Wednesday News Round-Up for August 1st

Hope you’re enjoying the Olympics and the drama surrounding the games.  Rest assured the magazine industry still is grinding away, so grab some news while you’re here.  Titles with an asterisk* are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

VOGUE* extended by one week the closing date for its September ad pages.  The magazine’s ad page tally already is the largest in five years.  Many other US fashion glossies are reporting similar upswings in ad pages for their all-important September issues…

SPIN* let go 11 employees, fully one-third of its staff, on Friday, July 27, and publication plans for the bimonthly magazine have been suspended.  While the September/October issue will be released in late August, new owner BuzzMedia says there will be no November/December issue…

SPIN* let go managing editor Catherine Davis as part of a mass layoff…

F+W Media acquired Loveland, Colorado-based Aspire Media, joining two large US publishers of niche content.  F+W Media reportedly will bring in an estimated 200 staffers from Aspire Media as part of the acquisition, raising the media company’s workforce to approximately 750 employees…

ADVERTISING AGE* magazine, published by Crain Communications, will unveil a redesign with the September 10 issue…

WILD BIRD* magazine will cease with the September/October issue, after 26 years in print…

WATER GARDEN NEWS magazine ceased print with the July/August issue, but the website will continue, according to publisher BowTie, Inc…

CQ ROLL CALL, owned by the Economist Group, implemented a mass layoff of 30 employees, including at least three editorial positions…

STUFF* magazine, published by Phoenix Media/Communications Group, will be shuttered and folded into sister publication THE BOSTON PHOENIX, creating the new weekly glossy, THE PHOENIX.  The new magazine will combine the lifestyle content of Stuff with the journalistic tradition of the alt-weekly The Boston Phoenix.  Carly Carioli, ccarioli@phx.com and @carlycarioli, will serve as editor-in-chief…

COTTAGE* magazine in Canada will move from OP Publishing to Cottage Life Media, in a swap that gave EXPLORE* magazine to OP Media, as previously reported…

ELLE* picked up new beauty & fitness editor Julie Schott, jschott@hearst.com and @JR_Schott…

THE HUFFINGTON POST* bid farewell to Jonah Green, editor of the New York section…

NEWSWEEK/DAILY BEAST* promoted Brian Ries, brian.ries@newsweekdailybeast.com and @moneyries, to tech and social media senior editor…

NEWSWEEK* promoted Joyce Tang, joyce.tang@newsweekdailybeast.com and @joycetang, to deputy editor for the magazine’s iPad and tablet editions…

MARTHA STEWART LIVING* no longer has depuyty editor Miranda Crowell…

SUNSET* magazine snagged Miranda Crowell, crowellm@sunset.com, as deputy editor…

HEALTHCARE DESIGN welcomed new Editor-in-Chief Kristin Zeit, kzeit@vondomegrp.com and @HCD_KZeit…

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