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FOLIO: Shakes Up Its Annual Power List

Remember the FOLIO:40 that comes out every April? Well, it’s now called the FOLIO:100 and is out now.

FOLIOMediaNext_LogoThe altered seasonal impetus was driven by a desire to coincide the publication of the list with FOLIO:‘s MediaNext conference scheduled for October 28-30. As far as adding 60 slots, editorial director Bill Mickey explains the expanded room is designed to reflect a dramatically altered media landscape:

The very definition of a magazine publisher has changed so much — from the products it creates to the way it builds its audience — that a list of 40 innovators seemed positively quaint.

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Jason Fell Promoted to Managing Editor of

JasonFellHeadshotAlthough and Entrepreneur magazine are headquartered in Irvine, California, there is a growing presence on the east coast. The company has sales, administrative, print design and online editorial people in New York City, with plans to hire more. Currently, there are 13 editorial staffers here.

Among them is Jason Fell, who was promoted last week from technology editor to managing editor. Talking Biz News had the internal memo from editorial director Ray Hennessey:

Jason has been a key part of Entrepreneur Media’s growth, helping to build and lead our technology coverage since 2010. Before that, he was at FOLIO: for several years…

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Esquire E-Commerce Site CLAD Shutting Down

That was quick.

Launched in November 2011 as a partnership with J.C. Penney, CLAD, an e-commerce website curated by Esquire, is shutting down, reports Folio:.

A J.C. Penney spokesperson told Folio:, “CLAD will cease operations effective April 27 in order to focus on the transformation of our core brand, jcpenney.”

CLAD was one of a few e-commerce initiatives from men’s magazines that aimed to capitalize on the merchandise that they reference, feature, and talk about. There’s GQ’s Park & Bond, a partnership with Gilt MAN, and Details joined with Net-A-Porter for MR PORTER.

239 New Magazines Launched in 2011

Who says print is dead? Plenty of people! But we’re not listening to them. There’s too many good titles out there; Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, New York — they’re all magazines that keep the digital dawn from coming. And according to Folio, there is more help on the way.

There were 239 magazines launched in 2011, up almost 24 percent from 2010. The amount of titles shuttering this year also dropped 13 percent. Like in 2010, food magazines made up the most launches this year, with 25. Regional magazines was the runner-up category, with 20 new titles debuting this year.

The numbers show that despite the doubters, planty of people still believe in the power of print, and magazines aren’t going anywhere. We’re glad they aren’t and we support anyone out there who takes the bold step of launching one. Unless it sucks, of course.

Magazine Retail Sales Down Six Percent in Q1

We know a lot of you are probably already off of work, enjoying your fancy “Summer Fridays,” but we’re still here dammit. So listen up! Or read up, whatever.

Yesterday FishbowlNY told you that newspapers sales were down almost 10 percent for Q1, and today – on a Friday no less – we’ve got more bad news. According to Folio:, magazine newsstand sales were down as well, by about six percent. The decline by the numbers:

Sales for the quarter totaled $987 million, down almost 6 percent from same period last year, which recorded just over $1.04 billion in retail sales.

Folio: says that high gas prices were likely behind the slump, and notes that the recent big news cycle (bin Laden, Royal Wedding) will probably pick things up for Q2.

54 Magazines Launch in First Quarter 2011

Either people who love print are just stubborn, or there really is some hope after all. A post on Folio says that 54 magazines launched in Q1 2011, more than doubling the amount that launched during the same period in 2010. The categories that saw the most growth were regional – like Plum Miami – and women’s.

Of course, since FishbowlNY tries to cover all the areas of a story, we have to mention that while there were many launches, 25 magazines folded during the first three months of this year too.

But just ignore that last sentence and keep giving it the ol’ college try, magazine lovers. We like your determination and/or insanity.

Hearst President David Carey Lays Out Company Expansion Plans

The first official business day of the new year was a busy one for Hearst president David Carey as he addressed his staff on the future of the company in light of their exclusive negotiations to buy Lagardére‘s international media divisions.  Yesterday Carey distributed a memo to all Hearst employees urging forward thinking and risk taking in 2011.  Carey was at no shortage for words when describing his vision for Hearst in the coming months.  You can read his full note below, courtesy of Folio.

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Former WWD Publisher To Launch Specialty Retailer Trade

specialty insider.jpgOn the day that we learn that Richard Beckman, the CEO of Women’s Wear Daily publisher Fairchild Publications, is stepping down, comes news that former WWD group publisher Ralph Erardy has started his own media company and is preparing to launch a retailer trade magazine of his own by the end of the month.

Just over a year since Erardy was let go from Fairchild in a shake-up at the Condé Nast-owned trade publisher, he has launched Insider Communications Group and plans to debut his new pub, Specialty Insider magazine, on January 25.

