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Posts Tagged ‘National Geographic Traveler’

Newly Launched Travel Mag Afar Raises Rate Base, Dumps Editor, Publisher

afarimage001.jpgAlthough it may seem like a crazy time to launch a magazine, travel pub Afar, which debuted this summer, proves that it can be done — and done successfully.

Today, the magazine’s publisher, Afar Media, announced it was raising the title’s rate base by 50 percent to 75,000 readers, starting with its March/April issue.

Along with a rate base increase, it seems like Afar is doing some staff restructuring as well. We noticed in today’s announcement that founder Greg Sullivan was listed as editor-in-chief, a position formerly held by Susan West. Folio reports today that West has left the company, along with founding publisher John Sheehy, whose position has been eliminated.

joediaz.jpgAlthough today’s rate base announcement didn’t mention those staffing changes, it did highlight some of the other restructuring and promotions going on at the fairly new company. Executive VP and managing director of digital operations Dan Orum has been promoted to president of Afar Media, co-founder Joe Diaz (pictured) is taking on the role of VP of sales and brand development and Derek Butcher has been named chief architect and chief technology officer. Afar is also bringing on consultant Dawn Drew, a former National Geographic Traveler publisher, to develop the magazine’s brand across platforms such as digital, products and live events.

Update: A spokesperson told us West’s departure was part of the magazine’s restructuring and Sullivan, Afar‘s founder and editorial director, has taken on her responsibilities.

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Government Subpoenas Bloggers Over TSA Leak

airport security.jpgWhen the government targets traditional journalists seeking information about confidential sources, reporters like Judy Miller can at least rest easy knowing they have the full force of news organizations like The New York Times (and their lawyers) behind them. Even if they end up spending some time in jail after refusing to name names, they have stood up for their journalistic ethics and probably haven’t had to shell out any of their own money for sky high legal bills.

But what happens when bloggers are the subject of a government subpoena? That is the situation going on right now with at least two travel bloggers, Christopher Elliott and Steven Frischling, who published a leaked TSA document spelling out its security measures following the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.

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Two Magazines Lose Top Talent After Short Tenures

o.pngThis week, we learned of two top magazine staffers, one publisher and one editor-in-chief, leaving their posts after just a few months on the job.

First came word that Susan Reed is leaving her spot as editor-in-chief at O, The Oprah Magazine after less than a year at the helm of the Hearst pub. Before joining O, Reed served as the editor-in-chief at Golf for Women for more than six years. She will be replaced by Time Inc.‘s Susan Casey.

Also this week, the New York Post reported that Francis Farrell will be leaving the publisher slot at Men’s Journal after less than six months. Farrell formerly worked as publisher National Geographic Traveler and joined the men’s magazine in October 2008. Farrell will be replaced by Matt Mastrangelo, the Post said.

The Post also reported that American Media, which publishes Star and National Enquirer has lost its CFO Dean Durbin after only a year and a half — not quite as short a stint as the others but a quick turnaround nonetheless.