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Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have Cosmopolitan versus Vibe. Cosmo went with a photo of Miley Cyrus flashing enough sideboob (inner sideboob?) to make The Huffington Post’s celeb writers jump for joy.

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How to Write for Vibe

Although Vibe’s tagline is “redefining hip-hop,” there are many ways freelancers can score a byline. Obviously, there’s the music beat, where a pitch on up-and-coming acts or industry trends will woo the editors. “It should be something specific or niche, not the obvious choice,” said deputy editor Clover Hope.

But there’s also room for a service story that tackles a societal issue, like a recent piece on the importance of the census. ”For the longest time, there’s been this stigma in the Black and Hispanic communities about the census. Many don’t know that by not participating and having wrong numbers reported, funding can get cut in their communities,” recalled former managing editor Chloe Hilliard.

Think you’ve got a great idea for the mag? Get editors’ contact info in How To Pitch: Vibe. [Subscription required]

Cover Hollywood for Vibe

Do you cover the music beat? How about Hollywood? Or maybe you like tackling societal issues? Despite its tagline of “redefining hip-hop,” all these areas are ripe for pitches at Vibe.

If you’ve got your finger on the pulse of Hollywood, there’s a section of this mag that regularly highlights actors whether they’re in indie flicks or big name blockbusters. Just make sure your idea is ahead of the curve.

“Let us know about something we might not be up on,” said deputy editor Clover Hope. ”It should be something specific or niche, not the obvious choice.”

Get more details in How To Pitch: Vibe. [Subscription required]

AOL Partners with Vibe

AOL has partnered with Vibe to manage the back-end of the magazine’s video content and syndicate its videos. The Wrap reports that AOL On Network, AOL’s video division, will handle the back-end of Vibe’s video player systems and content management. AOL will also oversee ad sales as the two pair up for revenue sharing.

By partnering with Vibe, AOL is hoping to tap into the magazine’s audience, thereby expanding its own.

“This is an audience that is consuming content over mobile, desktop and multiple devices in a way we believe people will be consuming in the future,” Frank Besteiro, head of business development at AOL Video, explained to The Wrap.

Magic Johnson, Ron Burkle Invest in Vibe

Magic Johnson and Ron Burkle have invested in Vibe Holdings, the parent of Vibe magazine and the Soul Train TV show. As part of the eight figure deal, Johnson will now be chairman of Vibe Holdings.

By investing in Vibe, Johnson and Burkle are putting a lot of money and power behind the brand, which is sure to attract the attention of competitors Ebony and Jet. It’s also interesting to note that Johnson had previously tried to acquire those magazines, only to have talks break down when he couldn’t settle on a price with their publishing house.

As a way to combat Johnson’s impact with Vibe, FishbowlNY suggests that Ebony and Jet get Larry Bird involved somehow. The rivalry must continue.

Vibe Magazine Launches Vibe Guides

Vibe has launched a new iPhone app called Vibe Guides. The tool provides users with editorial reviews of places like salons, restaurants, nightlife, and of course, music. Much like the Yelp app, users can search for spots or use the phone’s GPS to locate places close to them. There are also Vibe Picks, which are top choices from the magazine’s editors. So far Vibe Guides has 60 cities covered, but there’s surely more to come.

The app also ties in the magazine by displaying the recent covers each time it’s launched, and allows users to check in places via Foursquare.

Someone tell Kanye about this app. We’d love to have him provide guest editorial reviews like, “This place is dope because I’m here. When I leave in ten minutes it won’t be as nice, because I won’t be there anymore.”

New Editor-in-Chief at Billboard

Danyel Smith, formerly the Editor-in-Chief at Vibe, has been named to the same position at Billboard magazine. This is actually Smith’s second stint at Billboard, in 1993 she was the mag’s R&B Editor. Smith’s writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times, and she’s written two novels, More Like Wrestling and Bliss.

FishbowlNY is also a fan of her Tumblr, which posts great pictures like this.

Exclusive: Complex Media Unveils New Website

Complex Media, which incorporates Complex magazine and Complex.com, is a top destination for twenty-something professional men. Last fall the company announced a few important hires.

Recently, FishbowlNY sat down with CEO Rich Antoniello about his company moving forward in 2011.

Very quickly into the meeting, FishbowlNY learned exclusive details of Complex Media’s relaunched website.

Beginning on January 5, Complex.com will roll out the redesign of its website.  

“We want to get some feedback from consumers,” Antoniello told us.

He says print readers are heavy users of the site. The numbers point that out.

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XXL Publisher Tries Chances With Lifestyle Mag, Juicy

juicy-300x300-2010-01-20.jpgIf the recent boost in ad sales for women’s magazines wasn’t enough of a sign that print is making a recovery, then how about the news of Harris Publication‘s comeback from its year of title folding?

The publisher shuttered one of its two hip-hop titles, King, last April, but is marking the beginning of 2010 with the release of Juicy, a magazine that according to Harris’ XXL magazine’s Web site, will be the “first celebrity and lifestyle magazine for African-American women to sit on national newsstands alongside People, US Weekly, In Touch, Life & Style and OK.”

The first issue will launch in May and will join XXL as part of the Harris empire.

It’s shaping up to be a good year for the black community’s comeback in the media market, with Vibe‘s December relaunch under new publishers and Moguldom Media Group‘s recent redesign of Bossip.com after a 100 percent traffic increase in 2009.

Of course, launching a lifestyle spin-off does have its downside. Vibe Media Group tried launching one of their own, The Most! last year, just a few weeks before Vibe folded in late June. Let’s hope Harris has more luck in 2010 than Vibe Media had in 2009.

Read More: Harris Publications Announces New Celebrity & Lifestyle MagazineXXL

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Previously: Vibe’s New Owner: Revamped Mag Will Have Greater Online Focus, Broader Scope

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: A Timeline Of Magazine Closings

taylor_swift_blender_cover-x622200.jpgIt’s been a tough year for the publishing industry, and magazines in particular have had it rough. Every major publisher has had to shutter at least one of its titles, and some of our favorite glossies have gone to that great magazine rack in the sky.

While it would take forever to list all the over 400 magazines that have folded this year, we here at FishbowlNY put together a timeline of some of the bigger names that were shuttered this year. The bad news? It looks like in the last six months of the year the number of titles snowballed. Here’s hoping that 2010 looks a lot brighter.

After the jump, our timeline

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