Well-known Chicago Poet and Editor Closes Magazine

Ron Offen

Ron Offen

FREE LUNCH: A POETRY MISCELLANY will mail its last issue this month as its long-time editor, 79-year old poet and print publishing advocate, Ron Offen, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Free Lunch cover

Free Lunch cover

Chicagopoetry.com writes that Mr Offen started publishing Free Lunch in 1989 and he soon became famous for giving free subscriptions to it to over 1200 American poets.  He is also known for tirelessly commenting on all work submitted to him, even poetry that he rejected.  “As a poet myself, I know how dispiriting it is to get a printed rejection slip with no indication as to why my work was being rejected.”

The staff has asked writers to not send any further submissions to the magazine.  Those submissions that have been received with return postage will be returned as soon as possible.

Atlantic Media’s Mystery Website Now Has a Managing Editor

Adam Pasick

Adam Pasick

Publisher Atlantic Media (THE ATLANTIC, GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE) has hired Adam Pasick as managing editor of a new digital media brand launching in early 2010 and “targeting global business executives,” per a press release.

This mysterious website came to light about two months ago when the publisher announced that Michael Kinsley, the founding editor of Slate, would serve as editor-in-chief of “a new digital media property launching in early 2010.”  A company spokesperson only admitted that it will be “a separate property under the Atlantic Consumer Media umbrella.”  And, it was not “The Atlantic Wire,” that the magazine then had just launched.  The current press release did not bring any more revelations, so – for now – the mystery continues.

Pasick was previously with Reuters, most recently as US editor of Reuters.com.

General Interest Business Magazine Expands Website Content

Fast Company Dec/Jan 10

Fast Company cover Dec/Jan 10

FAST COMPANY is getting an infusion of cash to freshen up the magazine and flesh out the website.

Owner Joe Mansueto is investing in some new typefaces for the magazine and adding more content to the website with technology channels, aggregated news and a focus on ethonomics (Fast Company’s buzz word for corporate social responsibility).  Editor Bob Safian says the changes are in keeping with the magazine’s mandate to focus on progress and innovation in business.

The general interest business magazine targets entrepreneurial and business people by focusing on articles about creative individuals and organizations driving change in the business world.

The company’s ad sales took a 31% plunge in 2008 and it laid off 20 staffers after merging print and digital functions.  But ad pages are expected to be up by at least 10% in the coming months.  Also, the company hopes to boost circulation through expanded distribution at airports and Barnes & Noble.

Women’s Website Folding Back into Slate

DoubleX logoDoubleX, the women’s web site, is headed back under the Slate umbrella after only six months as a stand-alone.

It was an expansion of Slate’s XX Factor blog and launched in May as an online women’s news and views site, covering politics, culture, parenting, work-life balance and other subjects of interest to women.  Slate, a unit of The Washington Post Company, characterized the move as a business decision that would reduce costs while preserving editorial content.  DoubleX – along with The Big Money about business and finance and The Root about African-American issues – were to help the company move beyond its national affairs coverage.

Publisher Peggy White is leaving the company and two of DoubleX’s three founding editors, Hanna Rosin and Emily Bazelon, will return to manage the project.  PaidContent reports that there will be no layoffs.

One Gay Magazine Closes, Another Opens

Mark's List logo411 magazine, a Florida bar guide, hit the newsstands on November 19 with its last issue.  However, using many of the same employees, another publisher will next week launch MARK’S LIST MAGAZINE, planned as a weekly Florida bar and entertainment guide.

Window Media and Unite Media, the nation’s largest gay newspaper group, shut down on November 16 and plans to file for bankruptcy.  Their holdings included 411 magazine and the South Florida Blade newspaper.

According to Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald, Multimedia Platforms, which co-owns the South Florida-based Mark’s List web site, a gay web site with about 5,000 unique visitors daily, will launch MARK’S LIST MAGAZINE.  Rothaus reported that Bobby Blair, managing partner and founder of Multimedia Platforms, said the company hired many of 411’s employees and will also begin a new biweekly newspaper, as yet unnamed, on November 26 to replace South Florida Blade.

Meredith Wants a Health Magazine

Meredith CorpPublisher Meredith (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, MORE, FAMILY CIRCLE) CEO Stephen Lacy recently spoke at an investor event and confessed he longed for a health magazine.

