Magazines

F+W Media Taps Power of Alternative Distribution
April 21, 2017 at 10:33 am

This week F+W Media announced a unique distribution partnership with URP Music Distributors. The vinyl record distributors will place F+W’s magazine Goldmine, a music title geared toward record collectors, in over 600 independent record stores. The initial distribution of the title will launch on April 22nd, also known as Record Store Day. The Goldmine distribution…

City Magazines, Dependent on Print, Face Uncertain Future Amid Wave of Deals
April 20, 2017 at 11:58 am

On my first day of work, at my first job in city magazines, Champagne was served in the lobby. I was in the Indianapolis headquarters of Emmis Communications, home of my new employer, Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Emmis, which was predominantly a radio company, had just been named to a Best Places to Work list. But…

Postal Rate Fight Continues as Publishers Battle USPS "Stupidity Tax"
April 11, 2017 at 9:48 am

“Told you so. Now don’t try to slap us with a Stupidity Tax.” That, in essence, is the magazine industry’s response to the U.S. Postal Service’s latest attempt to jack up postal rates for publishers. For the past decade, changes in publishers’ average postal rates have been limited to the rate of inflation. But a…

Time Inc.’s Re-brands StyleWatch as PeopleStyle
March 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Time Inc. is clarifying its mass fashion titles, StyleWatch and People’s style vertical under the PeopleStyle brand. The combination of the two properties clarifies what many in the market deemed confusing, as both entities serve a similar reader and have similar names. Time Inc. told WWD that StyleWatch editor in chief Bethany Heitman and People…

Press Release: ALM Unveils Monthly Print Magazine, The National Law Journal
March 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm

New York, NY—March 30, 2017—As part of ALM’s response to the ongoing shift in readers’ consumption of content, The National Law Journal (NLJ) is introducing a monthly print magazine to add value and complement its robust digital offering. To learn more about The National Law Journal, visit its website: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/ The National Law Journal’s digital…

Condé Nast, Hearst Joint-Venture PubWorx Acquires ProCirc
March 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm

PubWorx, a joint-venture between Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines, has acquired ProCirc, a circulation outsourcing company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last February, Condé and Hearst joined forces to form PubWorx, a company that manages production, procurement and circulation for both publishers, and offer custom programs across the industry for third parties. The acquisition of…

For Newsstand Success, Magazines Must Stay True to Editorial Mission
March 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

I have conducted an exercise with many of my clients lately, where we identify their editorial mission and then actually deliver that mission to consumers on the newsstand. Realistically, for the newsstand, it is not easy to promote the editorial mission. Unlike media kits for advertisers or subscription offers, it is up to the cover…

Finding a Place for Legacy Media in Your Revenue Mix
March 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Selling and maintaining print products may actually be viable. Yes, really. News is disposable and has a lifespan, but niche content focused on other interests and hobbies is more likely to be retained and print is the perfect format for that. As someone who was in the business of developing digital content platforms for media…

Press Release: American Media, Inc. Announces Agreement To Acquire Us Weekly From Wenner Media
March 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

NEW YORK, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- American Media, Inc. (AMI), the leading publisher of celebrity journalism and health and fitness magazines in the United States, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Us Weekly from Wenner Media.  Us Weekly is a cultural reference point and provides the most timely and…

Architectural Digest Undergoes Renovations for the Social Media Age
March 9, 2017 at 2:34 pm

One windy morning in February, Amy Astley, the new editor of Architectural Digest, was showing off her magazine’s renovation: a near-gut job, as they say in the trade. Her office on the 26th floor of 1 World Trade Center overlooks the Sept. 11 memorial, a harsh landscape in late winter, but there were pink roses…