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Turns out, there is a whole big universe out there, although that simple, staggering fact can be easy to forget when you are caught up in the minuscule New York media whirl.
We were reminded of that when our monthly copy of Astronomy magazine arrived once again, standing out alongside the usual February mix of spring fashion and Oscar talk. Much like human life itself, it seems Off the Record is not alone in receiving a monthly dose of the cosmos, as we discovered while chatting with other reporters on the self-obsessed media beat.
The Death of Print
Al Goldstein was a much more complicated man than the “crude, obese pornographer” character he himself helped create. He was a passionate defender of the First Amendment, and not just out of self-interest—he deeply understood how important it was to America’s greatness and viewed its defense as the height of patriotism. Read More
Tina Brown, soon-to-be former editor of The Daily Beast doesn’t read magazines anymore, Hindustan Times reports.
“The habit has gone,” the one time editor of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk and Newsweek told reporters in Goa, where she was speaking at the THiNK festival.
The war on print has moved to actual war zones. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which operates stores on military bases, announced yesterday that it will permanently stop carrying 891 magazine titles due to low demand.
Since modern military bases are equipped with WiFi and allow all sorts of digital devices—iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Android devices, laptops—it’s easy for soldiers to read magazines online. As a result, demand for niche print magazines has been falling. AAFES officials told the American Forces Press Service that magazine sales fell 18.3% from 2011 to 2012.
Bloomberg Businessweek, the magazine known for its provocative and striking covers, has dropped another one today: “IT’S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID,” reads the (huge) text, with an illustration of a flooded city street after Hurricane Sandy.
“Our cover story this week may generate controversy,” wrote editor Josh Tyrangiel on Twitter. “But only among the Read More
Condé Nast has laid off 60 staffers this week. Self and Brides seem to be the hardest hit while The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Vogue have so far been spared.
M, the magazine for “The New Class of Man” hit newsstands on Monday. The relaunch of the men’s lifestyle glossy with heavy matte paper stock was excitedly heralded by a profile of M editor (and former longtime New York Observer editor) Peter Kaplan in The New Republic.
But nobody has been more fired up about the new mag than the Twitter feed @real_kaplan. The parody feed, which is written by former Observer staffers Peter Stevenson and Jim Windolf, has long furthered the legend of Mr. Kaplan’s New York, old-school sensibility.
Crain’s New York Business’ stand-alone newsletter will no longer be delivered to email inboxes every morning. Instead, subscribers can now get the magazine’s online content on a blog.
“Crain’s Insider newsletter will be turned into an online blog that offers news on the business of politics during the day,” Crain’s announced. Unlike the newsletter, which cost a separate fee, blog access will be included with a Crain’s subscription.
If the format is reminiscent of City and State‘s old Notebook blog, well, the writing may be as well. Crain’s reporters Andy Hawkins and Chris Bragg are both former City and State staffers.
Michael Wolff’s mother, Van, died Tuesday morning after a two and half year illness, the Observer has learned.
Mr. Wolff wrote about his mother’s declining health and worsening dementia in a moving and controversial story for New York Magazine in May that questioned the modern approach to end-of-life care.
So, just how much traffic did Mother Jones receive to their website after publishing their blockbuster video of Mitt Romney?
“The traffic melted the needle of our live meter,” said Monika Bauerlein, an editor at the liberal magazine, when we reached her this afternoon. “Our metric software just couldn’t keep up.”
“But you know, online publishing metrics are kind of voodoo anyway,” she said.
Ms. Bauerlein noted that the video has gotten 2.4 million views – that they know of.