The Association of Magazine Media

Friday, January 15, 2016

Linda Thomas Brooks Named President & CEO of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
Linda Thomas Brooks has been named President and CEO of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, it was announced today by Stephen M. Lacy, Chairman of the MPA Board of Directors, and Chairman and CEO of Meredith Corporation. Brooks’ appointment is effective immediately. Brooks brings an impressive background to her new role, including serving as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of GM MediaWorks, where she built the GM Media Lab, and in leadership roles with innovative companies such as GearDigital and The Martin Agency. A complete biography appears within the official press release.
First Lady Michelle Obama to Address American Magazine Media Conference, the Industry’s Premier Gathering
MORE Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour to Interview the First Lady on “Media With Purpose: First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a panel during the upcoming 2016 American Magazine Media Conference (AMMC) on February 2, at the New York Grand Hyatt.
American Society of Magazine Editors Unveils Finalists for 2016 National Magazine Awards
On Thursday, The American Society of Magazine Editors unveiled their slate of nominees for the 50th annual National Magazine Awards or “Ellies,” which will take place on Feb. 1 at the Grand Hyatt in New York.
Esquire Partners With Instagram for Pitti Uomo and Sundance Portrait Series
Esquire has joined forces with Instagram on a collaboration ushered by Eva Chen, who heads up fashion partnerships at the tech company. The deal includes the release of photos this week from Pitti Uomo, and later this month, from the Sundance Film Festival.
Q&A with Good Housekeeping's Jane Francisco
“Personally, I’m very passionate about print. I love magazines and I love working on magazines. I love the fact that magazines actually are finite. There’s something about that that’s really special. So, I personally have a passion for print.” Jane Francisco, editor in chief.
The Economist and Murmur Create StoryDeck: A Mobile "Tinder for Content"
The new feature, called StoryDeck, is designed for mobile devices and allows users to explore new content by asking thought-provoking questions. The user answers with swipes, similar to the popular dating app.
Sports Illustrated and Scout Media Team Up for College Football Signing Day
“The Race to National Signing Day” will be a content collaboration running through January and include live and on-demand video programming and digital reports on college football recruiting news, breaking commitments, in-depth features and expert analysis surrounding National Signing Day.
Publishers Grapple with Building Podcast Audience
Wired addressed this issue in its recent article, “To Attract New Listeners, Podcasts Need to Move Beyond Sound.” The article tracks the trajectory of Serial, the phenomenon that eliminated any doubt as to whether podcasts could have major mainstream appeal.
New Roles in Magazine Media
The rise of digital media has introduced new job functions to the magazine world—and triggered the demise of others.
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Report: Apple “Stepping Away” from iAd, Giving Publishers the Reins
The company isn't killing the iAd platform, which serves relatively unobtrusive ads that don't force users to leave the app they're already in. Instead, Apple will reportedly disband its own internal sales team and require publishers to sell ads themselves.
New York Media's Vulture Festival Announces New Media Partners
Outfront media, Carolines on Broadway, and Earwolf team up with New York Media for third annual event.
Brandie Gilliam, Founding Editor & Creative Director, Thoughtfully Magazine
More on The Nation Endorses Candidate for Only the Third Time in Its History
Huffington Post Becomes Biggest Unionized Digital Media Outlet
Silos Are Great… For Storing Grain
Ad Blocking Threat Is Real, But Publishers Aren’t Panicking
Axel Springer’s Bild Is Testing News Delivery via Facebook Messenger
Search Stays Strong As Mobile Accounts for Most Clicks
Experts, authorities, practitioners and strategists will headline conversations and keynotes on innovators and innovation offering up ideas and inspiration to grow your brand and your business. Thank you to our partners for their sponsorship support of AMMC 2016: The Alliance for Audited Media; AmDocs; Chartbeat; GfK MRI; HiFi; Kantar Media; KeyWee; MediaRadar; ONEcount; OneVision; PIB; Port Hawkesbury Paper; Publishers Press; RR Donnelley; ShopAdvisor; SocialFlow; and Vindicia. —For a sponsorship overview contact Alison Heisler for details on all sponsorship levels: or 212-872-3740.
The ASME Best Cover Contest gallery is now posted on Readers’ Choice voting begins January 5. Tell your readers to vote.
February 01 - 02, 2016
Grand Hyatt New York
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Alison Heisler at or 212.872.3740.
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