This year's American Magazine Conference, jointly sponsored by the Magazine Publishers of America and the American Society of Magazine Editors, was moved from Phoenix to Manhattan's Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers following the Sept. 11 attacks. Publishers and editors rubbed shoulders with local politicos as the New York-centric industry showed its support for the city by bringing business back to the hometown of many media companies that regularly attend the annual meeting, which took place Oct. 21-23.
MR. CANDIDATE MEETS MR. CANDID: Michael Bloomberg, media mogul and owner of monthly title Bloomberg Personal Finance, as well as a current New York City mayoral candidate, greeted New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at AMC's opening night cocktail reception.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Tina Brown, editor in chief, Talk magazine, was one of the editors who presented a "Master of the Craft" talk to attendees. First person accounts are "a powerful form of magazine journalism," she believes.
OPENING NIGHT: (From l.) Cathleen Black, president, Hearst Magazines; Cyndi Stivers, president, Time Out New York and chair of this year's AMC; David Granger, editor in chief, Hearst Magazines' Esquire; and Susan Ungaro, editor in chief, Gruner & Jahr Publishing USA's Family Circle.
GREEN PARTY: New York City mayoral candidate Mark Green stopped by the opening reception of the 2001 American Magazine Conference. (From l.) O. Burtch Drake, president-CEO of the American Association of Advertising Agencies; Jim Guthrie, president of the National Advertising Review Council; Mark Green; Don Kummerfeld, president, Kummerfeld Associates and former president of Magazine Publishers of America; and Nina Link, current president of Magazine Publishers of America.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT: New York's Gov. George E. Pataki came to the closing lunch of the AMC to thank the magazine industry for moving its conference to New York City. Gov. Pataki was introduced by Steven T. Florio, Conde Nast Publications president-CEO.