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XXL Magazine Going Digital-Only

xxl-march-2011According to Keith J. Kelly, it’s an all-digital future for a trio of publications acquired by Townsquare Media from Harris Publications. Antenna magazine was relaunched as digital-only in July; XXL will go all-digital after the next bi-monthly print issue hits newsstands; and King-mag.com will be Web relaunched.

From Kelly’s item:

“We incubated something digitally, but the Townsquare people can take it to the next level with their digital expertise,” said Ben Harris, president of Harris Publications, which started XXL in 1997 to rival Vibe.

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Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

The Atlantic Shutters The Wire

The Wire GThe Atlantic is shutting down its spinoff TheWire.com, and folding staffers into the magazine and TheAtlantic.com.

In a memo to staffers, Atlantic Media co-presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn were blunt — the site just wasn’t successful enough to keep it going:

Important news on the digital front: In a couple of weeks, we will bring the staff of The Wire back into The Atlantic’s fold. We are very proud of what The Wire has accomplished editorially, and we think that joining its aggressive, deft news coverage with The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism will provide a richer experience for The Atlantic’s readers, a firmer foundation for our ambitions to cover the news, and greater opportunities for growth for The Wire’s team. This decision is also driven by a recognition that the business strategy behind separating The Wire from The Atlantic simply hasn’t proven out. Experimenting with new revenue streams to support our journalism – like experimenting with new forms of reporting, storytelling, and distribution — has been essential to our progress across the ever-shifting media landscape; so too has moving quickly to face the facts, and to adjust, when an experiment isn’t working as we’d hoped.

The Atlantic Wire was launched in 2009 and rebranded itself as The Wire last year. The decision to rename the site the exact same name as one of the most iconic TV shows of all time was probably the first sign that something was amiss.

You can read Bennet and Cohn’s full note below.

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Vogue Article Inspires Eva Longoria-Produced TV Show

vogue-logo-editEva Longoria’s production company — UnbeliEVAble Entertainment (yes, it’s really called that) — is joining forces with Condé Nast Entertainment to bring a political drama to ABC. The show was inspired by a Jacob Weisberg Vogue article, which profiled twins Julián and Joaquin Castro.

The yet-to-be-named project will follow the lives of Chris and Alex Reyes, two “Latino golden boys” who are best friends, yet political rivals. “The drama explores the American dream and the lies, blackmail and manipulation it takes to rise to the top of power in Texas — and perhaps someday DC,” reports Deadline.

Lies! Blackmail! Manipulation! Golden boys! Please inform your parents about this news.

Adam Sachs Named Editor of Saveur

as1Adam Sachs has been named the editor-in-chief of Saveur. Sachs joins the magazine from Tasting Table, where he served as editorial director. He has also served as a contributing editor to Bon AppétitTravel + Leisure, and Details.

“We had the opportunity to spend time with many excellent candidates during the search,” said Bonnier’s chief content officer, David Ritchie, in a statement. Through it all, Adam set himself apart. His passion for food and travel, his award-winning journalism, his vision for the brand, and his hands-on work in a digitally native business was a potent mix that we’re really excited to bring to this team.”

Sachs will begin his new role October 6.

Scott Stossel Discusses The Atlantic

scott stossel GScott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, has a lot of interesting things to say in an interview with the Nieman Foundation. For starters, he declared himself “platform agnostic” and openly discussed the benefits of folding the magazine and going digital-only. Like we said, interesting! Below are some highlights from the piece.

On a digital-only Atlantic:

My hope is that we’ll continue to get enough print advertising to invest in the print product. But I’m platform agnostic. In fact, if we could suddenly convert our 500,000 print subscribers—all of them pay, even though all the content is free on the Web—to digital subscribers and scrap the print magazine, our bottom line would be so much better. We could pay writers more because we wouldn’t be paying for printing and mailing.

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New Yorker Cover Skewers NFL

With all the bad news swirling around the NFL, you had to know this was coming. As Barry Blitt explains, his latest New Yorker cover shows that the league has taken a turn toward ugliness. That’s saying a lot, given that playing football can often lead to life threatening brain damage.

“My current awareness of the NFL has little to do with the actual games being played on the field,” wrote Blitt.

Time Inc. Labor Negotiations Break Down [Updated]

time-inc-logo1The Newspaper Guild of New York, which represents about 600 200 Time Inc. staffers, has announced that labor negotiations with the publishing giant have broken down.

The main sticking point? Time Inc. wants to outsource more than 100 jobs. Bill O’Meara, the Guild’s president, issued a strong statement attacking Time Inc.’s plans.

“Time Inc.’s proposal to hollow out its own company is simply not acceptable,” said O’Meara. “Management wants the ability to send 160 editorial jobs overseas, which would be a massive blow to some of the nation’s most important and respected magazines. Many of Time Inc.’s proposals are not only outrageous, we believe they’re illegal. We are filing charges over these labor law violations to force management to return to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith.”

According to the Guild, Time Inc. is claiming that negotiations have now reached a legal impasse, which the Guild disputes.

Update (6:30 pm):
Time Inc. has issued the following statement:

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Reader’s Digest to Cut Publishing Frequency

The head honchos at Reader’s Digest have changed their minds. After two years of publishing 12 issues, the New York Post reports that the magazine will cut back to 10 issues per year.

The decision comes almost exactly two years after RD announced it was increasing its frequency to 12 a year. So what changed? RD was a little disappointed with digital subscriptions. ”We were one of the first publishers to go after digital subscriptions with the iPad and the Kindle, but they plateaued,” Liz Vaccariello, RD’s editor-in-chief, told the Post.

The change will begin with the December/January 2015 issue.

Amy Keller Laird Named Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health

unnamedAmy Keller Laird won the Rodale execs over. She was named interim editor-in-chief when Michele Promaulayko left for Yahoo — and there were rumors that Keller Laird wouldn’t be taking over the glossy — but that’s all over with. Rodale has tapped her as the new editor-in-chief of Women’s Health.

Rodale’s president, Scott Schulman, seemed to think Keller Laird was the perfect choice all along. ”Amy’s editorial expertise, passion for our mission, and proven ability to connect with a growing audience of readers across all channels make her the ideal candidate to continue Women’s Health’s incredible global growth trajectory,” he said in a statement.

Keller Laird joined Women’s Health in 2011 as executive editor. She previously served as Allure’s beauty director.

Fortune Lists 50 ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’

unnamedFortune’s annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business is here. Somehow, Iggy Azalea didn’t make the cut. Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman and CEO, did though. For the third year in a row, she held down first place. The runner-up was Mary Barra, GM’s CEO.

The top 10:

1) Ginni Rometty
2) Mary Barra
3) Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO
4) Marilyn Hewson – Lockhead Martin’s chairman and CEO
5) Ellen Kullman – DuPont’s chairman and CEO
6) Meg Whitman – HP’s chairman and CEO
7) Irene Rosenfeld – Mondelez International’s chairman and CEO
8) Pat Woertz – Archer Daniels Midland’s chairman, CEO and president
9) Abigail Johnson – FMR’s president
10) Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook’s COO

For the entire list, click through.

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