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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
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...