Wednesday News Round-Up for February 29th

Happy Leap Day everyone! Don’t you love that every four years we get an extra day to…do what we normally would do on March 1st?  Anyhoo, the news is pouring in after last week’s doldrums, so take a minute to catch up on what you missed.  As always, titles with an asterisk* can be found in the Wooden Horse Database.

ESPN THE MAGAZINE* will go to an all-themed format, devoting each issue to an in-depth look at one topic, such as analytics in team construction, Title IX for women’s sports and determining the greatest teams and athletes in sports.  The magazine still plans for 24 issues per year…

PREGNANCY* magazine unveiled its first all-digital edition since ceasing the print publication, and now will follow a new themed topic format.  Each issue will focus on a specific information category for expectant mothers.  Six issues are planned for 2012…

BUSINESSWEEK.COM* debuted a website redesign, with an updated look, new features and more links to Bloomberg.com.  The change is meant to bring the website’s brand more closely in line with the print magazine…

Penton’s tech group magazines will go completely digital beginning in May, including WINDOWS IT PRO*, DEV PRO, POWER IT PRO and SLQ SERVER PRO.  Only the high-end SYSTEM INEWS PRO VIP will remain a print publication…

SPA* magazine ceased publication…

THE HEALTH JOURNAL, a Toronto-based magazine, has ceased print, and the publisher is said to be insolvent and no longer operating…

YES MAG* and KNOW, two Canadian science magazines for youth, both ceased print on February 1…

MARTHA STEWART LIVING* welcomed Jessica Romm Perez, jromm@marthastewart.com and @JessicaRomm, as lifestyle editor…

MARTHA STEWART LIVING* named Kelly Alfieri, kalfieri@marthastewart.com, as digital editorial director…

MARTHA STEWART LIVING* snagged Robin Sayers, rsayers@marthastewart.com, as beauty and lifestyle director…

AVENUE* magazine picked up Michael Gross, mgross@manhattanmedia.com and @MGrossGripepad, as real estate editor…

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE* will welcome Nancy Miller, nmiller@lamag.com and @nmillions, as deputy editor beginning March 13…

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE* will have Elina Shatkin, eshatkin@lamag.com and @elinashatkin, as senior editor starting March 6…

TECHCRUNCH promoted Eric Eldon, eldon@techcrunch.com and @eldon, from senior editor to editor-in-chief…

PURE magazine in Quebec appointed new Editor-in-Chief Pascale Jacquin, pjacquin@mediastjoseph.com and @PascaleJacquin…

SURFING* magazine promoted Taylor Paul, taylor@surfingmagazine.com, to editor-in-chief…

INDESIGN MAGAZINE lost Editor-in-Chief Terri Stone…

INDESIGN MAGAZINE editorial director David Blatner, david@indesignmag.com and dblatner, is serving as interim editor…

GARDENING HOW-TO* magazine bid farewell to associate editor Elyse Lucas.  No replacement has been named…

REMINISCE* magazine name Matthew Phenix, editors@reminisce.com and @mattphenix, as the new brand editor…

A Western state of mind: Miller-McCune magazine rebrands as Pacific Standard

MILLER-MCCUNE announced that the magazine is changing its name, and will relaunch under the new title PACIFIC STANDARD, beginning with the May/June issue.

Editor-in-Chief Maria Streshinsky, who remains in her post, said the new name reflects the growing global importance of Pacific and Asian countries, and the unique perspective the California-based publication has from “our distinctly Western perch.”

Reach Streshinsky at mstreshinsky@miller-mccune.com and @Mstreshinsky on Twitter.  The current website remains at www.miller-mccune.com.  Find the new Twitter account at @PacificStand…

New owner, new content: A Pacific Northwest travel mag relaunches

NORTHWEST TRAVEL MAGAZINE* is rebranding and relaunching under new ownership, as it continues to cover travel in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

Making its debut with a spring issue on March 1, the regional publication has added new lifestyle departments, including food and drink, travel product reviews, tours of major Northwest cities and more.

Dave Peterson, a former regional manager with SUNSET*, purchased Northwest Travel from publisher Northwest Magazines.  The new editor-in-chief is Allen Cox, allen@nwtmagazine.com and @allencox1 on Twitter.  Visit the website at http://nwtmagazine.com

Constant contact: In times of change, Twitter identities remain stable

“My, people come and go so quickly here!”

While Dorothy spoke those words in The Wizard of Oz many years ago, they could just as easily apply to the current world of magazine publishing.

The established contact you have at a magazine today could be out the door tomorrow, the victim of cost cutting, staff shuffling, acquisition, or—heaven forbid—a self-inflicted wound.

Most of the time they find new positions and other staffers replace them, and so it goes in the magazine publishing circle-of-life.   Unfortunately their email addresses vaporize, vanishing into the ether, and contact information is rendered obsolete.

