Digital magazines are all the rage it seems, or at least a popular sort of print lifeboat. Last week we told you that the New Yorker is now offering up a digital version to subscribers and now 02138, the Harvard magazine has followed suit. Sort of. You will recall that 02138, the magazine, which takes its name from Harvard’s zip code and was headed up by former New York Presser David Blum folded a few weeks ago — on the first of many black Fridays to follow — before its inaugural relaunch issue made it to press. Well the magazine, redesigned by Pentagram’s Luke Hayman, is now available in a digital edition and alas, it looks pretty good.
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Two-year-old “Harvard lifestyle” magazine 02138 has ceased publication. It’s the second media casualty of the day. Manhattan Media, the local newspaper publisher that acquired 02138 back in May, issued a statement saying that “the current economic environment has made it too difficult to proceed at this time.”
Just three months ago, Manhattan Media launched a high-profile effort to redesign the magazine. What went wrong?
02138, the Harvard magazine recently bought up by Manhattan Media, and currently being prepped for a re-launch later this year (maybe it will even appeal to a wider audience than those people who attended the same six schools, or one can hope) by former Village Voice editor David Blum has tapped Pentagram designer Luke Hayman and legendary Esquire cover designer George Lois (see a collection of his covers here) to head up the magazine’s re-design.
According to Folio Hayman will oversee the magazine’s redesign while Lois will be in charge of creating the cover for the Winter 2008 relaunch issue, which will feature the magazine’s annual ranking of the college’s top 100 living alumni (hmmm, any chance the Spitzers will figure into it somehow?)
It’s been four months since the Village Voice unceremoniously ousted David Blum and hired a “half-Mexican kid from L.A.” Yesterday we spoke with Village Voice editor Tony Ortega, the paper’s fifth in 15 months, about his first 100 or so days in office. His State of the Alt-Weekly Union:
How do you feel about the current state of alt-weeklies nationwide?
While the dailies are struggling, the mood at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies convention in Portland, Oregon, last month seemed to be cautiously optimistic. The dailies, after all, are being told by consultants to go free, increase local coverage, and write with some attitude — all things we’re already doing. But like everyone else, we’re doing what we can to make better use of the Web, and our sales folks are looking for creative solutions to some of our traditional markets drying up. (Goodbye, record stores — an alt-weekly mainstay — for example.) That’s why stories like the recent one in The Nation about our company are so silly. It may be tempting for some to keep flogging New Times/Village Voice Media for supposedly betraying the alt-weekly progressive agenda, when what’s really going on is that we’ve chosen a focus on local, investigative reporting over writing political essays and endorsing candidates for a simple reason: survival in the age of the Internet, which is already saturated with political opinion.
FishbowlNY’s Voice Coverage:
Tony Ortega, who replaced the ousted (scorned?) David Blum as editor of the Village Voice earlier this month, has made his first significant hire:
From: Ortega, Tony
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:33 PM
I am pleased to announce that Brian Parks is the new Arts and Culture Editor of the Voice.
Brian has a long and illustrious history at this newspaper. In a previous 13-year tenure as a copy editor, copy chief and senior editor, he wrote for and edited various parts of the Voice. From 1998 to 2003, he edited the theater pages and presided over the Obie awards.
Recently, he has provided backup editing for various parts of the newspaper and has proved to be an invaluable member of our staff.
Brian assumes arts editing duties Monday.
Please join me in congratulating him on his new role.
FBNY’s Village Voice Coverage:
Times Admits Reporter Paid Teen Porn Star | Voice ‘Nasty’ To Blum | Jann Wenner’s Kidd | March Ad Madness
- NYT: Acknowledges reporter paid $2,000 to teen porn source. [AP]
- Jann Wenner: Gets renowned book-jacket designer Chip Kidd for Rolling Stone 40th birthday trilogy. [NYP]
- MTV Networks: Plans to launch “thousands” of Web sites to regain viewers. [Reuters]
- Couric: After six months, still in third place. [USA Today]
- Jenna Bush: Lands $300,000 HarperCollins book deal. [Radar]
- March Madness CBS: 95% sold out of ad space. [Mediaweek]
- Star Jones: To Court TV? [Page Six]
- NYT Janet Robinson: Says digital revenue doubled in 2006. [Reuters]
- Why: Was David Blum‘s firing from the Village Voice so “nasty”? [ETP]
Via Media Mob, the Village Voice has named 43-year-old New Times vet Tony Ortega as its new editor. He was previously editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach.
Ortega replaces David Blum, who was fired on Friday and briefly replaced by interim editor Bill Jensen.
More on that now-infamous Wednesday edit meeting that led — at least in part — to the undoing of editor David Blum at the Village Voice, courtesy of Eat The Press’ Rachel Sklar (who, you’ll recall, wrote a feature on SNL for Blum last fall):
The day after last week’s Village Voice staff meeting at which concerns about newsroom diversity were raised, Village Voice Media laid off minority writer Corina Zappia. Zappia, who is half-Filipino half-Italian, worked for the internet division and reported directly to Bill Jensen, Village Voice Media Director of New Media and interim editor of the Village Voice following the dismissal of David Blum last Friday afternoon. Jensen fired Zappia on Thursday afternoon.
Jensen, by the way, wrote the bizarre intro essay to the paper’s “Pazz & Jop” issue that Blum ultimately rejected.
**STATEMENT FROM THE VILLAGE VOICE**
**REGARDING THE TERMINATION OF DAVID BLUM**
David Blum‘s position as editor-in-chief of the Village Voice newspaper has been terminated effective today.
The decision was reached based on increasing concerns about the management of the paper, which intensified this week. Newsroom employees at the Voice were notified of the decision at a staff meeting this afternoon.
Village Voice Media’s Bill Jensen, the company’s current director of new media, will serve temporarily in the position until a permanent replacement is found.
David Blum, the editor of the Village Voice, was removed as editor late today less than six months into his tenure, FishbowlNY can confirm. The staff was told he “made comments that were unacceptable” at approximately 5:15PM.
Blum was named editor in August after a grueling search by the Voice‘s New Times owners that included the hiring and unhiring of an editor from the Washington City Paper.
According to Gawker, the staff presumed the comments were made during a story meeting on Wednesday “when the subject of race came up.”
On Monday, Blum had hired a managing editor away from the New York Sun.
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