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  • Monthly Mag Revs Down In February (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/04/2010 4:59:56 PM PST · by abb · 8 replies · 238+ views
    Media Daily News ^ | February 4, 2010 | Erik Sass
    February may not be the cruelest month, but it wasn't especially nice for consumer magazines either, with monthly titles showing a 7.2% drop, according to the Media Industry Newsletter. On the other hand, that's a smaller decline than the double-digit losses which plagued the medium last year, and a slight improvement over January's 7.7% loss -- holding out hope that the magazine industry is finally approaching the bottom of its brutal downswing. Altogether, 83 titles or 55% of the total 152 titles tracked by MIN saw ad pages decline in February 2010 compared to February 2009. Of these, 31 titles...
  • Let the Lindsey hype begin: Vonn is Sports Illustrated cover girl

    02/04/2010 1:44:33 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 56 replies · 14,409+ views
    Yahoo ^ | February 3, 2010 | Chris Chase
    Lindsey Vonn is hoping the Sports Illustrated cover jinx doesn't cross international borders. America's great Winter Olympic hope is featured on the front of SI's Winter Olympic preview issue, which hit newsstands Wednesday. Vonn's semi-provocative pose has drawn the predictable ire from those who claim that it objectifies her. She's an athlete, not a sex symbol, the chorus inevitably reminds us. They have a point in taking issue with SI; the magazine rarely features women athletes on the cover and its annual swimsuit issue has been a focus of protests for decades. But Vonn's cover is different.
  • What Are You Reading Now? (My Quarterly Survey)

    01/12/2010 7:17:29 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 298 replies · 4,773+ views
    1/12/10
    OK, it's time for my quarterly What Are You Reading Now? survey. I do this because I like to gauge what Freepers are reading. I believe that the Freeper community are one of the more well-read on the Internet. What are you reading? It can be anything...a classic novel, a NY Times bestseller, a technical journal, a trashy pulp novel - in short, anything. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm Reading This Thread". It became unfunny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading "Pickett's Charge: A Microstudy" by George R Stewart. It was written in 1959...
  • Newsweek Dies (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/29/2009 7:19:47 AM PST · by abb · 84 replies · 2,990+ views
    Newser.com ^ | December 12, 2009 | Michael Wolff
    Less than a year ago, during yet another public discussion about the future of traditional media, I said that it seemed extremely unlikely that, for instance, Newsweek would last another five years, provoking guffaws among blogger types and stout denials from the magazine (i.e. a minor kerfuffle). Newsweek and its parent, the Washington Post Co., announced yesterday a significant cut in its rate base, a further round of buyouts and layoffs, and a plan to make an already anorexic magazine even thinner. The Washington Post Co., for good measure, added its own bad news and bleak outlook. My prediction about...
  • Happy New Fear: Monthly Mags' Ad Pages Down 7.7% in January (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/22/2009 8:34:37 AM PST · by abb · 6 replies · 284+ views
    Media Daily News ^ | December 21, 2009 | Erik Sass
    The situation is dire when a 7.7% drop looks good. And that's where monthly magazines are in January, according to Media Industry Newsletter, which recently released ad page figures for the coming month's issues of about 115 monthlies. Of the 115 monthlies tracked by MIN in January, over half (62, or 54%) saw ad pages decline compared to January 2009. What's more, the losses were fairly top-heavy. While 17 of these titles (15% of the total), posted relatively modest declines of less than 10%, 15 (13%) experienced drops of 10%-20% and 30 (26%) tumbled over 20%. It's also noteworthy that...
  • Improved magazine increases weapons reliability

    12/20/2009 5:53:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,831+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/17/2009 | Army News
    The Army has begun fielding a new 5.56mm 30-round "improved magazine" that delivers a significant increase in reliability for M-16 and M-4 weapons. Bolstering the already high reliability ratings of the M-16 and M-4, the improved magazine reduces the risk of magazine-related stoppages by more than 50 percent compared to the older magazine variants, according to officials at Program Executive Office Soldier. Identified by a tan-colored follower, more than 500,000 of the improved magazines have been fielded to units in Iraq, Afghanistan and the United States. "With the improved magazines, we're taking weapons reliability up another notch," said Lt. Col....
