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Ellen Kampinsky Named Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Reports

consumer reports logo GEllen Kampinsky has been named the new editor-in-chief of Consumer Reports. Kampinsky most recently served as a senior editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. She also spent a decade at Glamour.

“Ellen’s impressive track record across multiple formats of media and her commitment to upholding the highest standards of journalistic integrity make her a welcome addition to the Consumer Reports team,” Brent Diamond, VP and general manager of the company’s magazine and newsletter products, said in a statement. “Her experience will be invaluable as we strive to provide readers with a broad range of information and work together for a fair, just and safe marketplace for all consumers.”

Kampinsky’s appointment is effective immediately.

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No One Wants to Buy Forbes

No one, it seems, wants to buy Forbes. According to Bloomberg News, one potential frontrunner to purchase the company is officially out, and two other bidders are no longer engaged in active talks.

It has been about six months since Forbes started fetching offers, but nothing has moved beyond preliminary discussions. China’s Fosun International — publisher of Forbes China — was considered the leader to buy Forbes, but they’re out. Two other companies — Singapore’s Spice Global Investments and Germany’s Axel Springer — have also ended discussions.

We bet you can guess the reason interest has dried up. That’s right, money! The trio of companies considered Forbes’ $400 million asking price way too expensive, so they’re moving on.

Don’t these companies realize that if they owned Forbes they could continuously publish lists of rich people and somehow people will never grow tired of them? That must be worth something.

Harvard Students Hatch Email Recall Tool

PlutoMailSlideWe’ve all been there, on the sender or recipient end. And usually, when someone quickly blasts out a second email subject-lined “John Doe Would Like to Recall the Message…”, it only leads people who previously ignored to stop and take a look at the referenced wreckage.

Per a recent Entrepreneur magazine article, Harvard Law students David Gobaud and Lindsay Lin are aiming to replace this lame rigmarole with a whole new M.O. Their idea is genius:

Ever send an email and immediately regret it? Or realize you’ve misspelled the recipient’s name, and want to correct it? Or just don’t like the idea of a catty remark about a co-worker sitting in a friend’s inbox for all eternity? Is the inherent permanency of email crippling your style?…

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Meredith to Fold Ladies’ Home Journal [Updated]

Another magazine is biting the dust: Meredith is folding Ladies’ Home Journal.

Ladies’ Home Journal hasn’t been doing well lately. The cracks started to appear in 2012, when it announced an odd plan to have a majority of its content created by readers. On the business side, things haven’t been any better. Ad pages have been on the decline for years, and were down 22 percent during the first quarter of this year.

Even though the signs were all there, this is still unfortunate. You might not think Ladies’ Home Journal was that important, but consider this: It had been around since 1883. It’s sad to see such a long-lasting magazine disappear.

We’ve reached out to Meredith for comment, and we’ll update when we hear back.

Update (1:22 pm):
Just heard back from Meredith. The company plans to continue publishing LHJ, but reduce it to a quarterly, newsstand-only publication.

Update 2 (3:40 pm):
35 staffers have been cut as a result of the decision to decrease LHJ’s publication frequency. Hang in there everyone.

Atlantic Media Promotes Two, Glamour Names Fashion News Director

A few moves to note today, involving Atlantic Media and Glamour. Details are below.

  • Atlantic Media has named Constance Sayers Witherspoon president of Government Executive Media Group and Tom Shoop executive vice president and editor-in-chief. Government Executive Media Group is a business-to-business brand, which operates sites such as Defense One and Nextgov.com.
  • Jane Keltner de Valle has been named Glamour’s fashion news director, a new role at the magazine. She comes to Glamour from Teen Vogue, where she served as senior fashion news director.

Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Entertainment Weekly taking on New York. EW went with a cover featuring select members of Orange is The New Black’s cast. We chose this cover because OINTB is a fantastic show; much better than House of Cards. Sorry everyone who disagrees! Maybe you’ll be right about something else one day.

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Condé Nast Insisting They Still Feel Lucky

Per a quick follow-up item from Women’s Wear Daily media editor Alexandra Steigrad, the folks in charge at both Lucky magazine and Condé Nast are aggressively denying a Wednesday Page Six report that the magazine is about to be shelved.

The WWD-obtained notes by Lucky EIC Eva Chen, her publisher and Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend all bang the reassurance drum, hard. Here for example is part of what Chen had to say:

Lucky‘s May issue was up nearly 20 percent and, for February through May, the publication is up two percent in paging, the editor said, explaining that they outpaced the competition, which logged a 6.2 percent decline in May and a 4.2 percent dip in the four-month period. Chen also noted that Lucky is up three percent in subscriptions from December of last year over December 2012.

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Record 41 Women Featured on Time 100 Most Influential List

The latest installment of Time’s annual 100 Most Influential list features more women than ever before. That’s… Something! Women still don’t make as much as men, but there’s more of them on a meaningless list now than there was in the past, so you know, baby steps. Very small, almost unnoticeable, baby steps.

Some of the women who made this year’s cut: Kerry Washington, Megyn Kelly, Amy AdamsAngela Merkel, Serena Williams, Robin Wright, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Jenji Kohan and Janet Yellen.

“The vast majority of this year’s roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle,” said Time’s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, of the list. “Power is a tool, influence is a skill. If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”

Another Month, Another THR Web Traffic Record

JohnOliverILoveNYTHRThis is why Guggenheim Partners pays Janice Min the big bucks.

For the month of March, worldwide Web traffic was up for both Billboard and THR (on the heels, in the case of the latter weekly print-tied operation, of Jimmy Fallon suggesting Tuesday to guest John Oliver that being on the cover of the “New York Issue” was a “giant, giant magazine” honor). Here’s the short-and-sweet memo from Dan Strauss, GM, digital for both sites:

Hi Everyone,

comScore released multi-platform numbers for March 2014 and I’m happy to announce that THR set a new record with 14.288M total worldwide unique visitors. This tops our previous mark of 14.013M from Jan 2014 by 2%.

Billboard also had a strong March jumping from 7.656M in Feb to 9.377M total worldwide unique visitors.

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NY Times Reports Increases in Ad Revenue and Circulation

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times Company announced its first quarter earnings this morning, and at least for the first three months of the year, things have been going well. The company reported that total revenue increased by 2.6 percent compared to last year, and both print and digital ad revenue were up.

Digital circulation is also up. The Times now has about 799,000 digital-only subscribers, which is pretty impressive. Some of this bump could be credited to NYT Now and Times Premier, the digital products the company launched earlier this month. While the Times wouldn’t comment on how many people are using either one, Mark Thompson, the Times’ CEO, cited NYT Now as “being embraced by the market.”

Despite the good news, everyone at the Times understands there are always rough waters ahead. ”We are certainly not claiming victory in advertising yet; we expect continued month-to-month volatility and recognize that we will face some significantly tougher year-on-year comparisons as the year goes on,” explained Thompson, in a statement.

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