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Rival Newspapers Begin to Share Content—Will Magazines Follow

first_imgFor FOLIO:’s 2009 predictions feature (“117 Magazine and Media Predictions for 2009”), Raymond Roker, co-founder and publisher of Urb magazine, predicted that “former foes will share information on clients and prospects.”In the newspaper industry, on the editorial side, this is already happening.There was a story posted on Sunday by the Associated Press (itself a literal product of the idea of newspaper rivals sharing news resources) about how Texas’ Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram—former fierce rivals—have been sharing concert reviews.Their announcement was followed by another one in December, when the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun said they would share resources to cover Maryland. That once-bitter rivals would agree to forge an unholy alliance is a product of the economic downturn, the rise of the Internet, shrinking staffs and slashed travel budgets.Gary Wortel, publisher of the Fort Worth paper, told the AP: “I don’t look at us as competitors anymore.”It’s also a way for newspaper publisher to avoid additional, demoralizing job cuts (although having to make nice with your arch rival can’t be great for morale, either).If newspapers have been pushed to do this, could magazines not be far behind?We’ve seen plenty of magazines restructure to share internal resources (see Time Inc., Source Media, Nielsen et al) but have yet to forge the sort of unholy alliance we’re seeing in newspapers. (In fact, the only one I could come up with in magazine publishing is Fader’s recent pact with the Web site Pitchfork, and that one doesn’t really pool editorial, although it’s not out of the question.) But imagine, for a second, Time and Newsweek—two of the fiercest competitors I can think of in the magazine business, outside of the celebrity category—sharing a reporter covering Sarah Palin in Alaska, for instance (or, more realistically, a local election with national implications). They already link to other on the Web. Why not in print? Alas, I have a feeling both Time and Newsweek would fold before they agreed to share reporting resources. But for other magazines, it might be another concession on the path to survival.last_img read more