  • The Fall and Rise of Media (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/30/2009 5:42:51 AM PST · by abb · 32 replies · 1,010+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2009 | David Carr
    Historically, young women and men who sought to thrive in publishing made their way to Manhattan. Once there, they were told, they would work in marginal jobs for indifferent bosses doing mundane tasks and then one day, if they did all of that without whimper or complaint, they would magically be granted access to a gilded community, the large heaving engine of books, magazines and newspapers. Beyond that, all it took to find a place to stand on a very crowded island, as E. B. White suggested, was a willingness to be lucky. Once inside that velvet rope, they would...
  • Turkey TIME Inc. (more layoffs - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/25/2009 8:11:14 AM PST · by abb · 26 replies · 722+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 25, 2009 | Keith J. Kelley
    The list of staffers downsized from Time Inc. yesterday grew by another 25 people, even though it appeared that CEO Ann Moore and Editor-in-Chief John Huey would wait until after Thanksgiving to begin this round of cuts. Fortune was the hardest-hit title. Including yesterday's layoffs, about 30 staffers have left the company rather than the expected 40, with about 22 from the edit side. Yesterday, three assistant managing editors were whacked: Eric Gellman, John Brodie and Brian Dumanie, who ran the recently shuttered Fortune Small Business. Two writers were also laid off, Suzanne Kapner and Telis Demos. Managing Editor Andy...
  • TIME runs out for buyout volunteers; layoffs loom (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/18/2009 12:56:34 PM PST · by abb · 21 replies · 555+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 18, 2009 | Keith J. Kelley
    The biggest magazines in the Time Inc. empire — People, Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money — should find out today how many volunteers have stepped forward to accept buyout packages. Time Inc. is said to be looking to slash more than 500 jobs from its ranks, with the bulk of the layoffs to happen next week before the process is wrapped up by year-end. While not all titles outlined how many volunteers they need, sources said that Time Inc.'s biggest magazines could eliminate as many as 90 editorial positions. Fortune is expected to see the deepest cuts at about...
  • Layoffs at Newsweek (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/12/2009 9:05:06 AM PST · by abb · 41 replies · 969+ views
    Politico.com ^ | November 12, 2009 | Michael Calderone
    Newsweek editor Jon Meacham informed staff today that about a dozen positions would be eliminated due to the "economic climate in publishing." Meacham, in a memo obtained by POLITICO, noted that the magazine has taken a different direction this year, and despite the layoffs claimed that it "continues to appear promising in terms of building and retaining an engaged audience that we hope will be attractive to advertisers." Full memo from Meacham after the jump. To the Staff From Jon Meacham This has been a tough day for the magazine. Because the economic climate in publishing has become ever more...
  • TIME's ill fortune - SI, Fortune to take big hits (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/05/2009 6:08:24 AM PST · by abb · 30 replies · 798+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 5, 2009 | Keith J. Kelley
    Fortune and Sports Illustrated will be the hardest hit magazines in the mass layoffs that just began at Time Inc. About 40 people will be laid off from Fortune, with Managing Editor Andy Serwer looking to cut roughly 24 from the 80-strong edit staff, insiders said. Although he didn't reveal numbers, in an e-mail to staffers yesterday Serwer asked for volunteers by Nov. 18. Fortune had already said that starting next year it will go from 25 issues to 18. SI will be making similar reductions, a source said. Time Inc. is expected to eventually cut just over 500 jobs....
  • TIME Inc., Newspaper Guild meet to talk layoffs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/03/2009 6:21:57 PM PST · by abb · 21 replies · 554+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | November 3, 2009 | Jeff Bercovici
    The guillotine has begun its descent at Time Inc. Sources at the publishing company (which is part of the same conglomerate as DailyFinance parent AOL) say executives have asked for an emergency meeting with representatives of the Newspaper Guild to discuss job eliminations. A Time Inc. spokeswoman declined to comment, but John Shostrom, chairman of the company's Guild unit, said the meeting will take place "soon." He said it was Time Inc. that called the meeting. "They act, and we react," said Shostrom. "The Guild doesn't lay people off. We just fight back when they make proposals to lay people...
