as Joe Pompeo reported last month) will become Time’s culture editor.

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Vella and Guzman will edit across platforms: There will be no Web/print divide in the Gibbs era. “I think I’m the first editor of Time to take over with a larger digital audience than print audience,” Gibbs said. She’s restructured Time’s meetings — Time won’t miss out on “stories that someone had a great idea that never made it to the right person.”

Time announced Gibbs would be its new top editor Tuesday, but she’s been acting in that role since July. Time.com will relaunch its website this autumn, and she says that’s where she’s been focused. The print magazine’s covers in that time period — which include topics like MLK, Detroit’s bankruptcy and bees — are a “good reflection of my interests,” said Gibbs, the magazine’s first female editor. Read more

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