American Society of Magazine Editors

Friday, February 10, 2017

Taking Risks and Moving Forward: More Lessons from AMMC 2017
Technology, quality content, and risk-taking were the top lessons from this year's American Magazine Media Conference.
Heads of Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith and Time Inc. Talk Data in Age of Disruption
“I think the businesses that got disrupted first are in a good position,” David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, said Wednesday during a panel at the American Magazine Media Conference in New York. The heads of Conde Nast, Meredith, Time Inc. and Rodale said they already see opportunity as the wave of disruption hits the next set of old media. “You are watching the wheels come off the TV model,” Carey added. Magazines have an advantage in retaining paying subscribers, with averages around 60% after a trial subscription and 70% after the first year. “That’s better than any OTT service,” he said.
Big-Five Executives Tout Strong Brands, Consumer Trust at AMMC
Greg Dool writes "If last year's magazine industry Davos summit — the annual panel at AMMC featuring the top brass at Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rodale, and Time Inc. — was about seizing magazine media's moment of disruption, this year's iteration took on an unapologetically celebratory tone, a showcase of all the ways the magazine industry's largest stakeholders are embracing its new realities with gusto."
Magazine Industry Honors Chuck Townsend with Lifetime Achievement Award
Glamour’s Cindi Leive presented the former Condé Nast chairman with the Magazine and Publisher’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Covering Trump Proves Challenging for Magazine Editors
At this year’s 2017 American Magazine Media Conference (AMMC), held Wednesday in New York City, a panel of editors discussed journalistic standards in a world riddled with fake news: The panel included Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly; Jane Francisco, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping and editorial director of Hearst Lifestyle Group; Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour; Adam Moss, editor-in-chief of New York; and Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Meredith Parents Network.
How Magazine Editors Steer Clear of Fake News Stories: Reactions from the Trenches at the AMMC Conference
Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, says he and his team are “always on alert for fake news since it happens 24/7. The last thing you want to be doing in this climate is giving the White House something to call you out on.”
Media Conference Revisits Nixon's Infamous Interview
Film director Ron Howard interviewed with New Yorker Editor in Chief David Remnick, and showed a clip from the director’s movie based on the famous 1977 interview of Richard Nixon by British talk-show host David Frost.
Mother Jones Is Named Magazine of the Year
Christopher Mele wrote: "Mother Jones was named magazine of the year on Tuesday for finding “new ways to engage audiences and continue its practice of fearless journalism,” the sponsors of the National Magazine Awards announced."
New York Times: Here Are "Our" Stories That Won the Biggest Awards in the Magazine World
The New York Times Magazine won three National Magazine Awards on Tuesday, tying New York Magazine for the most awards for any publication this year.
So Called "Radical Subversive" Magazines Dominate the Ellie Awards
Mother Jones won for reporting for Shane Bauer’s “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” Sarah Gray Miller, editor-in-chief of Modern Farmer won for General Excellence, special interest, and Pacific Standard won for photography.
Janice Min’s Future a Hot Topic at National Magazine Awards
Keith Kelly writes that there is "speculation that Hollywood executives — who got to know her abilities first-hand as she covered the town — may offer her some sort of studio job."
Oprah to Cruise with Holland America As Part of New Partnership
Holland America and O, The Oprah Magazine, on Thursday announced a new partnership that will include a cruise to Alaska with the media mogul, actress and longtime talk show host.
IBT Media Debuts Newsweek Events Business
IBT Media is launching an events business aimed at addressing issues facing global businesses and consumers. Called Newsweek Events, the venture is an addition to the company’s branded content platform and and its properties, Newsweek and International Business Times. The conferences and events will focus on finance, science, technology and sustainability.
Women’s Health March Cover Star Appears on Late Night TV
Women’s Health March cover star, Gabrielle Union, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel live discussing her cover and the magic of squats.
More on Vanity Fair, New Yorker Cancel Annual Parties in Trump's First Year
Tiger Beat Editor Recalls Those John Stamos Days
Research Shows Most Publishers Don't Have a Plan to Address Distributed Content
Sign of the Times: More Local Newspapers Closing
Alliance for Audited Media, Boston Consulting Group, CDS Global, FTI Consulting, Chartbeat, CMG, GfK MRI, Google, MediaRadar, min, PIB, Publishers Press, Quad, Social Flow, Texture, Vindicia, West Linn, and Zinio.
MPA–The Association of Magazine Media has released its 2016/17 Magazine Media Factbook today, the definitive source of magazine media research. Since 1985, MPA has been compiling and packaging the most compelling and comprehensive facts and figures around magazine media. Derived from third-party sources and MPA’s own research and data collection, the new Factbook has nearly 100 pages of current and useful information. “Nothing informs a discussion better than solid data,” said MPA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Thomas Brooks, “and the 2016/17 Magazine Media Factbook has plenty of conversation starters. The research continues to show that magazine media is the most trusted, inspiring and influential of all media, and several new studies provide even more proof of magazine media’s unique ability to drive sales.”
May 22 - 24, 2017
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The Undefeated, ESPN’s multimedia content platform focused on the intersection of sports, race and culture, today revealed “The Undefeated 44” – a list of living and past African Americans with extraordinary accomplishments and contributions who are symbols of pride and aspiration.
“The Undefeated 44” was compiled by a panel of editors, senior writers, contributors and other stakeholders at The Undefeated as part of its month-long Black History Month content initiative. The list was limited to 44 as a tribute to the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama – the first African-American president.
 “The Undefeated 44” covers a broad spectrum of African American experiences in the United States – pioneers, dreamers, innovators and geniuses.