  • Time Inc. to Cut $100 Million; Extensive Layoffs Are Expected (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/29/2009 4:03:37 PM PDT · by abb · 61 replies · 1,696+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 29, 2009 | Stephanie Clifford
    Signaling that worse times are ahead for magazines, Time Inc. is expected to announce next week that it will cut $100 million from costs, including another big round of layoffs. The timing is coordinated with parent company Time Warner’s third-quarter earnings announcement, sources said, scheduled for Wednesday morning. Time Inc., the publisher of titles like Time, Fortune, and People, has already cut costs dramatically: a year ago, it announced it was dismissing 6 percent of its work force, or about 600 people. That was apparently not enough to make up for revenue declines. The $100 million in costs is expected...
  • Time Inc. will be serving layoffs for holidays (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/28/2009 6:39:33 AM PDT · by abb · 73 replies · 2,030+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 28, 2009 | Keith J. Kelley
    Time Inc. is bracing for another round of cutbacks. Sources say the layoffs will be most severe in the division that includes Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Time and Money, and will be carried out before the Thanksgiving break. Since many of the old-line titles at Time Inc. are covered by union contracts with the Newspaper Guild, the company will likely have to offer voluntary buyout options as part of the downsizing. Time is running out if it hopes to complete the layoffs and write off the costs in the fourth quarter. Ann Moore, CEO of Time Inc., personally took over supervision...
  • Time Warner to cut Time Inc jobs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/23/2009 5:20:26 AM PDT · by abb · 22 replies · 793+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 22, 2009 | Robert MacMillan and Dhanya Skariachan
    Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N) magazine division Time Inc plans another round of job cuts as advertising declines erode revenue, a source familiar with the unit said on Thursday. The job cuts at Time Inc -- which publishes Time magazine, People, Sports Illustrated and Fortune -- would be at about the same level as the division cut last year, the source said. Time Inc. cut more than 600 positions, or more than 6 percent of its workforce, in that round. The company declined to comment, though a spokesman for Fortune magazine separately said that it plans to shave the number of...
  • Bloomberg buys Business Week for a Song (BW almost had to pay - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/13/2009 7:05:56 PM PDT · by abb · 12 replies · 624+ views
    All Things Digital ^ | October 13, 2009 | Peter Kafka
    What’s one of the biggest names in magazine publishing worth? These days, maybe $5 million, plus debt. That’s the high end of the range Bloomberg will be paying for BusinessWeek, reports BusinessWeek, which has done an excellent job of covering its sale. Can’t call this one a surprise, as Bloomberg has reportedly been the lead bidder for some time now. BusinessWeek employees spent most of the day waiting for an announcement to that effect, and finally heard one, via Bloomberg’s wire service, shortly after 5 pm EDT. Shortly after, BusinessWeek Editor Stephen J. Adler gathered his troops for an informal...
  • Just How Much Did Conde Nast Lose? (09 Rev Minus $1 Billion - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/08/2009 12:29:17 PM PDT · by abb · 21 replies · 733+ views
    Newsweek ^ | October 8, 2009 | Johnnie L. Roberts
    After months of speculation, the carnage came to Condé Nast earlier this week. The company, one of the nation's three biggest magazine publishers, announced it would close four magazines, including Gourmet, one of the industry's most iconic publications. A NEWSWEEK analysis of industry data provides new evidence of the financial toll that drove that decision: based on estimates of publishing data, Condé Nast could see its ad revenue drop by $1 billion in 2009. Through August, ad dollars already have plunged by about $600 million from the similar eight-month period in 2008 when revenues also were depressed. Of Condé Nast's...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    10/02/2009 8:21:19 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 167 replies · 3,198+ views
    10/02/09 | MplsSteve
    OK everyone, it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey. I always ask this because I consider most Freepers to be extremely well-read, possibly some of the more well-read groups on the Web. What you are currently reading can be anything - a technical journal, an NY Times bestseller, a classic novel, in short anything. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm reading this thread". It became un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading "The Approaching Fury: Voices Of The Storm (1820-1861) by Stephen Oates. This book covers the major controversies and...
