The Association of Magazine Media

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!
Here's to a seriously successful 360° Days in 2015
Naughty, Bare-Chested Party Santa Gets a DUI in South Dakota's Holiday Ad
Such is the fate of the flask-toting star of this holiday-themed print ad from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. With his scraggly beard, ample chest hair and a cigarette protruding from his pouty lips, the dude looks more like a '70s porn actor gone to seed than St. Nick.
More on Columbia Journalism School's Investigation of Rape Article on Rolling Stone's Behalf
The magazine said a note signed by its editor and publisher, Jann Wenner, will appear in the next print issue to address the story, which Rolling Stone has conceded is flawed. The piece, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, focused on an undergraduate named Jackie who said she had been the victim of a gang rape at a university fraternity.
The New Republic Promises More Diverse Voices on Staff
In his first editor's note for The New Republic, editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder suggests that the recent exodus of a large chunk of its staff is just a sign that the magazine is staying true to its roots. "The New Republic has always been both in love and at war with its prior self," he writes.
The 2014 Association Publishing Survey
Creativity, cost cutting and a focus on core publishing products have kept margins relatively stable. Print revenue is still retreating however, and digital has been slow to pick up the slack.
Top 10 Magazine Covers of 2014
In today's increasingly ephemeral world (where digital platforms like Snapchat, Vine and Instagram hold more of our attention -- magazine covers can crystalize a moment and declare its importance. Pay attention! Remember this! And then there are some magazines covers that are just cool. AND don't forget the ASME Cover Contest... The deadline for entry for weeklies and biweeklies is January 5, 2015.
The Top Ten Magazine Covers of 2014: The Completely Biased, Highly Subjective and Unscientific List
Editor: "What’s the methodology here for these cover selections? It’s simple. What made me stop, back up, reach out and pluck off the rack. What did I see online that made me stop, bookmark, then head down the street to the closest newsstand to see what it looked like IRL?"
Nolan on Jay Rosen: Do Not Listen to the Crazy Man Telling You to Quit Your Job
Eva Chen Shows off Her Fashionable New Addition
InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson Shares His Favorite Holiday Recipe: Roasted Chestnut Stuffing
Left in the Lurch, Carper Pleads the Next Congress for Postal Reform
Biggest Brands Led U.S. Ad Slowdown, Autos Plummeted Through Q3
When Does Leaning Hard Into Celebrity Become Lazy and Dangerous?
Find out how magazine media's top executives are preparing for What's Next at the 2015 American Magazine Media 360°Conference, our industry's most important meeting. February 2-3, 2015, NYC.
The ASME Best Cover Contest 2015 Call for Entries is now available for download. The Best Cover Contest honors magazines published between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014.
Clayton Mosher, writing for Scientific American: "We yearn to believe that we can get fit without effort.  We build “ab belts” to electrocute our muscles to give us six-packs.  We invent chocolate-chip cookie diets to make us thin while eating fat.  We wish to get fit from doing absolutely nothing.  We wish to lie in bed, think about going to the gym and then, poof, obtain the body of a Greek god. Well, a remarkable new study from Brian Clark at Ohio University shows that sitting still, while just thinking about exercise, might make us stronger."