At IMAG, Media Revolutionaries Are Breaking the Rules to Find New Revenue
May 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

I have several media conferences that I relish and greatly look forward to each year, and IMAG-MPA is one of the best of them. Imagine what is like for a long-time publishing enthusiast like me to be in a room filled with like-minded entrepreneurs who happen to be in the magazine business. Intoxicating, yes? Here…

How Media Companies Can Define & Build Great Culture
March 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Culture. This one simple word can elicit an array of reactions, emotions, and responses from leaders. Some leaders feel a tremendous sense of pride that their organization DOES have a culture, it’s described using the latest buzzwords, and it’s beautifully displayed in the office reception area. Other leaders become gripped with fear that their organization…

Will Trump’s War on the Press Include B2B Media?
February 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm

In Catch-22, one of the great American novels, main character Yossarian told everyone in alarm, “They’re trying to kill me!” He was referring to the fact the Germans kept bombing his USAF base in Italy during World War II. To calm him down, his fellow Air Force officers respond, “But Yossarian, they’re trying to kill…

BoSacks Speaks Out: On David Carey's 'Rule-Breaking' Keynote at The Folio: C Summit
November 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm

I was at the Folio: show this week in New York City. I spoke at the conference and was spoken to by many a strong, free-thinking, radical member of a still evolving, re-energized publishing community. It was, as usual, a thought provoking event, and I was delighted to attend. Before I continue I want to…

How Can the Publishing Industry Compete to Attract the Brightest Young Talent?
July 13, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I’m not a recruiter; I’ve never been a recruiter. I’ve hired a lot of people over the years and when I look back I can honestly say that I’m not great at it and I’m the first to admit it. I’ve completed courses and read books, often with contradicting advice. I’ve followed the steps and…

Time Inc. Hopes to Improve Culture with "One Time Inc." Cards
February 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Last October I attended and reported on the FIPP 40th World Congress in Toronto. The overwhelming topic of the event, which was repeated many times by most of the speakers there, was the need for corporate culture change in the media workplace. Joe Ripp, CEO of Time Inc., said it. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, Chairman of the…

Publishers Should Expect Major Newsstand Shifts in 2016
January 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Most of the 2016 predictions for content publishers that I’ve seen predict continuations of trends that have been going on for many years: shift to mobile, more use of video, continued loss of sales and revenue at retail, adaptation to ad blocker technologies, and so on. Fair enough -- we’re barreling in that direction, and…