Friday News Round-Up for July 27th

Let the games begin!  And while the Olympic games will dominate the news for the next two weeks, you can still come here for a wee break from sports and some magazine media news.  So read on, and remember that each title with an asterisk* can be found in our trusty Wooden Horse Database.  Check it out at www.woodenhorsepub.com.

NEWSWEEK* Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown, in a memo to nervous staffers this week, denied the print magazine will cease…

SPIN* magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Kandell was dismissed, along with several other staffers, by its new parent company BuzzMedia.  No word yet from BuzzMedia regarding future plans for the recently acquired print publication…

THE WRITER* magazine, in print since 1887, is going “on hiatus” after the October issue, and reportedly is looking for a buyer…

EXPLORE* magazine in Canada has been sold by Cottage Life Media Inc to Vancouver-based OP Publishing…

ESSENCE* ousted fashion director Ellianna Placas.  Placas, who is white, was considered a controversial hire for the African-American magazine back in July of 2010.  Her departure reportedly has nothing to do with race, and is instead due to a rocky working relationship with current Editor-in-Chief Constance White…

MARIE CLAIRE* promoted Sophia Manay Moura, smoura@hearst.com, from senior editor to features editor…

SEVENTEEN* named Maura Kutner, mkutner@hearst.com and @MauraMakes, as web editor…

POPULAR SCIENCE* snagged new articles editor Jennifer Bogo, Jennifer.bogo@bonniercorp.com and @jenbogo.  She comes to the magazine from POPULAR MECHANICS*, where she served as senior editor for science…

DETAILS* brought in new associate editor Kristen Dold, kristen_dold@condenast.com and @KristenDold…

THEFIX.COM, an online magazine covering addition and recovery topics, promoted Mike Guy, mike@thefix.com and @MrMikeGuy, from editorial director to editor-in-chief…

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Wednesday News Round-Up for July 25th

A new list of the most sleep-deprived cities in the nation has been compiled, with Charleston, WV, Knoxville, TN and Paducah, KY at the top of the list (what are you DOING out there in the Appalachian region, people?). New York City holds thirty-third place; so much for the city that never sleeps.  Out here in Ecotopia we come in at number 50.  Before you get your zzzs, check out the news.  All titles with an asterisk* are a part of our Wooden Horse Database.

WEEKLY READER*, the iconic kids’ news magazine in circulation since 1902, is folding.  The publication began life as CURRENT EVENTS magazine, before the title changed to MY WEEKLY READER in 1928.  The magazine will be rolled into SCHOLASTIC NEWS, and 55 of Weekly Reader’s 60 employees will be let go…

PURSUITS*, Bloomberg’s luxury lifestyle magazine, is looking to up its frequency to four times a year…

NEWSWEEK/DAILY BEAST* will now be controlled by Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp (IAC) chief.  The widow and family of deceased owner Sidney Harman, which held a majority share in the magazine, says they will reduce their investment to a minimal level…

NEWSWEEK* reportedly is planning to go all-digital in September or October, according to IAC chief Barry Diller, ceasing the magazine’s print edition…

CYCLE CANADA has been acquired by hobby and enthusiast publisher Les Editions Jean Roberts Inc, from TC Media…

HEARTS OF THE COUNTRY Canadian magazine will cease with the August/September issue…

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK* snagged Jeff Muscus, jmuscus@bloomberg.net and @jeffmuscus, as associate editor for news…

WOMAN’S WORLD* magazine no longer has editorial assistant Laura Knipping, lknipping@bauerpublishing.com. No replacement has been named…

J-14 teen magazine snagged new editorial assistant Laura Knipping, lknipping@bauerpublishing.com…

THE KIT Canadian fashion and beauty magazine hired new Editor-in-Chief Christine Loureiro, cl@thekit.ca and @CLoureiroTO…

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS* now has Jan Parr, jparr@crain.com and @janparr, as assistant managing editor…

FURNITURE TODAY will welcome new upholstery and style editor Cindy Hodnett, chodnett@furnituretoday.com and @choddnettWSJ…

Global glamour meets adventure in a new luxe travel magazine

ULTRATRAVEL NORTH AMERICA, a new US edition of the European ULTRATRAVEL MAGAZINE, has launched with a summer issue.

The luxury travel magazine targets affluent, active travelers interested in upscale experiences and adventures.  Readers will find articles and photo spreads about unique destinations, out-of-the-ordinary lodging, fashion, events, and activities in the US and around the globe.

Published by White Haus Media Group, the quarterly is available both in a large-format print edition and free digital version.  Sarah G. Harrelson, sarah@whitehausmediagroup.com, serves as editor-in-chief.  View the magazine at www.ultratravelusdigital.com.

