Men’s Health is launching a contest to find a normal, every day dude to feature on its November cover. WWD reports that anyone interested can submit photos of themselves to mhguysearch.com or audition in person at the Herald Square Macy’s on April 12.
The winner of the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy contest will be selected by a group including the glossy’s editor, Bill Phillips, and Kenneth Cole (who is sponsoring the competition).
If you think you have what it takes to be a Men’s Health cover model, by all means, give this a shot.
If you’re not quite sure you have what it takes, here are some prerequisites: Awesome abs, perky pecs, bulging biceps and 10 TIPS FOR RED HOT SEX TONIGHT.
The interactive 360-degree panoramic view to go along with Josh Sanburn‘s Time article about One World Trade Center is spectacular. In addition to the usual scrolling and zooming, readers can also consider ordering one of two $24.99 print posters, with 10% of the proceeds going to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The images are the work of GigaPan, a startup in Portland, OR. Per a report by AP, a lot of effort went into delivering this multimedia wonderland:
Beginning with crude bar-napkin sketches and eventually moving to mechanical engineers working in AutoCAD and then to welders in Asheville, NC, an eight-month process of design and construction resulted in a 13-foot-long aluminum jib calibrated to adhere to the base of the beacon at the top of the tower’s 408-foot. spire. To that rotating arm was attached a Canon 5D Mark II with a 100-mm lens.
In Variety slanguage,” the term “legit” refers to professional live theater. However, given the questionable credentials of many of today’s entertainment journalists, Gordon Cox‘s byline – each time we see it at least – conjures up a second, comical meaning.
Cox’s latest item is about the delayed search for New York City’s next film czar. And right there, at the top of the page, it says once again that the article is by ‘Gordon Cox, Legit Editor.’
Imagine the possibilities if the Cox-slanguage byline was carried through to other non-theatrical online realms. All of a sudden, we could be browsing through articles by John Doe, Semi-Legit Blogger and Jane Doe, Anything-But-Legit Gossip Columnist.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features M magazine versus The Nation. For its latest issue, M went with a photograph of Ralph Fiennes to remind us all that we are not as cool as Ralph Fiennes. Mission accomplished.
In the summer of 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Felix Gillette wrote about a bold new digital experiment in Slovakia. For just over four dollars a month, consumers were being encouraged to subscribe to a national Internet paywall grouping together the publications of nine different media organizations.
The company behind that technology was Piano Media and today, Gillette notes that they’ve come a long way. The $149.99-$39.99 price-points relaunch of Newsweek marks the Slovakian company’s first foray into the U.S. market and in fact their first digital client of any kind outside Europe:
The timing of Piano Media’s stateside arrival makes a certain kind of sense. As we noted last year, 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of the Paywall for a range of U.S. news publishers hoping to replace rapidly declining ad dollars with a bump in digital subscription revenue. It was only a matter of time before Piano Media’s experimental approach to paywalls, tested in the relatively calm waters of the Slovakian news media, would entice a U.S. publisher looking for a novel way to survive the roiling hell-broth that is the modern magazine market.
Esquire and BuzzFeed have made additions to their teams. Below are the details.
- Andrew Luecke has been named Esquire.com’s style editor. Luecke joins the magazine from Stylesight.com, where he analyzed the men’s apparel market for clients including Ralph Lauren and Prada.
- Jeremy Singer-Vine has been named BuzzFeed’s data editor. Singer-Vine comes to the site from The Wall Street Journal, where he worked as a reporter and programmer. “His role at BuzzFeed will be to dig into similarly dense data sets to find the kinds of stories that would otherwise go untold,” reported Digiday.
Here’s the first cover of zombie Newsweek, back from the dead to terrorize all who doubt the power of print.
IBT Media plans to print only 70,000 copies, so maybe the new version will work out better. We don’t think it will, but as fans of magazines, we’d be happy to be proven wrong.
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CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard (CNNMoney)
CNN has sold its news reader app, Zite, to Flipboard, a social magazine application. As part of the deal, Flipboard has also teamed up with CNN to launch custom magazines for CNN shows anchored by Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper and John King. The deal could be valued as high as $60 million over time, taking into account future advertising revenue, said a source familiar with the deal. TVNewser The sale occurred less than three years after CNN acquired Zite for $20 million. CNN and Flipboard’s partnership will allow CNN to expand its mobile reach and take advantage of Flipboard’s technology and mobile sales strategy. Re/code Zite itself will shut down, but CNN says most of its 20 employees will go to work for Flipboard. Zite CEO Mark Johnson will not be joining them. Forbes / Jeff Bercovici The deal merges two apps that let users aggregate news stories from all over into a single magazine-like experience. Of the two, Flipboard has been considerably more successful: It’s currently ranked No. 5 among free iPad news apps in Apple’s App Store, while Zite is No. 39. Flipboard will absorb the machine-learning technology that Zite uses to personalize news feeds for its users. Mashable The move also divests CNN of one of its most high-profile acquisitions while putting it in front of Flipboard’s users, which according to Johnson number more than 100 million.