Golfers can now get their news digitally every week

Sports Illustrated Golf + Digital coverPublisher Time Inc. borrowed assets from Sports Illustrated and Golf magazines and begat Sports Illustrated Golf + Digital, a free weekly magazine for the desktop, iPads and iPhones.

It features PGA Tour news and analysis, instruction tips, travel recommendations, the latest in equipment, video – all original content. Among the recurring videos will be an instruction series called “Play Like the Pros” and an equipment primer called “Tech Talk.” There’s even a serialized golf novel by Michael Bamberger, who is taking reader suggestions on where the plot should go. The magazine will publish 45 times in 2014.

The New York City-based publication is available from Golf.com on Wednesday mornings. Alan Bastable, alan_bastable@golf.com, is the editor.

Atlantic Media’s business news site is now two years old

Quartz logoThey said it wouldn’t work – the digital-only business news publication of the Atlantic Media Company, called Quartz. But it’s now two years old and boasted 2 million monthly visitors in April 2013 and is now averaging close to 5 million a month; 42% of which come from outside the US.
It targets an audience of “global business leaders – digitally savvy, post-national executives, who seek information that will help them better navigate the new global economy.”

But what bothered the pundits from the start were new ideas, such as the absence of the traditional beats. Instead, Quartz features “obsessions,” i.e. “the patterns, trends and seismic shifts that are shaping the world our readers live in. ‘Financial markets’ is a beat, but ‘the financial crisis’ is a phenomenon. ‘The environment’ is a beat, but ‘climate change, is a phenomenon.” These phenomena are called “obsessions.

The editorial offices are located in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood and Kevin Delaney, kdelaney@qz.com, @kevinjdelaney, is the Editor-in-Chief.

Nikki Finke is back on the Hollywood beat

Nikki Finke logoCelebrity journalist and blogger Nikki Finke left Deadline Hollywood, the gossip blog she founded and built into a powerhouse, after a blow-up with the financial backer.

After being silenced for seven months due to a non-compete clause in her contract, she has launched a new blog under her own name, www.NikkiFinke.com. But if you want to check it out, be aware that her first post includes “…my new website is not for the easily offended or ridiculously naïve…” and “…I don’t give a s–t who comes here or if the site gets traffic or if TPTB ever advertise…”

Since Nikki doesn’t detail her plans it isn’t possible to forecast any opportunities for writers, but her tipline is operating for intrepid PR practitioners.

New online magazine covers – and is written by – adoptees

Gazillion Voices logoGazillion Voices, the online monthly magazine, grew out of the “Land of Gazillion Adoptees” blog written by Korean adoptee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, now co-editor of the magazine.

Vollmers wanted to “create a platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life through rich, compelling, and thought-provoking content that will be accessible to the broader community and will ultimately reframe and reshape the conversation about adoption.”

The editorial covers exclusive cover stories; columns and opinion pieces; film and photo essays that show adoptees in their everyday lives; podcasts that dive into complex issues; video interviews with adoptees from all across the US and world; and thoughts and perspectives about research/policy/legislation, arts/culture, literature, and food.

Co-editors are Kevin Vollmers of Minneapolis, kevinhaebeomvollmers@gmail.com, and Shelise Gieseke, an adoptee who grew up in New Ulm, MN.

New website wants to be everything for seniors

Complete Senior "cover"Complete Senior is a new digital magazine for people 50+.

It strives to be everything for seniors from publishing vital information that impacts your health, your money, your family – including the latest news from Social Security and Medicare – but also articles about your favorite celebrities, unexpected travel destinations, food, drink, beauty, fashion, sports and, of course, the very best in entertainment.

Richard Pérez-Feria, @RPerezFeria, is editor-in-chief.

New online magazine covers – and is written by – adoptees

Gazillion Voices logoGazillion Voices, the online monthly magazine that launched last summer, grew out of the “Land of Gazillion Adoptees” blog written by Korean adoptee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, now co-editor of the magazine.

Vollmers wanted to “create a platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life through rich, compelling, and thought-provoking content that will be accessible to the broader community and will ultimately reframe and reshape the conversation about adoption.”

It aims to offer content that will be accessible to a broad audience: Exclusive cover stories; columns and opinion pieces; film and photo essays that show adoptees in their everyday lives; podcasts that dive into complex issues; video interviews with adoptees from all across the US and world; and thoughts and perspectives about research/policy/legislation, arts/culture, literature, and food.

Co-editors are Kevin Vollmers of Minneapolis, kevinhaebeomvollmers@gmail.com, and Shelise Gieseke, an adoptee who grew up in New Ulm, MN.

Capital relaunches website with expanded stable of editors and reporters

Capital New York logoCapital New York was recently acquired by Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton, who is now patterning it on his other website, Politico. The newly redesigned website will launch on Dec 3.

It will have more journalists and enhanced coverage to produce news “for and about the people and institutions that shape New York.” The site will focus sharply on the power trio of City Hall, Albany and the media industry.

Capital will “maintain a robust free site,” but most of the content will be available behind a paywall, which can be accessed with a “Pro” subscription. There are three of these premium plans: City Hall Pro, Albany Pro and Media Pro. All three will be free until early 2014.

City Hall and Albany coverage will be managed by Capital co-founder Josh Benson, jbenson@capitalnewyork.com, and media by the other co-founder, Tom McGeveran, tmcgeveran@capitalnewyork.com. Gillian Reagan, gillian@capitalnewyork.com, is managing editor.

Political coverage will be edited by Reid Pillifant, @reidpillifant, and JoAnne Wasserman, @Bkjowasserman. Media coverage is headed by Joe Pompeo, joe@capitalnewyork.com, @joepompeo with Matthew Lynch, mlynch@capitalnewyork.com, @mbradylynch, Alex Weprin, aweprin@capitalnewyork.com, @alexweprin, Nicole Levy, nicole@capitalnewyork.com, @AubernaLevy on magazines and Johana Bhuiyan, jbhuiyan@capitalnewyork.com, @JMBooyah covering digital media.