Friday News Round-Up for June 29th

So it’s the Fourth of July weekend!  Sort of.  Celebrating these mid-week holidays can be awkward.  Regardless, this is the weekend when people will pretend it’s the 4th and do some red-white-and-blue holiday-ish things.   So enjoy, and before you hit the road to escape, check out the news.  When you see titles with an asterisk*, that means you can find them in our Wooden Horse Database.

HER NASHVILLE magazine will cease publishing after four years in print.  Publisher South Communications, Inc. will continue to publish Her Nashville’s sister titles…

NATURAL HOME & GARDEN* and HERB COMPANION*, both published by Ogden Publications, will cease under their existing titles and merge into a new magazine, MOTHER EARTH LIVING.  The new bimonthly is slated to hit newsstands in October…

ELLE* hired website fashion news editor Lauren Levinson, laurenlevinson@hearst.com and @LaLev…

DU JOUR* luxury lifestyle magazine, launching this fall, snagged Brooke Bobb, no email available, @brookebobb, as an editorial assistant…

WOMAN’S DAY* named Sara Lyle, slyle@hearst.com, as the new deputy editor…

MORE* magazine hired new feature editor Laura Sinberg, laura.sinberg@meredith.com and @laurasinberg…

FAST COMPANY* will welcome new associate editor Sarah Kessler, skessler@fastcompany.com and @sarahfkessler, on July 18.  She will cover technology, social media and startups…

BALTIMORE MAGAZINE* said goodbye to senior editor Evan Serpick…

BALTIMORE MAGAZINE* promoted Jess Blumberg, bjess@baltimoremagazine.net and @jess_blumberg, from associate editor to senior editor…

WIRELESS WEEK bid farewell to Editor-in-Chief Monica Alleven…

WIRELESS WEEK promoted Andrew Berg, andrew.berg@advantagemedia.com, to editor-in-chief…

INVESTMENT NEWS promoted Jim Pavia, jpavia@investmentnews.com and @jimpavia, from the magazine’s editor to editorial director…

INVESTMENT NEWS promoted Fred Gabriel, fgabriel@investmentnews.com and @FredPGabriel, from deputy editor to editor for the magazine…

A new regional magazine with a story to tell

STORY, a new quarterly publication for residents of Kentucky, will hit newsstands in early July.

Targeting readers throughout the Bluegrass State, the magazine offers in-depth features on the arts, entertainment, business, philanthropy and more, with the goal of focusing on the less-publicized aspects of Kentucky living.

With an initial circulation of 10,000, the magazine is produced using a pool of freelance writers and photographers.  Julie Wilson, publisher@storythemagazine, is the founder and editor-in-chief.  Find the magazine at http://storythemagazine.com.

A new luxe lifestyle magazine for those who want the best

HUDSON MOD, a new luxury lifestyle magazine sporting the tagline ‘Life Well Lived,’ launched on May 29 with a summer issue.

Targeting high-income residents in northern New Jersey, the publication showcases “the best” in world travel, cuisine, beauty, fashion, design, leisure and celebrities.

Richard Perez-Feria, RFP@hudsonmod.com, serves as executive vice president and editor-in-chief.  Find him on Twitter at @RPerezFeria.  Visit the website at http://hudsonmod.com.

Find Hoboken highlights in a new magazine

07030, a new lifestyle magazine for Hoboken residents, launched this month.

Named for the Hoboken zip code, the new semiannual publication will cover local personalities and trends, as well as stories for and about young families. Regular features include ‘How We Work,’ profiling innovative entrepreneurs and ‘How We Live,’ showcasing notable homes.

Published by the Hudson Reporter, the magazine is distributed throughout the area.  Kate Rounds, krounds@hudsonreporter.com, serves as the editor-in-chief.  Visit the website at www.hudsonreporter.com/pages/07030_hoboken.

Wednesday News Round-Up for June 27th

Just like so many others today, our thoughts often drifted to Nora Ephron, the ground-breaking author, screenwriter and director who passed away yesterday.  Whether your favorite quote is “Men and women can never be friends,” or “I’ll have what she’s having,” we hope you take a moment to toast classic, witty repartee.  In the meantime, take a gander at the industry news.  Magazines with an asterisk* are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

Hearst Corp. Chairman of the Board George R. Hearst, Jr. died this week in California at age 84, following a stroke…

DETAILS* said goodbye to senior editor Amy Perry.  No replacement has been named…

MANHATTAN MAGAZINE* tapped Cristina Cuomo, ccuomo@modernluxury.com and @CristinaCuomo, as the new editor-in-chief…

VERANDA* snagged new senior articles editor Amy Perry, apery@hearst.com…

MONEY* magazine hired new senior editor Kristen Bellstrom, kristen_bellstrom@moneymail.com and @kayelbee…

