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How The The Atlantic Ended Up With The Same Cover As The Economist

250.jpg The Columbia Journalism Review just happened to catch some similarities between an October 2008 cover for The Economist and a May 2009 edition of The Atlantic. Besides the typeface, the pictures on the covers are almost identical: both show the shadow outline of man peering over the edge of a cliff, you know, to symbolize how much trouble our economy is in.

But it’s a total coincidence, Atlantic art director Jason Treat told CJR:

“I actually hadn’t seen the Economist cover when we designed this, so I wasn’t even aware that they had arrived at the same design solution…I only wish I had seen the Economist cover first…(I) would have revised it to distance it aesthetically.”

We believe Treat when he says it was an honest mistake: this is fundamentally different from the Newsweek/Runner’s World photo rights issue going on right now. If anything, the only thing both The Atlantic and The Economist are guilty of here is using the worn cliché to represent the financial crisis.

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Newsweek Cover Photographer At Center Of Rights Controversy

Palin.jpgYesterday we reported on the controversy brought up by what some are calling a “sexist” cover of Sarah Palin on the current issue of Newsweek. The issue featured a picture of the former governor wearing athletic shorts, taken from an old copy of Runner’s World, which struck us as odd. How can a magazine cop a picture from another one without approval?

Today we got our answer from Jeff Bercovici over at AOL’s DailyFinance: they didn’t.

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Newsweek Editor Defends Palin Cover

Palin.jpgNewsweek‘s cover story on Sarah Palin — and the accompanying cover photo — raised a lot of eyebrows this week, including that of the former Alaskan governor herself on her Facebook page. The cover took a picture of Palin from an old Runner’s World and added the headline “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah?” Palin called the cover sexist.

But now Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has responded to the allegations in a statement to The Huffington Post, calling the criticism unwarranted.

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New York City’s Media Marathon

marathon.jpgThis weekend wasn’t just Halloween in Manhattan, it was also the setting for the 40th Annual New York City Marathon, one of the most difficult (and longest running) endurance races in the world, and certainly one of the largest. It attracts professional athletes, celebrities, and your every day runners from around the world, who often train for months in preparation for the event.

And despite the wintry economic climate of the news world that makes the rest of us want to hide under the covers until we all have jobs again, this year’s marathon also included some members of the media who certainly know something about endurance.

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ABC Report Shows Single-Copy Sales Continuing To Drop

saveur2.jpg The Audit Bureau of Circulations released its important report for the first half of the year today, and the findings are not that surprising: total paid and verified circulation, single-copy sales and verified subscriptions are down overall.

However, the ABC said total paid subscriptions were basically flat in the past year. Compared to historical numbers, between the December 2007 and December 2008 reports, paid and verified circ was flat and single-copy sales were down 11.12 percent. Between June 2007 and June 2008, circulation was unchanged and single-copy sales declined 6.34 percent.

Single-copy sales were down the most in this report — more than 12 percent — with almost all of the top 25 top sellers suffering a decline. The biggest newsstand seller, Cosmopolitan, saw a 7.8 drop, although Woman’s Day, OK!, Family Circle and In Style saw the biggest declines in single-copy sales among the top 25, with each logging a more than 20 percent drop.

Meanwhile, the consumer magazines that saw the biggest newsstand growth included Mother Earth News, Women’s Health, Ebony, GQ, Essence, Sporting News, Time, National Geographic International, Real Simple and Runner’s World.

Despite its recent financial challenges, Reader’s Digest remained one of the top 25 consumer magazines in regards to paid and verified subscriptions, along with AARP, which saw a 400 percent jump in subscriptions.

We’ve also been tracking epicurean magazine Saveur since sitting down with its publisher Merri Lee Kingsly last week. Today, Kingsly told us the magazine’s circ is up 4.3 percent, while its epicurean competitors, Food & Wine, Gourmet and Bon Appetit have all seen double-digit declines.

Related: So What Do You Do, Merri Lee Kingsly, Publisher of Saveur?

