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…

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 October 17th

We spent some time over the weekend watching skydiver Felix Baumbartner’s 24-mile fall from the stratosphere to terra firma.  For those of us who get queasy on a Ferris wheel at the fair, it was pretty remarkable—remarkable meaning terrifying.  Anyhoo, check out the magazine industry news while you’re here.  As always, titles with an asterisk* can be found in our helpful Wooden Horse Database.

T: THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE will relaunch on February 17 of next year.  The glossy will sport a new look and higher-quality paper stock, as well as a broader range of culture and style topics related to fashion, beauty, art, design, travel and lifestyle.  Two of the four design-themed issues will be eliminated, as the magazine reduces frequency from 15 to 13 issues per year in 2013, but every issue will contain some design content…

VARIETY reportedly may move its headquarters away from its current Wilshire Boulevard location when its lease expires in February of 2014…

UPTOWN, a regional magazine in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is being absorbed by the Winnipeg Free Press, and will be relaunched as a newspaper supplement on November 1…

PRIVATE LABEL, PRIVATE LABEL INTERNATIONAL and PRIVATE LABEL CHINA, three B2B titles covering store-branded retail products, were acquired by Stagnito Media from E.W. Williams Publications.  The terms of the deal were undisclosed.  Stagnito plans to combine Private Label with their existing title, STORE BRANDS, to create a new magazine, PRIVATE LABEL→ STORE BRANDS…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* lost executive editor Kristina O’Neill, who had been with the magazine for 12 years…

WSJ. MAGAZINE* snagged Kristina O’Neill, Kristina.oneill@wsj.com, as the new editor-in-chief, beginning on October 29.  She replaces Deborah Needleman, who recently left to take the helm at T: THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE…

MARIE CLAIRE* bid farewell to executive editor Joyce Chang…

COSMOPOLITAN* tapped Joyce Chang, joycechang@hearst.com and @moycemarg, as the new executive editor…

TV GUIDE* brought in new executive editor Doug Brod, doug.brod@tvguidemagazine.com…

MEN’S HEALTH* promoted Julie Stewart, julie.stewart@rodale.com and @stewartjulie, as the assistant editor for the magazine…

POZ* magazine promoted Oriol Gutierrez, oriolg@poz.com and @oriolgutierrez, from deputy editor to the new editor-in-chief…

WHIRL MAGAZINE in Pittsburgh hired Andrea Bosco, abosco@whirlmagazine.com, as a senior editor overseeing both the home and wedding guide sections…

FRESH CUT food industry magazine named Lee Dean, fcedit@freshcut.com, as the new editor-in-chief…

From grim outlook to grim reaper: Magazine staffers have reason to fear

Is it the return of the Grim Reaper, just in time for Halloween?

News came this week that the folks from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company are back at Time Inc., called in by CEO Laura Lang.

Despite Lang’s assurances that the consultants are there to work on consumer marketing issues, McKinsey’s presence creates some justifiable jumpiness among employees.  After all, the last time they made an appearance, in 2007, roughly 800 people were shown the door.

This also comes on the heels of an earlier visit this year from Bain & Co, which was hired by Lang in March to help right the ship at Time.

As if that wasn’t enough to make a staffer nervous, Conde Nast this week went on a two-day blood letting, axing an estimated 60 positions.  The move was the result of a recent company edict, directing all titles to cut an additional 5% from next year’s budget.  This in addition to the 10% they were asked to cut for 2012.

SELF* took the biggest blow, losing eight editorial staffers and three on the business side.  BRIDES* suffered too, cutting five from its editorial department and six in business.  It seemed there was nowhere to hide, with dismissals extending to most titles and up to the top floor, including two casualties in corporate communications.

So you can hardly blame those who remain at Time Inc, or any other magazine publisher, for feeling a bit like characters in a Halloween slasher movie, waiting to be picked off.

It seems the Grim Reaper shows up much more often these days.

Friday News Round-Up for October 12th

Think before you kiss Fido.  Japanese researchers studying dental plaque from dogs and their owners found that (ick!) dogs and humans who swap spit have more bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.  We’ll just let that sink in.  In the meantime, check out the latest industry news.  All titles with an asterisk* are part of our helpful Wooden Horse Database.

