The Week

The Future is Weekly—and Service-Based—for iPad Magazine Publisher
October 26, 2012

Magazine publisher Future is exploiting iPad by offering a tablet production service to rivals and by identifying a new weekly publishing schedule for its monthly print titles and rolling news sites.

UK magazine publisher Future is shaking up established mag models by powering tablet titles for outside publishers and launching tablet-only titles of its own on unusual new schedules:

Newsweek's Print Shutdown Not A Sign Of Broader Magazine Troubles
October 19, 2012

Newsweek's decision to stop publishing a print edition after 80 years and bet its life entirely on a digital future may be more a commentary on its own problems than a definitive statement on the health of the magazine industry.

Magazine ad revenue in the U.S. is seen rising 2.6 percent this year to $18.3 billion, according to research firm eMarketer. That would be the third increase in three years, driven mainly by gains in digital ad sales, though print ads are expected to be flat.

Paid magazine subscriptions were up 1.1 percent in the first half of the year,

Time Inc. Names Jed Hartman Group Publisher
October 10, 2012

Jed Hartman has just been named group publisher of news and business at Time Inc. He will oversee ad sales and marketing at Time, TIME.com, Fortune, FORTUNE.com, Money and CNNMoney.com. Mr. Hartman has been the publisher of Fortune and CNNMoney.com for the past two years. Before that, Mr. Hartman was the publisher of The Week.

“In this newly-created position reporting to me, Jed will be responsible for all ad sales and marketing for TIME, TIME.com, FORTUNE, FORTUNE.com, Money and CNNMoney.com, allowing him to harness the collective power of these tremendous brands to provide smart,

Magazine ABCs: the issue that can't be put to bed just yet
September 28, 2012

It's easy to bemoan the latest batch of magazine ABCs, with many sectors in freefall - but there are success stories, too. Look closer and you'll find great opportunities

At the TUC conference this month, one stallholder’s decision to sell t-shirts celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher before the former PM had actually died was widely condemned as "sickening" and "beyond the pale". What Maggie herself thought of the goings on was unreported, but the printed consumer magazine sector could have a good guess. Printed magazines in the consumer sphere suffer the same indignity,

The Newsweeklies Are Dead; Long Live the “News” Weeklies
August 30, 2012

I am going to take the liberty to declare one word, newspaper, an oxymoron. That moment in time when you realize how contradictory a word is: news and paper. I mean, come on. Today, the two are definitely not synonymous. Most people are getting their news (as in Who, What, Where, When, Why and How) from anything but a paper: the internet, their cell, tablet and any other mobile apparatus that may come to mind. So if the “newspaper” is an oxymoron, what can one say about the “newsweeklies?”

Winners and Losers in Media and Three Things Every Publisher Must Have
May 14, 2012

In their clockwork orange world, UK publishers are trying to get to grips with what they hope is their digital future. It is easy to believe that good times are just around the corner. But they're not:

Despite the sharp declines in revenue and profitability, relatively few newspapers and magazines have actually closed. This reflects: strategic confusion about what to do, or misplaced optimism about future revenues, or formidable closure costs - and sometimes all three.

Mr. Magazine Interviews: The Future of the Printed Word in a Digital Age
January 12, 2012

The Magazine Innovation Center at The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism hosted the ACT 2 Experience last October. We asked 17 media experts who attended the ACT2 Experience their opinions about the future of the printed word in a digital age. Click on the link above to watch and listen to the experts’ answer to the question “What is the future of the printed word in a digital age?”

Felix Dennis talks iPad poetry, Apple approvals and tablets for the elderly
September 12, 2011

Felix Dennis' battles with the establishment are the stuff of legend, most famously with the 1971 Oz obscenity trial, but also with the way he shook up magazine publishing with Dennis Publishing, and most recently with his emergence as a poet, to initial suspicion from the literary world.

The latest establishment figure to arouse his wrath is Apple, and its now-former CEO Steve Jobs. The Guardian interviewed Dennis in the run-up to the release of the iPad app of his Tales From The Woods poetry anthology.

Abundance of News, but Mixed Sales, for News Magazines
August 17, 2011

The first six months of 2011 brought the kind of news explosion that can be a boon for major news organizations: the Arab Spring, nuclear catastrophe in Japan, a royal wedding and the killing of Osama bin Laden.

But newsstand sales for the top weekly news magazines told two different stories. Time, the country’s best-selling news weekly, posted considerable gains. Newsweek, under the leadership of a prominent new editor, barely moved the needle despite creating provocative covers like one with a digitally altered and age-enhanced rendition of Princess Diana.

Social Media's 'Threat' to Publishers
May 1, 2011

I don't see the massive threat that many believe Twitter and other social media poses to the media. Most people turn to the expert media for the real story.