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TACTICAL AND STRATEGIC: By now, Adam Moss, the editor in chief of New York magazine, probably greets news of a senior editor departing with a shrug.
The magazine is raided on a regular basis by competitors. In 2011, he lost four editors to the New York Times, though he gained Frank Rich.
On Monday, Moss e-mailed staff with news about Ashlea Halpern, the editor of Strategist, the magazine’s service section, which has won several awards over the years.
Halpern, in charge of the section for a little more than a year, was leaving in two weeks to be Bon Appétit’s new special projects editor.
It was too bad.
“While it is self-evident that the Strategist has its own very powerful genetic material, Ashlea brought her unique talents to the job,” Moss wrote.
Strategist will be fine, though, he continued.
He’s lost Strategist editors in the past, you see. Janet Ozzard left in 2010, Jon Steinberg in 2011. Meh. Strategist editors come and go, and the section keeps winning awards — five in all from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the most recent one this year.
“One of the nice things about how generous ASME has been to us in the magazine section category was that each time I seemed to be on the podium accepting this award, it was for a different Strategist editor,” Moss wrote. “Next year I have no doubt we’ll be deserving once again.”
He encouraged staffers to congratulate Halpern — “Wish her luck and happiness at Condé Nast.”