The IvyGate Index: Calibrating Hegemony Since 2006

The IvyGate Index: Calibrating Hegemony Since 2006The price of attending an Ivy League school is not the tuition — it’s the subsequent lifetime you spend encountering your classmates’ bylines.

A brother can’t even glance at a periodical without suffering flashbacks. Open the New York Times and boom, it’s 30 years ago and Nick “One F” Kristof is hitting on your girl at a Crimson party. Grab The New Republic — God, that dweeb Beinart would wake you up every morning at 7 a.m. braying show tunes down the hall in Pierson. Flip through the New Yorker and wow, there was that time you and Phil Gourevitch stayed up after that party in Risley, had a lot of wine, really just talked, and one thing led to another and it’s not like it makes you gay, it was just college, you know? We digress. Ivy bylines — they’re everywhere! And they will haunt every minute of your media-soaked life.

It’s no secret that Ivy Leaguers run the Fourth Estate. It’s a given, a commonly acknowledged conceit … that also happens to be completely, totally wrong. How do we know?

Meet our newest recurring feature: the IvyGate Index®, a highly scientific measure of Ivy influence in various industries. In each installment, our crack statisticians (poached in a clandestine midnight raid on the U.S. News & World Report compound) will pore over reams of data, using patented hegemony formulae to give you the numbers you crave with cutting-edge graphical representation. That’s right, bitches: pie charts.

This week, we point the mighty IvyGate Index® telescope at the top rungs of the media ladder. Verdict: Shockingly little dominance!
The IvyGate Index: Calibrating Hegemony Since 2006 

In conclusion, the media industry’s IGIQ (IvyGate Index Quotient) is 44 percent. After the jump, we’ve included a note on methodology for all you budding freakonomists. Next week: robber barons of the extraction industries.

A Note on Methodology: In the spirit of transparency, we present you with the raw data compiled by our Ivy-pedigreed social economists. The IGI considers the almae matres of the ranking editors of the country’s top 10 daily papers, plus the 15 best magazines, arbitrarily chosen. After much gnashing of teeth, we dedided to count Ivy graduate programs but assign them less weight than undergraduate schools. For example, Mort Zuckerman received an M.B.A. from UPenn and a J.D. from Harvard Law; we counted his influence as one Ivy share — half a share for each graduate degree.

Raw Data

Publication Top Editor School Ivy?
USA Today Ken Paulson Mizzou no!
The Wall Street Journal Paul Steiger Yale yes
The New York Times Bill Keller Pomona no!
Los Angeles Times Dean Baquet Columbia (dropout) yes
The Washington Post Len Downie Ohio State no!
Chicago Tribune Ann Marie Lipinski Michigan no!
New York Daily News Mort Zuckerman Penn, Harvard yes
The Philadelphia Inquirer Amanda Bennett Harvard yes
Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News  Greg Moore Ohio Wesleyan no!
Houston Chronicle Jeff Cohen Texas no!
Glamour Cynthia Leive Swarthmore no!
New Yorker David Remnick Princeton yes
Time Richard Stengel Princeton yes
Newsweek Mark Whitaker Harvard yes
Esquire David Granger UT-Knoxville no!
The New Republic Franklin Foer Columbia yes
Weekly Standard Bill Kristol Harvard yes
The National Review Richard Lowry UVA no!
Atlantic Monthly James Bennet Yale yes
Wired Chris Anderson GW, Berkeley no!
Slate Jacob Weisberg Yale yes
New York Magazine Adam Moss Oberlin no!
Vogue Anna Wintour no college no!
Vanity Fair Graydon Carter no college no!
Sports Illustrated Terry McDonell Berkeley no!

Source: the Internet.

52 Responses to “The IvyGate Index: Calibrating Hegemony Since 2006”

  1. col student Says:

    NYTimes has to be Columbia. Sulzberger went to Columbia, as did many editors…

  2. col student Says:

    NYTimes has to be Columbia. Sulzberger went to Columbia, as did many editors…