  • Cuts Meet a Culture of Spending at Condé Nast (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/28/2009 6:31:39 AM PDT · by abb · 34 replies · 743+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 27, 2009 | Stephanie Clifford
    A three-month McKinsey & Company project advising the publisher how to reduce costs is drawing to a close, and several magazines have been told to cut about 25 percent from their budgets. The company’s editors and publishers have already been under pressure to reduce costs this year, as advertising has plunged, and Condé Nast has closed two magazines in 2009, Domino and Condé Nast Portfolio. But cost-cutting at Condé Nast is not quite like cost-cutting at other publishers. For example, on Oct. 13, the men’s magazine GQ will host a party in Washington to promote its list of powerful capital...
  • Crawford says Time Warner will sell magazine unit (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/26/2009 2:29:14 PM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 766+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | September 26, 2009 | Jessica Wohl
    Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX - News) will eventually sell the Time Inc magazine unit and could buy holdings in its core entertainment category, Gordon Crawford, managing director of its largest shareholder, said during a presentation this week. "Time Warner just spun off their cable division, they are going to sell their print division, they are going to spin off AOL and they're just going to be Warner Brothers, HBO and the Turner Networks," said Crawford, managing director of The Capital Group. "Now, they will make acquisitions ... but they're probably going to buy just stuff in their wheel house of...
  • CBS and Pepsi bring video ads to printed page

    08/19/2009 6:45:16 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 11 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | August 19 2009 | Kenneth Li
    CBS and Pepsi bring video ads to printed page
  • For Publishing Companies and Their Suppliers, a Surge in Bankruptcies (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/19/2009 6:28:31 AM PDT · by abb · 16 replies · 1,116+ views
    FolioMag.com ^ | August 18, 2009 | Matt Kinsman and Jason Fell and Vanessa Voltolina
    With annual revenue of more than $2 billion, the Reader’s Digest Association may be the largest magazine publisher to ever file for bankruptcy. But it probably won’t be the last this year. The private-equity frenzy of the past decade, combined with the unprecedented downturn, has caught up with the industry. So far in recent months, supplier companies including distributor Source Interlink and printer Quebecor World filed for protection, and publishers including the newspaper giant (and owner of Connecticut magazine) Journal Register Co. and Cygnus Business Media have as well. Summit Business Media is said to be in the process of...
  • Now Read This -- Magazines aren't dead ... at least not all of them. A look at a few page turners.

    08/11/2009 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies · 736+ views
    Newsweek ^ | August 10, 2009 | Johnnie L. Roberts
    This has been a plague year for magazines. Several periodicals have closed: Conde Nast Portfolio, Domino, Blender. McGraw-Hill has put BusinessWeekup for sale. As we speak, McKinsey & Co. consultants are prowling the halls of glossy and glamorous high-brow publisher Conde Nast (Vogue, Vanity Fair, TheNew Yorker) in search of cost cuts. Early targets include newspaper subscriptions and chauffeured cars. The remaining magazines have gone on a diet. Among the 243 magazines tracked by the Publishers Information Bureau, ad pages plunged 28 percent in the first half of 2009 from the first half of 2008. This week, industry forecaster Veronis...
  • Spinning in the Grave - The three biggest reasons music magazines are dying (dinosaur Big Media)

    07/30/2009 11:04:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 64 replies · 1,530+ views
    Slate ^ | July 28, 2009 | Jonah Weiner
    ...Some of the problems that have beset music magazines are familiar from discussions about the publishing industry's woes in general: Readership's down, advertising's down, the old guard has been slow in adapting to the Internet. But like newspapers and shelter titles, music magazines have proven especially vulnerable. ...leave aside the question of whether Blender and Vibe somehow deserved their undoing... and whether Rolling Stone and Spin deserve their present difficulties.... 1. There are fewer superstars, and the same musicians show up on every magazine cover. Say Beyoncé—or Kanye, or Kelly Clarkson, or any of the few musical acts that still...
  • Time Warner Earnings Fall 34% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/30/2009 6:31:35 AM PDT · by abb · 21 replies · 807+ views
    The Street.com ^ | July 29, 2009 | Joseph Woelfel
    Time Warner (TWX Quote) said second-quarter earnings fell 34% to $519 million, or 43 cents a share, from $792 million, or 66 cents a share, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings of 45 cents topped the estimates of analysts of 37 cents a share as surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue in the quarter fell 9% to $6.8 billion. At Time Warner's content group, which is made up of the networks, filmed entertainment, publishing and corporate segments, revenue declined 6%. The content division saw adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization rise 4% in the period. The company said it's "on track"...
