Bonnier Title to Cease Publication

Caribbean Travel 11-30-12 sizedCARIBBEAN TRAVEL + LIFE* will cease publication beginning next year.

Bonnier will fold the title’s content into ISLANDS*, a bigger and stronger travel magazine it publishes and increase its frequency to 10x.

Islands will produce two Caribbean-themed issues in May and November, as well as publishing regional editorial in each issue. This move is aimed at establishing the publication as Bonnier’s flagship travel title.

New Print Magazine Is Launched by Bloggers

Creative Applications Network logoHOLO is the name of a technology magazine that has made the jump from screen to print.

It aims to explore the convergence of art, science and technology and will contain bite-sized stories but will also offer long-form journalism, taking readers into the studios of those behind design and technology, Greg J. Smith, a Toronto-based designer, educator and editor-in-chief said. Alexander Scholz, the magazine’s creative director also based in Toronto, said “the goal is to tell stories not possible in a blog. People reading the web don’t have the patience, that’s the natural way of consuming information on the web.”

The biannual magazine will employ freelancers and the content will have an international style. It will be distributed in major cities around the world, with an initial print run of around 3,000 that could grow with more financial support. The cover price should be $20 to $30, while subscriptions will be available.

New Online Wine Magazine Plans Print

ImageWelcome to Maryland Wine Country, a new online monthly magazine, expects to launch a print title by the end of next year.

The online publication exists to educate people in Maryland and the world about Maryland wines, the restaurants and stores that sell Maryland wines. It hopes to spark interest to bring people to come to Maryland, explore the Maryland wine trails, enjoy Maryland wineries, restaurants, and other features of the state of Maryland, according to Publisher Susan Southard of aptly named Que Syrah Syrah Publishing.

The website is at http://www.welcometomarylandwinecountry.com/ and Ms. Muphen R. Whitney is executive editor.

Kettering University Has Launched New Alumni Magazine

ImageKETTERING MAGAZINE was just launched by the university. It replaces Kettering Perspective magazine, which published its final issue spring 2012.

“With the many dynamic changes and constant flow of news going on at Kettering University, we wanted a publication that reflected that energy,” said Editor Patrick Hayes. “But more importantly, we wanted the publication to not only keep our readers and our alumni informed about Kettering, we want Kettering Magazine to be a vehicle that encourages our alumni to come back and be involved in the University’s exciting future and share their knowledge and talents with our current students.”

Mr. Hayes, the editor, can be contacted via email at phayes@kettering.edu and submission guidelines can be accessed at http://bit.ly/UDkR8q

Motley Crue Member Launches Mini-Magazine

Sixx Sense coverSIXX SENSE is the name of a promotional magazine of 40 pages launched by retailer Best Buy and Premiere Networks.

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx heads a national radio show called “Sixx Sense” with co-host Kasem. The publication will be added to the Sixx Sense Rock displays in 700 Best Buy stores across the country. Sixx Sense The Magazine will feature more than 40 pages of exclusive content from the radio show, new interviews with Nikki Sixx, Kerri Kasem, today’s most relevant music artists, and much more.

Additional details are not known at this time. The magazine is available in 700 Best Buy stores across the U.S., and via BestBuy.com.

The Trend of Non-Publishers Owning Print and Online Magazines Continues

What makes a publisher?

j2 Global Inc, a provider of business cloud services, has acquired Ziff Davis Inc, the venerable publisher of PC MAGAZINE (now PCMag.com), COMPUTER SHOPPER (now ComputerShopper.com), ExtremeTech.com, Toolbox.com and Geek.com.

“We have years of experience and significant interest in the digital media and online marketing space, both as a large scale consumer of advertising (~$50M per year) and as a seller of advertising on our ad supported properties (e.g. eFax Free) and a provider of marketing and advertising services through Campaigner®,” said Hemi Zucker, j2’s chief executive officer in a press release.

