For the past week Mary Berner, President of The MPA (Magazine Media Association), and I have been communicating publicly and sometimes privately. I think all of our conversations have been appropriately spirited and healthy for the industry. We don't agree on all issues, but we are having a professional dialog most of it in the open, and that is good for everyone.
When a crusading but conflict-averse billionaire bankrolls several of journalism's most prominent mavericks to create a hard-nosed investigative news organization, it's a recipe for turmoil. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's differences with First Look Media staff have been all over the press. Two top hires are out the door. Sarah Ellison asks whether First Look Media can make headlines that aren't about itself.
It's hard to top the recent travails of First Look Media, the fervidly hyped web publishing empire funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Pierre Omidyar, as a case study in how not to launch a progressive media enterprise.
A potential suitor to purchase the Washington Post, Omidyar instead decided to spend $250 million to launch his own ring of websites and aggressively sought top reporting, blogging and editing talent, all of it decidedly left of center. Chief among his early recruits were Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the team that had collaborated with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
Readly, a company that's changing how people discover and read magazines, has added over 50 new titles from 9 publishers to its service. These include U.S.-based Wenner Media's Rolling Stone and Men's Journal; American Media's Shape, Star, and OK! Magazine; Rodale's Men's Health, Women's Health, and Prevention; Prometheus Global's Adweek, Hollywood Reporter, and Billboard; Hoffman's Cooking with Paula Deen and Victoria; ESPN's ESPN The Magazine; Annie's Country Sampler and Creative Knitting; and InterMedia Outdoor's Guns & Ammo, Handguns, and Fly Fisherman.
Rolling Stone announced today that Michael Provus has been named Publisher, effective immediately. Provus has acted as Associate Publisher of Rolling Stone since 2010.
There are few stories that haven't been written when it comes to the Olsen twins. There are multiple quizzes to figure out whether you're a "Mary-Kate" or an "Ashley" (see here and here), posts to determine how many of their films you've seen (all of them, obviously), and endless literature on how to tell them apart (it's not that hard people). Not to mention countless style evolutions and red carpet roundups. But what about their magazine covers?
When Cosmopolitan took home a National Magazine Award for public service journalism-the first ASME recognition in the magazine's almost 50-year history-the news echoed through headlines as signal of the state of things, not just at the swank Hearst glossy, but in womens' magazines as a genre. Namely, that perhaps the national media was poised to acknowledge en masse the smart, serious work already being published by the ladymags-and that perhaps ladymags might be reinventing themselves for an increasingly savvy audience, sick of pandering.
CAPITAL: The National Magazine awards are tonight. Of all the acceptance speeches given at dinners in recent years, which has been the most memorable and why?
HOLT: Speeches? They make speeches? I'm sitting in the balcony with the crew, worrying about whether Abbottabad was pronounced correctly (Brian Williams and the [public announcer] got into a disagreement about it a couple of years ago) and whether we can get everyone out on time to make the next train to Westchester, and not, I have to admit, thinking too deeply about the acceptance speeches.
First-quarter advertising for magazines was such a mixed bag it's hard to draw any overarching conclusions. Initially it appeared to be a terrible quarter, with ad pages down nearly 8 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau data. But when you remove the magazines that have gone out of print the past year, such as Babytalk, Whole Living and Parenting, that dip decreases by half, to 4 percent.
Tony Gervino, the executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, has been named editor in chief of Billboard magazine, parent company Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group announced today. Gervino will report to Guggenheim co-president and chief creative officer Janice Min, who has been overseeing a restructuring of Billboard since early this year. (Min was formerly the editor of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard's sister publication.)