ELITE TRAVELER* picked up new editorial assistant Madeline Boardman, Madeline.boardman@elitetraveler.com…

CHICAGO MAGAZINE* now has new senior editor Emmet Sullivan, esullivan@chicagomag.com and @emmetds…

ARTNET online magazine is folding after 16 years, and is closing its three offices in New York, Paris and Berlin…

FOAM MAGAZINE brought in new senior editor Kathryn Romeyn, kathrynromeyn@mac.com and @katromeyn…

CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY and T.H.E. JOURNAL magazines, published by 1105 Media and covering educational technology, will both discontinue print editions and go all-digital…

BRAND PACKAGING trade magazine promoted Laura Zielinski, zielinskil@bnpmedia.com, to editor-in-chief…

Luxe launches are a metaphor for the economy

Mirrors, windows, crystal balls.

These are all metaphors that have been used to describe magazines and how they provide a glimpse into the culture and society of our times.  That’s one reason people save or collect print issues.

But the business of magazines can be a reflection as well.

At a time when so many print magazines are ceasing entirely, or shifting to digital-only to stay alive, one category continues to launch glossies with confidence.

They have names like DU JOUR* and BLOOMBERG PURSUITS*.  Many specifically target well-heeled New Yorkers, like NEW YORK SMASH/HAMPTONS SMASH, and some serve affluent readers in other locales, like THE SOCIETY DIARIES in Texas, or the soon-to-launch NS: MODERN LUXURY FOR THE NORTH SHORE in Chicago.

All of these titles share one important characteristic: they appeal to both wealthy readers and high-end advertisers.

The trend also extends to a number of new or recently resurrected shelter and fashion titles, such as DESIGN HUNTING, TIME STYLE & DESIGN* and ELLE ACCESSORIES, which are riding the wave of luxe lifestyle magazine launches.

It’s not difficult to draw a parallel between the current economy and the current state of the magazine industry.  While Sak’s and Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are holding up well, Walmart and Target are lagging.  Top financial earners have weathered the economic storm and are in good shape; for others the recovery has been elusive.

And if we’re judging the health of the economy—and by extension, the middle-class—by magazine launches, then we’ll have cause to celebrate if we begin to see new titles targeting readers with average incomes.

Friday News Round-Up for June 22nd

Are we there yet?  Anyone with kids has heard that query. But even adults (read: us) begin to get impatient for the destination when we’re talking about vacay.  Yep, even the Horse goes on hiatus.  So after next weekend, you can still find information here on the blog and get our Twitter updates, but we’ll be taking a break from the newsletter.  Anyhoo, snag some news while you’re here.  Remember all titles with an asterisk* can be found in our helpful Wooden Horse Database.

SMART MONEY* will cease its print magazine with the September issue and go all-digital.  As a result, the magazine is eliminating 25 editorial positions, including that of Editor-in-chief Jonathan Dahl.  The digital editorial team will expand from 9 staffers to 15.  Despite a circulation of more than 800,000, the magazine’s year-over-year ad pages fell more than 23% in the first quarter…

DESIGN HUNTING, a spin-off from New York Magazine that debuted with a test issue this past May, will increase its frequency to twice a year in 2013, with issues in March and September…

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED* outlined more plans for upcoming layoffs and will be letting go up to 16 staffers…

THE AMERICAN PROSPECT* magazine has exceeded its fundraising goal, taking in 1.29 million, and will avoid closure…

ELLE* will welcome Leah Melby, lmelby@hearst.com and @lmmshops, as the new fashion editor…

SLATE* promoted Laura V. Anderson, laura.anderson@slate.com and @LV_Anderson, to assistant editor…

ROLLING STONE* laid off website managing editor Evie Nagy on Tuesday…

ROLLING STONE* laid off website associate editor Matthew Perpetua on Tuesday…

ROLLING STONE* says it will further integrate its website and print magazine staffs…

O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE* lost senior accessories editor Tamara Rappa…

MEN’S HEALTH* said goodbye to associate editor Maria Masters.  No replacement has been named…

MARIE CLAIRE* picked up new associate market editor Preetma Singh, psingh@hearst.com…

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS* promoted Steve Reiss, sreiss@crain.com and @stephenreiss, to managing editor…

MICHIGAN AVENUE* magazine named J.P. Anderson, info@michiganavemag.com and @jp_anderson, as editor-in-chief…

ST. LOUIS COMMERCE magazine will cease with the July/August issue, after 94 years in print…

PHAITH magazine, published by the Philadelphia Catholic archdiocese, is ceasing print…

CUSTOMER INTERACTIONS SOLUTIONS magazine will relaunch as CUSTOMER MAGAZINE…