Also: Listen to Fishbowl NY editor Amanda Ernst talk about Kingsly, Saveur and the upcoming ABC numbers on Friday’s podcast.

Seventeen, Runner’s World Become Latest Mags To Launch iPhone Apps

seventeen app.pngWe’ll admit it: we’re obsessed with iPhone apps created by magazines. And we don’t even have an iPhone! (Blackberry all the way.)

Today, we learned of two new magazines entering the market with new apps. Seventeen magazine’s Fashion Finder app is the first for a Hearst title, offering its readers the ability to locate clothing and accessories featured in the magazine in stories near them.

runner's world.pngThen there is Runner’s World‘s new app, which is sponsored by Nike, called the Runner’s World Shoe Shop. The Rodale title’s app is actually similar to Seventeen‘s app. Both are made in partnership with NearbyNow, a digital shopping concierge service that allows users to search for products in locations close to them.

Additionally, the Runner’s World app, which is available as a free download, offers users access to reviews from the RW Shoe Lab and shoe-buying advice, Rodale said.

Although these apps are all pretty cool and helpful, we’re wondering if they’ll help earn their related magazines any extra money, especially if their publishers are just giving them away for free.

Related: Women’s Health Launches iPhone App Like Men’s Health App

Runner’s World Credits Web Site For Sub Increase|LA Weekly Writer Responds To Criticism|Ivanka To Wed Jared|Brill & Crovitz Discuss Journalism Online|Praise For Andrew Sullivan

WebNewser: Runner’s World‘s Web site drove an 89 percent increase magazine subscriptions during the first half of the year, compared to 2008. Overall, the magazine saw a 5 percent increase in subscriptions during the first six months of the year.

FishbowlLA: LA Weekly writer Daniel Heimpel responds to a blogger’s negative commentary of his medical marijuana article.

Daily Intel: New York Observer owner Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are engaged and she sat down with New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog to discuss the relationship. They both sound like workaholics, but him even more than her. Says an enamored Trump: “Every night when he goes home, he works for about an hour and a half and return[s] e-mails he hadn’t had a chance to return before. He’s just very diligent…Even when we first started dating, I’d call him at 6 [a.m.] when I’m getting up, and he’d be awake; he’d definitely be awake when I was going to sleep. And all Sunday he’s in the office.” Mazel tov, you crazy kids.

AOL DailyFinance: Jeff Bercovici talks to Steve Brill and Gordon Crovitz about their Journalism Online project, which seeks to help newspapers and media companies charge money for their digital content.

The Week: High praise for Andrew Sullivan, blogger for The Atlantic‘s Daily Dish. “With the help of a couple of assistants, Sullivan produced a journalistic tour de force that was more comprehensive, informative, provocative, and addictively compelling than anything produced by news organizations with hundreds of professional journalists on staff and coteries of experts on speed dial,” says Francis Wilkinson. “His Iran coverage was the blogosphere’s moonshot, a feat of grit and daring heralding a new era in cyberspace. It was a preview of the future of journalism — and it worked. Or seemed to.”

Rodale Lays Off 111 Employees

150gg5L.jpgA tipster emailed us a short time ago and Rodale has just confirmed to us that they are laying off 111 employees or approximately 10% of the company and eliminating or consolidating positions in other divisions. Per the press release:

Rodale, Inc. announced today that it is eliminating or consolidating positions in several of its divisions, including operations, IT, customer service and some publishing departments in order to shift resources toward its highest growth potential activities.

Integrated sales and marketing responsibilities currently handled by Rodale Marketing Solutions will now be led by the sales and marketing teams at each of Rodale’s brands. In addition, several IT and operations functions will be transitioned to outside vendors. In all, the changes will affect 111 employees, approximately 10% of the company.

No word yet on which magazines will be affected specifically — Rodale publishes Runner’s World, Men’s Health, and Bicycling, among others — but we’ll keep you posted. Full release after the jump.

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