The financial website TheStreet.com reported that at least one analyst sees the deal as a shrewd move. “This acquisition represents a nice tangential growth opportunity for j2, as the company looks to expand its marketing and cloud-services segment over the coming years,” FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives said in a note. “We also believe Ziff offers the company additional cross-sell opportunities for j2’s core fax product, given its strong marketing presence.”

But does that make j2 Global a publisher? Only time will tell, of course, but until then we remain skeptical.

Wednesday News Round-Up for November 14

ImageThere are actually intermittent blue skies on the northwest Oregon coast. Amazing!

Magazine titles with an asterisk* are included in our media directory, Wooden Horse Magazines Media Database.

The Associated Press is launching its first Spanish-language stylebook for subscribers of the AP’s Spanish news services.

WSJ. MAGAZINE* will have a new fashion news and features director, Elisa Lipsky-Karasz, no email yet, (@E_LK) in December.

INTERVIEW* magazine is without entertainment director Lauren Tabach Bank. No replacement has been named.

INTERVIEW* magazine is without deputy editor Meghan Dailey. No replacement has been named.

O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE* has a new accessories editor, Paula Lee, plee@hearst.com

While researching online markets, found Susan Johnston’s terrific ebook Guide to Online Writing Markets, http://bit.ly/Ry8da2

Orange County Register has a new lifestyle columnist, Anne Valdespino, avaldespino@ocregister.com. She will be writing the new Eye on O.C. column, covering local people, celebrities and social events, including charity and non-profit functions.

COSMOPOLITAN* magazine has named Dana Stern Schwartz, dstern@hearst.com, as its new entertainment director.

GLAMOUR* will be losing beauty director Felicia Rogawska Milewicz next month.

Popdust Style fashion blog has named an editor, Marquita Harris, marquita@marquitaharris.com

Popdust Style is a new fashion blog from the people at the PopDust blog; http://popduststyle.com, (@popduststyle)

Coca-Cola to Turn Website into Online Magazine

ImageCOCA-COLA JOURNEY is the name of the online magazine that the bottler will morph its company website into. It is designed to “spark dialogue and tell the story of Coca-Cola in a creative, refreshing way,” according to a press release. The name comes from an employee magazine, which ceased publication in 1997.

The editorial will feature entertainment, the environment, health and sports, interviews, opinion columns, video and audio clips, photo galleries, blogs and include longer pieces. The site will also offer company material, including executive biographies, investor information, job postings and news releases.

The person in charge is Ashley Brown, director for digital communications and social media at the company in Atlanta. In addition to Mr. Brown, four full-time employees are dedicated to the magazine along with freelance writers and photographers, as well as “people throughout the Coke system, in marketing and public relations.”

The Houston Chronicle Celebrates Style on Sundays

Houston Chronicle Media Group is launching Style, a premium weekly publication devoted to timely local coverage of fashion, design, beauty, travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyle topics.

The inaugural issue publishes on Sunday November 11 in the Houston Chronicle newspaper and at chron.com/style. The printed edition will be available only in home delivered copies of the newspaper.

The editor is Jody Schmal, jody.schmal@chron.com.

New Jersey’s Largest City to Be Featured in a New Magazine

ImageA new destination magazine promoting attractions and things to do in Newark will hit the newsstands in early 2013.

The publication, called NewarkBound, will feature photography and stories about arts and culture, food, family fun and things to do in the city and neighboring communities.

Visitors and business travelers will get an overview of what the area has to offer, including music, sports, dining, shopping, attractions, accommodations, major events and entertainment,” said Publisher Victor Nichols, vnichols@diversitymc.com, in a press release. The goal of the magazine is to provide a unique insider’s view to attract tourists and visitors to the city and surrounding areas.

NewarkBound will launch as a glossy 80-page, full-color publication and will have an online version at NewarkBound.com. The target circulation is 100,000, to be distributed through retailers, realtors and hospitability venues.