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'Rolling Stone' Sparks Outrage with Cover Photo of Boston Bombing Suspect
July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone is facing harsh criticism for publishing what many describe as a rock star-like cover photo of Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev — the 19-year-old native Chechen accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th. The magazine unveiled the cover of its August 1st issue on Tuesday, describing Janet Reitman's lead story as "a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster."

The Limits of Viral Magazine Covers
July 17, 2013

Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek caused quite a stir with a risque cover. A hedge fund manager (a man, of course) had the word “perception” over a rising arrow and the word “reality” over a limp and deflating squiggly line, both emanating from his groin. Provocative and suggestive, the cover sparked conversation, yielding mentions in Mashable, Huffington Post, The Atlantic Wire, Wonkette, The Week and Salon.


It was the dick joke seen ’round the Web: In its first two days, the story got more than twice as much traffic ...

Rolling Stone Publisher Mastrangelo Fired
June 25, 2013

Jann Wenner has dismissed the publisher of his flagship Rolling Stone, Matt Mastrangelo. Mastrangelo had been in the position for three years (12 years in all at Wenner Media), and first-quarter ad pages were up 17 percent year over year to 190.

But Wenner is known to shuffle the publishing decks every few years at the magazine he co-founded. Mastrangelo got the word this morning, but apparently was told simply, “They are making a change.”

Can Women's Magazines Do Serious Journalism?
June 17, 2013

Last week, the feminist Internet exploded with censure for the British quarterly Port Magazine. The magazine’s transgression? Publishing a cover story about “A New Golden Age” of print media and featuring six white, male editors. It provided visual evidence for what many of us in journalism know to be true: The editors-in-chief of the so-called “thought-leader” publications overwhelmingly have been, and remain, white dudes.

But on second glance, something else stuck out. While five out of six of those editors edit general interest publications, a men’s magazine, GQ, was included.

National Magazine Awards 2013 Finalists Announced
April 1, 2013

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced the finalists for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. Known as the Ellies--for the Alexander Calder stabile "Elephant" given to each award winner--the National Magazine Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 2, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams dead at 64
April 1, 2013

Crawdaddy predated Rolling Stone by more than 18 months when Williams mimeographed and distributed the first edition on Feb. 7, 1966, while a 17-year-old student at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. The fledgling magazine carried some of the first articles by such writers as Jon Landau, Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer and Peter Knobler, and included the first major interview with Bruce Springsteen in 1972.

Williams’ note in the first issue read, “You are looking at the first issue of a magazine of rock and roll criticism.

San Francisco: Far Out on the Publishing Continuum
April 1, 2013

From its counterculture days to its present position on the cusp of Silicon Valley, San Francisco has nurtured a number of prestigious publications and the employees who make them run.


Blurbs attributed to Brightest Young Things managing editor Logan Donaldson were actually lifted from music websites, Rolling Stone, the British Telegraph, and even Wikipedia, according to American University student and former controversial NPR intern Emily White, who first noticed the plagiarism.

White says she was reading Donaldson's entry on California band Wavves when she became suspicious. The interview seemed too similar to…

Everyone Knows Print Is Dead. Which Is Why NSFWCORP Is Launching A Print Edition
March 6, 2013

On March 25th, NSFWCORP is launching a print edition. Experts agree: this is a terrible idea. Tina Brown, the editor of Newsweek/DailyBeast says print is dead, and as proof she points to the closure of a magazine that she drove into the ground using a succession of bullshit linkbaity barely-Business-Insider-worthy covers which succeeded only in turning a troubled print brand into a doomed one.

Editors of dozens of local newspapers say print is dead because they are unable to find an audience hungry for their daily bowl of rehashed AP Newswire copy, unfunny comic strips, dumb-as-a-rock ‘humor’ columnists and some nonsense

Attention, Publishers: 'Iconic' Is Not A Business Model
February 22, 2013

Let’s review what the year 2013 hath wrought so far in the media industry. Reader’s Digest, staggering under $1.2 billion in debt, has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in four years. Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner managed to stave off a bankruptcy filing of his own by refinancing $200 million of debt under spartan new terms.

And in the biggest news of all, Time Inc. is negotiating to spin off most of its magazines into a new company to be controlled by Meredith Corp. Held back from the deal will be Time magazine, Fortune and Sports Illustrated; Meredith