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Sources say Bill Keller has received upward of 20 applications for the top slot at the New York Times Magazine.

NO NEWS AT THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE: The proposals are in to executive editor Bill Keller (he received upward of 20 applications, according to sources), but that’s as far as The New York Times has gotten in the process of finding a successor for Gerry Marzorati, the editor of the Times’ Sunday Magazine. In late June, Marzorati was reassigned by Keller to a newly created, amorphous position at the company. At the time, Keller said he would be accepting applications for the plum job via e-mail through July 31 and that Marzorati would stay on as editor of the Magazine and T through the end of the summer. Now — nearly three weeks after the executive editor’s July 31 deadline — sources told WWD that Keller and Co. haven’t begun to meet with editor candidates in earnest and are hoping to name a successor by the end of next month. While a slew of well-known Times staffers and external candidates have sent Keller their ideas, not everyone who submitted a proposal is a true contender or even gunning for the job. Insiders said Times higher-ups have been soliciting opinions from some and making it clear to all that suggestions are welcome.

Then there’s Marzorati, a divisive figure at the Times who nonetheless generates some sympathy as he twists in the wind waiting for his successor to be named — and continues to do a job many believe he was pushed out of.

— Nick Axelrod

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