TOPEKA, Kan. (April 24, 2015) - Bill Uhler has been named publisher of Ogden Publications by Robert Nutting, president and CEO of parent company The Nutting Co.
Ogden publishes Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Grit, Capper's Farmer,Utne Reader, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine and Motorcycle Classics, and produces Mother Earth News Fairs across the country.
Imagine Garrison Keillor moving "A Prairie Home Companion" to Des Moines or the Guthrie shuffling off to Omaha. The equivalent of those improbable scenarios is happening in the publishing world: The Utne Reader, a landmark magazine based in the Twin Cities, will shut down its local editorial offices and relocate in Topeka, Kan.
"It's a bummer," said editor-in-chief David Schimke. "Everyone around here is in shock."
The literate-minded magazine, envisioned as a sort of Reader's Digest that compiled "the best of the alternative press," was purchased by Topeka-based Ogden Publications six years ago.
First Borders goes away, and now Barnes & Noble has said it would close one-third of its stores over the next decade, or about 20 locations per year. While it's not good news for print books, there’s another casualty: magazines, especially niche titles, given bookstores were the fourth-biggest retail category for single-copy sales in 2011.
"A person who buys a single copy of a magazine title may eventually decide to take a subscription, so the trial and conversion process is upset, to some degree, by what is happening with bookstore closings," said Jack Hanrahan, the publisher of newsletter CircMatters.
An unexpected debate around Publishing Executive blogger Ron Matejko's recent post on the possible sale of Time Inc. concerned the location of Matejko's publishing concern, MVP Media. Some readers felt that, being located in Arizona, Matejko was not qualified to comment on the digital strategy of a New York publisher.
Five senior-level executives from magazine media companies have been elected to the Board of Directors of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, it was announced at the start of the 2012 AMC – The Magazine Media Conference in San Francisco, CA, by Mary Berner, President & CEO, MPA.
Finding ways to monetize content has always been the goal of publishers, but this quest has become more complex in recent years. Digital platforms present many possibilities for new revenue models, but also require investment and re-prioritization.
The second annual Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania increased revenues, attendance and exhibitor booths by 30 percent each.
Six senior-level executives from magazine media companies have been named to the Board of Directors of MPA - The Association of Magazine Media.
Between picking the last of the fall harvest and planting your first seeds this spring, what's a gardener to do? The answer comes not outside but online.