For a Regional Magazine Print is Still the Main Source of Income

first_imgWhen you read the literature of journalism these days you might think that you must hurry to carve out your place in the digital world. That may be so for newspapers, but it is not so for magazines, particularly not for regional magazines.Berkshire HomeStyle is a controlled circulation regional magazine distributed in our core region of the Berkshires and Columbia County, as well as in Northern Connecticut and Dutchess county, the Capital District (Albany, Troy, Schenectady) and in Saratoga, an area approximately 50 miles from its central location in Austerlitz, New York. The magazine started in 1989, grew steadily until 2008, had a significant decline in 2009, and seems to be climbing back to steady growth in 2011. Where Are We Now? 2008 – 2011 Comparison with Competing MagazineBerkshire HomeStyle’s experience during these difficult years is quite likely similar to that of most magazines. In the Berkshires, HomeStyle had one direct competitor, also a monthly lifestyle magazine with nine issues a year. The graph below compares ads sold by both from 2008 to June 2011. The upper line is Berkshire HomeStyle and the lower line the competitor. The upswing each year illustrates the seasonal nature of the region—a major influx of second homers and tourists in the summer season. The bottom line x’s are the months when the competing magazine was not published (it folded at the end of 2010).During the three full years we can see that the drop in advertising sales was quite similar for both magazines. For the month of July, for example, the peak month in this region, HomeStyle had 188 ads in 2008, 161 in 2009, and 146 in 2010. The competitor had 157 ads in 2008, 108 in 2009, and 111 in 2010.Can Online or Digital Publishing Make Up for the Declines?In this case, the simple answer is no. Towards the end of 2009 the competing magazine took out full page ads saying “Now, more than just a magazine.” They were alluding to their various online publications. Since the magazine folded a year later, we might conclude that online did not rescue them. Our own experience with online is not very encouraging either. Visits to our online edition were 454 in January, 325 in February, 709 in March, 483 in April and 262 in May. Berkshire HomeStyle has opted to stick with the printed magazine. The brave new world of the Internet is still in the throes of development. Whether it’s PageTurn Pro developing its software to be more user-friendly or one of hundreds of their competitors coming up with a better system, there will be a better system. Whether Kindle or iPad will offer the best way to see Berkshire HomeStyle online, one of them or any one of hundreds of others will vie for Berkshire HomeStyle’s content.Potential for GrowthBerkshire HomeStyle today is the same monthly regional magazine it was in 2007. Total sales then had peaked, after 17 years of steady growth, at $553,491. The economic tsunami in 2008 took us down to a low of $367,534 in 2010. Today, having weathered the storm, we plan to continue our growth. The world today is quite different from 2007. The economy is sluggish. Housing, a major measure of confidence, will be bad for years to come. Unemployment will remain high for a while. Yet, well-managed companies, whether large corporations or small magazines, will prosper.  Berkshire HomeStyle’s growth will probably continue at the pre-2008 annual rate of around 10 percent, keeping the advertisers we have and gaining new ones in the course of our region’s normal business. In addition there are some major new growth areas. One growth area is regional expansion. Three months ago we hired a new sales rep to service northern Connecticut. The results are promising, and could bring as much as 5 percent in additional sales. Just last month we started a new division headed by our new Fashion and Style Editor. That may add as much as 20 percent to annual sales within two or three years. Our ad sales, as they have developed over the past 20 years, are heavily concentrated in home-related goods and services and in the arts. The first accounts for 27 percent of all ad sales, the second, for 24 percent. Our new Fashion division may well develop to be a major division much like Home and the Arts.Strange as it may seem, the brave new world of the Internet may well be one of our major sources for growth.  One of the terms that have been coined to describe the struggle for a place in the sun among the plethora of providers is “competition for eyeballs.” The magazine holds up very well in that competitive arena. There is the pleasure of holding a well-designed magazine and of reading intelligent and carefully edited text. And then there is the kind of world we want to live in. For the foreseeable future, the good magazine is likely to prevail.Henry Meininger is editor and publisher of Berkshire HomeStyle.center_img Two events affected publishing in recent years, the economic meltdown in 2008 and the appearance of the social network. They are not directly related, but the confluence of these two events does throw some confusion into thinking and planning.  If the economic meltdown was the result of many years of “irrational exuberance” then the correction is a natural one. Whether housing or retailing or advertising revenue, a correction of 25 percent to 30 percent is reasonable. And as to the future, we need to understand that growth will not be at the heady rate prior to 2008. Berkshire HomeStyle will probably continue to grow at 10 percent in 2011. That is a good growth rate for just about any business.The Social NetworkAll the buzz these days is about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others, all under the umbrella of the social network. This is certainly a humongous change in communication technology. It is so vast and so varied that the chances of a small, regional magazine to be on top of those developments and to harness them are very slim. Besides, if our print advertising can grow at 10 percent, say from $35,000 a month to $38,500, that’s a lot better than a 20 percent growth in Internet advertising, from, say $3,000 to $3,600.Berkshire HomeStyle has had a website since 2001. In 2010 we went online through Page Turn Pro. We do not sell ads on our online edition. Creating the administrative machinery to sell and service them is, at this time, just not profitable. We do use the Internet for marketing, but we avoid spending more than we can hope to recover from plunging into the brave new world of online.last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Keep Rolling Defeat Billerica 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA —The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Billerica High, 5-0, on Tuesday, May 1 in Wilmington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill defeated Sarah Bojsen, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Katelyn Sullivan, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Makayla Threhane, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown defeated Madhu Velmurugan and Lany Waytt, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field defeated Jen Machatelo and Anya Lavalle, 6-0, 6-2.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Sweeps MelroseIn “Sports”last_img read more

