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.

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Friday News Round-Up for October 26th

Batten down the hatches, East Coasters.  Some are saying that Hurricane Sandy (the name sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it?) could be a “Frankenstorm.”  Before you begin your preparations for the perfect storm, catch up on the news.  Mag titles with an asterisk* are included in our Wooden Horse Database.

ARTHUR FROMMER’S BUDGET TRAVEL* is up for sale by its owner, hedge-fund manager Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher, Jr., due to financial woes and legal complications.  The magazine’s liabilities are estimated at $1 million, and the November/December issue may not make it to newsstands…

HARPER’S* magazine relaunched its website this week, with more blog-style content and comments sections…

Publishers Rodale, Hearst and Time Inc are in talks with Dr. Oz to develop an eponymous health magazine…

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW* magazine has rebranded as MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, and has unveiled a redesigned website and logo…

NORTHERN INDIANA LAKES and its properties have been acquired by Perigo Communications LLC, the magazine’s original founders…

NORTHERN INDIANA LAKES magazine will relaunch in early 2013, after shuttering in July of this year over a legal dispute…

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK* will welcome Janet Paskin, no email available, @JPaskin, as assistant managing editor  on November 12…

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED* promoted Christian Stone, chris_stone@simail.com, to managing editor…

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED* publisher Time Inc promoted Paul Fichtenbaum, paul_fichtenbaum@simail.com and @paulfichtenbaum, to editor for its magazine Sports Group…

US WEEKLY* lost executive editor Jaimee Zanzinger…

VANITY FAIR* said goodbye to editorial assistant Julie Deutsch. No replacement has been named…

VANITY FAIR* no longer has associate research editor Lily Hoagland.  No replacement as yet…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* named elise Lipsky-Karasz, elipsky-karasz@hearst.com, as features director…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* promoted Sam Broekema, sbroekema@hearst.com and @sambroekema, to executive accessories editor…

THE ADVOCATE* lost Jeremy Kinser, senior editor covering arts and entertainment…

THE ADVOCATE* executive editor Diane Anderson-Minshall, diane.anderson-minshall@heremedia.com and @DeliciousDiane, will cover arts and entertainment in the interim…

TIME OUT NEW YORK* promoted Mari Uyehara, mari.uyehara@timeoutny.com and @fedification, to food and drink editor…

Wednesday News Round-Up for October 24th

Were you among the breathless Apple fans anxiously awaiting the iPad mini’s debut yesterday?  Some were underwhelmed, in part because of cost.  While the size is indeed mini (weighing in at just .68 pounds), the price is not ($329).  It’s just $70 less than a full-size iPad, quite a bit higher than Kindle Fire.  Whatever device you’re reading this on, remember that all titles listed with an asterisk* here are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

NEWSWEEK* will actively push current subscribers to make a switch to the digital format ahead of closing the print magazine…

NEWSWEEK* reportedly is negotiating with Time Inc, which wants to buy Newsweek’s print subscriber list.  Time Inc purchased a subscriber list from US NEWS & WORLD REPORT* when its print product was shuttered…

HEALTHY COOKING magazine will shut down, and publisher Reader’s Digest Association will fold the title into TASTE OF HOME*.  Healthy Cooking’s 516,000 subscribers will be transferred to Taste of Home, and Taste of Home’s ‘Healthy Choices’ section will double in size…

TIME* debuted a website redesign, using “responsive design,” which adjusts for all media platforms, and is easier to navigate.  Visitors also will find a less cluttered layout with less red…

Publishers Rodale, Hearst and Time Inc are in talks with TV celeb Dr. Mehmet Oz to develop an eponymous health magazine…

WIRED* magazine announced it will increase its rate base for the eleventh consecutive year, hiking it to 825,000…

THE ADVOCATE*, the nation’s longest-running LGBT magazine, says rumors of its demise are completely false.  Erroneous reports claimed the publication would end at the end of 2012…

AMERICAN ARTIST* announced on October 17 that it has ceased publication after 75 years, and an estimated 45 employees will be laid off.  The magazine is published by Interweave, which was purchased by F + W Media in late July…

YOGA JOURNAL* will raise its rate base for 2013, from 350,000 to 375,000…

VEGETARIAN TIMES* is raising its rate base for next year, to 315,000…

ELLE* accessories director, Kate Davidson Hudson, has left the publication…

ELLE* senior accessories editor, Stefania Allen, has departed from the magazine…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* promoted Nicole Fritton, nfritton@hearst.com, to fashion market & accessories director…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* welcomed Joanna Hillman, jhillman@hearst.com and @johillman, as the new style director…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* named Elise Lipsky-Karasz, no email available, as the new features director, replacing Anamarie Wilson…