But, increasingly, one thing stays the same, no matter how many job changes or career moves someone makes: Their Twitter handle.

Just like a cell phone number that remains the same, no matter how many times you switch service providers or home addresses, Twitter handles have proved to be reliably stable.  An editor may work at three different publications in the same calendar year, but his or her Twitter handle stays constant.

A Twitter handle is inextricably linked to an individual.  It’s so closely connected, in fact, that Twitter has policies in place if a user claims that their brand is being impersonated (yes, each of us is now a brand!)  A Twitter handle becomes part of the user’s identity, and although it can be changed, few people ever take that step.  It is a great way to keep track of a favorite editor.

So beginning today, wherever possible, Wooden Horse will include the Twitter handles for editorial staffers.  It’s part of our continuing effort to provide our customers and readers with the information you need to be successful.

Friday News Round-Up for Feburary 24th

Today was National Tortilla Chip Day, so we hope you had a chance to celebrate with some nachos.  Before you carry on with the rest of your weekend, check out anything you might have missed.  Titles with an asterisk* are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

MILLER-MCCUNE announced that the magazine is changing its name, and will relaunch under the new title PACIFIC STANDARD, beginning with the May/June issue.  Editor-in-Chief Maria Streshinsky, who remains in her post, said the new name reflects the growing global importance of Pacific and Asian countries, and the unique perspective the California-based publication has from “our distinctly Western perch.”   Reach Streshinsky at mstreshinsky@miller-mccune.com.  The current website remains at www.miller-mccune.com.  Find the new Twitter account at @PacificStand…

NORTHWEST TRAVEL* magazine has rebranded and redesigned under new ownership, with the new edition making its debut on March 1.  The publication covers lifestyle, cuisine, travel product reviews, day trips and more for Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.  Allen Cox, allen@nwtmagazine.com, serves as the new editor-in-chief.  Visit http://nwtmagazine.com for more info…

BEVERLY HILLS 213 will be resurrected as a quarterly glossy by September of this year.  Plans include expanded distribution to more than 70,000 readers.  The former editorial staff of the publication is returning.  A magazine website should be fully operational within the next 60 days.  For additional information visit www.beverlyhills213.com

PREVENTION* promoted Diana Kelly, diana.kelly@rodale.com, to senior online editor…

PREVENTION* lost editorial assistant Bethany Marzewski…

BRIDES* welcomed accessories editor Tanya Dukes, tanya_dukes@condenast.com…

ELLE DÉCOR* said goodbye to managing editor Caryn Prime…

LUCKY* snagged Caryn Prime, caryn_prime@condenast.com, as the new managing editor…

MUSCLE & FITNESS* will debut a redesign with the March issue on February 27…

ONEARTH named Jeffrey Turrentine, jturrentine@nrdc.or, as articles editor…

CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS now has Andrea Widener, a_widener@acs.org, as associate editor for science education policy…

A new publication puts the focus on commercial building management

BETTER BUILDINGS, a building management magazine targeting commercial real estate executives, launched with a February issue.  Originally published as a monthly in 1981, it was shuttered in the mid-1990s.

The new quarterly focuses on “the marriage between building operations and asset management, according to John Salustri, the publications content director, and will examine aspects of strategic planning.  Readers will find articles on topics like energy management, capital improvements, engineering advancements, design and construction innovations, property upgrades and maintenance solutions.

Distributed to nearly 54,000 readers throughout New York’s tri-state region, the publication is a supplement to REAL ESTATE FORUM magazine.  Contact John Salustri, jsalustri@alm.com, for information, or visit http://reforum.com/betterbuildings.

Wednesday News Round-Up for February 22nd

Glad you took the time to check us out.  While it’s true this is a slow news week, we’ve found a few items you may have missed.   Magazine’s with an asterisk* by the title are part of our Wooden Horse Database, conveniently located at www.woodenhorsepub.com.

GLAMOUR* magazine’s newsstand sales are up 8% since it unveiled a redesign in the March issue…

READER’S DIGEST* welcomed new senior editor Rachel Mount, Rachel_mount@readersdigest.com.  She comes to the publication from O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE*, where she served as assistant food editor…

FASHION* magazine in Canada promoted Caitlin Moneta, cmoneta@fashionmagazine.com, to fashion market editor…

FLARE* now has Maureen Halushak, maureen.halushak@flare.rogers.com, as managing editor…

PASADENA MAGAZINE named Steffie Nelson, steffie@pasadenarose.com, as editor-in-chief.  Previously she was associate editor for NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE*…

ANGELINO magazine now has Ramona Saviss, rsaviss@modernluxury.com, as an assistant editor…

BUSINESS INSURANCE welcomed Anna Gaynor, agaynor@businessinsurance.com, as an editorial assistant…