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Literary Science Magazine Called Nautilus Launches|
A new literary science magazine has launched called Nautilus. The magazine will be available in print, electronic newsstands and online at www.nautil.us. The magazine covers a different topic each month. A new chapter on the topic is published each Thursday. The topic of the inaugural issue is "What Makes You So Special."
The staff of Nautilus includes a group of editors and producers from NBC, Nature, Discover, Psychology Today and Palgrave Macmillan. A New York Times story says publisher John Steele's vision for the magazine is "a New Yorker version of Scientific American."
Steele said in a statement, "With our multi-disciplinary and multi-media storytelling, Nautilus will provide distinctive literary and visual access to the most profound questions in science, and illuminate their importance to our lives. Everyone from the scientist to the scholar to the intellectually curious will be engaged by Nautilus' probing style."
The New York Times article also says the print version of Nautilus will be published quarterly for $49 a year. Steele is hoping for 5,000 subscribers.
The company says it received financial support from a John Templeton Foundation grant, but told the Times the foundation has no editorial input.
Posted on May 7, 2013
New York magazine's cover, "The City and the Storm," was named the Cover of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). The amazing cover shows a half dark New York City following the power outage after the superstorm. The story that went with the cover can be found here. The cover photo was taken by photographer Iwan Baan.
Finalists for Cover of the Year included Harper's Bazaar's "Gwyneth Revealed" cover and Time's, "Are You Man Enough?" cover.
You can view the "best cover" winners and finalists in the all the categories here.
Photo: Iwan Baan/New York magazine
Posted on May 1, 2013
The Weather Channel to Launch New Web Series
The Weather Channel has announced plans to launch original online web series. This will begin with three new series that will appear on weather.com, cable, mobile phone and tablets. Each series will feature six 2 to 4 minute episodes. All six episodes of a series will launch online on the same date.
Neil Katz, vice president and editor-in-chief, digital, for The Weather Company, said in a statement, "Our goal this year is to blow people out of their seats. We think Weather Films is going to take people there no matter which screen they're watching on."
The first series, "I Am Unstoppable," will launch in October and tells the inspiring stories of six athletes who've overcome extraordinary obstacles to become champions. The remarkable cast includes Sarah Reinertsen, Lopez Lomong, and Spencer West.
The second series, "Virus Hunters," will launch in November 2013. It covers the work of scientists who try and protect us from emerging deadly viruses, such as H1N1. It also looks at a fictional event, such as a stolen vial of smallpox being used to decimate a population.
The third series, "Alive," arrives in December 2013. It tells stories of Americans who have survived manmade and natural disasters.
Posted on April 30, 2013
Boston Magazine's Moving Boston Marathon Tribute Cover
Boston Magazine published an amazing cover to honor victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. The cover features a colorful heart created from shoes of the marathon runners. The cover photo was shot by photographer Mitchell Feinberg. The cover says, "We Will Finish The Race."
Boston Magazine has an article about the moving cover. The editors used Facebook and Twitter to ask runners to submit their shoes. The site has a special overflow sections - for extra shoe photos and stores - at bostonmagazine.com/shoes/.
Liz Noftle, deputy design director for Boston Magazine, explains her cover design for the publication in this CNN interview. Take a look:
Photo: Boston Magazine
Posted on April 29, 2013
Conan O' Brien's Monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner
Conan O'Brien gave a very funny monologue at the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner last night at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. He poked fun at the president and the media. Here are some of his best quips:
-On job creation since reelection: "The President is hard at work creating jobs. Since he was first elected, the number of popes has doubled, and the number of Tonight Show hosts has tripled."
-On the unusual guests invited to the dinner: "Duck Dynasty are here! Which can only mean one thing: The guys from Storage Wars said ‘No.'"
-On how the dinner works: "If the President laughs, everyone laughs. And if the Fox News table laughs, a little girl just fell off her bike."
-On The Huffington Post: "I see the Huffington Post has a table. If you’re here, who’s covering Miley Cyrus’ latest nip slip?"
-On tv news demos: "Fox News is watched by conservatives, MSNBC is watched by liberals. CNN is watched by the people who clean the offices at CNN."
-On CNN's ratings slide: "Now when the logo comes up, James Earl Jones says, “You’re watching CNN?!?!'"
