Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
"We strive to recognize and celebrate the efforts of journalists, journalism educators, activists and citizens who believe that journalism can make a difference in a functioning democracy," says the organization.
- The action, decision, advocacy, story, approach, judgment call etc. that provides the basis for the nomination must have occurred in the 2009 calendar year
- If the basis for a nomination refers to an internal decision, the information must be verifiable through others involved
- Nominations must be received by midnight on January 8, 2010 at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We are proud and honored to have been selected by Bombardier to write, edit and publish Experience magazine globally,” said Katrin Kopvillem, managing director and publisher at Spafax. “This client brings with it a crème de la crème demographic. We look forward to harnessing the global resources of our organization – both creatively and among our worldwide sales force – to create a magazine that will appropriately speak to the elite Bombardier customer, wherever in the world they may reside.”
Both cases hinged on being thwarted in being able to put forward the defence of "responsible communication". In both cases, the SCC ordered new trials, thereby giving defendants the chance to use the defence and justify their journalism as fair and balanced and in the public interest.
“We’re at the hinge point. As a librarian, I have to go where the information goes. Yes, there are a couple ways to disagree with e-book readers – we can complain about the hardware or the software. But as with any disruptive technology, you’re either guided forward or you’re steamrolled. The only way to do it is to jump on the tiger and take control of it.”
Our extraordinary progress this year would not be possible without dedicated grassroots Democrats like you. You worked every day to put Main Street first, to create millions of clean energy jobs, and to make health care affordable for the middle class.Go figure.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Magazine world view: RD revamp; Atlantic digitizes; 40k paper jobs gone;Grazia staff fatten up
- A Reader's Digest that Grandma never dreamed of (New York Times)
- Giant U.S. digital newsstand gets name: Next Issue Media (Industry in Progress blog)
- The Atlantic readies launch of digital business brand (btob online)
- British publisher to launch Independent Magazine Publisher in early 2010 (minonline)
- Custom content has best year ever (minoline)
- US loses 40,000 newspaper jobs in 2009 (Jon Slattery)
- Why many magazine retailers don’t care about Christmas (magnation blog)
- 25 reasons editors don’t get back to writers faster (WordCount: Freelancing in the digital age)
- Smithsonian to publish ‘cultural’ travel issue (Folio:)
- Grazia staffers in a froth | Media Monkey (Guardian)
- BBC Worldwide head supports Murdoch’s paywall plan (Press Gazette)
- What ethnic media can teach us about the future of news (Utne media blog)
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"When combined with the flexibility and speed-to-market already offered by Rogers’ weekly and bi-monthly titles — such as celebrity weekly Hello! Canada, current affairs weekly Maclean’s, L'actualité and Canadian Business — the Pressexpress schedule offers advertisers the agility they require to reach some of Canada’s most highly-engaged readers and consumers,." the company said in a release.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The concept aims to capture the essence of magazine reading, which people have been enjoying for decades: an engaging and unique reading experience in which high-quality writing and stunning imagery build up immersive stories.
The purpose of publishing this concept video is first and foremost to spark a discussion around the digital reading experience in general, and digital reading platforms in particular.You can follow the conversation about the concept at Bonnier's beta lab.
Labels: future of magazines
Friday, December 18, 2009
“Not only do you have to become a daily, you have to become an hourly or a minutely if you're going to get the kind of traffic that's going to make you competitive.”-- Toronto Life magazine editor-in-chief Sarah Fulford, quoted in a long article about the future of the magazine industry in the Globe and Mail.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
“Like me, I’m sure most of you occasionally buy a magazine because you want to check out the advertising. But I’ve never—and I’ve never heard anyone else—go to a website to look at the ads. As soon as we can replicate the values that make people seek out ad info in print, we’ll really have something. But until that point, it won’t work too well.”
Boy story or girl story? Is there a gender difference in article assignments?
I suppose one example might be whether male editors at business magazines might favour male writers. What about outdoors/sportsy publications? Do female editors at a parenting magazine consciously or unconsciously favour writers who are mothers over fathers? Or would be less likely to assign to a childless male writer (who could nonetheless write a good feature) than a childless female writer?
