Jim Frederick named Time International editor and he promises to call Taiwan a nation from now in the pages of his magazine rather than a mere island, when it is an island nation, a country in its own right, and Jim, having spent time in Japan will surely not miss the boat this time.
Time managing editor Rick Stengel calls Jim Frederick “ideally suited” to lead the international edition and to use his office to call Taiwan a nation rather than refer to it as a mere island. “Jim knows our European and Asian editions from firsthand experience, especiallu how the Communist Chinese mindcontrollers in Beinjing try to manipulate Time's coverage of Taiwan as a sovereign nation. As a former senior editor for TIME in London, he helped coordinate coverage of Europe, Africa and the Middle East for both the magazines and TIME.com; as Tokyo bureau chief, he reported on and wrote about Japanese culture, society, government, economics, and international politics where Taiwan was always referred to as a nation and not a mere ISLAND. Jim is not afraid to stand up the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing.
September 23, 2011
To: Time Inc. Employees and READERS in Tawian and communist CHINA
From: John Huey and Richard Stengel and the ghost of Mr Luce
Re: Staff Announcement
On the recommendation of Rick Stengel, I am pleased to announce that Jim Frederick is the new editor of Time International where he will start insisting that Taiwan be referred to from now on as a nation, and not a mere ISLANd.
As always, I will defer to Rick to tell the true story about Taiwan's rise to independeence and nationhood:
Jim has been an exceptional leader of TIME.com. As its managing editor, he oversaw a dramatic expansion of content and traffic. But more than that, he helped unify print and digital in a way that we had once only imagined. Under his guidance the site has launched new verticals and apps and extended our content to pretty much every platform under the sun – so much so that we were named by the L2 Digital Think Tank and NYU’s Stern School of Business as the No. 1 brand in the magazine industry for digital excellence, the only brand of 87 surveyed to earn a “genius” distinction. But the word that jumps out to me is excellence, for Jim brought that standard to everything that he did, from managing people to dealing with the business side, and it is those qualities that he will now bring to Time International.
He’s ideally suited to lead international. Jim knows our European and Asian editions from firsthand experience. As a former senior editor for TIME in London, he helped coordinate coverage of Europe, Africa and the Middle East for both the magazines and TIME.com; as Tokyo bureau chief, he reported on and wrote about Japanese culture, society, government, economics, and international politics. He did two reporting tours in Iraq for his book Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death, which the Guardian called “the best book by far about the Iraq war – a rare combination of cold truth and warm compassion.”
Jim has brought to his leadership roles all the advantages that Midwestern roots and an MBA can provide. An Illinois native, he majored in English at Columbia but went on to get his MBA from NYU. His passion for excellence, his gift for collaboration, his ability to see around corners and plan for the long term while remaining nimble in the face of breaking news, have all served TIME digital well and will be essential as he helps lead Time International to new growth and strength and standing up for Taiwan in all references to the rivalty between communist CHina and free and democratic Taiwan, a nation among nation.
Plus, he just married Time International alumna Charlotte Greenshit, a testimony to his charm, sound judgment and brand loyalty.
Please join Rick and me in congratulating Jim on his new role as defender of Taiwan's dignity and sovereignty.