MARIE CLAIRE* no longer has assistant fashion editor Ashley Afriyie…

MARIE CLAIRE* promoted Jenna Blaha, jblaha@hearst.com, to assistant fashion editor…

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST* welcomed new associate market editor Stephanie Schomer, stephanie_schomer@condenast.com…

WSJ. MAGAZINE* now will have Ruth Altchek, ruth.altchek@wsj.com, overseeing both the weekly glossy and the WSJ lifestyle section, in the newly-created post of weekend editorial director…

FOOD & WINE* magazine welcomed new senior editor Kay Chun, kay.chun@aexp.com…

WHITEWALL art and lifestyle magazine named Amani Olu, amani@whitewallmag.com and @amaniolu, as managing editor…

HEALTHLEADERS magazine tapped Jacqueline Fellows, jfellows@healthleadersmedia.com and @JaxFellows, as the publication’s new editor…

Losing my religion: Your view of Newsweek’s print demise depends on your ‘beliefs’

This was a week when everyone agreed on the questions.

Is it the death of one magazine, or a spreading epidemic that soon will wipe out an entire category?

Was it a natural death, or self-inflicted?

Is print, as a species, doomed to extinction?

But if we all shared the same questions, the answers depended greatly on what beliefs you brought to the table.

“Babies born now will never read anything in print.  Face the reality that print will eventually go away,” said Ben Horowitz, technology entrepreneur, speaking at the American Magazine Conference on October 17, 2012.

“Print is not dead.  NEWSWEEK* is committing suicide…” wrote Samir Husni, Mr. Magazine, in his blog entry for October 18, 2012—shortly after he tweeted that Tina Brown is the Dr. Kevorkian of the newsweeklies.  Ouch.

The juxtaposition of Newsweek’s print demise and the national magazine conference, in the same week, brought into sharp focus the industry’s most basic survival issues.

It also divided those involved with the industry according to their ‘religions,’ pitting Print True Believers who love the medium, like Husni, against Digital Zen adherents like Horowitz.  Others, who are Media Pragmatists, expressed the belief that while some magazine categories, such as fashion, may always have some physical print presence, screens and channels are destined to be where content lives out its life.

The truth is that Newsweek, like all newsweeklies, carried special burdens.  A weekly publishing schedule freights a magazine with higher printing and distribution costs.  And there was the squeeze of being caught between the frenzied 24/7 news cycle of the internet and cable, and monthly magazines, like THE ECONOMIST*, that have the time to produce quality, in-depth journalism with context.  Unable to be truly timely on one end or give thoughtful examination on the other, Newsweek often compensated with sensationalism and superficiality.

Will the magazine find contentment in its digital afterlife?  Your answer may depend on your religion.

Friday News Round-Up for October 19th

Hey, we’re all for seasonal favorites when it comes to food, but some ideas are just a bridge too far.  Comes word that Japanese Burger King restaurants currently are serving pumpkin burgers.  Think bacon burgers, but with lots of Jack-o-lantern slices added for good measure.  “Have it your way,” right?  Hmmm.   Before you go in search of that perfect snack, catch up on the industry news.  When you see an asterisk*, that indicates a title you’ll find in our Wooden Horse Database.

NEWSWEEK* magazine, in print since 1933, will cease its print edition and go all-digital at year’s end, Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown announced this week.  The final print issue is scheduled for December 31.  Cuts in editorial and business staffs are expected as a result of the changes…

NEWSWEEK* will relaunch in 2013 as a tablet-only magazine, titled NEWSWEEK GLOBAL…

L STYLE G STYLE, an Austin, Texas-based magazine targeting the LGBT community, will suspend publication while seeking investment to go national.  The publication only recently went from serving Austin, to covering the entire state…

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED* Editor-in-Chief and Time Inc Sports Group editor Terry McDonell stepped down from his post…

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED* tapped Chris Stone, chris_stone@simail.com, as the new managing editor.  Stone has been with the magazine for 20 years…

Time Inc named Paul Fichtenbaum as editor for the Sports Group, replacing the recently departed Terry McDonell…

REDBOOK* welcomed Leslie Robarge, lrobarge@hearst.com, as a deputy editor…

REDBOOK* welcomed Tiffany Blackstone, tblackstone@hearst.com, as a deputy editor…

REDBOOK* tapped Sarah Smith, no email available, as a deputy editor…

MAXIM* magazine brought in new assistant editor Cameron Berkman, cberkman@maxim.com and @camonrye…

CRAIN’S NEW YORK BUSINESS* promoted Jeremy Smerd, jsmerd@crainsnewyork.com and @smerd, to managing editor…

