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.

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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.

Freelance writers will get professional news in new PWAC publication

The Current's logo“The Current” is a new ‘news brief publication’ by The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC.)

It will launch July 24 and will be sent by email to over 600 subscribing freelance writers every Thursday. “We search the Internet and find all relevant news stories applicable for freelance writers that are trending, such as self publishing and copyright law, and we will submit those articles to PWAC [for approval],” said Tim Tsafaridis of B2B digital marketing company MultiView, The Current’s Publication Manager. PWAC will also review articles from members…

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.

ForbesLife gets its own living quarters on the Internet

ForbesLife logoForbesLife, the service magazine for the luxury market, is a lifestyle magazine for affluent Forbes readers. However, it has never had its own home on the Internet but has lodged as a poor relative on the Forbes main website at http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife.

But on Sep 2, the magazine will have its own home, ForbesLife.com, and will publish daily features on men’s and women’s fashion, watches and jewelry, automobiles and boats, real estate and luxury homes, fine dining and drinks, arts and culture, as well as life’s other indulgences. “What makes ForbesLife.com so exciting is that it will allow us to broaden our coverage of women’s fashion, jewelry, watches and beauty,” said Editor Michael Solomon, msolomon@forbes.com, @Mister_Solomon.

Also on Sep 2, a native app and a redesigned print magazine will be launched. ForbesLife is included in our media directory, the Wooden Horse Media Database.

Cooking star Paula Deen is re-emerging with Internet video network

Paula Deen logoFood personality Paula Deen, who became embroiled in a highly publicized racial controversy last year and lost all of her endorsements and her Food Network TV show, is planning a come-back, but this time online.

Using her website, www.pauladeen.com, as the portal, Deen will serve up a mix of exclusive, subscriber-based videos taped in front of an audience in a Georgia-based production studio. As with her TV show, Ms. Deen and guests will talk and cook food. ‘The Queen of Southern Cuisine’ will “provide her signature Southern dishes and simple, healthy meals in a fun, unscripted format on a daily basis with all-new recipes, episodes and cooking tools,” the website states.

The effort is offered by Paula Deen Ventures and Deen is the majority owner. It is backed by Phoenix, AZ-based Najafi Cos and with Steven Nanula as CEO.

Production of the videos has reportedly already started for a September launch.

New travel magazine highlights food

Food Traveler magazine coverFood Traveler magazine is packed with information on exquisite food and travel destinations in the United States and abroad.

The bi-annual features places that are accessible to most travelers, and destinations that offer a unique culinary experience. Stories strive to capture the essence of the culinary destination, equip readers with useful information, and allow the readers to follow in the writer’s footsteps.

The title is published by Tampa, FL-based David-Jacobs Publishing Group and is distributed nationally via newsstands, book stores, grocery stores, airports and is available in waiting rooms throughout the US. Joshua Wattam, info@davidJacobspg.com, is the editor and writer’s guidelines are available online.