A Pundit Learns to Manage

WS talks to top editor Michael Kinsley

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Michael Kinsley, the editor of Slate (www.slate.com), an online magazine published by Microsoft Corp., has a formidable résumé. He joined Microsoft in January 1996 after serving as editor of The New Republic and co-host of CNN’s Crossfire. He’s also a contributing writer at Time and has written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Reader’s Digest. Based in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Kinsley manages people nationwide.

WS: How do you manage home-based workers all over the country?

Kinsley:
The biggest challenge is to maintain a strong relationship when you don’t see people every day. We run a virtual editorial office here, with editorial operations in New York, Washington, D.C., and now Los Angeles. Creating a certain family feeling over a long distance is hard.

WS: So how do you do that?

Kinsley:
There are three levels to keeping in touch with everyone. The f...(register to read more)

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