Wooden Horse Saturday Round-Up

CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY MAGAZINE launched a new interactive companion website, http://www.maximumtech.com. The new site includes how-to articles, tech gear reviews, videos, photos and more.  The quarterly print magazine debuted in September of 2010…

FIELD & STREAM, OUTDOOR LIFE and SHOT BUSINESS magazines have a new editorial director, Anthony Licata, anthony.licata@bonniercorp.com. Bonnier Outdoor Group, parent company of all three magazines, promoted Licata to the current post.  He also will serve as editor of Field & Stream, and most recently was deputy editor for the publication…

UTAH BRIDE & GROOM hired Valerie Rasmussen, val@utahbrideandgroom.com, as the new editor, replacing Tessa Woolf who left the publication.  Rasmussen has been a contributor to the magazine…

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING promoted Marnie Soman, msoman@hearst.com, to assistant editor.  Previously Soman was an editorial assistant overseeing the kids’ health and trends page.  She joined the magazine in 2009…

US WEEKLY said goodbye to deputy managing editor Amy Vinciguerra.  In another staff change, the magazine promoted Michael Quinones, michael.quinones@usmagazine.com, from copy chief to assistant managing editor…

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK hired Romesh Ratnesar, no email address yet, as the new deputy editor beginning June 6.  Previously he was a contributing editor-at-large for TIME magazine…

GOOD MAGAZINE named Amanda Hess, amanda@goodinc.com, as the new lifestyle editor.  Hess had been the sex and gender columnist at TBD.com…

THE DEAL now has senior reporter Ben Fidler, bfidler@thedeal.com, covering the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.  Previously his beats for the magazine were gaming, bankruptcy, real estate and sports…

Bringing ‘Joy’ to Memphis

JOY MAGAZINE MEMPHIS, a bi-monthly publication focused on the local area’s African-American community, debuted May 1.

The first 36-page issue centered around Mother’s Day, with articles and columns in honor of the holiday, including profiles of eight unique local mothers.  In addition, readers can look for regular sections such as Love and Relationships, Entertainment, Food, and an events calendar.

The magazine is a joint project between two close friends, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Anthony Milan and Henry Nelson, the co-publisher, who wanted to make a positive difference in Memphis’ African-American community.  Milan said that although 65% of the city’s population is African-American, “they’re not being reflected in the editorial and pictorial content in this city.”

“The idea is to give African-Americans the chance to see themselves as they really are,” said Nelson, “living, playing and loving in Memphis.”  He wants the magazine to emphasize the community’s interconnectedness.  They both hope the magazine will provide inspiration that “trumps gender, race and economics.”

They believed so strongly in the idea that they started the magazine with their own money, and their goal for the not-too-distant future is to get out 30,000 print copies.  Find more information at http://www.joymagazinememphis.com. Those interested in writing for the magazine can email info@joymagazinememphis.com.

Blog this! Publishers debut the first print magazine devoted to social media

THE SOCIAL MEDIA MONTHLY, the first publication to exclusively cover social media, debuted in New York on May 25. The premier was timed to coincide with the 2011 BlogWorld & New Media Expo held there.

The magazine’s content focuses on the continuing evolution of social media, its involvement in each aspect of our lives and how to use it more efficiently. Look for articles on topics like social media as a tool for social transformation, social media marketing, social recruiting in the job market, photo blogging, social media in diplomatic communications, viral video, and more.

Copies of the inaugural issue are being distributed at social media conferences through June, but will hit national newsstands sometime this summer. Robert Fine, bob@thesocialmediamonthly.com, is the publisher and editor. Visit the magazine’s website, http://thesocialmediamonthly.com.

Consumer tech magazine launches a new website with fresh content

MAXIMUM TECH MAGAZINE launched its new interactive companion website, MaximumTech.com, on May 9.  Designed with early adopters of consumer technology in mind, the site offers how-to guides, gear reviews, videos, photos and more.

Unlike similar websites covering the latest in consumer tech devices, visitors to MaximumTech.com will find a selection of more in-depth feature articles with greater variety and range (Example: How to Live off of Japanese Vending Machines).  But for those who just want the latest tech news, how-to help or facts about products, tabbed sections are neatly categorized.

Maximum Tech Magazine launched in September 2010, and began life as a special issue spin-off from MAXIMUM PC.  The staff includes reviews and senior editor Michael Brown, Michael@maximumtech.com, features editor Markkus Rovito, markkus@maximumtech.com and online assistant editor Alan Fackler, alan@maximumtech.com. For information about each editor’s beat, go to http://www.maximumtech.com/contact.

Wooden Horse Tuesday Round-Up

FAST COMPANY brought on board Nancy Miller, nmiller@fastcompany.com, as the new West Coast editorial director.  Before the move, Miller was a senior editor at WIRED magazine for five years…

IN STYLE magazine lost accessories editor Sabrina Strelitz, who was promoted to the job in February of this year.  Previously she was associate accessories editor.  No replacement has been named…

MEN’S HEALTH promoted Laura Roberson, laura.roberson@rodale.com, to assistant editor.  She has been a reporter with the magazine since January 2010…

AMERICAN COIN-OP, AMERICAN LAUNDRY NEWS and AMERICAN DRY CLEANER have a new owner.  Newly formed American Trade Magazines LLC acquired the three titles from publisher Crain Communications, when its American Trade Magazines group was sold to the former publisher for the unit, Charlie Thompson…

AMERICAN BANKER will welcome new staff writer Andy Peters, no email yet, beginning in late June.  Peters will cover community banking.  He comes to the magazine from the ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE…

New magazine Dirt has tips for a cleaner planet

DIRT, a new magazine dedicated to sustainable living, debuted in Orange County, New York this month. The magazine’s subtitle, Healthy Living from the Ground Up, says it all.

Printed on 90% recycled paper, the bi-monthly publication contains a broad range of articles to help people live a full, healthy life while reducing their footprint. Look for sections like Griterati, about organic gardening and landscaping, Born Again, with ideas on how to reuse and repurpose items, Homemade, for healthy recipes, Get Out, with outdoor getaways, as well as features on health and profiles of people making green lifestyle choices for their families and pets.

Headquartered in Chester, New York, the magazine is published by Straus Newspapers and has a print circulation of 22,000. Copies are available at a variety of regional outlets. Contact the editor, Becca Tucker, with queries and story ideas at editor.dirt@strausnews.com. Learn more by visiting http://dirt-mag.com.

Canadian Family relaunches parenting website…with more changes to come

CANADIAN FAMILY magazine unveiled a new and improved parenting website this month; www.canadianfamily.ca. Five years after launching the site, the editorial staff wanted to offer better access to content and more interactive tools.

Online visitors will find sections tabbed according to age, so parents can more easily find the relevant information they need. Other tabbed sections include:

  • Grownups, covering relationships, finances, travel and organization
  • Food, with recipes and nutritional information
  • Fun, containing ideas for crafts, activities, parties and entertainment

According to Chris Skinner, the magazine’s executive producer, the evolution at Canadian Family will continue. “We’re also growing our team for the first time, with two new editors hired in the past month; Ali Martell has joined us as senior associate editor, and Alicia McAuley is our associate editor.” Skinner says they will work with executive editor and senior producer, Megan McChesney, to create more original content in the coming months. Contact McChesney at mmcchesney@stjosephmedia.com.