Consumer Reports

Some Perspective on the New Year
December 1, 2009

I love this industry. I've been a part of it for 15 years. I believe in the power of print, and I am sure this is why I was once called an "old-school, print cheerleader," or something like that. I know it was meant as a criticism, but I didn't take it as one. However, it would be more accurate to say I am a publishing cheerleader. I want publishers to succeed in print, online, with digital content, video, mobile content, events, data products, lead generation, wherever, whatever. … And I believe they can.

2009 Publishing Business Conference & Expo Focuses on Publishing Innovation
April 1, 2009

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.

It's the Publishing Model—Not Print—That's Dead
March 1, 2009

We live in interesting times. That statement reminds me of the day I was in a hospital bed surrounded by a team of doctors. They were telling each other, “This is an interesting case.” I looked up at the doctors and said, “For a journalist, anything interesting (case, times, etc.) means you have no earthly idea what is going on.” The same can be said today about the publishing industry in general and the magazine industry in particular. We live in interesting times.

What's Next?
February 17, 2009

Several months ago, the industry watched with great interest as Tina Brown—famed former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor—launched the online news site The Daily Beast. Brown’s move to the online publishing world shocked many, and some questioned her ability to head a Web site and effectively reach an online audience. But in an interview on The Daily Beast, the print diva seemed to dismiss the idea that her new medium would pose a challenge for her: “I’m not completely sure how a printing press works, but that never stopped me.”

What's Next?
February 1, 2009

Can a magazine develop an online existence the way a newspaper can (The New York Times, for example)? It depends on who you ask—and whether that person thinks the magazine format has a viable future. Myrna Blyth—a veteran and celebrity of the print world (former editor-in-chief of Ladies’ Home Journal and founding editor of More Magazine) who now heads a new online project—believes a better way has arrived.