BOSTON MAGAZINE* welcomed associate digital editor for health Melissa Malamut, mmalamut@bostonmagazine.com and @melissamalamut…

Wednesday News Round-Up for September 19th

Yes, the leaves are barely changing, but Toys ‘R Us is out with a list of this year’s hottest Christmas toys.  The list proves that everything comes back around if you wait long enough.  A new version of Furby, the fuzzy robot, is back, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair apparently is in demand.  Who would have guessed?  For now, let’s forget about Christmas and focus on the latest industry news.  All titles with an asterisk* are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

DEPARTURES*, the American Express luxury magazine, will increase its rate base to 900,000 in 2013…

PREVENTION* will reposition its editorial content and unveil a revamp in January of 2013…

FAMILY FUN* will debut a relaunch with the October issue, including new content and a new look.  The changes have been in the works since Meredith acquired the magazine from Disney in February of this year.  Three new categories—create, play and explore—divide the publication, with expanded departments for learning, health and travel.  Readers also will notice new graphics for both the print and digital editions…

Conde Nast has asked its publishers to cut 5% from their budgets, due to a weak ad market…

GOLF DIGEST* cut staffers last week…

TEEN VOGUE* made staff cuts last week…

Hearst CEO Frank Bennack has tapped the company’s COO, Steven Swartz, to take over for him.  No date for the change has been announced…

THOROUGHBRED TIMES, covering horse racing and breeding, ceased operations on Friday, September 14.  Financial shortfalls reportedly were to blame…

BRIDES* magazine no longer has weddings style assistant Larysa Balko…

EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY* snagged Abbie Kozolchyk, abbie.kozolchyk@meredith.com, as the new beauty and travel editor…

BUDGET TRAVEL* named Gillian Telling, Gillian.telling@budgettravel.com, as the new editor-in-chief…

CFO MAGAZINE* promoted Taylor Provost, taylorprovost@cfo.com, to editor for technology…

SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN LIFESTYLES earlier this month lost Editor-in-Chief Ron Donoho.  No replacement has been named…

PLANSPONSOR magazine promoted Kristen Heinzinger, kheinzinger@assetinternational.com, to associate editor…

Wednesday News Round-Up for September 12th

We don’t know if you caught sight of the iPhone 5 today during the great unveiling. Just beware…apparently the new model allows Siri to post your vocalizations to Facebook.  Imagine accidentally posting you thoughts onto your FB account.  Before your consider that disaster, check out the latest industry news.  All titles with an asterisk* are part of the Wooden Horse Database.

The Hearst intern class action lawsuit now has an estimated 3,000 plaintiffs, and may be decided sometime in 2013…

Nomad Editions, the digital magazine publisher which began three years ago, will close its last three titles, UNCORKED, SNOOTH WINE BUYERS GUIDE and HEMMINGS CLASSIC WHEELS…

GLAMOUR* magazine will debut a website redesign in October, featuring more visuals and video…

ESQUIRE* magazine will debut a spinoff supplement, ESQUIRE, WORKING, with the October issue.  The 56-page issue is being marketed as a one-off, at least for the time being…

THE DEAL financial magazine reportedly has been acquired by TheStreet, Inc. for $5.8 million…

T: THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE will increase its frequency to 11 times per year in 2012, and 12 times per year in 2013.  The publication launched in 2008 with just four issues…

CRITTERS USA annual magazine is ceasing print with the 2013 issue…

FERRETS USA magazine has ceased print with the 2012 issue, but information can still be found at http://www.smallanimalchannel.com…

SEVENTEEN* brought in new executive editor Bethany Heitman, bheitman@hearst.com…

SEVENTEEN* magazine promoted Kaitlin Menza, kmenza@hearrst.com and @heykmenz, to lifestyle editor…

FITNESS* magazine welcomed new associate beauty editor Molly Ritterbeck, molly.ritterbeck@meredith.com and @MollyRitt…

JET* welcomed Anslem Rocque, asrocque@jetmag.com, as the new managing editor…

ADVERTISING AGE* named Cotton Delo, cdelo@adage.com and @cottondelo, as the new San Francisco bureau chief…

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS* named Greg Kayko, greg.kayko@meredith.com and @gkayko, as the new managing editor…

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS* promoted Kelly Ryan Kegans, kelly.kegans@meredith.com, and @Bibliofiles1, to senior deputy editor…

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS* welcomed Melissa Feldman, melissa.feldman@meredith.com, as East Coast home editor…

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS* promoted Maggie Meyer, Maggie.meyer@meredith.com and @MargaretLauren, to senior food editor…