Magazine world view: MPA shrinks; print deaths taper off; Vibe revives; Emap battles debt
- MPA Reduces Staff by More Than 14 Percent (Folio:)
- Watch your tweets: marketers must segregate the personal and professional in social media (Brand Republic)
- Dead print magazine tally tapers off (Audience Development)
- War over e-books heats up (Quill & Quire)
- Publishers Weekly cover sparks controversy (Blog Magazine)
- Vibe launches “Resurrection” issue, relaunches web site (Audience Development)
- Doubts over Emap as it battles with debt (Press Gazette)
- Lord Heseltine hands running of Haymarket to his son (Press Gazette)
- FT.com goes even more premium (Guardian)
- Telegraph brings back Christmas bonus (Guardian)
- MPA and PBAA merge retail conferences (Audience Development)
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Print will continue in 2010 to be the main source of revenue for most magazine companies, and we may have the same number of new magazine launches as this year: a little bit less than 700 titles. Not bad for a so called dying industry.-- Samir Husni, "Mr. Magazine", in a prediction in Folio: magazine's annual roundup
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Style bible I.D. magazine, folded after 55 years
and was beset by competition from shelter magazines and mainstream glossies, which have been aggressively adding design coverage, owing to rising interest in design among mainstream audiences.The magazine's sister title Print will keep publishing and subscribers to I.D. will receive Print instead. A statement from F + W Media, the publishers, said:
Ceasing publication of an iconic brand like I.D. is never an easy decision, but there are several forces that have worked against its sustainability. Certainly the downturn in print advertising has contributed to this decision, but other factors include the fragmentation and specialized information needs of I.D.'s core readers (product designers) and the plethora of information resources available to them – some for free (online and B2B) and others that are highly specialized and targeted to specific industries served.
Toronto Life launches a wedding guide
The 212-page edition is said to be a practical planner covers all things nuptial, including real-life weddings from local couples, honeymoon destinations, and the best in cakes, dresses, flowers and invitations.
Eaves, who runs a site called Eaves.ca, says that the quote was taken, correctly, from a long posting that he made a few months back. He says he is "thrilled" to see it as part of the article, but less thrilled that while he was quoted by name, the original source (his website) was not mentioned and no link was provided in the published article or, later, in the web version of it. He contends that The Walrus doesn't link to others as a matter of policy, a policy he disagrees with.
They believe in the myth that they need to keep people on their website - which means they also believe in keeping their readers away from the very material that makes their stories interesting. This makes their website less interesting (and is why I don't visit it - I visit websites with external links, 'cause I like to explore ideas -- in both the literal and internet surfing sense).Keehn responded on The Walrus blog. Perhaps surprisingly he argues that to link to the blog where the quote came from would somehow "affect the flow of narrative". He says it was a conscious decision:
Ultimately, I concluded that David’s credentials were all readers needed to know. In hindsight, I might have chosen otherwise, in part because the quotation wasn’t a spoken one, and in part because this is a rare instance where the source actually ended up caring.But Keehn goes further, denying there is a policy against linking, but then blaming lack of money for not putting links in the online versions of its published stories.
Note that expert commentary of the kind David’s quotation was providing often appears without much context, partly because many stories would otherwise get bogged down in dreary repetitions of “reached by phone in her office, Professor X said…”....
We don’t go in and insert links into our magazine pieces because we don’t have the resources, and because the decisions about what and where to link would be difficult and time-consuming to navigate, especially given that we rely on freelance writers, who might have opinions about what should be linked to or not.I am expressing some surprise since The Walrus employs several interns, whose job is to fact-check and do such necessary editorial work as injecting links. And it is simply precious to claim that article flow would have been interrupted by a referral link to the original post. If you're going to play in the online leagues, you should probably play by the online rules -- one of which is to provide clear and comprehensive links to the sites that are your sources. For The Walrus, of all magazines, to plead poverty for not following those generally agreed rules just seems lame.
It might have simply been better for Keehn to say they were sorry and would try harder.
The year was capped by a strong 4th quarter in which net income grew 15%. The company attributed the quarter-over-quarter improvement on its aggressive cost-cutting in the face of inflation -- some $ 80 million, some of it in job cuts, in 2009 or about $110 million expressed on an annual basis.
"I am particularly proud of our operating performance in the fourth quarter-one of the best in our history-and the steady improvement in our financial results over the course of the year in very turbulent conditions," said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are making it through this serious recession by doing better than most of our main competitors and gaining back much of the ground lost compared to 2008. We are dealing with the recession responsibly and with discipline. We also reacted right from the very start, and we did it in the Transcontinental way, calling on our people across the company to mobilize, be innovative and execute."
Condé Nast is raising cover prices on The New Yorker, Golf Digest and Teen Vogue in 2010, having already done so at Vanity Fair, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler and Lucky this fall.Sometimes publishers are effectively increasing prices by cutting frequency in subscriptions, the story said -- for instance, Fortune holding the line nominally, but providing 18 copies instead of 25.
Hearst is lifting the cover price of Good Housekeeping, Esquire and Veranda and is considering the same for Country Living and other titles. Wenner Media quietly raised prices on Men’s Journal and Rolling Stone in the fall. And Meredith is eyeing newsstand price increases at flagship Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle and Traditional Home, while Rodale is looking at doing the same at its health/fitness titles.