-On CNN hiring Piers Morgan: "They replaced the popular Larry King with one of the scheming footmen from Downton Abbey."
[In part 2] -How the news media is like high school: "Fox is the jocks. MSNBC is the nerds. Bloggers are the goths. NPR is the table for kids with peanut allergies. Al Jazeera is the weird foreign exchange student nobody talks to. Print media, you're the poor kid who died sophomore year in a car crash. Cheer up, we dedicate the yearbook to you!"
Posted on April 28, 2013
New York Times Already Has Google Glass App
The New York Times is not waiting around to have its content streamed to people wearing Google's upcoming Google Glass technology. CNET reports that the Times already has an app on its website that works with Google Glass. The app, located at www.nytimes.com/googleglass, promises to provide breaking news alerts and hourly top news updates.
The app page also says users can "Tap to have article summaries read aloud." Google Glass is not expected to be available until 2014, but it is good to know that apps are ready to go fro the new Google eyewear.
Google recently released specs for its interactive glases.
Posted on April 26, 2013
Modern Farmer Magazine Launches
Modern Farmer is a new quarterly print magazine and website from Modern Farmer Media. The company bill itself as "a media brand for the New Food Culture." The company says the magazine is not just for farmers. It is also for "window-herb growers, career farmers, people who have chickens, people who want to have chickens and anyone who wants to know more about how food reaches their plate."
The magazine certainly features some unique and interesting content. Some of the articles currently on the website cover tomatoes, straw bale houses, cocktails, saving seeds, urban farms, soil, online farmer dating and self-driving tractors. There is a helpful article about chickens titled, "Which Chicken is Right for You?"
The Wall Street Journal reports that the first print issue is 136 pages and has a 100,000 copy run.
The magazine is headquartered in Hudson, NY. Ann Marie Gardner is the CEO and editor-in-chief. She worked previously at Monocle magazine as a Founding Editor and as an editor at T:Travel The New York Times Magazine.
Photo: Modern Farmer Media
Posted on April 23, 2013
Bauer Media to Suspend Publication of More Magazine
Bauer Consumer Media has announced it is suspending publication of More! magazine. The publication will end with the April 23, 2013 issue.
Bauer says in a statement on the magazine's website, "The magazine has constantly evolved in order to remain relevant to its audience but continuing challenging economic conditions mean that the product is no longer viable. he decision to suspend publication has regrettably been made with effect from this week's issue, published on Tuesday, 23 April."
The Guardian reports that management will consult with staff to make a decision about whether or not to permanently cease publishing the magazine.
There is also a U.S. version of More, which is published by Meredith Corporation. It is not ending.
Photo: Bauer Consumer Media
Posted on April 22, 2013
Walmart Canada Launches Walmart Live Better Magazine
Walmart Canada has partnered with Rogers Media to launch Walmart Live Better magazine. The publication is free at Walmart Canada Supercenters. It is also available online and for mobile devices. It has a one million print circulation.
The first issue of Walmart Live Better has a food section with more than 30 recipes. It also includes articles cover affordable backyard decor, gardening ideas, allergy relief tips, supplements, fashion tips for kids and overhauling a make-up bag. There is also an interview with Katie Schulz, Walmart's Mom of the Year.
Walmart Live Better editor-in-chief Sandra Martin said in a release, "Canadians want to be inspired by new ideas and stay on budget. With Walmart Live Better they don't have to make a choice. Our team of experts provide great ideas on how to make dollars go farther with style."
Photo: Rogers Media Inc.
Posted on April 16, 2013
April Fool's: Guardian Launches Guardian Goggles
The Guardian took a clever April Fool's spin on Google Glass with the launch of the Guardian Goggles.
The motion-sensitive spectacles, known as Guardian Goggles, incorporate translucent screens in the lenses, overlaying the wearer's view of their surroundings with a real-time stream of specially curated opinions from the paper's reporters, critics and commentators. For example, simply by looking at the outside of a restaurant or cinema and pointing, the user can call up relevant Guardian reviews of the food or current films.The goggles promise to stream an "immersive liberal insight." People who want to comment on a story can also simply "yell their objections out loud." The concept does raise an interesting idea about the future of technologies like Google Glass, in that views may be shaped by the corporations creating the content that streams in through the glasses. Take a look:
Photo: The Guardian
Posted on April 1, 2013
Amazon to Acquire Book Recommendation Site Goodreads
Amazon has announced plans to acquire Goodreads, a book recommendations community. Amazon says there are 30,000 book clubs on the Goodreads site. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content, said in a statement, "Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike."
