Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America are cutting more than 30 positions from the staff of its two flagship magazines—Boy's Life and Scouting—and its communications department, FOLIO: has learned.
BSA says 17 people were laid off on June 10, with another 17 expected to come by the end of the year. A spokesman would not confirm the positions of those being terminated.
Publishing Executive and Book Business magazines, producers of the Publishing Business Conference & Expo, have announced "Mr. Magazine" (Samir Husni) and executives from GIE Media, Greenleaf Book Group and Oxford University Press to co-chair an all-star conference advisory board.
Publishing Executive and Book Business magazines, producers of the Publishing Business Conference & Expo, have announced "Mr. Magazine" (Samir Husni) and executives from GIE Media, Greenleaf Book Group and Oxford University Press to co-chair an all-star conference advisory board
"Magazine publishing, more than many other fields, has long been a great career for women …,” says Patricia B. Fox, senior vice president, operations, and general manager, Healthy Living Group at Active Interest Media. Fox, along with the other women Publishing Executive selected for its first-annual “Top Women in Magazine Publishing” feature, exemplify the greatness that women have achieved in this industry.
Nominations for the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations is June 1.
With no government bailout in sight to rescue their ailing industries, more than 1,200 magazine- and book-publishing executives convened at the 2009 Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York City, March 23-25, in search of strategies to help them weather the worsening storm. And while much of the discussion centered around cost-cutting, the topic of innovation took center stage throughout the event, which featured nearly 60 educational sessions and more than 125 speakers.
The publishing industry is feeling the effects of the economic recession, and keeping your employees motivated amid significant budget cuts and layoffs can be a tall order. Still, with the right attitude and a few important actions, you can help your workers engage and even thrive in their jobs.
As Bob Wiemers likes to say, there's no merit badge for publishing. But that's OK with him. As operations director for the magazine division of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), he's happy to let the organization concentrate on shaping boys into responsible young men while he puts his efforts into making sure Boys' Life and Scouting get into the hands of more than 1 million readers each month—on time, on budget and as efficiently as possible, all while maintaining the highest standards for quality. It's something Wiemers has done so well, in fact, that although he needs no merit badge for his hard work, he has earned some pretty significant recognition—including induction this year into the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame.
Technology has made publishing more efficient. Why can we still not meet deadlines? Everything today is digital. From photography and color-accurate proofs to bluelines and printing plates, technology has reduced production-related costs and time, significantly shortening the production cycle. Editors and designers now are outfitted with machines powerful enough to work with high-resolution images. LCD monitors can be calibrated accurately enough to reduce some of the color-proofing cycles. PDF workflow has significantly reduced issues of missing fonts and images. And for that rare corrupted image error, FTP file transfer has reduced delivery time from overnight to same hour. So why, then, is it