According to mediapost.com, he said that with Meredith’s sprawling female-targeted magazine portfolio, the company could benefit from a foundation magazine along the lines of PREVENTION or HEALTH.  “What we could use is an anchor brand in women’s health and well-being.”

Any buys might be 12 to 18 months out, after the company has completed paying down its current debt.  But, he said, “there will be some very good properties that will become available.”

What health magazine should Meredith buy?  Let us know.

Businessweek Editorial Lay-Offs Have Begun

BUSINESSWEEK began laying off reporters, editors and columnists this week in preparation for the transfer to new owner, Bloomberg LP, on December 5.

Among those losing their jobs were media columnist Jon Fine, community editor Shirley Brady, 23-year veteran tech writer Stephen Baker, online Innovation Design channel writer Damian Joseph and technology columnist Steve Wildstrom.  Other columnists being let go were Inside Wall Street writer Gene Marcial and longtime Business Outlook columnist Jim Cooper.  Three of the top BW writers, Pete Engardio, Rob Hof and Steve Hamm, are gone.  Michael Mandel, chief economist, is out.  Other casualties include Lauren Young, personal-finance editor; Heather Green, tech reporter; Kenji Hall, Tokyo reporter; Jay Greene, Seattle bureau chief; Dean Foust, Atlanta bureau chief.

The online video news operation headed by James Leone was also bumped, and half of the 18-person copy desk are gone.  Many of the people on the finance team were offered jobs within Bloomberg News, but not with BusinessWeek.

Hamm told Talking Biz News: “I will miss the culture of BusinessWeek, with its smart and collegial people.  I think the acquisition is good for BusinessWeek and for its readers because it will keep serious, long-form journalism alive.  As for me, please buy my book, ‘The Race for Perfect: Inside the Quest to Design the Ultimate Portable Computer.'”

New Family Publication Fills Gap in Richmond Market

Richmond Family magazine coverRICHMOND FAMILY is filling the niche left vacant last year when ALL ABOUT KIDS halted publication.  The new, free magazine launched in October 2009 with the same editor and the same family-oriented content.

With an emphasis on regional relevance, the magazine covers information for new and veteran parents, profiles on Richmond locals, travel advice, a family events calendar, advice column, toy and gift reviews, crafts for kids, book reviews for all ages, recipes and menu ideas.

Produced by Family Publications, RICHMOND FAMILY has a monthly distribution of 30,000.  Karen Schwartzkopf is managing editor and her email address is karen@richmondfamilymagazine.com. The web site is available here.

Wooden Horse Friday News Round-Up

Magazine news round-upSMITHSONIAN ZOOGOER has a new editor, Peter Winkler, winklerp@si.edu. The query/pitch address is zoogoer@si.edu

BON APPETIT has lost Heather John as senior editor but will continue to cover wine, beer and spirits as a contributing editor…

The Fashion Beat blog, www.tfbeat.com, has been launched by former lifestyle reporter Lauren Sherman, lauren@tfbeat.com

SAVEUR has replaced wine and spirits editor David Wondrich with David Rosengarten…

FLARE, the Canadian fashion magazine, is without health and lifestyle editor Karen Kwan…

Haute Travels is a new blog covering travel and fashion at http://hautetravels.blogspot.com

PARENTING EARLY YEARS, PARENTING SCHOOL YEARS creative director Nancy Brooke Smith has left the magazine…


Cygnus Business Media (PRINTING NEWS, ASPHALT CONTRACTOR, MASS TRANSIT) just announced that three vice presidents will be leaving, including Dave Davel, VP of Publishing, due to “streamlining of the management structure.”…

DMNEWS, the trade pub covering direct marketing, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on November 30…

BEST YOU has received the go-ahead to assume a regular print schedule by owner Reader’s Digest Association…

MILLIMETER, for those in the motion picture and TV production industries, has gone online-only…

Martha Stewart just signed a new deal with her company: $2 million per year with a bonus of $1 million and a signing bonus of $3 million…

NEWSWEEK laid off another dozen staffers because of the “economic climate in publishing.”  Editor Jon Meacham wrote in a memo: “I have no spin to offer.  I will say this, though: our new magazine and website have been well received by readers.”…

944 MAGAZINE ATLANTA has hired Isoul H. Harris as managing editor.

ART BUSINESS NEWS has added Gabriel Kiley as managing editor for its print and online editions.  He replaces former managing editor Jennifer Dulin Wiley.

