American Media Inc., publisher of 16 consumer magazines including The National Enquirer, Star and Shape, has launched its corporate Web site americanmediainc.com. The site will feature information on the company’s history, publications, Web sites, senior executive bios, career info, press coverage, investor relations and associated businesses.
Newsweek.com Wins EPpy Award
Newsweek.com has won the EPpy award for Best National Magazine-Affiliated Web site. Since 1996, the EPpys have been sponsored by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines, and honor excellence in online media outlets including magazines, newspapers, radio and broadcast/cable TV. Awards were presented in 32 categories. Newsweek.com was up against other business giants Forbes.com and BusinessWeek Online.
Reed teams Up with Unisfair for Online Job Fair
Reed Business Information’s first ever broadband and Wireless Job Fair will be powered by Unisfair, a provider of technological platform and turnkey services for hosting online interacting programs.
The event, which is slated for June 27, will connect job seekers with recruiters via the Web. Participants can chat directly in real-time to gather information regarding potential job opportunities. The online event is a part of Wireless Week magazines virtual event program and is the fourth event in which Wireless Week and Unisfair have teamed up on.
MAN Roland First Quarter Shows Improvement, Merges with ACP
MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG increased its first quarter for operating results by $37.9 million to $17.6 million. The company reported a $32.8 million boost in its sheetfed results to the break-even point. The company attributes the increase to higher sales, higher productivity and reduced costs. The company’s press sector increased $5 million for the quarter to $17.6 million. Press orders rose 47 percent, to $720.4 million, compared to $489.1 million in the previous year.
In other news, the company is moving toward becoming an independent entity, joining forces with Allianz Capital Partners (ACP). MAN Roland is valued at over $1 billion and will hold 35 percent of the company after the merger.
Ascend Media Teams Up With PR Newswire
Ascend Media’s 38 Web sites will now be equipped with direct news feeds via PR Newswire members. News releases will be filtered and sorted so pertinent topics related to each Ascend Media publication are displayed on the individual Web sites. The sites include The American Journal of Managed Care, Surgical Rounds, Dairy Field, Brand Packaging and others which attract a total of 400,000 unique visitors each month.
Hanley Wood To Launch Architect
Hanley Wood plans to launch a new magazine focusing on commercial architecture in October. Architect will be published twice this year and is slated to be monthly in 2007. It will join Hanley Wood’s other building titles. Ned Cramer, formerly executive editor at Architecture magazine, will join the company as editor-in-chief.
Custom Publishing Council Elects New Board of Directors
The Custom Publishing Council has named its named the following people to its board of directors: Michael Winkleman, president of Leverage Media, has been named president and chairman of the board and will oversee Story Worldwide’s COO Simon Kelly, McMurry’s president Chris McMurry and Jim Offel, general manager of DCP. The Magazine Group’s president Jane Ottenberg also will come on board, along with Penton’s group director Joseph Pulizzi, and Craig Walker, chief marketing and sales officer for Pace Communications. All members will serve until 2008.
Rodale to Use Adobe Software
Rodale has announced it will now rely on Adobe InDesign software for layout and design of all of its magazines and for book page design. It has adopted Adobe Creative Suite to standardize its U.S.-based publishing processes, joining other publishing giants such as Hearst and Meredith.
Hachette Launches Shocking Magazine
Shock, from Hachette Filipacchi Media, is set to launch May 30. The magazine launched online several months ago. In online, digital and print forms, the magazine feature a raw look at global issues using real and "shocking" photography. Consumers are invited to submit amateur photographs caught on cell phones or digital cameras.
Industry Says Goodbye to Publishing Veteran
David Orlow, father of Justine (Orlow) Kawas (PBAA vice president and vice president of communications for Universal News in New York), died May 9. Orlow spent 40 years in the publishing industry and most recently was the driving force behind Magazine Retailer, a trade magazine for the single copy industry. Throughout his career, Orlow wore many hats but is perhaps known best for his own consultantancy Periodical Studies Service. Public
CIO Redesigns Web Site
Government Technology’s Public CIO has relaunched its Web site www.public-cio.com with a new focus on political challenges, management issues, and technology strategies for the C-level government executive. It features news coverage, opinion and analysis, as well as interviews, features and a blog. An e-newsletter is also planned for the future.
FHM Research Shows Most Single Men Readers
According to MRI reports for Spring 2006, men’s magazine FHM is the No. 1 ranked magazine in the men’s category for reaching single men. Readership is up 46 percent since the magazine’s launch in 2003, reaching 5.6 million readers. Median HHI posted a 10 percent increase. Total audience increased 13 percent over spring 2005 reports.
Reni Publishing Launches Franchise Magazine
Florida-based Reni Publishing has launched Franchise Market. The quarterly title has a starting circulation of 200,000 and will be distributed in all 389 SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) offices nationwide as well as through franchise trade shows.
Bicycling Helps AIDS in Botswana
Rodale’s Bicycling has joined forces with Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Secure the Future Program and Kona Bicycling Company for "BikeTown Africa." This week, Bicycling editor-in-chief Steve Madden and representatives from Briston-Myers and Kona, will distribute 200 Kona bicycles in two cities in Botswana. The bikes will be given to health care workers who care for HIV and AIDS patients. The initiative is designed to help aid workers who require transportation to reach patients in rural areas.