MPA Honors Two at Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon
The Magazine Publishers of America honored Thomas O. Ryder, chairman of the board of the Reader’s Digest Association, with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the magazine publishing industry and society.
Lewis Lapham, editor emeritus of Harper’s Magazine, was inducted into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame during the luncheon, which took place at Gotham Hall in New York.
Aspire’s Interweave Press Makes Publication Changes
Aspire Media’s Interweave Press division will change the name of its Lapidary Journal magazine to Jewelry Artist beginning with the June 2007 issue. The monthly will also refresh its editorial content and plans to expand its newsstand distribution to stores like Wal-Mart, Borders, Barnes & Noble and AC Moore, plus more than 800 independent bead shops nationwide. The name change is a reflection of the chaining tastes and focus of the many people involved in the jewelry making craft, according to a statement released by the publisher.
In addition, the company’s Stringing and Step Wire Jewelry magazines will increase their frequencies. Stringing will transform from a twice-a-year special special-interest title a quarterly subscription-based magazine, while Ste by By Step will increase from a quarterly to five times per year with Spring, Summer Preview, Summer, Fall and Winter issues. Both titles will expand their presence on national newsstands, to stores like Wal-Mart, Borders, Barnes & Noble and AC Moore, plus more than 800 independent bead shops nationwide. These changes bring Interweave’s total number of subscription publications to 14.
Downtown Media Buys Inked
Downtown Media has agreed to purchase Inked Production’s Inked magazine, an upscale quarterly lifestyle and fashion magazine focusing on "high-end" body art, music, entertainment, style and culture. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Downtown Media plans to combine the production and sales areas of Inked with that of its other magazine, TOKION, a global art and pop culture publication that Downtown purchased last year. Combining the sales function of Inked and TOKION’s publications and Web sites will allow advertisers to purchase group buys to more efficiently reach the "downtown" market, the company said in a statement.
Sports Illustrated’s Web site, SI.com has unveiled a new home page design. The site, which provides breaking news, scores, stats, photography, video and more than 200 original articles per week now has a fresher look and offers personalization capabilities, a permanent scoreboard feature, and a 1000-pixel screen.
Nielson Teams Up with Recognition Media
Nielsen Business Media (formerly VNU Business Media) has partnered with Recognition media, a producer of advertising and media industry awards shows, to produce its advertising awards program, The Clio Awards. Recognition also produces other awards programs including The Webby Awards.
American School & University Expands SchoolDesigns.com
Prism Business Media’s American School & University magazine has redesigned the SchoolDesigns.com Web site. New features include a searchable gallery of learning environments, an architect finder and product showroom. Visitors can search thousands of school and university design projects including pictures, data and project plans.