  • A $65 Billion Advertising Shift? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/22/2009 7:01:36 AM PDT · by abb · 16 replies · 690+ views
    Forbes ^ | July 21, 2009 | Dirk Smillie
    Anthea Stratigos is chief executive of Outsell Inc., a media research and advisory outfit she co-founded in 1998. Its most recent annual marketing study predicts $65 billion will be siphoned away from traditional advertising channels in 2009 and spent instead on companies' own Web sites and Internet marketing. Forbes spoke with Stratigos about where the market is going: Forbes: Even in an age of trillion dollar bailouts, $65 billion is a hefty sum. Can you put this in context? Anthea Stratigos: To scale that, compare the total U.S. TV and cable advertising revenue for 2009, which is about $66 billion....
  • September (Magazine) Ad-Page Tallies Plunge (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/21/2009 4:10:13 PM PDT · by abb · 20 replies · 686+ views
    Advertising Age ^ | July 21, 2009 | Nat Ives
    Is September now the cruelest month? It may very well be for fashion and beauty titles this year. The final tallies for those crucial issues are emerging -- and for almost every one of the titles, results are terrible. Magazines' big hope, and sustaining belief right now, is that the declines stem almost entirely from the recession, not from any long-term shift in consumer or advertiser demand. At Conde Nast, which has built its identity almost as much as its balance sheets around September issues over the years, the recession had better be the main culprit. Ad pages in the...
  • Magazine Ad Pages Tumble 29.4% in Q2 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/11/2009 4:35:38 AM PDT · by abb · 29 replies · 1,060+ views
    Media Daily News ^ | July 10, 2009 | Erik Sass
    The second quarter didn't bring any improvement in the fortunes of consumer magazines, which saw ad pages plunge 29.4% compared to the same period last year, from 60,721 to 42,841, according to the Publisher's Information Bureau. While not completely unexpected, this bad news dims the prospects for recovery later this year. At this rate, 2009 is shaping up to be the worst year for consumer magazines since 1932, when total revenues dropped 30%. Of course it's possible the steep declines in the first half of the year will be offset by smaller losses in the second half, but this becomes...
  • The Newsweekly’s Last Stand (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/16/2009 11:49:58 AM PDT · by abb · 31 replies · 1,627+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | July/August 2009 | Michael Hirschorn
    Newsweek’s recent decision to get out of the news-digesting business and reposition itself as a high-end magazine selling in-depth commentary and reportage follows Time magazine’s emergency retrenchment along similar lines. It accelerates a process by which the 76-year-old weekly will purposely reduce its circulation from 2.7 million to a bit more than half of that. (Its circulation was nearly 3.5 million in 1988.) Likewise, Time’s circulation, which 20 years ago was close to 5 million, is now at 3.4 million. Both newsweeklies are seeking to avoid the fate of U.S. News & World Report, which after years (decades?) of semi-relevance...
  • Time Warner: Is it Time to Dump TIME Inc.? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/12/2009 7:12:04 AM PDT · by abb · 40 replies · 795+ views
    Business Week ^ | June 11, 2009 | Jon Fine
    By announcing plans—finally—to spin off AOL, Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeffrey Bewkes has dealt with one longtime problem child. But another remains in the fold, one that complicates matters by lending its name to the corporate moniker. What to do with Time Inc.? It's America's largest magazine group, posting operating income last year of $779 million on revenue of $4.6 billion, and it owns titles as important to consumers and advertisers as People, Fortune (a BusinessWeek competitor), In Style, and Sports Illustrated. But these days "largest magazine group" is not a description you want appended to your company. Time Inc.'s...
  • Time Warner’s Next Spin-Off: Time Inc? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/03/2009 7:17:45 AM PDT · by abb · 47 replies · 876+ views
    All Things Digital ^ | June 2, 2009 | Peter Kafka
    Time Warner (TWX) has yet to dispose of AOL, but there’s lots of sotto voce chatter about CEO Jeff Bewkes’ next move. Last month, I reported that people familiar with Bewkes’ thinking believe he’s planning on selling off the company’s namesake Time Inc. publishing unit in 2010. Today, Pali Capital analyst Rich Greenfield picks up the torch. From a note published this morning, where the analyst raised his estimates and target price for the stock: “Unlike many of its media peers, we believe Jeff Bewkes and the Time Warner Board of Directors have no emotional attachment to the assets within...