John Harrington, who publishes the respected industry newsletter The New Single Copy, is quoted saying that, while in the past, single-copy buyers have accepted increases "The sharp downturn has changed the conventional wisdom."
Have readers of this blog noted any price increases in Canadian titles?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Quote, unquote: Sometimes it's nice to be surprised
The Internet is a technology that enables people to go out in SEARCH of things. I’m all for that and love it to pieces. But sometimes, I just want things to FIND me. Sometimes, I am just tired of looking and typing and seeking, and I just want to sit on my comfortable couch and be surprised when I turn the page.
Magazine world view: Bloom moves; Americans watch; shield passes;Variety charges
"I'm shocked that a way was not found for [E & P] to continue some form," said Greg Mitchell, editor since 2002, "and remain hopeful that this may still occur." (Alan Meckler, CEO WebMediaBrands and owner of Mediabistro, said on Thursday that he had offered to "take the publication off Nielsen's hands" several months ago, but that the company spurned his offer, "claiming it could receive 'millions' for the title.")
“This move will allow us to strengthen investment in our core businesses – those parts of our portfolio that have the greatest potential for growth – and ensure our long-term success.”
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Book titles that lack environmental information at the kiosks either have no environmental paper qualities to speak of or the publisher has yet to provide details for that title. Indigo is the first international book retailer to provide this level of transparency about the environmental qualities of books in their stores.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
After almost a decade of thriving under the shade of the mighty Redwood tree, we as an organization felt it was time for a change. With a new creative mandate and the spirit of renewal at heart, we decided that our "outer shell" needed to reflect the revitalized energy we feel inside," says a statement on the company website. "As we evolve as an organization, so must our skin. Think of this as our "chrysalis" stage, as we metamorphose into a newer and better version of ourselves. Stay tuned."[Update: as will be seen in the comment from Eric Schneider, CEO of Redwood, Evolution is not the new name; it is a "staging platform" being used to intrigue us about the launch of the new name. Sorry for missing the subtlety.]
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
It seems at least possible that these disorienting times herald neither apocalypse nor utopia, but merely change. There once was a time when newspapers cost a penny and came out several times a day. Then there was a time when families huddled around radio sets to catch the news. Times changed, but journalism didn't die, and it's not dying now.-- Ivor Shapiro, the outgoing editor-in-chief of J-Source, with a message for his readers. (By the way, he is being succeeded by Janice Neil, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University)
They want nothing less than to develop open standards for cross-platform e-reader technology, advertising and digital sales—and they’re going to put their brands behind it. Together, the company says the five represent an unduplicated audience of 144.6 million.
- Be ready for full-color devices with an application that renders publications “in beautiful form” and in “recognizable” form.
- Develop a platform that can enable that across multiple devices, operating systems and screens.
- Develop a common digital storefront where consumers can easily make purchases and get universal access on any device as they buy digital products from their publisher.
- Work with advertisers to co-develop new advertising forms that Squires expects will be more immersive with the power of digital delivery. “This has the potential to be a new and vastly important branding medium for advertisers, particularly with larger screen devices.”
“In many cultures, turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”Does it feel like you've just come through a "cheery yellow" 2009? Mimosa (right) was picked last year. And the year before, it was a cool, deep blue called "Blue Iris", coming off a 2007 when the colour was a "hot red".
Monday, December 07, 2009
Magazine world view: SmallBiz gone; SI first woman; shared front pages; Rupert in the desert
- Publisher lays out plan to save newspapers (NYT)
- Bloomberg shutters BusinessWeek SmallBiz (FishbowlNY)
- Portfolio.com's new tack diverts from defunct magazine (NYT)
- Scientific American appoints its first woman editor-in-chief (Guardian)
- Keller: Layoffs expected at the Times (Politico)
- New study finds no clear standard for updating or maintaining online news archives (CJR)
- Glamour.com grooms weddings channel around blogs (Mediaweek)
- In pictures: Climate change editorials on newspaper front pages (Guardian)
- Rupert Murdoch to co-chair Abu Dhabi media summit (Guardian)
- NLA threatens to sue aggregators (Guardian)
- Time Out editor says slashing mag cover prices risky (Press Gazette)
Labels: world view
Friday, December 04, 2009
Media companies with print products will erect and then dismantle online pay walls next year. With exceptions like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, small local papers with limited competition and business-to-business magazines, Fitch said, most publishers face too much competition to get consumers to pay on the web. Some publishers have already decided not to focus on pay walls, despite a crescendo of attention to the idea this year, but many others remain committed to trying some form of pay scheme.