Conde Nast cut an estimated 60 staffers at its magazines throughout Wednesday and Thursday, as part of a new cost cutting measure…

SELF* axed eight editorial staffers late Wednesday, as Conde Nast began making deep cuts…

GLAMOUR* and GQ* magazines saw staff cuts on Thursday, as Conde Nast continued major cuts…

WHOLE LIVING* magazine is up for sale by owner Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia…

GLAMOUR* ousted senior executive editor Catherine Romano, as part of Conde Nast staff cuts…

VOGUE* said goodbye to senior editor Riza Cruz…

MARIE CLAIRE* picked up new executive editor Riza Cruz, rcruz@hearst.com…

MARIE CLAIRE* named Tracy Shaffer, tshaffer@hearst.com, as the new entertainment editor…

TEEN VOGUE* hired Elaine Welteroth, elaine_welteroth@condenast.com and @ElaineWelteroth, as beauty and health director…

BON APPETIT* named Allie Lewis Capp, no email available, as the new food editor…

PARENTS* magazine said goodbye to senior editor for he website Heather Morgan Shott…

COUNTRY LIVING* lost Page Mullins, assistant market editor, overseeing the holiday gift guide…

CIO MAGAZINE* bid farewell to managing editor Christine Celli…

Wednesday News Round-Up for October 10th

Apparently we all love to talk, talk, talk.  The U.N. telecom agency this week reported there are now 6 billion (!) cell phone subscriptions.  China alone boasts 1 billion, and India is on track to hit that mark by year’s end.  Before you reach out and touch someone, check out the news.  All titles with an asterisk* are part of the Wooden Horse Database.

VARIETY has been sold by Reed Elsevier to Penske Media for an estimated $25 million…

VARIETY new owner Jay Penske says he hasn’t yet made a final decision about whether to continue publishing print editions of the weekly magazine and daily publication…

VARIETY new owner Penske Media reportedly will eliminate the publication’s paywall…

GLAMOUR* magazine will unveil a website redesign in mid-November…

READER’S DIGEST* will go back to a full monthly publishing schedule in January 2013…

READER’S DIGEST* digital sales are on track to exceed print newsstand sales by December…

The OC Register Newspaper will debut a new Sunday magazine, with its own editorial staff.  No word yet on a title or a launch date…

DETAILS* promoted Matthew Marden, matthew_marden2@condenast.com and @detailsmatt, to fashion director…

DETAILS* magazine named Eugene Tong, eugene_tong@details.com and @detailseugene, as style director for the front-of-book style section…

SELF* magazine bid farewell to associate web editor Nicole Kwan…

THE HUFFINGTON POST* said goodbye to Natasha Burton, editor covering weddings and divorces…

PARENTS CANADA* managing editor and web editor Amy Bielby, bmyb@parentscanada.com and @bunoutoftheovern, is back from leave…

COLUMBUS MONTHLY* named Kristen Schmidt, kschmidt@columbusmonthly.com and @kristen_schmidt, as the magazine’s new editor…

HEALTH AFFAIRS magazine lost editor Ellen Ficklen, who oversaw the ‘Narrative Matters” section…

HEALTH AFFAIRS magazine executive editor Donald Metz, dmetz@projecthope.org, is the interim editor for the ‘Narrative Matters’ section…

The new normal for magazines: Clean cuts and messy workloads

In the past week, we’ve seen several publishers use these clean-sounding euphemisms to describe their editorial plans going forward.

But editors know that the messy translation of these words means two things:

(a) They are going to make painful staff cuts, and

(b) Those who survive the winnowing will be taking on more work.

Hearst Magazines began the week by announcing they would combine the editorial departments for its design group, which includes shelter titles HOUSE BEAUTIFUL*, VERANDA* and ELLE DÉCOR*.  House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief Newell Turner was plucked from his post to fill the newly created position of Design Group Editor-in-Chief.

Hearst president David Carey said that “integration” would begin immediately, with the new group structure in place by mid-October.  True to his word, by the end of the week the job cuts had begun, with Elle Décor executive editor Vicky Lowry one of the first casualties as her position was eliminated.  It’s estimated a dozen jobs in the group will disappear by year’s end.

CONSUMER REPORTS* also started the week by putting out the news that they would be undergoing “restructuring.”  That same day, editorial director Kevin McKean was let go after seven years, and his position cut.

Publisher Conde Nast (VOGUE*, WIRED*, BON APPETIT*) this week asked all of its magazine titles to cut an additional 5% from their budgets for 2013.  Reportedly, many of the company’s units already were leaving vacant editorial positions unfilled to save money.