  • A Magazine Devoted to Print Is Moving to the Web (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/25/2009 5:46:15 AM PDT · by abb · 15 replies · 665+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 25, 2009 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    It’s no secret that as they struggle financially, newspapers and magazines are doing some radical cost-cutting, like abandoning paper for a purely digital future. So it makes sense that the same would apply to a magazine about newspapers, supported by newspapers. Last week, subscribers to Presstime, the monthly magazine of the Newspaper Association of America, received, along with the new issue, a letter informing them that it was the last hard copy they would see. Presstime, its staff already much reduced, will continue on the association’s Web site. “No one wanted to close down Presstime,” John F. Sturm, president and...
  • Backward Runs 'Newsweek' (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/22/2009 7:45:42 AM PDT · by abb · 28 replies · 1,476+ views
    The New Republic ^ | May 21, 2009 | Michael Kinsley
    Having recently been dumped by Time, I naturally had great hopes for this week's much-anticipated makeover of Newsweek. Both surviving newsmags (US News is said to exist still in some form, but no one I know has seen it lately) are in an Internet panic like that affecting newspapers. Newsweek has always been a bit faster on its feet. But judging from its first issue, the new Newsweek is not going to be the instrument of my revenge, alas. In his editor's letter--one of many traditional newsmagazine features that have survived the scythe of change--Jon Meacham says, "We are not...
  • A Smaller But Better Newsweek? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/18/2009 3:47:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,068+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    Jon Meacham admits it is hard to explain, even to his own people, why chopping Newsweek's circulation in half is a good thing. 'It's hugely counterintuitive,' the magazine's editor says. 'The staff doesn't understand it.' That step -- along with a redesigned, revamped publication that hits newsstands today -- may well determine whether the 76-year-old newsmagazine survives. Newsweek will concentrate on two things -- reporting and argument -- while kissing off any recap of the week's developments. Time has been gravitating in that direction as well. But Newsweek, owned by The Washington Post Co., is accelerating the process because it...
  • Struggling magazine Paste asks readers for donations (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/14/2009 7:45:16 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies · 237+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 13, 2009 | STEVE VISSER
    The trendy magazine Paste is asking its 205,000 readers to donate at least a dollar each to make up for slumping ad sales that are driving the Decatur-based publication out of business. Paste Editor-in-Chief Josh Jackson said he needs donations in “the low six figures” to safely keep the magazine devoted to music, film and culture afloat. “We have been trying to cut costs but apparently not fast enough,” Jackson said Wednesday. “We’re at the point where we have to go to the readers for a little help. We hope it will be a one-time thing.” He said the Paste...
  • Magazines Killed By The Crash

    05/03/2009 10:56:47 PM PDT · by FromLori · 21 replies · 890+ views
    Start Slideshow → → → Or skip ahead: Condé Nast's Portfolio PC Magazine Blender Domino Oprah At Home Jane Magazine Arena Men's Vogue 02138 Radar Plenty House & Garden Page Six Magazine Play, NYT Sports Magazine DNR CosmoGirl Culture + Travel Travel + Leisure Golf King Teen People Genre Hallmark Magazine Atlanta Peach Magazine CottageLiving Home Town&Country Travel
  • Are magazines doomed, too? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/28/2009 5:34:00 AM PDT · by abb · 65 replies · 1,030+ views
    Buzz Machine ^ | April 27, 2009 | Jeff Jarvis
    Condé Nast folds Portfolio even as it starts Wired in print in the U.K. So which are we to take as the harbinger for the future of magazines? I hate to be calling doom for yet another medium, but I fear that Portfolio is the better indicator. We’ll see magazines fold and it’s going to be a lot riskier to start new ones to replace them — riskier because, just as on TV and in movies and music, it’s harder to create a blockbuster and consumer magazines depend on the blockbuster economy. Magazines don’t make money until they hit magic...