"Fitch expects print mediums, namely newspapers, yellow pages and consumer magazines, to be down again off very easy comparable periods due to permanent shifts in advertiser sentiment and excess ad inventory that will plague the industry for years to come," it wrote in the forecast.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
"After interviewing these people separately, I came away with the idea that they would be a business dream team if they all worked under one corporate roof. It's hard to imagine what could stop them."
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
“As an advertiser, Aveda encourages all publishers to adopt environmentally responsible paper and production practices," the company said.
“In an industry where less than two percent of all North American magazines are printed on recycled paper, the message from this year's winners is 'Yes We Can,’ ” says Frank Locantore, director, Green America Better Paper Project, a non-profit that assists magazine publishers in identifying and implementing environmentally responsible paper and production practices.
“In a tough economy and facing serious climate change challenges, Mother Earth News, Audubon, Boho and all the other entries are saying 'Yes We Can' to using recycled paper and producing beautiful and financially sound magazines."
Since its launch in 1970, the awards team said in a release, Mother Earth News uses 100 per cent recycled paper of which 90 percent is post-consumer recyled to serve its paid circulation of 475,000 copies.
Audubon, a photo heavy magazine for nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers and socially conscious consumers, is nevertheless printed on 90 percent post-consumer recycled paper. Heidi DeVos, production director said
“We began with 10 percent post consumer recycled content in our body stock in 1993, switched to 30 percent post in 2004, and to 90 percent post in 2009. We consistently win photography and design awards, whichjust goes to show that good color reproduction can be maintained on paper with a high level of post-consumer recycled fiber.”
“We knew that the only way we would launch a print publication was if we never cut down a tree to do it,” says Gina La Morte, editor in chief/publisher. “Boho's commitment to using 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste paper is as much a part of our mission as is the gorgeous green content we put on its pages.”
Magazine world view: Neilsen sells; Hearst grows; Anorak expands; BBC holds;Google adapts; NUJ buys
- Neilsen to get $70M for four media titles (New York Post)
- Behind Hearst's substantial online sub growth (Audience Development)
- Anorak to publish German edition (Guardian)
- MRI: E-readers are affluent, well-educated (MediaDaily News)
- BBC Trust curbs activities of Worldwide (Press Gazette)
- Consumers will pay for news if unique, not yet known (Centre for Media Research)
- Mass paywall shift holds peril for newspaper websites (Guardian)
- Google to allow publishers to limit free news access (Guardian)
- NUJ to buy shares in major media businesses (Press Gazette)
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The concept was designed by David Link at the Wonderfactory, and it’s all done in Adobe AIR. If I still read magazines, I’d much rather consume them in this form than on paper.
Terry McDonnell, the editor of Sports Illustrated who showed me the demo, thinks that readers will be willing to actually pay for a digital version contained within a tablet. That remains to be seen.The demo allows readers to flip through pages with the swipe of a finger and to flip through associated photos within the text while continuing to read.
Josh Quittner, an editor at Time (and my former boss) who spearheaded the task force behind the digital magazine thinks of it as an app. If people are willing to pay for apps on the iPhone, why not deliver magazines as apps also? He’s the one who calls it Time Inc’s "Manhattan Project"*. Hail Mary might be a better name.
*For those readers too young or sheltered to know, the Manhattan Project was the ultra-secret project to develop the atomic bomb.
Flare magazine has climbed aboard the teen-driven vampire bandwagon with its January 2010 issue featuring Rachel Lefebvre (who plays Victoria in New Moon) on its cover.
[Update: It has been pointed out that Flare's archrival Fashion had a Twilight actress, Noot Seear, on its cover in its November issue, below.]
The magazine will adapt articles from such sources as Harvard Business Review, Business Strategy, The Economist and MIT Sloan Management-- a sort of Reader's Digest for business. It will also apparently have articles written by Quebec business leaders as well as news about research in management, finance and technology."Premium is like six business books a year, with a wide variety of topics that will be published every two months."
BC arts coalition keeps up pressure, buoyed by select committee recommendation against cuts
Of more concern to the magazine and book sector were the 100% cuts unexpectedly announced in October by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Arts to the B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers (BCAMP), the Association of Book Publishers of BC and BC Bookworld.
Rodger Touchie, president of the Association of Canadian
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Empey also replaced Rinehart in another editorial position back in 2003. Rinehart was editor of Homemakers at the time and, along with Homemakers publisher Carol Shea and Canadian Living publisher Debbie Gibson, found her position had been eliminated when Transcontinental Media appointed Empey (then editor of Canadian Living) editor of Homemakers and group publisher of both mags.