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Meredith Buys Shape Magazine

Meredith has acquired Shape magazine from American Media (AMI). The move will mark the end of the print version of Fitness magazine as Meredith will be combining the two titles. Scorpions star Katharine McPhee is featured on the cover of the above issue of Shape. Read more... January 28, 2015

CNN Gets FAA Approval to Test Drones for News Gathering

CNN announced it has worked out a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows it to test Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (also known as drones) for news gathering purposes. CNN says the FAA will use data collected to see build a framework for the safe use of drones by the media. A time frame for the launch of the tests has not yet been announced. Read more... January 14, 2015

12 Killed in Attack at Paris Office of Charlie Hebdo

12 people have been killed in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The attack took place at the magazine's regional office in Paris. The publication was among those that republished cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammed in 2005. The cartoons were originally published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The magazine also published some of its own Muhammed cartoons. Read more... January 7, 2015




Hearst Planning New Print Magazine Launch in 2016

Print magazines are not completely dead. While many of them are having trouble attracting and retaining readers there are still new ones launch each month. Professor Samir Husni, known as Mr. Magazine, says that there were 855 new magazines published in 2014. Read more... January 5, 2015

Weight Watchers Relaunches Print Magazine

Weight Watchers has relaunched its print magazine, Weight Watchers Magazine, with a new look starting with the January/February 2015 issue. The first redesigned issue features a tray of lasagna on the cover with the words "Welcome to Delicious." The magazine will continue to provide recipes, food preparation strategies and weight loss advice. The company says the magazine will "creative ways to prepare and enjoy tasty, satisfying meals, both away and at home." Read more... January 3, 2015

Dr. Dobb's to Cease Publishing

The Dr. Dobb's site will no longer publish new content after the end of 2014. The publisher, United Business Media (UBM), has decided to sunset the site. This means the publication's archives will remain but there will be no new content published. The programming journal was first published as a newsletter in 1976. The magazine ended its print edition and became an online only publication in 2009. Read more... December 29, 2014

Time Names Ebola Fighters Person of the Year

Time has named the Ebola fighters as the Person of the Year for 2014. There are many of them risking their lives in West Africa as the world's worst Ebola outbreak in history persists. Journalists have also put their lives at risk covering the outbreak. Read more... December 10, 2014

USA Today to Cease Publishing USA Weekend

USA Today has announced that is going to cease publishing USA Weekend. The weekly newspaper Sunday insert is included in 600 newspapers every Sunday. The final issue of USA Weekend will be on Dec. 28th. Read more... December 9, 2014

Robb Report Acquired by Rockbridge Growth Equity

Rockbridge Growth Equity, a private equity firm based in Detroit, has acquired Robb Report from CurtCo. Robb Report is a well-known luxury lifestyle publication. Rockbridge is helmed by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. The November 2014 cover of the magazine is pictured above. Read more... December 7, 2014

Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy Become Catster and Dogster

Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy are going to undergo a major named change and become Catster and Dogster. I-5 Publishing acquired Catster and Dogster websites from Say Media earlier this year and acquired the Fancy magazines last year. This enabled this to give the magazines the new titles. Catster and Dogster also have online communities for pet owners. Read more... December 5, 2014



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