  • Magazine Ad Pages Decline Almost 26% in First Quarter (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/16/2009 5:39:04 AM PDT · by abb · 24 replies · 762+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 16, 2009 | Stephanie Clifford
    Magazine advertising pages fell almost 26 percent in the first quarter, according to Publishers Information Bureau data released late Tuesday, signaling a difficult beginning to what is expected to be a dismal advertising year. Only 15 magazines tracked by the bureau had more ad pages this quarter than they did in the period a year ago. Those included the National Journal, up 42.1 percent to 185 pages, and Fitness, up 28 percent to 199 pages. In a sign of just how difficult the magazine business is at the moment, the title that posted the second-biggest gain in the report was...
  • Cover Girl Michelle Obama Doesn't Always Deliver (No one buying her cover magazines)

    04/07/2009 8:07:33 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 108 replies · 4,674+ views
    Mediaworks ^ | 6 April 2009 | Nat Ives and Marissa Miley
    Magazines Fuss Over First Lady, but Newsstand Sales Are Mixed NEW YORK -- Vogue's March cover story on Michelle Obama called her "The First Lady the World's Been Waiting For." No doubt she's been embraced by the media world, appearing on cover after cover, from Us Weekly to Newsweek. But when it comes to sales, Ms. Obama may not yet be general-interest magazines' new Princess Diana, who regularly helped the industry sell more copies at newsstands. A Michelle Obama cover doesn't hurt a general-interest magazine, the numbers suggest, but it doesn't produce more than an occasional lift either. New York...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    03/30/2009 6:47:37 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 222 replies · 5,054+ views
    3/30/09 | MplsSteve
    OK everyone, it's time for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now" survey. I do this to gauge what Freepers are reading these days. Amongst many Internet sites, I find Freepers to be some of the most well-read. It can be anything...an old classic, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal, etc. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm reading this post". It became extraordinarily un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm two pages into "Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanmo Bay" by Gordon Cucullu. It looks to be quite interesting. Barack Obama...
  • A shameless, and obviously well-deserved, plug for Garden & Gun

    02/14/2009 5:25:22 AM PST · by Jacvin · 38 replies · 1,066+ views
    SunSentinel ^ | February 13th, 2009 | Jack Furnari
    When a liberal progressive friend of mine asked me to subscribe to a few magazines for her daughter's Girl Scout troop I was pleased to re-subscribe to the print version of the National Review. The magazine is like having an old friend over the house for a couple of cognacs. I have been reading it since my early 20s, so it's comfortable but rarely surprising. My wife, on the other hand ordered a relatively new magazine called Garden & Gun: Soul of the New South, and it is the coolest little magazine I've seen in years. Garden & Gun is...
  • Newsweek Plans Makeover to Fit a Smaller Audience (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/09/2009 4:40:49 AM PST · by abb · 64 replies · 1,260+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 9, 2009 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    When US Airways Flight 1549 glided safely onto the Hudson River last month, Newsweek did what news organizations have done for more than a century — it sent reporters and photographers to the scene. Considerable effort yielded a modest article on Newsweek’s Web site, and nothing in the printed magazine. If a similar episode happens six months from now, editors say, Newsweek probably will not even bother. Newsweek is about to begin a major change in its identity, with a new design, a much smaller and, it hopes, more affluent readership, and some shifts in content. The venerable newsweekly’s ingrained...
  • The Popular Newsweekly Becomes a Lonely Category (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/17/2009 12:40:08 AM PST · by abb · 47 replies · 932+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 17, 2009 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    And then there was one. Not long ago, three truly mass-market newsmagazines came out every week to tell Americans about world and national events, and it was a hugely lucrative business. Media empires were built on the idea. But with readers and ads melting away, and more media outlets available to get the same information faster, U.S. News & World Report took itself out of that competition in 2008, and Newsweek may be poised to step back from it this year, leaving Time as the one playing something closest to the traditional newsweekly game, and making money at it. snip...
