Learning for the digitization of a large-scale magazine publishing enterprise is no walk in the park, even for the most capable and committed companies. Nevertheless, industry trailblazers such as media monolith ZD Inc. (Ziff-Davis Inc.) have demonstrated that—by mapping out a course of action and following it step by step, avoiding shortcuts, choosing supportive traveling companions, and simply keeping the faith—a sojourner can find light at the end of the tunnel. ZD Inc. publishes a range of computer-technology-related magazines, such as PC Magazine, PC Week, Yahoo! Internet Life, Computer Shopper, Sm@rt Reseller and Family PC, among others. Magazine production is centralized in and administered
U.S. News & World Report broadens its distribution horizons with the help of a customized consolidation program. A well-known trademark of U.S. News & World Report (with editorial offices headquartered in Washington, DC, and business offices in New York City) is "News You Can Use." To make good on that promise, the magazine must unfailingly do two things: provide its readers with useful editorial content and deliver the publication on time. Evolution of a newsweekly Solid editorial content is a standard that all U.S. News & World Report staffers must maintain. The longstanding history of the publication dictates the need for top-notch reporting.
Jack Graber's professional integrity, technical know-how and commitment to cataloging have left an indelible impression. "I've never heard anyone say a bad word about Jack Graber—and I've known him for more than 20 years," attests Michael Carton, director of catalog production for Bloomingdale's By Mail, New York City. "First and foremost, Jack is a consummate professional. Not only is he knowledgeable about all aspects of print and management, but he's a great mentor and trainer. Any person with a production-related problem can look to him for help." Indeed, Graber has earned a reputation as a catalog industry innovator, educator and ambassador. On the job,
Stephen Grande has made a name for himself in the magazine industry by focusing on honesty, integrity and continued education. Stephen Grande was born into publishing. His interest in manufacturing was fostered by his father, a bindery foreman who employed young Grande during summer breaks from school. While on the job, Grande learned the elements of printing and publishing. He spent time in the pressroom and bindery, and, as he puts it, "sort of grew into the business." The desire to develop his knowledge of the business led Grande to high-school years spent studying at the New York School for Printing. During that time,
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