POZ Publishing Makes Cuts
POZ Publishing LLC announced it will cut one-third of its staff in favor of company reorganization. Brad Peebles, publisher and CEO, dismissed rumors about the folding of the publishing company, publisher of POZ magazine, a periodical designed for people living with HIV and AIDS. Peebles reports the magazine will continue to publish and new business ventures are also under consideration.
POZ is also in the process of developing a searchable online archive at www.poz.com. The archive, currently under construction, will allow users to search articles by subject.
POZ was founded primarily to get information to HIV positive persons for whom it could extend or improve the quality of life. Since the first days of the epidemic, access to information was key to survival. Long-term survivors are almost always incredibly well-informed, reports POZ.
The staff also creates a common media context between full-time treatment activists—the extraordinarily empowered patient—and those impacted by HIV who are not going to read the technical newsletters and attend meetings. For most people, their local newspapers and the CBS Evening News simply aren't enough. POZ is engaging, accessible and isn't homework. POZ brings a much larger HIV-impacted community into a common conversational ballpark.
From its first issue, POZ has been made available for free to any person who is HIV positive and cannot afford the modest subscription fee. To date, more than 2,000,000 copies of the magazine have been given away.