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Press Release: American Society for Microbiology Renews Full-Service Production of Journal Content with Cenveo Publisher Services
January 16, 2019 at 11:02 am

Columbia, MD—January 16, 2019—The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has awarded a new multi-year contract to Cenveo Publisher Services for full-service content production, article billing, and collections for its leading microbiology journals.  Extending a decades-long relationship in providing content services and workflow solutions to support ASM’s journal program, Cenveo will fully migrate ASM’s journal production to the Smart…

5 Things Publishers Should Do Before Erecting a Paywall
January 16, 2019 at 10:55 am

This is the year, the pundits tell us, when digital publishing will pivot to paywalls. Good luck with that. Getting people to pay for online content is already hard enough. With more publishers in the game, it will become even harder. How many digital subscriptions do you think people will pay for? Tread carefully, or…

Big Tech Throws Money at the Local News Problem
January 16, 2019 at 10:10 am

Major tech companies and moguls are pouring lots of money into initiatives to support quality journalism, after months of bad headlines about fake news and the longer-term struggles of business models for journalism, especially at the local level. Why it matters: The efforts are meant to show tech's…

Goodbye, New York. Adam Moss Is Leaving the Magazine He Has Edited for 15 Years.
January 16, 2019 at 10:04 am

Adam Moss, whose visual savvy and ear for the zeitgeist made him one of the leading magazine editors of his generation, said on Tuesday that he would step down from New York magazine, his canvas for the past 15 years. The departure of Mr. Moss, the longest-serving editor in chief in the title’s half-century history,…

Layoffs Hit 'Hollywood Reporter-Billboard' Media Group, 'Refinery29' Unionizes
January 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

This week, the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group and its corporate owner Valence Media laid off approximately 22 people as part of a company reorganization at the company. According to The Wrap, CMO Dana Miller was let go, along with some of her New York-based staff, as was Billboard magazine managing editor Jayme Klock. In addition, employees from a possible five…

High Times Has Some Glossy New Competition
January 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

The cover of Gossamer’s debut issue features a mouthwatering image of orange juice being poured into a glass dotted with beads of condensation. Inside there’s an article about books as home décor status items, a Q. and A. with the writer and director Janicza Bravo, and a fashion spread featuring the…

Hearst Rolls Out Broad Publisher-Side Shake-up
January 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm

A few days into the New Year and already a string of Hearst Magazine titles have new publishers. Shortly after revealing that longtime Cosmopolitan publisher Donna Lagani was stepping away from her role as publisher of Cosmopolitan after more than 20 years to take up a position within Hearst Foundations, the philanthropic arm of the broader corporation, Hearst Magazine’s is…

The Merger That Could Kill Your Favorite Magazine
January 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Google’s and Facebook’s ever-tightening control over online advertising spending in the United States continues to make it harder for magazine publishers to keep their businesses alive. But publishers’ jobs may soon get even more difficult if the Department of Justice fails to block printer Quad/Graphics’ $1.4 billion bid to buy its only major competitor…

MediaPitch: Indigo Trigger Aims to Streamline Operations for Media Companies
January 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

Workflow inefficiency has emerged as a clear hurdle for media companies as product portfolios have become more diversified and content platforms have multiplied, complicating sales, ad, and production operations. These operations inefficiencies become a tax on publishers’ resources and revenue, and strip bandwidth from other value-creating efforts. Indigo Trigger aims to tackle the problems caused…

Magazine Media M&As - What Happened in 2018 in Review
January 9, 2019 at 11:37 am

In this industry, change is constant. Though, over the last number of years, we've seen increasing numbers of mergers and acquisitions on the media landscape. 2018 was no different, with magazine media marketplaces restructuring, consolidating and diversifying. "The trends we are seeing are diversification and consolidation.…

These are the Trends to Watch for Podcasting in 2019
January 9, 2019 at 11:33 am

2019 scene setting. Last year was a strange and busy one in podcast-land, between the shakeups and the bubble talk and the mergers/acquisitions and launches on launches on launches. And from the looks of it, the next year will likely prove equally peculiar. Will podcast audiences and advertising revenue continue to grow? Will non-advertising business models take firm…

How to Create a Successful Online Subscription Product (Part 1)
January 9, 2019 at 11:30 am

These days, it seems that nearly every publisher is considering some form of paid subscription model. Companies want to diversify from reliance on advertising. Some want to adapt their print subscription model to the digital realm while others want to launch a new paid subscription offering online. Unfortunately, most publishers aren’t setting themselves up to…

Internal Hearst Podcast Brings the Inside Dish
January 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm

If you’ve ever wanted to hear more about the goings on at Hearst Magazines and its cafeteria, there’s a podcast for that. Meant for an internal audience but hosted on SoundCloud, the publisher in recent weeks has launched “Making Media,” WWD has learned, hosted by none other than Troy Young, the group’s president, and Kate Lewis, its…

Women’s Magazines are Dying. Will we Miss Them When They’re Gone?
January 7, 2019 at 12:09 pm

In late November, Glamour came to the same conclusion reached by so many other women’s magazines these days: After 80 years in mailboxes and grocery store checkouts, it will stop publishing its glossy monthly, ending with the January issue. For Glamour, print is officially dead, the inexorable “pivot to digital” now complete. Teen Vogue, a…

Forbes is Building More AI Tools for its Reporters
January 4, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Forbes is investing in tools to make its newsroom more bionic. Over the summer, the business publisher, which just had its most profitable year in more than a decade, rolled out a new CMS, called Bertie, which recommends article topics for contributors based on their previous output, headlines…

Condé Nast Is “Paradise Publishing” Lost
January 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

Press accounts estimate that Condé Nast lost $120 million in 2017 (the company’s fiscal 2018 will end on January 31) with losses in print advertising and circulation revenues insufficiently offset by digital or such multimedia ventures as CNX, Spire and Condé Nast Entertainment. All sought to monetize the often…

Unlock More Actionable First-Party Data
January 4, 2019 at 12:25 pm

You’ve got more first-party data than you think, and you’ve got the tools to use it too. Get the Email Audience Enrichment Guide to learn how you can unlock your first-party data and reconcile audience identity using technology you already have.

The Top 12 Media Tech Stories We Published in 2018
January 3, 2019 at 10:04 am

From examining the tools needed to capitalize on the subscription boon to exploring how publishers might adapt to voice-driven web experiences, we covered digital media technology from a lot of angles in 2018. Below is a rundown of the top technology posts we published in 2018 from the standpoint of what saw the most audience…