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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.

Newsweek Veterans Slam The Magazine For Publishing Mamet's "Sloppy" Gun Article
February 1, 2013

Several prominent former Newsweek journalists criticized the error-ridden recent cover story by playwright David Mamet that sought to discredit attempts to strengthen gun laws. Some former staffers point to the Mamet piece as evidence that the magazine, which recently ceased print publication, isn't what it used to be, noting it seems to be seeking more readers through provocative pieces rather than in-depth journalism.

A Media Matters review of the piece found glaring factual mistakes related to background checks, assault weapons, and U.S. Secret Service protection for President Obama's family.

The controversial cover piece, which portrayed supporters of stronger


As the holiday gift season is upon us, I thought it would be interesting to see what the Chefs are still hanging onto in the print subscription world — both for insights into what persists and holds its value,

Discover Proven Strategies for Monetizing Digital Content
November 5, 2012

A number of magazine pioneers are enormously successful in the digital space, while others may feel as if they have entered foreign territory. While opportunities abound related to technology and format, the biggest questions revolve around content monetization.

Magazines You Miss: From Skateboarder to Metropolitan Home, but Mainly Gourmet
September 4, 2012

After more than 140 responses, what can we conclude from the answers of Media Decoder readers to the question, what magazine do you miss the most?

Gourmet, which published its last issue in November 2009, was the dearest of the dearly departed — appearing in more than a quarter of the comments left, a reaction that mirrored that huge response Media Decoder received when it reported the news about the magazine’s closing.

Inside Forbes: How We're Helping Journalists Find Their Voice With E-Books
June 6, 2012

I never thought I’d be the author of a book. In a traditional sense, I’m still not. Over the past two years, I’ve been writing posts on Forbes.com about the intersection of the news business and social media, focusing on our strategy to build a sustainable model for journalism in the digital age. Now, these posts have been molded into an e-book. My day job as chief product officer includes advocating the new world of entrepreneurial journalism — and creating opportunities for topic experts to succeed at it. E-books is one way.

The Writer Magazine Commemorates 125 Years
March 18, 2012

A century and a quarter after publishing its first issue, The Writer continues to inspire readers to imagine, write and publish. Started in 1887, the magazine instructs, informs and motivates its readers with comprehensive how-to advice on the craft of writing — as well as news, interviews, book reviews and up-to-the-minute market information.


Exclusive: How Much Do Kindle Singles Authors Make?
March 12, 2012

The top-ten list of bestselling Kindle Singles includes a number of big-name writers. But how is the format working for writers who don’t have the brand of a Stephen King or Jodi Picoult?

In addition to sharing overall sales information about the Kindle Singles program, Amazon allowed Kindle Singles authors to break their non-disclosure agreements and share their sales figures with me. I chose about a dozen authors, out of the list of over 100 or so, to speak with, and interviewed them without any restrictions from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN). Excerpts from the interviews are below.

Scientific American Expands Its Mobile Offering with Launch on Google Currents
December 12, 2011

Scientific American is excited to work with Google on the launch of their new Reader App for smart phones and tablets, Google Currents (only available in the U.S. Android Market and Apple App Store at this time). Google Currents is a new application for Android devices, iPads and iPhones that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger. It brings together this content in a beautiful and simple way so you can easily navigate between words, pictures and video on your smart phone or tablet.

Magazine Awards Revamped, Again
November 4, 2011

Last year, the American Society of Magazine Editors caused a kerfuffle in editorial circles when it changed how it determines its prestigious general excellence awards. From then on, ASME said, honors would be based on magazine content rather than circulation size.