Industry Standard Shuts Down
August 1, 2001

The Industry Standard, a magazine that chronicles the Internet economy, is ceasing publication of its print magazine. As a result, 180 employees will lose their jobs. According to reports, only a few employees will remain to maintain the Web site at The Industry Standard remained 19th among all magazines in terms of ad pages for the first half of 2001, according to the Publisher's Information Bureau, ahead of Barron's, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and Vanity Fair. It was also ahead of competitors Red Herring (41st), Business 2.0 (63rd), Fast Company (89th) and eCompany Now (121st). But The Industry Standard also secured a spot

The e-Sleeper of the Year
April 27, 2001

This Wednesday morning, the site's latest feature talked about time machines. Appropriate, I thought, since is one of the most effective cross-publishing ventures today—a kind of homage to futurism in a world where print publishing happily coincides with its little sister, e-publishing. As I started reading Philip Ryan's acutely tongue-in-cheek analysis of the past as it relates to "the unknowable future," this week's thesis on publishing became even clearer: History outdoes itself. Ryan writes: "The Contrivances of our Descendants will certainly be very fast-moving and, being harried by their faster pace of life, the Drivers of Tomorrow may not be on the look-out

And the Nominees Are...
March 23, 2001

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) recently announced 86 finalists in the 36th annual National Magazine Awards. According to Magazine Publishers of America, this year featured a record number of entries. Marlene Kahan, executive director of ASME says, "Entries not only reflects the continued vitality of the magazine industry, but mirrors the diverse interests of American readers." The awards honor magazines that demonstrate superior performance in carrying out editorial objectives, technique and design, as well as print publications that successfully serve content online. The panel of judges include editors, art directors, educators and new media experts. Seventeen winners will be chosen to receive

Top Ten Signs of the Publishing Times
January 19, 2001

For every generation, there's a gap between what was and what will be. Trends within the publishing world are no exception. In order to provide useful tracking into the wide world of media news, the following is a round up of top 10 topics that have industry professionals talking. Half the Tech it Used to Be?: 2000 was a banner year for Microsoft, but getting too big for corporate britches made the federal government stand up and take notice. The controversial question beckoned: To divide or not to divide one of the world's largest technology empires ever? After much dispute and even more pokes

Recession 101- What Every Publisher Should Know
January 15, 2001

No one's officially said the "R" word yet, but last week, the Federal Government decreased interest rates by a surprising .5 percent, pleasing many consumers, but worrying publishers after a modest fourth quarter in 2000. Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, admitted recently that by the end of January, he will reconvene with the Federal Open Market Committee to discuss further plans to manipulate interest rates should the effect on last week's efforts offer a stalemate. Committee research shows that higher-than-average energy prices and a decline in construction are two important factors to watch this month. As the result of the

Going Global
January 1, 2001

Viva la Vogue? It's a small world after all for magazine publishers bravely breaking international barriers with global editions of popular magazines and multilingual periodicals. With the Latin American population increasing its buying power throughout the United States, more publishers are investing in multilingual publishing ventures around the country. Taking their cues from the music business, which shows hugely successful signs of Hispanic invasion on the pop charts, as well as television and radio ventures hosting entire networks dedicated to Spanish language programming, magazines are also getting double runs for their monies. Recently, New York City-based Condé Nast Publications acquired

Newsweek's eLife Goes Quarterly
December 1, 2000

Newsweek recently announced plans to increase its frequency of eLife, a publication about electronic communications that originally launched in 1994 as Computers & Family. Renamed and published as a semi-annual supplement to Newsweek magazine in 1999, eLife is expected to reach quarterly standing by April 2001. With a circulation of one million, the magazine's publisher and executive vice president, Gregory Osberg, reports that despite cut-backs within the e-publishing realm, eLife targets the consumer who uses computer-aided technology in both the personal and private sector of life. The news magazine format has been chosen, according to Osberg, to fulfill this diverse niche between novice and

Digital Barriers-Fact or Fiction?
June 1, 2000

A couple of years ago, the publication industry was totally immersed in computer-to-plate: the impact, the investment, the transition. Fast forward to today, and one would have expected the majority of publications to have completed the CTP conversion, with the exception of a few stragglers. Alas, this is not the case, and CTP has polarized the industry into those that can and those that cannot. Separating the "cans" from the "cannots" For those that "can," they've worked out how to go CTP without spending more on production or adding staff. For those who "cannot," sifting through the myths leads them on a challenging journey down

Ready for Anything
February 1, 1998

Anticipating the Labor Day holiday weekend, Newsweek staffers hastened to wrap up production of the September 1, 1997, issue a day early. By Saturday night, August 30, the magazine was already on press and Newsweek's editorial, art and production personnel were out on the town, on vacation or tucked snugly in their beds (visions of barbecues and quality time with family and friends dancing in their heads). As the clock ticked its way into Sunday in New York City, however, the tragedy that would shock the world proved an especially rude awakening for the newsweekly's staff and publishing partners. News of Diana's death broke

6 Things Digital Natives Should Know About Print
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

With several prominent web sites launching magazines, Newsweek starting to rise from the ashes, and many titles seeing increased ad pages, 2013 was the year print forgot to die. It was the year our industry seemed to reach consensus that, for many years to come, we will derive much of our profit from putting ink on paper.