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Meredith Cuts 20 Positions in Realignment
April 9, 2010

Meredith Corp. shed roughly 20 jobs this morning in what the company said is a management realignment to better organize some of its online and offline components and better prepare for an increasingly digital world.

Company spokesman Art Slusark said the Des Moines-based magazine publisher will shed a net 20 jobs across the company because of the move, as some duplicate positions are eliminated and a few new jobs are added.

TSA vs the iPad: Do You or Don’t You?
April 7, 2010

Do you or don’t you have to take the iPad out for screeners at the airport security checkpoint?  Can you add the iPad to the list of things you need to pull out separately while you are removing shoes and lifting your carry-on onto the conveyor?  Is the iPad a threat? Apple has described the iPad as between a smartphone and a laptop.  Fair enough, but what does that mean for the TS?  Smartphones are not checked separately, but laptops (and even netbooks) are.  According to Andy Greenberg, the iPad is good to go - no need to remove from your bag (assuming you can put it down long enough to get through the metal detector. 

Hearst Considers More Edit Changes
April 7, 2010

After announcing three new editors at its home magazines yesterday, Hearst might be considering even more changes. Sources said the publisher is looking to replace Redbook editor-in-chief of six years Stacy Morrison. Circulation at the title is down to 2.2 million from 2.4 in 2007.

Gruner + Jahr Endorses WePad Over iPad [Europe's Largest Book Publisher Favors WePad vs. iPad, Dislikes Apple's Regulation Of App Market And Closed System]
April 6, 2010

Gruner + Jahr is Europe’s largest publishing house, and they prefer German engineering to Cupertino’s. At G+J’s annual press event last week, CEO Bernd Buchholz showed off the WePad, which was the first big public exposure that the German tablet received. The WePad is being billed as the “first German-born tablet computer” and G+J is betting heavily on the tablet.

Former Executive Buys Publishers Weekly
April 5, 2010

George Slowik, who was publisher of Publishers Weekly in the 1980s and 1990s, has bought the trade publication from Reed Business Information.

EW Aims to Get Issues to Subscribers by Friday Weekend Viewing
March 30, 2010

With entertainment news  available on TV and the Web 24/7, Entertainment Weekly is under pressure to get its highly perishable programming content to subscribers in time to plan their weekend viewing, or it risks irrelevancy.

To preserve that relevance, the Time Inc. weekly is tweaking its delivery schedule to get copies to its 1.7 million subs earlier. Starting with the April 9 issue, 97 percent of subscribers will get delivery by Friday, up from 89 percent now. Newsstand copies (less than 3 percent of circulation) for the most part will still go on sale Thursday and Friday.

Appletell First Look: Booq iPad Accessories
March 30, 2010

The days seem to just drag as we wait for the iPad to be released. But if you’d like to occupy your time waiting with something useful, then take a look at some of the iPad accessories you can pick up soon from Booq. This company is known for their unique take on portability and protection of your gear.  They already have a page up just for iPad compatible accessories. It looks like they’re going to have quite a line up ready right away for your iPad. Before the iPad launches, I’m taking a quick look at two of their iPad offerings, the Boa Skin XS and the taipan Shadow XS.

How Apple Is Dogfighting To Control Your News
March 29, 2010

In one sense, the iPad's January unveiling was a nerd climax, a landmark for obsessive gadget freaks. But in another it was one in a series of Apple chess movies that will determine how much influence the company wields over the future of magazines and newspapers. If the tablet device and Apple's associated online shops become popular enough, the company could have a chokehold over publishing technology and content itself. It could become as central to the future of print media as it has become to the future of music, where Apple's iTunes Store dominates online sales.

Esquire's David Granger Named Adweek's Editor of the Year
March 29, 2010

If the Esquire editor in chief is in a good mood this early March day, it’s understandable. The Roger Ebert interview in the current issue is generating media buzz and Web traffic in advance of the film critic’s appearance on Oprah. Then there’s the upcoming National Magazine Awards. Granger is optimistic about the magazine’s prospects. (His expectations are realized a couple of weeks later when Esquire emerges as a finalist in six categories, including general excellence.)

New iTunes Rules Complicate iPad Magazine Opportunities
March 29, 2010

Apple this week revised the terms of service for its iTunes software, adding a new feature to send apps as gifts. However, the new feature comes with restrictions that may limit the flexibility of magazine publishers to market their wares as they see fit.
Apple prohibits the gifting of “in-app purchases, in-app subscriptions, [and] upgrades” which means you can’t buy someone virtual goods within an iPhone or iPad app. So you won’t be able to buy a friend an in-app subscription to Wired magazine for the iPad, for example, like how you can with the print edition

ABM: Tabloids, Others Still at Risk for Failing USPS ‘Droop’ Test
March 23, 2010

After receiving protests from groups like American Business Media over the timing of the proposed rate penalties for most flat-shaped mail that fails to meet so-called “deflection standards,” the United States Postal Service pushed back implementation of the new standards from early this year until June 7. The intent, according to ABM, is to provide publishers and other mailers more time to understand what will pass under the new standards before the penalty program kicks in on October 3.

ABC Board Revises Definition of Digital Magazine
March 18, 2010

The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) announced today that its board of directors ruled to modify its definition of a digital magazine in the U.S. and Canada to accommodate new devices such as the Apple iPad.

At a meeting held March 10-12 in Washington, DC, the board agreed on new standards that state a replica digital edition must include a print edition's full editorial content and advertising, but no longer needs to be presented in a layout identical to the print version. Replica digital editions will continue to be included in a magazine's circulation guarantee, or rate base.

Demand Media’s Content Assembly Line
March 12, 2010

Today, I am trading in my assignment editor for an algorithm: I am becoming a Demand Media writer.

The company, founded in 2006, uses primarily freelance labor to stock its network of content sites, which include ehow.com and livestrong.com. In just a few years, the company has become the largest uploader of video content to YouTube, ranks in the top 50 of ComScore’s rankings and had estimated revenues of $200 million in 2009.

Demand Media claims its contributors produce between 4,000 and 6,000 articles every day.  My goal for today is more modest: to get enough done to make my hourly rate respectable. But with an average per-article payment of $15, I’ll have to hustle.

Layoffs Begin at BusinessWeek
March 12, 2010

The expected second round of layoffs at BusinessWeek began on Thursday. Among those cut were Tom Lowry, who covered media and marketing, and Michelle Conlin, who covered workplace issues. Lowry, who has been at the magazine for more than a decade, declined to comment other than to confirm he had been laid off. Conlin confirmed via e-mail that she lost her job.

Penton Media Emerges from Chapter 11
March 11, 2010

Less than a month after undergoing a pre-packaged reorganization designed to reduce the company's debt by $270 million, Penton Media announced it has emerged from Chapter 11.

On Friday, March 5, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved Penton's pre-packaged plan. In addition to the elimination of $270 million in long-term debt, Penton received an extension of the maturity on its senior secured credit facility through 2014.

Variety Restructures: Lays Off Full-Time Reviewers
March 9, 2010

In a major restructuring at Reed Business Information’s marquee b2b title Variety, the entertainment industry publication is eliminating its full-time review crew and reorganizing the newsroom. Three critics will now be used on a freelance basis. Variety.com itself announced some of the changes this morning at its site.