Margot Robbie goes braless at premiere of Once Upon A Time In

first_imgMargot Robbie attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Getty ImagesMargot Robbie turned up the glam at the UK premiere of her latest movie, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”Reportedly, she plays Sharon Tate – the Hollywood actress brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969 – in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film. She was joined by the rest of the cast which includes Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Margot Robbie went braless and stunned in a plunging burnt orange Grecian-inspired gown, which draped around her lithe frame as she stepped out in the summer evening breeze of England’s capital.Quentin Tarantino reportedly received a really long-standing ovation when he presented the movie at Cannes. Tarantino has said that he wants to retire after making ten films, which may very well include a Star Trek film as well.  Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiereTwitterQuentin Tarantino’s last feature, “The Hateful Eight” was almost ruined when the script of the movie was apparently leaked. So Quentin Tarantino went ahead and pleaded with fans to avoid revealing any spoilers ahead of the film’s official release, through a written message posted to the “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” Twitter account.The message read: ‘The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way.’ This could very well be the penultimate film Quentin Tarantino directs.”Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is Margot Robbie’s first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino. He has worked with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” respectively. You can check out the pics here: Margot Robbie was looking breathtaking in Oscar de la Renta FW19 gown while attending the “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” UK Premiere in London ? #MargotRobbie #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/zReAMqi0Pz— Mr. Quijada (@UnaiQuijada) July 30, 2019last_img read more

Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages

first_img“The implementation of this agreement has been very slow, and has been particularly slow in the last three-four months” because of the Arakan army insurgency, Grandi told reporters. ‘Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages’AFP . Cox’s Bazar The AA has killed at least 22 police officers since fighting ramped up in January. UN leaders have called on the international community to step up financial support for the huge refugee concentration. Grandi said contributions this year had been lower than expected. New violence in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has delayed a United Nations study on 1,000 villages abandoned by Muslim Rohingya, a top UN envoy said Friday. UN experts were only been able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled after the Myanmar military launched a deadly crackdown in 2017, UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said. Even in those villages access has been “very restricted”, Grandi told reporters at the end of a tour of refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where more than one million Rohingya now live. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) Filippo Grandi (C) look on next to other members of the delegation of United Nations organisations during their visit to a Rohingya camp in Ukhia, near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on 26 April, 2019. Photo: AFP The envoys did not comment on Bangladesh’s plans to move many refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal.center_img Many Rohingya refugees who fled Rakhine said there had been mass rapes and slaughters in the villages. UN officials have said the crackdown needs a genocide investigation. New violence in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has delayed a United Nations study on 1,000 villages abandoned by Muslim Rohingya, a top UN envoy said Friday.UN experts were only been able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled after the Myanmar military launched a deadly crackdown in 2017, UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said.Even in those villages access has been “very restricted”, Grandi told reporters at the end of a tour of refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where more than one million Rohingya now live.Riven by complex ethnic and religious divides, Rakhine is now witnessing deadly battles between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army (AA), a group that claims to represent the state’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and is vying for more autonomy.The AA has killed at least 22 police officers since fighting ramped up in January.The UN was to get access under an accord made with the Myanmar government last year to prepare for repatriations.”The implementation of this agreement has been very slow, and has been particularly slow in the last three-four months” because of the Arakan army insurgency, Grandi told reporters.Some 740,000 Rohingya refugees fled a military crackdown in August 2017 to cross into Bangladesh where 300,000 members of the persecuted Muslim minority were already in camps.Many Rohingya refugees who fled Rakhine said there had been mass rapes and slaughters in the villages. UN officials have said the crackdown needs a genocide investigation.UN officials and diplomats say repatriations are now unlikely to happen.UN leaders have called on the international community to step up financial support for the huge refugee concentration. Grandi said contributions this year had been lower than expected. Some 740,000 Rohingya refugees fled a military crackdown in August 2017 to cross into Bangladesh where 300,000 members of the persecuted Muslim minority were already in camps. UN officials and diplomats say repatriations are now unlikely to happen. The UN was to get access under an accord made with the Myanmar government last year to prepare for repatriations. Riven by complex ethnic and religious divides, Rakhine is now witnessing deadly battles between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army (AA), a group that claims to represent the state’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and is vying for more autonomy. The envoys did not comment on Bangladesh’s plans to move many refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more

