Crunch Time at TIME magazine

Most magazines aren’t known for their fast turnaround. TIME is one of the exceptions. As the first and now one of the last true-to-form newsweeklies, TIME had its next issue already filed when news broke yesterday of Steve Jobs’s death. But that didn’t stop managing editor Rick Stengel from halting the presses and hauling in the staff to produce a new issue — in under three hours, no less. Big kudos to TIME’s hard-working staff for cranking out the commemorative issue in such a short period. The new cover, pictured here, marks the ninth that the Apple visionary has graced since 1982. For a look at the other eight, click here. And go to WIRED if you want to read the best tribute to Jobs I’ve seen throughout the last 24 hours worth of coverage.

Cover of the Week: 09.23.11

TIME always impresses me with its ability to mix playful and serious covers. This week’s cover story, “Playing Favorites” by Jeffrey Kluger, taps into one of the most common arguments among families with more than one child: Who’s the favorite? The cover image plays up the notion that all parents have a favorite kid with a depiction of three siblings eating cake — only one got a significantly bigger piece than the others. An exploration of the science of favoritism is a great idea for a story, and I’m sure this week’s issue will sell well on the newsstands. After all, everyone would like to think they’re the favorite child, right? Well, so long as they don’t have a case of the middle-child syndrome (like me).