Newsweek has fallen on hard times, and the Washington Post Co. is putting it up for sale. Thoughtful context here and here. I have no long-term solutions. But if they're looking to goose newsstand sales, Matt Cooper, a triple-crown veteran of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News, once came up with the greatest newsweekly cover line of all time:
Having never worked at a newsweekly myself, I'll defer to Matt. But it always seemed to me like there was one more station of the cross when it came to newsweekly cover lines, which is why my own ultimate line would be:
UPDATE: Slate's John Dickerson, a newsweekly vet, weighs in via Twitter (#BestNewsweekCoverline) with this powerful contender:
That's sharp--I forgot the "latest tech trend" meme
LATER UPDATE: Goldblog offer this one:
And @jdickerson (#FF) again:
I think I've fallen out of medal contention here...
STILL LATER UPDATE: Powerful contributions from commenters :