American Society of Magazine Editors

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Postal Rate Fight Continues As Publishers Battle USPS "Stupidity Tax"
" 'Told you so. Now don’t try to slap us with a Stupidity Tax.' That, in essence, is the magazine industry’s response to the U.S. Postal Service’s latest attempt to jack up postal rates for publishers. For the past decade, changes in publishers’ average postal rates have been limited to the rate of inflation." writes D. Eadward Tree.
Condé Nast Is Hiring a Snapchat Team to Crank Out More Discover Content
WIRED, GQ and Self get channels: After inking a deal with Snapchat to create stories—the strings of photos and videos curated at venues—around events like Vanity Fair’s Oscar party in October 2015 and setting up a permanent Discover channel for Vogue, the New York publisher is making a bigger bet on mobile content.
Meredith Falls Short of Time Inc's Deal Price Expectations – Sources
Lauren Hirsch and Jessica Toonkel report: "...Meredith Corp has made a preliminary acquisition offer to Time Inc that fell short of the price expectations of the publisher of Sports Illustrated and Fortune magazines, according to people familiar with the matter."
Vanity Fair Is Planning a Digital Paywall
Daniel Roberts writes "The new move comes after the Conde Nast title saw its web traffic and digital revenue go up recently. Adweek reported that’s 14 million monthly unique visitors last October was up 27% over a year before. And its digital revenue was up 74% year over year."
The New Yorker's Cover Inspires Feminist Meme
"...the cover of The New Yorker’s April 3 issue was interpreted as an inspiring message for women in medicine by thousands of people, who took to social media to spread the message – either by sharing the cover image, or recreating it themselves." Wrote Erik Sass.
Tiffany & Co. to Fete Harper’s Bazaar’s New Book and 150-Year Heritage
Harper's Bazaar and Tiffany will present a 150-year photographic retrospective celebrating the history of fashion at the Rainbow Room: The book, called “Harper’s Bazaar: 150 Years: The Greatest Moments,” showcases the magazine’s most celebrated photographs, covers and 50 text excerpts, including articles, poems and works of fiction by writers, since 1867.
Coastal Living Magazine Celebrates a Milestone – 20 Years of Publishing Success
Coastal Living magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and editor in chief, Steele Marcoux, believes this milestone triumph belongs to the magazine’s most important family members,—its audience. She gives credit to her incredibly talented staff and team of editors, designers, contributors and everyone who make the magazine possible.
Must-Attend Conference for Enthusiast Brands: May 22-24, 2017
Join MPA in Marina del Rey, California for the 13th Annual IMAG Conference, the only event that brings together independent and enthusiast brands to learn, share and connect. With more than 45 case studies, 83+ companies represented, and peer-to-peer networking over 3 days – IMAG 2017 is essential for all indie leaders. See the speaker lineup and register now.
Social Success Discussion and Dinner: Join Us!
Save your seat for dinner and conversation on leveraging quality editorial, branded content and advertiser relationships in an organized and effective way on social media. Hosted by social expert Jim Anderson, CEO, SocialFlow and MPA’s Beth Tighe, VP Marketing. RSVP today, seating limited. April 25, NYC.
Women’s Health Senior Social Media Editor, Amanda Lucci on Optimizing Content for Social Media
Lucci implements the brand’s social strategy, where it has more than 958,000 followers on Instagram alone. One of her focuses is on exploring new social platforms and tools, like Stories.
ELLE Taps Six Models of the Moment for Swimsuit Issue
Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Jasmine Tookes, Candice Huffine, Elsa Hosk and Maria Borges posed for Elle's May issue.
Lori Fromm Returns to Time Inc. As VP, Brand Sales
Time Inc. has announced that Lori Fromm has rejoined the company as VP, Brand Sales, effective immediately. Fromm, who most recently was Head of Integrated Sales & Strategy for Glamour and Self, is now responsible for generating revenue for Time Inc.’s Lifestyle brands, such as Real Simple, Cooking Light, Health, and Cozi across platforms. She reports to Ann Gobel, Vice President, Lifestyle Brand Group.
Pitchfork and Its New York Parent Get New Chicago Digs
Music media company Pitchfork has moved its Chicago staff into new downtown digs, along with some employees of its New York owner, Conde Nast. Pitchfork, which sponsors the Chicago indie music festival of the same name, shifted from Logan Square to the Merchandise Mart last week, taking 15,000 square feet for its 20-employee local staff, plus 17 others working for its publisher parent.
Singer-Songwriter Janelle Monáe Dazzles on the Cover of Marie Claire’s "Fresh Faces" Issue
The other “Fresh Faces” featured with their own covers are actresses Aja Naomi King, Alexandra Daddario, Emily Ratajkowski and Zoey Deutch. This is the fourth year Marie Claire has put out a “Fresh Faces” issue.
Magazine Media Spotlight: Anna Helm Baxter from Woman’s Day on Everything from Doughnut Chicks to Candy Carrots for Easter
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without treats, so Anna Helm Baxter of Woman’s Day magazine appeared on The TODAY Show to demonstrate delicious desserts to cap off your Sunday brunch, including Easter egg cookies, doughnut chicks and candy carrots.
These Martha Stewart-Approved Easter Egg Decorating Ideas Are Almost as Fun to Make as They Are to Marvel At
This year, instead of the go-to double-dipped design, try one of these speckled, swirled and stamped ideas from the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. —And During a Facebook Live cooking demo ( ), Martha Stewart shared her favorite baking recipes from her upcoming book “A New Way to Bake” and featured a drone delivering butter.
Vanessa Hudgens Covers the May Issue of Women's Health
Access Hollywood reveals behind-the-scenes footage with Women’s Health’s May cover star, Vanessa Hudgens and shares how she dropped 20 pounds with exercise and a few diet tweaks.
ASJA 2017 Conference
The American Society of Journalists and Authors will offer 46 panel sessions and workshops (, with 5 editor-centric panels and more than 50 magazine editors, during its 46th annual conference, May 5 to 6 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The conference, chaired by ASME member Estelle Erasmus, provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues, meet editors and learn how to prosper in these challenging times. Register here. (
ASME to Sponsor 2017 Scholarship for the Yale Publishing Course—Deadline Today
Applications are now being accepted for the ASME full-tuition scholarship at the 2017 Yale Publishing Course: Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media. The course will be held July 23-28, 2017, at the Yale School of Management in New Haven, CT. The deadline to apply is today—May 1.
Marketing-Mix Modeling Doesn't Go Far Enough to Solve the Attribution Riddle
Agency Executive on Scarcity of LGBT People in Ads: "People Fear the Bigoted Minority"
Ross Benes: Surprise, Small Publishers Screwed the Most by Net-Neutrality Rules
Snap-To-Shop Ads Hope to Drive Retail Sales
Dear Brands: We're All Publishers Now -- So Behave, Or Else
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Easter wouldn’t be Easter without treats, so Anna Helm Baxter of Woman’s Day magazine appeared on The TODAY Show to demonstrate delicious desserts to cap off your Sunday brunch, including Easter egg cookies, doughnut chicks and candy carrots.