Another award-winning magazine folds

WORLD WATCH Magazine, produced by World Watch Institute, will cease publication with the July/August issue, citing the usual financial constraints faced by print media in this uncertain economy.

According to its website, the bi-monthly, award-winning World Watch Magazine, “featured articles, essays, news and practical information about “energy, climate change, biodiversity, agriculture, population, social and political developments and other forces shaping the world.”

The publisher will expand its online information offering four different blogs, their main website at http://www.worldwatch.org, and an e-newsletter.  They will maintain print production of several other World Watch products, including the annual State of the World report and Vital Signs.

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Bankruptcy Reorg and New Launch All in One Week

944’s publisher, 944 Media, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on April 6 and launched a new Dallas 944 edition all in one week.

“The whole point of this proceeding is to enable us to keep doing what we do while resolving the litigation in an orderly process,” founder and CEO Marc Lotenberg said in a statement.

And “keep on doing” is what they did, debuting the new Dallas, Texas edition of 944 April 1 and unveiling several ambitious plans for the company.

Expanding its markets, the first Dallas issue of the regional fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazine hit newsstands with a 20,000 distribution. 944 now publishes editions in ten markets: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County, CA, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco; and operates a website, 944.com.

In its statement, the company also announced plans to unveil a new logo and a refreshed, streamlined and modern look for the magazine and 944.com later this spring. This summer 944 plans to enhance digital integration, making the web its first priority, and showcasing 944 as a multiplatform content company. Its editors are focusing on websites, mobile platforms, social networks, tweeting, and uploading video to allow for real-time reporting.

Also, in September, 944 will be adding a 16-page city guide to each book focusing on local level experiences in music, film, dining and culture in each 944 market.

The same statement said 944 Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to assure its continued operation in the face of several potentially burdensome lawsuits. According to FolioMag.com, the two main lawsuits leading to 944 Media’s Chapter 11 filing were one involving the buyout of a former 944 partner/investor; and another regarding the terms of a partnership for the 2008 “944 Super Village” Super Bowl event.

944 Media isn’t letting its millions of dollars in liabilities change its attitude. On its website, 944 listed the “Top 9 Fun Facts About Chapter 11 and Hot Lawyers.” Number one on their list was, “Hey, it happens.”

New design, new vision, new hopes for Bloomberg Businessweek

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK’s website and print edition have been given a radical new look. The website design was unveiled last week and the magazine was seen on newsstand this past weekend.

The fast-paced Bloomberg culture is reflected in the makeover; article sections on both the website and in the magazine have been color-coded for easy access.  The magazine has doubled its pages with 20% more editorial but with shorter articles that include summaries and “bottom line” takeaways – all designed for busy readers, who want the facts at their fingertips.

“Our goal with the relaunch is to create an indispensable business magazine for global decision makers and an engaging platform for advertisers… we’re offering readers more – more stories, more pages, more issues, and more global perspective.  I like to think of this as first issue of the last business magazine you’ll ever need,” Bloomberg president Paul Bascobert was quoted as saying.

The magazine now begins with Opening Remarks, a weekly comment on the important news items of the week, followed by five weekly sections – Global Economics, Companies & Industries, Politics & Policy, Technology, and Markets & Finance.  There are plans to add a sixth section highlighting one particular aspect of business such as clean energy.

Features remain the center of the magazine and Editor Josh Tyrangiel promises to have “in-depth storytelling and photography that introduce you to the people, places, and ideas shaping our world.”  The magazine finishes with a new section, Etc., about the workplace and leisure time.

An expanded masthead now promotes 10 stories inside the magazine and also sports a new logo where both company names have equal billing – a clear sign that Bloomberg writers will be contributing even more to the print magazine.

Bloomberg Businessweek has 146 bureaus across 72 countries with 1,700 journalists.  It claims to have more than 4.7 million readers in 140 countries.  Last fall, Bloomberg purchased the publication from McGraw-Hill after it reportedly lost $40 million in 2008 with estimates running close to $60 million in 2009.

Arkansas Newspapers Launch Regional Magazine

DELTA CROSSROADS is a new quarterly region magazine published by four northeast Arkansas newspapers. The magazine will include feature stories, book reviews, outdoors and home décor and articles on a variety of subjects of interest to area readers, according to The Piggott Times, one of the four collaborating newspapers.

All four weekly newspapers, Clay County Democrat, The Piggott Times, The Town Crier and Poinsett County Democrat Tribune, are published by Ron Kemp and owned by Rush Communications. Delta Crossroads and the four weekly newspapers cover a big part of northeast Arkansas.

“Our newspapers focus on the immediate areas in which they are published – we plan to continue that local news philosophy into the future,” publisher Ron Kemp said in a Piggott Times interview.  “Delta Crossroads is designed as a companion to our weekly newspapers and it offers an advertising alternative to businesses in the areas, as well as giving us a chance to share people, places and events of our entire area to a wider audience.”

Kemp told Wooden Horse that Rush Communications started doing more magazine and general community magazines because they saw a need for it in their communities.

“Although most articles and photographs will be from our newspaper staff, we will consider freelance submissions,” Kemp added.

Miller-McCune Website Reports Record Traffic Levels; Is Still Re-designed

MILLER-MCCUNE, the non-profit magazine, has unveiled a newly designed website.  Created by ELC Technologies, the look features a user-friendly vertical style for easier navigation.

Several new channels, including Science, Environment, Education, Politics, Health and Culture were added along with the sections Most Viewed and Findings.  Readers now have quicker access to print archives while headline articles are more visible.

Videos have been added and the Miller-McCune’s blogs have also been moved to the forefront.

“Miller-McCune’s breadth of coverage – from education and environment to legal affairs and economics – provides readers many points of entry into the publication,” said Online Editor Michael Todd in a press release.

Since its 2008 launch, Miller-McCune has won several awards including the Utne Independent Press Award 2009 for science/technology coverage, and the 2008-09 Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Explanatory Journalism.  It’s also named as one of Library Journal’s 10 Best Magazines.

In February 2010, the site reported record traffic levels, with 234,000 unique visitors, a 540% increase from last year.

New Canadian Magazine Targets Financial Managers

PAYMENTS BUSINESS – The Magazine of Transactions, Cards and EBPP – is Canada’s newest financial magazine.

The bi-monthly publication targets all Canadian financial and retail operation executives, who make the major decisions in financial transactions, including credit managements, billing, collections and ecommerce.  The editorial content includes reports on new technologies, emerging players, traditional payment architectures, consumer trends, new and notable products, events and analysis by industry experts.

The publisher plans for six regular editions a year with a separate annual directory and an estimated circulation of 12,500 across the country.

It is published by Markham, ON-based Lloydmedia Inc, which also publishes DIRECT MARKETING and CONTACT MANAGEMENT. David Carey, david@paymentbusiness.ca, is editor.

New Magazine Gives Caregivers Warm Hugs and Useful Info

EMBRACE, a new quarterly magazine, targets professional long term healthcare providers.

The magazine offers a combination of information to help save time and reduce costs in long-term care facilities, as well as tips and encouragement for caregivers to also care for their own needs.  Each issue includes five sections: Spotlight, Keeping Compliant, Improving Care, Time for You, and Tools of the Trade.

Embrace is published by Professional Medical Inc, a supplier of products and services to long term healthcare businesses.  It is distributed to their customers.  Laura Kuhn is the editor.