  • Mag Ad Pages Drop 17.2% In Q4 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/14/2009 4:53:27 AM PST · by abb · 27 replies · 552+ views
    Media Daily News ^ | January 14, 2009 | Erik Sass
    As expected, 2008 wrapped up on a spectacularly sour note for consumer magazines, as the recession pummeled ad pages across the board. According to figures released by the Publishers Information Bureau Tuesday, total ad pages fell a remarkable 17.2% in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007; that's equal to about 13,000 ad pages. For 2008 overall, magazines suffered an 11.7% decline compared to 2007 (and that's on top of a 1% decline in 2007 compared to 2006). First, the scarce good news, which mostly graced newer titles. Ad pages at Rodale's Bestlife, the relatively...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    01/06/2009 8:48:33 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 235 replies · 2,911+ views
    1/06/09 | MplsSteve
    Hi everyone! And a Happy New Year as well! ity's time for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. I do this to gauge what Freepers (who by the way, are a very well-read group) are reading right now. It can be anything...a best seller, a technical journal, an old classic, even a trashy pulp novel. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm Reading This Thread". It became very unfunny a long time ago. Serious replies only, please. I'll start. I'm about 5 pages into "One Day In September" by Simon Reeve. It's about the disaster involving...
  • Person of the Year 2008: Barack Obama (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/17/2008 5:15:05 AM PST · by abb · 68 replies · 1,163+ views
    TIME ^ | December 17, 2008 | Staff
    ou probably sat in a fancier conference room the last time you refinanced or heard a pitch about life insurance. There's a table, some off-brand mesh office chairs, a bookcase that looks as if it had been put together with an Allen wrench and instructions in Swedish. To reach this room, you pass through a cubicle farm lightly populated by quiet young people. Either they have just arrived or they are just leaving, because their desks are almost bare. The place has a vaguely familiar feel to it, this air of transient shabbiness and nondescriptitude. You can't quite put your...
  • Time up for 'Time' magazine in Canada (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/12/2008 7:44:50 AM PST · by abb · 39 replies · 1,309+ views
    Financial Post ^ | December 10, 2008 | Grant Surridge
    The Canadian version of Time magazine is being axed, a spokesperson for the company that publishes it confirmed Wednesday. "Due to the challenging economic climate and recent Time Inc. restructuring, Time is eliminating its Canadian advertiser edition immediately after publication of the 12/29 issue. Moving forward, readers and advertisers in Canada will be served by TIME's U.S. Edition," said Ali Zelenko in an emailed statement. Time Inc. has published a Canadian edition of its flagship magazine for over 60 years, although the current version no longer carries any Canadian editorial content. A source at the company said that decision will...
  • Newsweek Mulls Dramatic Drop in Circulation (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/09/2008 3:08:32 PM PST · by abb · 42 replies · 1,086+ views
    FolioMag.com ^ | December 9, 2008 | Dylan Stableford and Bill Mickey
    Facing increased costs of postage and maintaining its circulation, Newsweek has been quietly considering a drop its circulation guarantee by a million copies or more, FOLIO: has learned. Executives at Newsweek began discussing a rate base rollback as early as this summer, according to a pair of sources familiar with these discussions. Both sources say that the magazine is considering slashing up to 1.6 million copies from Newsweek’s current rate base of 2.6 million, which would put the magazine’s rate base at 1 million. Newsweek declined to comment. “A million [rate base] was the extreme,” said the source. But, as...
  • Condemned: Time Inc. Shutters 'Cottage Living' (More Magazines Closing Shop)

    11/19/2008 7:09:37 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 54 replies · 1,199+ views
    Media Post ^ | 11-19-2008 | Erik Sass
    Condemned: Time Inc. Shutters 'Cottage Living' by Erik Sass, Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008 The shelter magazine category is starting to look more like the rubble category, with Time Inc.'s announcement late Tuesday that it is closing Cottage Living after the November-December issue, currently on newsstands. The magazine's Web site is also shutting down. The magazine's demise, following close on the heels of several other big magazines, suggests that the shakeout in the magazine industry is only beginning. The latest news is bad, but not surprising. The shelter category was one of the first to feel the effects of the current...
  • Skinny models in ads don't sell

    11/19/2008 5:53:45 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 55 replies · 7,573+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 19 Nov., 2008 | ANI
    LONDON: The golden rule of advertising - thin models lure more people towards the product - is actually a misconception, claims a new research. The study revealed that skinny models are a ‘turn off’ to consumers in TV commercials and other advertising. According to scientists, images of super-thin models carry no edge in encouraging young women to buy and for the majority of adult women ads showing skinny girls actually discouraged sales whereas plus size models encouraged them to buy, the study found. To reach the conclusion, the study psychologist Phillippa Diedrichs, of the University of Queensland, Australia, created a...