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS* has named Katherine Pushkar as lifestyle editor.

Blacktie-Colorado.com has advanced Nancy Koontz from reporter/feature writer to editor.

CAPITOL FILE* has announced that publisher Susan Nixon has resigned.

CIO CONNECTION has tagged Stephanie Fraser to replace Katie Weitkamp as editor.

DEPARTURES* has promoted Adam Bookbinder to design director.

ESSENCE* has announced that Web site fashion and beauty producer Tiffany Miller and Web site fashion and beauty editor Qianna Smith are no longer with the magazine.  Other exiting staffers include technology editor Evan Narcisse, research chief Bridgette Bartlett and Web site associate editor Charreah Jackson.

EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY* has lost Jessica Wozinsky, an assistant editor covering lifestyle.

FAMILY CIRCLE* has added staffer Jocelyn Voo to serve as senior Web editor.

Gizmodo.com has reported that contributing editor Joanna Stern is leaving.

THE HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL has lost editor John Ferraro.

HouseLogic.com has tapped Mike DeSenne as online managing editor.  He had been executive editor at SmartMoney.com.

INTECH has laid off editors Greg Hale and Nick Sheble, as well as associate editor Ellen Fussell Policastro.  Publications manager Susan Colwell has taken over editor duties.

INVESTMENT NEWS has hired Jeff Nash as assistant managing editor.  He previously was a reporter for sister publication PENSIONS & INVESTMENTS.

LUCKY* has announced the departure of editorial assistant Emily McCarthy.

MARIE CLAIRE* has reported that accessories assistant Jennifer Kramer is no longer with the magazine.

Mediabistro.com has named Jason Boog as editor.

More.com has hired Jodie Green as director.

O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE* has hired Abbe Wright as contributing assistant to the creative director.  She had been assistant to the editor-in-chief at MODERN BRIDE*, ELEGANT BRIDE* and YOUR PROM.  In other news, Gillian Berenson has been named art director.

PARADE* has tapped Brett Wilson to serve as publisher.

PARENTS* has acquired Kara Corridan as health editor.

THE PARIS REVIEW has announced that resignation of editor Philip Gourevitch.

ShackNews.com, a site targeted at gaming enthusiasts for Pcs and consoles, has lost co-editor Nick Breckon.  Co-editors Chris Faylor and Aaron Linde will remain in their positions.

SPORT DIVER* promoted Eric Michael from senior editor to editor.

TASTE OF HOME* has named Christian Millman as executive editor.

TensionMagazine.com, a new quarterly online magazine on the fashionable side of crocheting, has announced it will be co-edited by Julie Armstrong Holetz and Josi Hannon Madera.

Time Inc Business, News and Sports Group has promoted John Cantarella to senior VP-digital.  He will oversee CNNMoney.com, Time.com, SI.com, Golf.com and LIFE.com.

Tonic.com has recruited Mark Dagostino as senior editor.

UsMagazine.com has named Justin Ravitz as staff editor.

WINDING ROAD has named Seyth Miersma as editor-in-chief.

WOMEN’S WEAR DAILY has announced the exit of media market editor Irin Carmon.

WonderWall.com has promoted Saryn Chorney from senior editor to managing editor.

GARDEN & GUN* skipped its October/November issue and fears were high that it would also pass by its December 2009/January 2010 issue, but publisher Rebecca Darwin emailed foliomag.com that the issue has gone to press..

Budget Travel Magazine’s Demise Exaggerated?

Budget Travel magazine Dec 2009/Jan 2010 cover

There has been much buzz surrounding the possible shut down of this discount vacation magazine.  Ad revenue has dropped 33% for the magazine, and sources within the parent company, The Washington Post, say offices are being cleared out and lay-offs are happening.

As of Wednesday, November 18, 2009, the magazine staff was still working and planning their February edition, although executives from the magazine are reportedly meeting to discuss its fate.  Media Jobs Daily reports that the advertising department was told to hold their ads for the February addition.

No doubt, there will be lots of additional chatter coming on this development.

Update November 21: “We are not shutting down or laying off staff,” a statement from the publisher says.  “It’s business as usual at Budget Travel and we are currently working to produce the February issue and beyond.  It’s also important to note that we have a growing and engaged audience which, in this difficult economic climate, is no small feat.”