Tracie McLaughlin, publisher, spoke with Publishing Executive Inbox about the thinking behind the new mag, launching a publication during an economic downturn, and competing in a crowded bridal market.
Phoenix-based custom publisher McMurry announced this week the launch of Weddings by The Ritz-Carlton, a new biannual magazine that will be distributed to more than 70 Ritz-Carlton properties worldwide.
The “Best Magazine Publishing Companies to Work For” list is Publishing Executive’s annual ranking of companies that seem to embody the philosophy that a company’s employees are the key to its success. But being a great company isn’t just about offering a great benefits package (though that certainly helps). The companies that made the list this year create environments where employees are valued and respected professionally, but they also work to help enhance employees’ personal lives. Whether it’s through bonuses, fitness centers, sabbatical programs or super-flex flex time, these companies go the extra mile to keep their employees happy—and it shows.
Phoenix-based custom publisher McMurry Inc. next week will launch its own magazine for the first time.
With more than two decades under his belt leading magazine advertising sales teams, Russ Cherami says he’s ready to try his hand at something a bit different. It’s why the Phoenix-based custom media publisher McMurry recently hired him as group publisher of magazines and Web sites created for the well-regarded company’s top clients—including Amtrak and The Ritz-Carlton. Cherami, who will be based in New York, will focus on expanding four advertising-based custom publications and McMurry’s new-media ventures. As Cherami starts his new venture, he shares some wisdom from his 19-year tenure at Forbes and his most recent gig as publisher of Saveur Magazine, the
• David Andelman has been named editor of World Policy Journal. • Jeff Wellington has resigned from his post as vice president and publisher of Reader’s Digest. • McMurry Inc. has hired Russell Cherami, formerly of Saveur Magazine and Forbes, as its group publisher. • Cygnus Business Media has announced that Marco Rodriguez will join the company as senior vice president of custom marketing. • Advantage Business Media has promoted William Parker to publisher of CED magazine, where he had been associate publisher. • Travel + Leisure has announced that Nick Pastula has joined the magazine as fashion
When the mayor of New York, a high-ranking city commissioner and other Big Apple bigwigs gather at the Empire State Building for a press conference, you can usually expect the announcement of some big public works project, such as a new skyscraper. What brought these dignitaries together Jan. 30, however, was a different sort of public works: a campaign to encourage recycling among the city’s 8 million residents, led by a $3 million advertising blitz that will put posters on buses and subways, as well as commercials in movie theaters and on Time Warner cable channels. That this project, dubbed ReMix (for “recycling
Publishing Executive released the results of its first annual “20 Best Magazine Publishing Companies to Work For” study in the October issue of the magazine. The study, conducted in conjunction with Accelara Publishing Research, ranked Phoenix-based McMurry Inc. as the No. 1 magazine publishing company to work for, with an overall rating of 95.2 out of 100. In addition to the overall rating, companies also received scores in individual categories, including Satisfying High-Performance Company, Fair & Open Work Environment, and Personal Benefits. McMurry, which publishes more than 60 million copies of custom media titles each year for more than 235 corporate customers, was lauded
Seven years ago, CEO Chris McMurry began offering an anonymous online survey to the employees of his Phoenix-based custom publishing firm, McMurry Inc. The questions on what now is known as “The Best/Worst Survey” are simple: What are the three things you like most about the company, and what are the three things you like least about it? The things that survey respondents like stay in place. For what they don’t like, the employees are asked to offer suggestions on how to fix them. They also have to provide the pros and cons of the proposed solution. “We wanted to know what was on
Most of us have worked for a company that, as one respondent to Publishing Executive’s “Best Magazine Publishing Companies to Work For” study put it, “is a god-awful place to work.” If you haven’t, you can count yourself among the lucky few. Sometimes the cause is simple: Some companies just don’t know how to treat employees. But especially today, when “do more with less” is the edict of virtually all publishing departments, burnout and feelings of under-appreciation are rampant. In companies that don’t make their employees’ happiness a priority, these feelings can spread like a plague. The companies that ranked in the top 20