White House Staff Turnover Was Already RecordSetting Then More Advisers Left

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesWhite House economic adviser Gary Cohn and communications director Hope Hicks have both announced they are leaving the Trump administration in the coming weeks.President Trump insists his isn’t a White House in chaos, but it’s hard to deny the near constant churn of key aides, including Tuesday’s announced departure of economic adviser Gary Cohn. A full 43 percent of top-level positions in the Trump White House have seen turnover. That is not normal.In fact, the Trump White House has had more turnover among senior aides in the first 13 1/2 months of Trump’s term than his four most recent predecessors had after two years.“After two full years, President Obama was at 24 percent and President Bush was at 33 percent,” said Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution and the White House Transition Project, whose research specialty includes staff turnover. “So, [Trump] already passed them with his first-year turnover. It continues to surge.”In the hours before Cohn’s resignation was announced, Trump foreshadowed a shake-up.“Yeah, there’ll be people — I’m not going to be specific — but there’ll be people that change,” Trump said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “They always change. Sometimes they want to go out and do something else.”One would note he was speaking of “people,” plural, as in multiple expected departures. Trump tweeted much the same Tuesday morning.The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong! People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018In addition to Cohn’s departure, several other staffers have recently left or announced their imminent resignations. Communications director Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner advisers Josh Raffel and Reed Cordish have all announced their departures while staff secretary Rob Porter was ousted after allegations of spousal abuse came to light.A big question now is: Who will be next? Cohn had assembled a team of policy aides who helped craft the White House infrastructure plan and tax framework. With Cohn leaving, will they stay? History would indicate that when someone at Cohn’s level leaves, others follow.“It’s a domino effect. When a senior person leaves, there are other people that leave as well,” Tenpas said. “Kind of by necessity because the new person isn’t necessarily going to want to work with them.”And if the swirl of Washington chatter is accurate, Cohn isn’t the only big-name White House official on the knife’s edge. Chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and adviser/son-in-law Kushner are all reportedly earning the ire of the president.As of Jan. 20, the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, turnover in top-level White House positions was off the charts, double that of President Ronald Reagan’s first year and more than triple the rate of President Barack Obama’s first year. Since then, there has been turnover in another six senior-level positions that Tenpas tracks.“This is an environment that is not suitable for governing. You need people with institutional knowledge, you need expertise,” said Tenpas. “There’s vacancies on top of vacancies.”Typically, there is much more staff turnover in a president’s second year in office than in the first. There was some question of whether in the case of Trump, there had been so many departures in the first year that the pattern would be different and the exit door would swing more slowly in his second year. It is now clear that isn’t the case.“It looks as though turnover continues,” Tenpas said. “People are moving to new positions. A lot of people are resigning or leaving. It’s unclear when this will cease or whether it’s just a continuous process with President Trump.”Why so much turnover? Trump admitted his White House isn’t an easy place to work because he fosters an environment of conflict.“It’s tough,” Trump said. “I like conflict. I like having two people with different points of view. And I certainly have that. And then I make a decision. But I like watching it. I like seeing it.”In Cohn’s case, he was often on the losing end of those policy debates. Trump insisted in a tweet that he will be easy to replace. “Many people wanting the job — will choose wisely!” Trump wrote.Tenpas has data going back to Reagan’s presidency and, in an effort to make apples to apples comparisons, only tracks certain senior positions that have equivalents across administrations. In the Trump administration, she is tracking 65 positions. But turnover in each position only counts once, and if someone changes jobs or gets a promotion, they are not counted twice.This means that in Tenpas’ data set, outgoing communications director Hope Hicks is only counted once and the five changes in the position of communications director don’t count five times. In a way, she is undercounting in the name of consistency, and still, Trump’s White House is shattering records.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday June 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u From 5-7 P.M.National politics including, the battle for gun control legislation and Trump versus the GOP, with Eugene Craig, third vice chair of the Maryland GOP and radio host and political commentator Anthony Nolen. These stories and much more coming up on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img