Friday News Round-Up for July 20th

If you’re not lucky enough to already be on vacation, enjoy your weekend.  Remember that all listed titles with an asterisk* are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

BIRD TALK magazine ceased with the September 2012 issue, after 30 years in print.  The online website www.BirdChannel.com will continue…

NEWSWEEK/DAILY BEAST* snagged Daniel Gross, daniel.gross@newsweekdailybeast.com and @grossdm, as global finance editor…

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK* senior editor for international news, David Rocks, drocks1@bloomberg.net and @rocks_david, left his post on July 20, and now will be in Berlin as an editor-in-large for the magazine…

FAMILY CIRCLE* picked up new associate fashion and beauty editor Nicole McGovern, nicole.mcgovern@meredith.com…

POPULAR SCIENCE* brought on board new assistant editor Amber Williams, amber.williams@bonniercorp.com…

LUXE INTERIORS + DESIGN bid farewell to features editor Brielle Ferreira…

COASTAL LIVING* will welcome Brielle Ferreira, no email yet, @briellemf, as homes editor beginning August 6…

LA WEEKLY film editor Karina Longworth, klongworth@laweekly.com and @karinalongworth, has stepped down from her position, but still remains with the publication…

LA WEEKLY appointed Zachary Pincus-Roth, zpincusroth@laweekly.com and @zpincusroth, as the new film editor…

Wednesday News Round-Up for July 18th

We’re in that summer lull, before the London Olympics or even the release of The Dark Knight Rises.  So for now we’re forced to make our own fun.  In the meantime, don’t leave without checking the latest industry news.  If you see an asterisk* next to a magazine title, you can find it in our Wooden Horse Database.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED* and Time Inc Sports Group reportedly will announce tomorrow, July 19, that staff reductions affecting 16 editorial staffers are complete.   As many as 13 employees are leaving voluntarily and three have been laid off, accounting for 8% of the staff…

LONNY* digital magazine has been acquired by Zimbio Inc, parent company of Zimbio.com and StyleBistro.com.  Zimbio says it does not yet have a strategy in place, or a projected launch date for the three-year-old magazine’s debut across all digital devices…

STAR* and SHAPE* publisher American Media Inc is implementing a new digital media plan, in the wake of hiring Joe Bilman, the company’s first chief digital officer.  The plan includes hiring an additional 60 staffers…

LUCKY* magazine will launch an entirely user-generated section online, beginning in August.  Labeled ‘Lucky Community,’ the new section reportedly is designed to engage readers with interactive content and compete with the increasing popularity of fashion bloggers…

WEDDING BELLS magazine in Canada is unveiling a front-to-back redesign with the fall/winter issue.  The biannual glossy has a new look and color scheme…

THE ATLANTIC* appointed new online health editor Dr. James Hamblin, jhamblin@theatlantic.com…

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST* ousted executive editor Sarah Medford on Thursday, July 5…

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST* promoted Stephen Wallis, stephen_wallis@condenast.com, from features editor to the new executive editor…

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST* snagged new articles editor Julie Coe, julie_coe@condenast.com, who comes to the magazine from DEPARTURES*…

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST* hired new online features editor Michael Mraz, michael_mraz@condenast.com, who until now has been with MEN’S VOGUE*…

MOTORCYCLIST* magazine welcomed back Marc Cook, marc.cook@sorc.com, as the new editor-in-chief.  Cook previously had worked at the publication as executive editor…

RECOMMEND magazine promoted Paloma Villaverde de Rico, paloma@worthit.com, from managing editor to editor-in-chief…

PHOENIX HOME & GARDEN* said goodbye to associate editor Susan Regan…

PHOENIX HOME & GARDEN* welcomed new assistant editor Shawndrea Corbin, scorbin@citiespub.com and @ShawCorbin…

Blindfold magazine seeks to open readers’ eyes

BLINDFOLD, “a socially conscious current events magazine,” launched earlier this year with a spring issue, and recently released its summer edition.

The new quarterly seeks to create social awareness through independent photojournalism, profiles and celebrity interviews, and covers a range of topics, from the environment and sustainability to fashion and the arts.

Co-founder Jeramy C. Pritchett, jpritchett@blindfoldmag.com, serves as the editor-in-chief.  For submissions and information, email editor Lynn Peithman Stock, lstock@blindfoldmag.com.  Find the website at www.blindfoldmag.com.

A new regional wedding magazine marries style and planning advice

SOUTH DAKOTA WEDDING STYLE launched in July with a fall/winter issue in print and online.

Readers will find advice on wedding planning, and features on current trends in items such as bridal fashions, cakes, invitations and floral designs.  The new biannual magazine also showcases local wedding couples and their personal style, as well as area vendors and resources.

Published by co-founders Cory Ann Ellis, acellis@mac.com, and Leah Moller, the publication serves a region that includes South Dakota, western Minnesota and northwest Iowa.  For information or submissions email info@sdweddingstyle.com.  Visit the website at www.sdweddingstyle.com.