In the wake of the March 11th earthquake that struck Japan and caused a devastating tsunami, many publishers are offering assistance in the relief effort. Some of the companies reaching out include:
- F + W Media will hold a campaign on Wednesday, March 30th, in which F + W will donate 50 percent of all profits from the sale of products and services purchased through one of their 23 eCommerce stores. The campaign will run for 24 hours, and venues will include WritersDigestShop.com, MyCraftivityStore.com and AdamsMediaStore.com, among others. Donations will be made through the Red Cross.
- UBM Electronics released a digital issue called "The Day the Lights Went Out in Japan" on March 28th exploring how the earthquake and tsunami will affect Japan’s people and the economy. UBM will donate 100 percent of the profits to the Red Cross relief effort.
- Access Intelligence, who recently acquired Red7Media, has set up a donation program with the Red Cross that will run through April 30th. During this time, employee donations to the Red Cross will be matched dollar for dollar by AI.
- Fox Chapel Publishing, who publishes Woodcarving Illustrated magazine, has encouraged members on their message boards to join their charity quilt effort. Participating members will contribute a square to a quilt that will then be auctioned off, and all profits will go towards Japan relief efforts.
- Animation Magazine has announced that from every subscription purchased from March 18 through the 31st, $10 will be donated to the International Red Cross.
- The Adobe Foundation has donated $75,000 to the Red Cross and is matching employee donations 2:1.
- Google, which is becoming a publishing company of sorts with Think Quarterly, has donated $250,000 in the relief aid.
As of 10:30 EST today, the death toll in Japan was at 10,102. The missing people count was at 17,053, according to CNN’s blog.