American Society of Magazine Editors

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

National Magazine Awards Focus on Social and Political Issues
“New York and The New Yorker each won three awards: (Host and CNN anchor) Don Lemon framed magazines as leaders of a broader struggle for social change and extolled all journalists as “news people” regardless of what they cover. “I mean, Cosmo is telling their readers how to run for office,” he said to applause. “Teen Vogue rallied students to be activists — amazing! Grown-up Vogue is interpreting the political messages of white suits and black dresses. Even Bicycling is tackling police brutality.” writes Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke at WWD.
New York and The New Yorker Dominate Ellie Awards Once Again
The National Magazine Awards highlighted 104 finalists across 20 categories: -Greg Dool reports “The big winners this year, like in so many previous years (and not undeservedly so), were New York, which took home three wins among ten nominations, and The New Yorker, which also won three awards, among eight nominations. Apart from Moss and Remnick, the guest of honor was Metropolitan Home, Saveur, and Garden Design founding editor Dorothy Kalins, who joins the likes of Tina Brown, Graydon Carter, Hugh Hefner, and Gloria Steinem in the now 29-member Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.
Ellie Awards Honor Magazines Exploring Opioid Epidemic, Terrorism, International Crises
Melynda Fuller reports " Receiving the awards of General Excellence were four publications: The New Yorker, for News, Sports and Entertainment, its seventh general excellence ASME; T: The New York Times Style Magazine, for Service and Lifestyle, a first for the publication; and second-time winners San Francisco, for Special Interest, and Aperture, for Literature, Science and Politics. The New Yorker also won the award for Public Interest for Ronan Farrow’s coverage of Harvey Weinstein and the award for Feature Photography for Philip Montgomery’s photo-essay “Faces of an Epidemic,” which covered the opioid epidemic in Ohio.”
Weinstein Exposés Win Big at National Magazine Awards
The New York Post's Keith Kelly writes "The New Yorker also won an award, known as an Ellie, for feature photography for “Faces of an Epidemic,” about the opioid crisis in Ohio — photographed by Philip Montgomery — and for General Excellence in News, Sports and Entertainment."
Magazine World’s Ellie Awards Honor Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein Probes As New Yorker, New York and GQ Win Big
In a lunchtime ceremony hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon, the 53rd annual Ellies (known for the elephant-shaped statuettes that go to the winners) recognized four magazines for General Excellence. Those top prizes went to The New Yorker (its seventh General Excellence win); T, the New York Times Style Magazine, San Francisco and photography title Aperture.
The New Yorker and Its Harvey Weinstein Exposé Win Big at National Magazine Awards
TIME magazine and Mic received an Ellie for Video for their powerful series on “Life After Opioid Addiction.” The New Yorker also won an award for Feature Photography for its series “Faces of an Epidemic,” which focused on the same issue.
Elle.com Launches "Fired-Up," Explores Women's Rage, Political Action Nationwide
Yesterday, it was reported that a group of 180 female executives from the advertising world would join forces for Time’s Up/Advertising, partnering with Time’s Up, formed by women in the entertainment world. Also, Vice has hired A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc as CEO to replace cofounder/CEO Shane Smith, following the media company’s pledge to foster a more welcoming workplace for women.
Magazine Audience Shifts Platforms, But Holds Steady.
The greatest growth came from video, up +13.0%, a trend that has been consistent in recent years as magazine brands invest in this platform. The January 2018 Print+Digital audience remains essentially flat, down -1.7%, versus January 2017. The web (desktop/laptop) audience continues to decline, -5.5%, as people migrate to mobile, although that shift appears to be leveling off, the association says.
Allrecipes, Hidden Valley Team for AmazonFresh Integration
“Our partnership with AmazonFresh changed the game for millions of home cooks. Making the technology available to our brand partners is the next important step in changing the way home cooks discover, plan and shop for their meals,” stated Corbin de Rubertis, vice president of digital innovation at the digital arm of Allrecipes parent company, Meredith Corp.
National Geographic Race Issue Explores Magazine's History, Diversity in America
Sara Guaglione writes "The Race Issue includes a story on how scientific ideas of race originated, as well as a letter from National Geographic’s editor in chief Susan Goldberg admitting to the magazine’s historically racist coverage of the world, and a feature documenting black men getting stopped by police while driving."
Conde Nast's Names Karthic Bala First Chief Data Officer
Previously head of data strategy, Bala will continue to focus his attention on the data capabilities across the company’s business groups, with a focus on building new data-driven businesses and expanding Conde Nast’s ad supported and consumer revenue streams.
Google Will Prioritize Stories for Paying News Subscribers
"The Alphabet unit will also begin sharing search data that show who’s most likely to buy a subscription, said the people, who asked to be anonymous because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Google executives plan to disclose specific details at an event in New York on March 20, according to the people." Reports Gerry Smith.
3.2 Billion Ads Taken Down by Google in 2017
Google eliminated 3.2 billion "bad ads" from its advertising network during 2017, an increase from the 1.7 billion taken down in 2016, the company reports. The company also blocked 320,000 publishers to "remove the economic incentives for sites to create and spread deceptive content online" and banned 700,000 mobile apps and almost 90,000 websites.
MPA Magazine Media Spotlight: Good Housekeeping's Jackie London Shares the Best Tested Chips for National Potato Chip Day
Good Housekeeping nutrition director and RD Jackie London appeared on The Today Show to share the Best Tested Chips for National Potato Chip Day.
January 2018 Data is Here!
Today MPA released the January 2018 Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report revealing that Total Audience is steady compared to January a year ago (-0.5%) for the 118 magazine brands in the analysis. The greatest growth came from Video (+13.0%), a trend that has been consistent in recent years as magazine brands invest in this platform. The January 2018 Print+Digital audience remains essentially flat (-1.7%) versus January 2017. The Web (Desktop/Laptop) audience continues to decline (-5.5%) as people migrate to Mobile, although that shift appears to be leveling off.
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