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The Ax Falls at Yahoo
February 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Yahoo is shutting down a number of its content verticals, Yahoo global editor in chief Martha Nelson confirmed on Wednesday. "On our recent earnings call, Yahoo outlined out a plan to simplify our business and focus our effort on our four most successful content areas  – News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle. To that end, today…

Hearst and Condé Nast Joint Venture Seeks More Publishers to Join
February 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

With long-term trends exerting downward pressure on magazines' ad-page sales and newsstand appeal, two of the industry's biggest publishers said last week that they had formed a joint venture to handle back-office operations such as production, procurement and circulation. The competitors and now collaborators, Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines, hope not only to cut their…

Press Release: RSI Content Solutions Launches New Version of its Award-Winning RSuite Publishing Solution
February 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Audubon, Pa.— February 9, 2016 — RSI Content Solutions, the industry-leading content agility company, announced today the availability of RSuite 5, its next generation publishing solution based on the MarkLogic platform. The latest version provides a more tightly integrated user experience to efficiently create and manage all types of digital content. In addition, improved navigation and…

Paper Supplier Verso Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy to Eliminate $2.4B in Debt
January 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Verso Corporation, a leading North American supplier of coated papers used in the magazine industry, today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This filing will allow Verso to continue operations while its debt is restructured. The press release states that the filing will have “virtually no impact…

USPS Backing Down on Saturday Mail Delivery
January 20, 2016 at 9:50 am

Postal officials are ready to raise the white flag in their six-year battle to end Saturday delivery of letters and flat mail. Postal-reform legislation with broad-based support is gradually taking shape in Congress, Deputy Postmaster General told last week's meeting of the Mailers Technical Advisory Council (MTAC), according to PostCom Bulletin.

New York Times Names New Media Columnist
January 13, 2016 at 11:22 am

The New York Times said on Tuesday that Jim Rutenberg, chief political correspondent for the Sunday magazine, would become its media columnist, filling a role that has been vacant since the death of David Carr about a year ago. “Our hunt for David’s successor has been exhaustive, and we were privileged to have had extraordinary candidates from…

Dead Tree Edition: 13 (Made Up) Terms To Help You Understand Publishing in 2016
January 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

Although we’re in the words business, we publishers often can’t find the words to explain what’s going on in our industry. I’ve already presented a dozen terms that are key to understanding magazine-media publishing this year. Now here are 13 made-up terms that get to the heart of what’s really happening in this business: 1.…

Facts, R.I.P.
December 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm

The phys­ic­ally and in­tel­lec­tu­ally tower­ing Daniel Patrick Moyni­han, who held seni­or po­s­i­tions in the ad­min­is­tra­tions of two Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­ents and then rep­res­en­ted New York as a Demo­crat­ic sen­at­or for 24 years, had strong con­vic­tions. But he be­lieved, above all, that gov­ern­ment de­cisions must be groun­ded in em­pir­ic­al evid­ence, not in ideo­lo­gic­al pref­er­ence. “Every­one is en­titled…

The Most Popular Publishing Executive Stories from November
December 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Here are the most read Publishing Executive stories from November: The Publishing Executive Top 20 Magazine Printers 2015 - The annual list of top magazine printers ranks U.S. and Canadian printers based on revenue earned in the magazine industry. Publishing Executive hopes that this resource will be a valuable tool for magazine publishers looking to…

Rodale to Shutter Running Times Following Jan/Feb Issue
December 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm

The end of the road* has come for Rodale’s Running Times, the bi-monthly print magazine. The magazine, while having over 100K in total circulation, only was able to claim 61,246 in print subscribers according to its last publisher’s statement. Rodale also publishes the much larger circulation monthly Runner’s World, which has a rate base of 660,000.

Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter on Covers, Caitlyn and Trump
December 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm

To say it's a magazine cover that made history doesn't quite cut it. We're talking about a project so massive, so secretive that only eight people inside publisher Condé Nast knew about it and a security firm was enlisted to keep it under wraps. The cover and accompanying story would end up generating not only…

Press Release: Martha Stewart Living Magazine Celebrates 25th Anniversary
November 11, 2015 at 11:53 am

NEW YORK, NY (November 11, 2015) – Martha Stewart Living magazine, the trailblazer in the lifestyle media category, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the December/January issue, available on newsstands nationwide November 16.  Martha Stewart Livingis created by the editorial staff at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO www.marthastewart.com) and published by Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP, www.meredith.com). “It’s hard to believe that…

10 Tough Questions To Ask About Your Print Magazine
November 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Sure, your publishing company has had its hands full with digital media the past few years. As soon as you got a handle on monetizing your website, along came smartphones and ad blockers to trash your business plans. Meanwhile, your print magazine has kept chugging along, probably not as profitable as it used to be…

10 Questions To Ask Your Magazine Printer
November 9, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I hate when the financial or purchasing people decide to get involved in selecting a magazine’s printer without first bothering to understand what a printer does. “It’s simple: Just figure out which printer has the lowest price,” they’ll state blithely. Never mind that the typical magazine printing contract has scores, if not hundreds, of prices.…

The Publishing Executive Top 20 Magazine Printers 2015
November 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm

UPDATE: The Top 20 Magazine Printers 2016 ranking is available here. Due to popular demand, Publishing Executive revived its ranking of the Top 20 Magazine Printers last year. The ranking, which has been one of the most viewed articles on PubExec.com for several years running, is intended to serve magazine publishers as they assess their…

Lucky Magazine Shuts Down Once and for All, Here's Why it Failed
November 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm

On Friday, the handful of remaining staffers at The Lucky Group’s editorial side were dismissed, the final gasp of a publication that once held sway over 1 million readers, many of them young women and avid online shoppers. The publication was once a jewel of Conde Nast's portfolio of prestigious magazines, which include Vogue and…

Significant Layoffs At National Geographic Magazine
November 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

In the opening days of the month when National Geographic magazine is scheduled to be turned over to 21st Century Fox, the magazine's employees were told to stand by their phones to wait for calls – one by one – to come to Human Resources to learn the fate of their jobs. A memo sent to all…

What Is a Dead Tree Edition? 7 Ways the Meaning Has Evolved
October 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

To celebrate the seventh birthday of the “Dead Tree Edition” blog this month, here’s a look back at how the meaning of the phrase “dead tree edition” has changed since October 2008. Since the early days of the Internet, “dead tree edition” has been slang for a printed publication, but the phrase no longer carries…

How The Digital Revolution Has Been Disruptive for Publishers’ Major Vendors
October 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Psst, wanna buy a paper mill? You could buy controlling interest in the U.S.’s largest maker of magazine-quality paper, Verso Corporation, for about $6 million. That’s up from less than $1.3 million a few weeks ago, which comes out to about $160,000 for each of Verso’s eight mills. The good news: Even a small Verso…

Striking the Balance Between Print and Online Content at Distripress
October 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

Publishers have heard and accepted that print is to be a brand’s premium product going forward, but what does that mean in practical terms? And how can an understanding of that model lead to a reversal of the downward trends publishers are struggling to cope with? I’m filing from Distripress, the international conference of press…