Magazines

The Merger That Could Kill Your Favorite Magazine
January 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Google’s and Facebook’s ever-tightening control over online advertising spending in the United States continues to make it harder for magazine publishers to keep their businesses alive. But publishers’ jobs may soon get even more difficult if the Department of Justice fails to block printer Quad/Graphics’ $1.4 billion bid to buy its only major competitor…

Internal Hearst Podcast Brings the Inside Dish
January 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm

If you’ve ever wanted to hear more about the goings on at Hearst Magazines and its cafeteria, there’s a podcast for that. Meant for an internal audience but hosted on SoundCloud, the publisher in recent weeks has launched “Making Media,” WWD has learned, hosted by none other than Troy Young, the group’s president, and Kate Lewis, its…

Women’s Magazines are Dying. Will we Miss Them When They’re Gone?
January 7, 2019 at 12:09 pm

In late November, Glamour came to the same conclusion reached by so many other women’s magazines these days: After 80 years in mailboxes and grocery store checkouts, it will stop publishing its glossy monthly, ending with the January issue. For Glamour, print is officially dead, the inexorable “pivot to digital” now complete. Teen Vogue, a…

Condé Nast Is “Paradise Publishing” Lost
January 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

Press accounts estimate that Condé Nast lost $120 million in 2017 (the company’s fiscal 2018 will end on January 31) with losses in print advertising and circulation revenues insufficiently offset by digital or such multimedia ventures as CNX, Spire and Condé Nast Entertainment. All sought to monetize the often…

Newsonomics: 18 Lessons for the News Business from 2018
January 2, 2019 at 11:19 am

We live in transgressive, new-Orwellian times. Fact has been subverted by forces beyond our imagination, both newly minted and old school. Truth, elusive truth, is now in the mind of the subscriber. Yes, it is subscribers, along with their digital payments, who are transforming what’s working best…

B2B Publisher Vendome Media Group Is Shutting Its Doors
December 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Vendome Media Group, the New York City-based B2B publisher, with holdings in the healthcare and real estate markets, is officially closing its doors at the end of the year, following divestments of parts of its healthcare media business and pending the sale of others. The 14-year-old company sold three business units to new owners in 2018, including Healthcare…

Amid Media Doom and Gloom, Forbes Says Revenue Was Up and Profits Highest in a Decade
December 26, 2018 at 10:14 am

Forbes said it just had its most profitable year since it became Forbes Media in 2006. And now, the company, which is owned by Hong Kong investment firm Integrated Whale Media Investments, is looking to put more money toward making acquisitions and equity investments in startups. In an interview with Digiday, Forbes Media CEO Mike…

Politico’s Robert Allbritton On Trump, a Record Year, Expansion, and Axios
December 21, 2018 at 11:57 am

When it launched, in 2007, Politico was part of a new wave of digital media brands — The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Vice, an early iteration of Vox Media, among them — that proffered the future of journalism. But Politico was always distinct from its peers in crucial ways. It was accompanied by a…

Time Magazine Staffs Up Under New Ownership
December 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

Time Magazine is going on a shopping spree — for journalists. Under the new ownership of Salesforce billionaire Marc Benioff, the company posted openings for 25 fresh positions, of which 22 are in editorial. Among the new openings, two national political correspondents, two health reporters, two technology reporters, and even a fact-checker (a position that has almost vanished…