Newsweek to Cut One Issue This Summer

Newsweek cover 2009NEWSWEEK, recently re-designed and re-positioned, has announced that it will publish one less issue this summer.

The title typically skips a week of publication around Christmas, the Fourth of July and in August, printing a double issue to cover each two-week period.  This summer, however, readers will receive two double issues in August, on top of the one in July.

A spokesman for Newsweek said the decision to skip another issue in August was made before the relaunch.  He added that August is “a traditionally slow time” for advertising.

Television Week Moves Editors Online

tvweek.com logoTELEVISION WEEK recently closed down its print issue to focus on its website, TVWeek.com, and has now moved its print editors online.

Deputy editor and columnist Josef Adalian now serves as editor for the online edition although he will leave the company in August 2009 to join online magazine The Wrap.

Former print publisher and editorial director Chuck Ross now serves as managing director for the online edition.

New York-based Tom Gilbert will continue his print executive editor position at the website.

Greg Baumann, who previously served as editor for the print edition, is leaving the company.

PDX Magazine to Close

Editor-in-chief Hollyanna McCollom announced the decision yesterday.

Round-Up of Editor Changes

CONTINENTAL has a new top editor, Ken Beaulieu, kbeaulieu@pohlyco.com. He remains editor of online FUEL magazine.  Beaulieu replaces Gail Harrington, who left the publication but remains with the publisher as editor for VITALCARE magazine.

TURF NEWS has a new managing editor, Lynn Grooms, lgrooms@turfgrasssod.org. She replaces Bob O’Quinn, who has left.

TURF NEWS also has a new editor, Den Gardner, gard2@aol.com.

IN TOUCH WEEKLY has laid off articles director Louise Barile and reporter Franz Garcia-Chon.

Three Canadian Magazines Suspend Operation

FQ MagazineCanadian INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT, FQ and SIR magazines have suspended publication and are for sale.

Geoffrey Dawe, president and owner of the Kontent Group, says if he can’t find a new owner he will permanently close the magazines.  In April 2009, Dawe laid off the majority of Kontent’s staff and announced that he would primarily be using freelancers to produce the company’s magazines.

Research Company Launches First-Ever Ad Ratings for Consumer Magazines

mediamarklogo09Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI) has announced the launch of Admeasure, the advertising industry’s first ad ratings for major consumer magazines.

“Historically, a magazine’s total readership was accepted as a proxy for ad exposure,” said Kathi Love, CEO of MRI.  “But accountability-focused advertisers are demanding more direct measurement of the reach of their ad campaigns.”  AdMeasure claims to measure how many readers actually saw the ad, as well as how many took an action as a result of seeing it.

Find more information here.

Expect Changes as Canadian Transcontinental Gets New Publishing Chief

Transcontinental logoPublisher Transcontinental ( CANADIAN LIVING, HOMEMAKERS, OUTDOOR CANADA) has named Pierre Marcoux as the head of the company’s magazine publishing division, according to the Canadian Magazines blog.

Marcoux is the son of Transcontinental’s executive board chair and founder Rémi Marcoux, and replaces John Clinton, who became general manager of consumer publications at the company just over a year ago.

British Vogue Rings the Alarm over Too Thin Models

The editor of British VOGUE has accused some of the world’s leading catwalk designers of pushing ever thinner models into fashion magazines despite widespread public concern over “size zero” models and rising teenage anorexia.

Alexandra Shulman sent a strongly worded letter to designers in Europe and the United States and accusing them of forcing magazines to hire models with “jutting bones and no breasts or hips” by supplying them with “minuscule” garments for their photo shoots.  She claims that the clothes sent to magazines for use in their photo shoots have become “substantially smaller”.  Having no other way to obtain the new clothes, the magazines must hire models that fit the clothes or fail to cover the latest collections from the leading designers.

British Vogue is now frequently “retouching” photographs to make models look larger, Shulman said.

National Review Asks for Donations in Fundraiser

NATIONAL REVIEW, the conservative magazine, is asking for donations on its website, http://www.nationalreview.com.

The “2009 Webathon” asks readers of the site to make donations via credit card or PayPal.  As part of its plea for funds, NRO editor Kathryn Jean Lopen tells readers, “National Review Online may be free to our readers, but it is very expensive to produce.  (And no, we have not been immune to the toxic effects of this prolonged economic recession.)  To help defray our substantial operating costs, we ask that you be as generous as possible during our summer 2009 fund drive.”

NRO has a number of other revenue streams coming off of its site.  A downloadable digital version of the print magazine is available for $21.95 annually, $8 less than the print subscription.  An online store also offers NRO-branded accessories and article archives.

New Modern Art Collecting Magazine Launches with Guest Editor

Modern magazine coverMODERN magazine will be launched nationwide this month by Brant Publishing, the publisher of INTERVIEW, ART IN AMERICA and MAGAZINE ANTIQUES.

The new magazine “covers all of the facets of collecting modern design, from aesthetics to market conditions, emphasizing information important for any serious collector, as well as material appealing to any fan of design,” the company said.  Each issue is to have a guest editor, working under the guidance of Magazine Antiques editor Elizabeth Pochoda.

The circulation of 50,000 will be poly-bagged with the June issue of Art in America.

Update: Gregory Cerio, modernedit@brantpub.com, has been named editor-in-chief.  He is a former editor at HOUSE & GARDEN.  Jennifer Roberts, modernedit@brantpub.com, is publisher.