American Society of Magazine Editors

Thursday, May 24, 2018

April Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report Data Is Here: Total Audience up +2.5% Versus April 2017
The April Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report shows that Total Audience is up +2.5% versus April 2017 for the 119 magazine brands in the analysis. Both Mobile Web (+9.9%) and Video (+26.5%) are reporting six-month highs. The Print+Digital audience (-1.7%) remains stable, consistent with the five months prior since GfK MRI Fall 2017 was released. Web (Desktop/Laptop) audience (-4.7%) is continuing downward trend as audiences favor other platforms, however, the declines are slowing, and are far less severe than for 2017 year-to-date which showed double-digit percentage drops in the Web audiences.
Ohio State Alumni Q&A: Linda Thomas Brooks
Before joining MPA in January 2016, Brooks was co-founder and president of GearDigital, a data-driven integrated agency. Throughout her career, Brooks has developed media and marketing strategies for well-known brands and companies such as General Motors, GEICO, Johnson & Johnson and The American Cancer Society. She is still involved with The Ohio State University through serving in advisory roles for the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program and the College of Arts and Sciences. Brooks discusses her experience at The Ohio State University and how it impacted her career.
80 Potential Buyers, Titles for As Much As $200 Million: The Time Inc. Auction Sparks Surprising Hope for the Magazine Business
Joe Pompeo writes "The inside hype around Meredith’s ongoing sale of Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Money is considerable—everyone is “praying” for a Jeff Bezos."
Industrial-Strength Humor: The Power Behind Big Ass Fans
When Ad Age's Drew Neisser asked if any recent initiatives worked well, Big Ass Fans cited their quarterly print magazine: "That may be odd since everything is so digital now but what the magazine does is really put a spotlight on our customers, our company culture and on what sets us apart. Even though we're a B2B fan manufacturer, we have a really engaged audience that loves to read and consume that type of stuff."
Vanity Fair Has Named Elle’s Samira Nasr Executive Fashion Director
“Samira’s discerning eye and creative spirit are an inspiration, and we are delighted to have her on board. Please join me in welcoming her to VF,” Vanity Fair editor in chief Radhika Jones said in an announcement that went out to staff Wednesday morning.
Penthouse May Be Bought by High Times Suitor
Adam Levin, whose Oreva Capital agreed to buy High Times in mid-2017, formed a company called Dream Media Corp., which took over a secured 2-year-old $10 million loan to Penthouse that was in default. It is believed there are several other potential suitors. Levin’s bid is said to come in at $3 million at auction, sources said.
Associate Member Spotlight: Port Hawkesbury Paper
Tom Gallagher, President,Port Hawkesbury Paper takes on four questions: "At Port Hawkesbury Paper, we believe in the power and value of paper and print." He added, "Our goal is to provide a steady supply of North American made paper to our customers to help manage any fluctuations and uncertainty in paper supply."
WIRED Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News
Nicholas Thompson writes "-THE algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information. Working properly, it nourishes all the crops that different people like to eat. Sometimes, though, it gets diverted entirely to sugar plantations while the wheat fields and almond trees die. Or it gets polluted because Russian trolls and Macedonian teens toss in LSD tablets and dead raccoons..."
Magazine Media Spotlight: The Good Housekeeping Kitchen of the Future
Good Housekeeping Institute’s chief technologist, Rachel Rothman, and senior editor & kitchen product analyst, Betty Gold, appeared on FOX 5 NY to talk about high-tech kitchen products and tour the Good Housekeeping Kitchen of the Future.
This Simple Print Ad Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Save Lives
Grey Group created "life-saving hack' in Poland: The agency masterminded a partnership between the National Fire Service of Poland, and major Polish retailers Pepco, Lewiatan and Zlote Tarasy to promote what is described in the case study as a simple "life-saving hack"--that if you hold a piece of paper over a properly working vent in your apartment, the pressure will make it stick. If it doesn't stick, it could be malfunctioning--a potential cause of carbon monoxide poisoning--and you need to get it checked out.
In Australia: Rebel Wilson's Response To Fans Saying Her Magazine Cover Was Photoshopped Is Truly Epic
Rebel Wilson is on the new cover of Vogue Australia, and she’s totally basking in all the glory that comes with being a cover girl. Unfortunately, some people on social media aren’t exactly enthusiastic about how her cover looks and they’re suggesting Wilson’s entire look was altered in some way...

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2018 – Independent publishing executives will convene for the Annual IMAG Conference hosted by MPA – The Association of Magazine Media at the Taj Hotel in Boston on June 13-14. The event is chaired by Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, CEO and publisher, MIT Technology Review; David Nussbaum, CEO and chairman of the board, America’s Test Kitchen; and Jamie Trowbridge, president and CEO, Yankee Publishing.

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June 13 - 14, 2018
Taj Hotel