Scientific American

Scientific American Relaunches Website
December 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Scientific American celebrated its 170th anniversary in August and is the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S. Yet, as I like to say, it is new and evolving every day. Now the team and I are very pleased to share a new way to enjoy Scientific American: a bright, clean responsively redesigned Web site. Above all,…

Your Newfangled Media Algorithms are Bull$#!%
May 30, 2014

I'm only getting paid two and a half cents per click on this story. That's more than what 99.9% of contributors on Medium get paid. I have a $60,000 graduate journalism degree from Medill, nearly a decade of writing experience, and, let's be honest, I'm super smart and seriously good at what I do. I can write and report a kickass story with my eyes closed and one hand tied behind my back. 

The Apple App Store Log Jam: Delays In App & Book Releases
December 17, 2013

The last few weeks have found fewer app updates released and more anecdotal evidence that the Apple review team is falling behind in releasing updates and new releases. It is hard to see that this would have had anything to do with the recent App Store meltdown (where the subcategories were broken) or the recent Beyonce release, but today a flood of updates finally appeared.

A New Science Blogging Scandal: Deja Vu All Over Again
October 18, 2013

In something of a blast from the past, the world of science blogging reared up in collective anger over Scientific American's censorship of a controversial post from a paid blogger, written in response to some awful behavior from a representative of one of SciAm's business partners. This may seem familiar to anyone who lived through the rise and fall of the first round of science blogging platforms and provides ample evidence that though things may have evolved, the same inherent conflicts between bloggers and platform providers remain.

People Magazine Launches Celeb Food App
September 10, 2013

Just as Scientific American announces a food blog to talk about gut bacteria and molecular gastronomy, PEOPLE magazine announces a new channel called "Great Ideas," to talk about things like Gwyneth Paltrow's latest GOOP edition. In a press release, PEOPLE announced a new CelebFood app where users can browse recipes, cooking tips, and videos from celebrities, in addition to a new section called "Great Ideas." A quick browse of the new site shows features like "Jessica Alba's 5 Favorite Kitchen Accessories," "Aziz Ansari's 'Greatest Culinary Accomplishments,'" and the ubiquitous ramen burger story.

Conde Nast Taps Livefyre for Social Engagement
June 21, 2013

Condé Nast has signed a deal with Livefyre to turn the magazine publisher’s digital properties into social hubs for Livefyre’s StreamHub platform. The high-end publisher will use Livefyre’s platform and Live applications, including LiveComments, LiveBlog, LiveChat and LiveMediaWall, to boost social activity and engagement for brands including Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ, Lucky, The New Yorker, Teen Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Adobe Drives 100 Million Digital Publication Downloads
June 19, 2013

Adobe today announced that 100 million digital downloads – including magazines, newspapers, corporate publications and apps, all created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) – have been delivered to readers and customers in just over two years.

The State of Magazines on the iPad: a Giant Mess
June 5, 2013

About a year ago, I decided, perhaps like many others, to go all digital with my magazine subscriptions. All the paper magazines my wife and I subscribed to were cluttering up the house and becoming a pain to dispose of in plastic trash bags. It was a grand experiment, and eco-friendly, to convert almost all to the iPad.

The experiment has not worked out as well as I'd hoped. The biggest problem for me has been the immediacy of the reading experience. It became painfully obvious last night when I was downloading the June issue of Scientific American.

Nautilus: A Magazine or a Living Fossil?
May 8, 2013

A new kid has arrived on the science journalism block, a monthly magazine named Nautilus: Science Connected. Its first issue, which appeared online on April 29, focuses on a single theme: what does or does not make the human race special.

It uses as an epigraph a 1995 statement from Stephen Hawking, the English physicist and man about the universe: “The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies.”

Besides a couple of dozen articles on that theme, on topics from

High-profile debate over mag awards
April 3, 2013

The American Society of Magazine Editors released its list of finalists for National Magazine Awards earlier this week, but the controversy over its removal of “profile writing” as a distinct category this year still lingers.

Indeed, the industry group may end up restoring the award for next year.

David Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire, led the charge against the change last year. He sent a letter to ASME CEO Sid Holt asking him to reverse course after the board opted to fold profiles into feature writing.