Magazines

The Return of MAD Magazine
April 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

MORE THAN 40 years ago this month, MAD Magazine founder William M. Gaines managed to outrage hundreds of his loyal readers, all by barely lifting a finger. For the April 1974 issue of his happily juvenile comedy rag—a mix of pop-culture parodies, political humor, and sound-effect-saturated comic strips—Gaines’ staff went with a cover illustration guaranteed to shock school…

Is It Time to Put Your Magazine Out of Its Misery?
April 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

Many U.S. magazines are barely keeping their heads above water. And with further advertising declines, more paper price increases, a newsstand system that’s circling the drain and the prospect of huge postal increases, it’s likely to get uglier in Magazine Land. No doubt we’ll see more titles give up on their magazines and go digital-only.…

Future Publishing Confirms Newbay Media Acquisition
April 4, 2018 at 9:08 am

Future Publishing has confirmed its purchase of US content business Newbay Media for £13.8m, broadening the publishers reach across conferences, magazines, events, digital content and data services. Straddling London and New York Newbay also possesses a large B2B portfolio, publishing specialist titles such as Music Week, MCV and PCR, and also has a significant consumer reach…

Cosmopolitan Drawn into US Culture Wars as Conservatives Urge Others to Follow Walmart's Lead
April 2, 2018 at 10:29 am

Even in the digital age, choosing a magazine at the supermarket checkout aisle is an enduring American tradition. Shoppers at the country’s biggest retailer were spoilt for choice this week if they wanted to devour scurrilous tabloid allegations about Hollywood celebrities and the health, sexual proclivities and drinking habits of the British royal family. Impulse-buying…

Do You Have an “Ugly Baby” in Your Magazine Lineup?
March 30, 2018 at 8:00 am

In episode 85 of the popular sitcom The Seinfeld Show, Jerry and Elaine have a conversation about ugly babies. In it, they agree that some babies are simply not that attractive, but they also agree that no one ever talks about it. It is an unwritten rule that you don’t point out the ugly babies.…

Meredith Lay Offs Will Total 1800
March 23, 2018 at 11:39 am

There was a definite cold front moving into the New York area on Wednesday — straight outta Des Moines. Some employees of Meredith — who normally work in the publisher’s Manhattan offices but were toiling at home during a nor’easter that dumped 12 inches of snow on the metro area — were forced in the…

Meredith Corp. To Lay Off 200 To 300 Employees, Mostly From Former Time Inc.
March 21, 2018 at 9:05 am

Meredith Corp., which acquired Time Inc. in January for $1.85 billion, reportedly will lay off 200 to 300 staffers this coming week. The Wall Street Journal reports that the nation’s largest magazine publisher will make the cuts primarily in New York and former Time Inc. employees will be the ones to go. By getting rid of what…

Google News Initiative Announced to Fight Fake News and Support Journalism
March 21, 2018 at 8:00 am

Google is announcing new efforts today to support the media industry by fighting misinformation and bolstering journalism, which will live under a newly announced umbrella called the Google News Initiative. Google already offers something similar in Europe through the Digital News Initiative, but the Google News Initiative is intended…

A Heartland Company Leads the Media Race
March 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm

DES MOINES — Steve Lacy greeted me in his office as if we were old friends. A top executive at the Meredith Corporation, he was a main driver of the company’s $2.8 billion acquisition of Time Inc. last November. With that deal, the 116-year-old Meredith Corporation became the largest magazine publisher in America. When he…

Apple Acquires Digital Newsstand Texture
March 14, 2018 at 8:00 am

As the debate continues over fake news and the role that aggregators like Facebook have played in spreading it, Apple is making an acquisition that could help it lay out a position as a purveyor of trusted information. The iPhone maker is buying Texture, a magazine virtual newsstand that’s known as the “Netflix of magazine publishing”…