None of this is new, and it’s part of an ongoing trend as print magazines try to adapt in a changing media environment.

But if the trend is clear, so are the consequences.

Last month’s editorial salary survey from FOLIO:* magazine also contained feedback from editors on workload and job satisfaction.  Across the board, editors reported being overworked, short on resources and lacking support.

Judging by the survey respondents, at a time when editors have more diverse responsibilities than ever before—digital oversight, business planning, event programming—they must do it with diminished budgets and stagnant salaries.

And now, dwindling staffs.

Is it any wonder print magazines are in trouble?

Friday News Round-Up for October 5th

We’re about to enter that magical time of year for major league sports enthusiasts, when they can partake in the big trio simultaneously. Baseball, football and basketball overlap  for their viewing pleasure.  Our condolences to those who live with a sports addict.  But at least it gives you solitary time to catch up on some industry news, right?  All titles listed with an asterisk* are included in our helpful Wooden Horse Database.

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL*, VERANDA* and ELLE DÉCOR* publisher Hearst has begun job cuts as the publisher consolidates editorial operations for its design group…

Conde Nast magazine titles are being asked to cut an additional 5% from their 2013 budgets…

PARENTING SCHOOL YEARS* will increase its rate base by 4.5%, up to 575,000, the second jump since 2009…

DIRT SPORTS magazine is being acquired by GrindMedia from Ryan Communications…

OFF ROAD INDUSTRY magazine will be acquired by GrindMedia from Ryan Communications…

ELLE DÉCOR* executive editor Vicky Lowry has been let go, and the executive editor position has been eliminated…

GARDEN & GUN* welcomed new senior editor M.K. Quinlan, mquinlan@gardenandgun.com and @mk_quinlan and @GGBelleDecor…

INTERVIEW* magazine picked up Rachel Small, rsmall@brantpub.com and @rachelsummer, as an editorial assistant…

THE HUFFINGTON POST* promoted Carey Polis, carey.polis@huffingtonpost.com and @careypolis, to food editor…

THIS OLD HOUSE* magazine said goodbye to associate editor Keith Pandolfi. No replacement has been named…

SALON.COM* bid farewell to news editor Ben Crair…

SALON.COM* named Alex Halperin, ahalperin@salon.com and @alexhalperin, as the new news editor…

SALON.COM* welcomed Julian Brookes, jbrookes@salon.com, as politics editor…

SALON.COM* hired Jillian Rayfield, jrayfiield@salon.com and @jillrayfield, as assistant news editor…

Wednesday News Round-Up for October 3rd

If you’ve had your fill of presidential politics and debate hype this evening, grab some industry news here in a spin-free zone.  All titles with an asterisk* are included in the Wooden Horse Database.  Check it out at http://www.woodenhorsepub.com.

BLOOMBERG PURSUITS* magazine will increase its frequency from twice a year to a quarterly schedule in 2013…

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL* publisher Hearst will combine editorial departments for its design group of shelter magazines.  Hearst also is likely to eliminate positions as a result of the consolidation…

PARENTING SCHOOL YEARS* will increase its rate base to 575,000, a hike of 4.5%.  This will be second circulation jump since 2009 for the magazine…

AMERICAN BANKER* publisher SourceMedia is up for sale by its owner, Investcorp…

ASPEN MAGAZINE* has been acquired by Modern Luxury Media from owner Janet O’Grady, janran@aspenmagazine.com and @roving81611, who will stay on as the publication’s editor-in-chief…

CONSUMER REPORTS* currently is undergoing a major restructuring…

NEW YORK MAGAZINE* picked up Jessica Silvester, jessica.silvester@nymag.com, as shopping editor…

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL* Editor-in-Chief Newell Turner, no email available, @tnturner3, will become editor-in-chief for the Hearst magazine’s design group…

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL* will search for a new editor-in-chief to replace Newell Turner, who is being promoted…

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK* hired Emma Rosenblum, erosenblum2@bloomberg.net and @EmmaRosenblum, as editor for the ‘Etc’ section…

CONSUMER REPORTS* ousted editorial director Kevin McKean as part of its restructuring…

COMPLEX* magazine said goodbye to fashion assistant Frederick Marfil…

AMERICAN PHOTO* named Miriam Leuchter, miriam.leuchter@bonniercorp.com, as the new editor-in-chief…

CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS Editor-in-Chief Rudy Baum stepped down…

CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS promoted A Maureen Rouhi, m_rouhi@acs.org, to editor-in-chief…