Goodreads also shared the news in a blog post, which says the site is not going away despite being acquired by a behemoth like Amazon.
The New York Times reports that the deal was met with skepticism from some Goodreads' users. The Times also notes that Amazon already owns some or all of Goodreads' competitors, Shelfari and LibraryThing.
Posted on March 28, 2013
D.C. Restaurant Printing AP Headlines on Receipts
The Old Ebbitt Grill, a restaurant in D.C., is running an interesting experiment. They are printing news stories on restaurant receipts. Diners get a separate news receipt that contains "The Latest News" from the Associated Press. The news is powered by software from Micros Systems. The news service already has one sponsor, Domtar, a paper manufacturer.
In a press release, Old Ebbitt Grill's Managing Director, David Moran, says, "We've got thousands of news-hungry Washingtonians coming to lunch, so we're giving The Latest News a shot. If this works at the Old Ebbitt, it just might sweep across the world."
This is an interest idea, but it will have to compete with the modern devices people carry around that also provide the latest news. One drawback is that text printed on receipts is not the easiest to read. You can see a sample of what the receipt news looks like here.
Posted on March 22, 2013
Reader's Digest Files for Bankruptcy Protection for Second Time in Four Years
The parent company of Reader's Digest, RDA Holding Co., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This is the second time that company has filed for bankruptcy protection in the past four years. The company also filed Chatper 11 in 2009. The company says its latest bankruptcy filing will help it reduce debt and focus on its North America publishing brands. NPR reports that the company plans to quickly emerge from bankruptcy in under six months.
Robert E. Guth, president and ceo of RDA, said in a statement, "The complex transformation that we began 18 months ago under the leadership of a new senior management team has resulted in a more streamlined, more focused, and more profitable business, but we have unfortunately been unable to align our debt levels correspondingly. The Chapter 11 process, which will facilitate a significant debt reduction, will enable us to continue to redefine our business by focusing our resources on our strong North America publishing brands, which have shown a new vitality as a result of our transformation efforts, particularly in the digital arena."
USA Today reports that Reader's Digest is still the fifth most popular magazine in the U.S. It has a circulation of 5.5 million.
Photo: Reader's Digest
Posted on March 3, 2013
Nintendo Force is a New Magazine for Nintendo Gamers
Nintendo Force is a new magazine for Nintendo gamers. It covers games for Nintendo systems, including the Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and the recently launched Wii U. The magazine, which launched with the Jan/Feb 2013 issue, neatly fills a void following the closure of Nintendo Power.
Complex.com reports that a "dream team" of Nintendo writers was assembled for the publication. Kotaku says the writers come from sites including 1Up, IGN and Destructoid. You can find a note from the editor about the new publication here.
A digital copy of the magazine costs $4.99. A combo pack of a digital copy and a printed copy is $17.99. The magazine can be found here on HP MagCloud.
Image: Nintendo Force
Posted on January 30, 2013
Al Jazeera Buys Current TV
Qatar-based Al Jazeera has acquired Current TV, which was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. Al Jazeera will reportedly pay about $500 million for Current TV. Al Gore will reportedly make about $70 million from the sale. Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on Current TV following news of the deal.
Al Jazeera has announced plans to close Current TV and broadcast a channel called Al Jazeera America. The new channel will be headquartered in New York City. Al Jazeera already has news bureaus in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago. It plans to open additional bureaus in key locations across the United States and double its U.S.-based staff to more than 300 employees.
Al Jazeera Director General Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani said in a statement, "For many years, we understood that we could make a positive contribution to the news and information available in and about the United States and what we are announcing today will help us achieve that goal. By acquiring Current TV, Al Jazeera will significantly expand our existing distribution footprint in the U.S., as well as increase our newsgathering and reporting efforts in America. We look forward to working together with our new cable and satellite partners to serve our new audiences across the U.S. I am both exceptionally pleased and very proud that we could take this very important step."
Howard Kurtz talks about the media deal and why Current TV failed to compete with the major networks with former Al Jazeera English anchor Dave Marash. Take a look:
Posted on January 6, 2013