Erardy said he’s drawing on the talent of people he worked with previously at WWD, whose jobs were also eliminated in the past year, to launch the quarterly. But why now?

“Launching a new magazine that fills a critical gap in the market fulfills a long-standing goal to provide a much-needed guide that responds directly to my ongoing conversations with specialty retailers and advertisers,” Erardy says in an open letter. “Specialty Insider is a unique publication that empowers both buyers and sellers to improve their businesses.”

And just in case you thought Erardy could use the opportunity of Beckman’s departure to target his former pub’s audience, he told Folio that Specialty Insider would not be directly competing with WWD: “It wouldn’t be wise to compete with WWD. No one does retail news better so we’re not going in that direction. Specialty Insider will focus on retailers surviving the fashion industry at retail.”

Read more: Former WWD Group Publisher To Launch Retailer Trade TitleFolio

Erardy’s Open Letter

Former Print Editor-in-Chief On Being Fired

EG_accepting.jpgWhen Emily Gordon was let go from her position as editor-in-chief of design magazine Print last week after just over a year at the helm, it came as a surprise to her staff, the magazine’s readers and the design community. But no one was more surprised than Gordon herself, especially when she read the job description the magazine’s publisher, F+W Media, posted for her replacement.

“They’ve eliminated my job,” Gordon explained, since F+W is now seeking a “content director” to lead the magazine, emphasizing multichannel content providing over the traditional editorial role. “If it took getting rid of me for them to understand that content management is the most important thing for the future of Print, and if Print can survive, then I think it’s worth the sacrifice. But I think I could have done it just as well.”

Gordon, who was promoted to editor-in-chief from senior editor in the fall of 2008, said she was puzzled by the implication in comments made by F+W Media president David Blansfield to Folio magazine that she wasn’t able to take the Print brand beyond print. “We’re excited about the opportunity to work with a new leader of the brand — someone who embraces the idea of multiplatform first and wants to inform and grow our design community,” Blansfield told the industry trade last week.

As co-creator of The Nation‘s Web site in the mid-90′s and founder of, a popular New Yorker-centric blog, Gordon has worked in both print and the Web for years. She’s also moderating a panel at this year’s SXSW on blogging versus microblogs, illustrating that she has a pretty good handle on the Web and its challenges. “I have not had a conversation where anyone sat down with me and said, ‘You know, you’ve been editor-in-chief of the magazine, but this is where we see your job going,’” she told FishbowlNY. “My 2010 plans for Print were all about content management. To say that I am print-centric is silly. I’ve had my feet in both camps for 17 years. This is more evidence of the fact that upper management [at F+W] doesn’t have the time to spend surveying their staff assets.”

To Gordon, her inability to live up to F+W’s expectations was not for lack of trying or ability. The company is just too geographically and ideologically disparate, spread out among offices across the country operating publications covering everything from writing and design to horticulture and firearms. And while the five-person staff at Print tried to put out the magazine while also working to create a Web site design fans would love and produce monthly, design-themed paid webinars, F+W never hired someone specifically devoted to managing content or audience development for the magazine — a position that could act as a go-between for Gordon, Print‘s publisher and F+W’s upper management — so good ideas went unexecuted. “The company does not lack for talent or initiative but it just doesn’t invest in it,” Gordon said.

For now, Gordon says she’ll remain a friend of Print, helping prepare for its 70th anniversary later this year and just last week completing its application for the ASME National Magazine Awards. Last year, the publication won an Ellie for general excellence for magazines under 100,000 circulation for the second year in a row. (That’s a picture of Gordon accepting the award above.) FishbowlNY got our hands on Gordon’s acceptance speech from last year and we think it’s an interesting read given what’s transpired since.

Her Ellie speech, after the jump

Related: Multichannel-Bent Publishers Give Longtime Print Staffers the Cold ShoulderFolio, Editor Out, F+W Looks to Expand Role at PrintFolio, Is Print Next To Fold? –UnBeige

Previously: Breaking: Print Magazine Loses Editor-in-Chief, Seven Questions For Print‘s New Editor-in-Chief Emily Gordon

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Penton Media Shutters Two Trades

Machinist.jpg2009 may have been a rough year for magazines, but 2010 isn’t shaping up to be much better. Especially for trade pubs.

Today, B2B publisher Penton Media decided to close two of its trade magazines, American Machinist and Welding Design & Fabrication, Folio is reporting.

The news comes one day after Reed Business Information revealed plans to shutter three of its trades.

Read More: Penton Shutters Two Print TitlesFolio

Previously: Memo: RBI Begins To Shutter Trade Pubs It Can’t Sell