Pioneering an industry is a tough game, especially when you watch many others enter, catch-up and surpass you. After introducing the concept of online-only, high-quality journalism 17 years ago, Salon is standing. Once an insurgent, Salon is now a legacy Web media brand struggling to adapt to a harsh climate for publishers.
Founded by David Talbot in 1995, with some financial help from Adobe and Apple, Salon found itself thrust into the vanguard of publishing, forging new online models. It went public in June 1999,
Adobe Systems announced several new features and publishing partners for its Adobe Digital Publishing Suite at an event today in New York. The event also featured an announcement from Wenner Media that an app for Us Weekly magazine will be released May 17.
There’s one thing that the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine and its advertiser partners want readers to remember about a coming special issue — that it’s big, with a capital B.
The magazine, published by Wenner Media, will return to its size of 10 by 11 3/4 inches, from its current size of around 8 by 11 inches, for a special issue that ships to subscribers on May 11. Titled “The Big Issue,” it will celebrate big names in pop culture and include advertising exclusively by the Turner Broadcasting networks TNT and TBS.
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced the finalists for the 2012 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 3, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The magazine circulation report due out next week will show celebrity weeklies are continuing to take a beating on the newsstand, early reports indicate.
Newsstand giant People, usually a reliably strong seller, tumbled 12.4 percent on newsstands to an average of 1.1 million for the second half of 2011 versus the year-earlier period, per the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Rapid Report. This follows a first half in which the Time Inc. title’s newsstand sales fell 10.5 percent year-over-year.
The industry bellwether still managed to keep its total circ essentially even at 3.6 million by selling 4.3 percent more subscriptions, though.
After a couple of years back in the fold, Wenner Media is withdrawing from the MPA for a second time. The MPA is magazines' main industry trade association, lobbying on issues like postal reform in Washington and organizing events such as the annual American Magazine Conference every fall.
Today's magazine marketplace is no longer harnessed to the printed page. As publishers continue to aggressively leverage a variety of digital channels to extend the reach of their brands, consumers are migrating to those new platforms in impressive numbers. According to the most recent release of Affinity's American Magazine Study – which reports the total magazine brand footprint across print, mobile and social platforms, as well as integrating magazine Website data from comScore's Media Metrix – the largest multi-title publishing companies
You might not buy five copies for your mother, but it may not be long until the cover of a Rolling Stone (along with the rest of the magazine) is available on your iPad.
Electronista reports that Wenner Media—publisher of both Rolling Stone and its gossipy counterpart, US Weekly—will begin publishing its magazines to the iPad in early 2012. The company will initally dip its toe into the tablet waters with a $10 app version of its book, The Beatles: The Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide.
Six senior-level executives from magazine media companies have been named to the Board of Directors of MPA - The Association of Magazine Media.
It seems the only thing worse than being a record label these days is being a print publication that focuses on music. Spin magazine, a publication devoted to indie music, is trying to cope with the changes in the business that occurred years ago with a major restructuring of its top management. Among the changes, both Doug Brod, editor-in-chief, and Malcolm Campbell, the publisher, are gone. The company has also hired its first digital general manager, Jeff Rogers.