The New York Review of Magazines » Industry The New York Review of Magazines Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:19:22 +0000 en hourly 1 NYRM Launch Party Tue, 18 May 2010 18:04:29 +0000 Tim Kiladze On Thursday May 13, The New York Review of Magazines’ staff held the launch party for the publication’s 2010 edition at Revel in New York City. The magazine is produced by students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and this year’s publication is “an unabashed celebration of magazines, created by and written for the people who love them.”

Pictures from the event are below.

L to R: Derrick Taylor, Jeff Dooley

Sommer Saadi, Tala Al Ramahi, Rawiya Kameir, Joel Meares, Megan Gibson, Frances McInnis

Sruthi Gottipati, Fred Dreier

Victor Navasky, Cyndi Stivers

Tim Kiladze, Sam Petulla

Candice Chan, Susie Poppick

Spencer Bailey, Ellen London, Joel Meares

Zachary Sniderman, Victor Navasky

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032c: A Strong Defense for Print Wed, 12 May 2010 03:17:34 +0000 Spencer Bailey 032c provides a blueprint for a new creative aesthetic.]]> By Spencer Bailey

Cathy Horyn, writing in The New York Times this past Sunday, looks at the twice-a-year, Berlin-based culture and fashion magazine 032c, now on its 19th issue. “Many of us are feeling a little discouraged by the bombardment of stuff on the Web that doesn’t inform or surprise,” she writes, “and 032c is an antidote for that.”

Horyn may be right. In fact, there seems to be a need for — not to mention a top-end market for — a high-quality, aesthetically beautiful magazine like 032c. It is an idea that’s not all that different from what BlackBook founder Evanly Schindler had when, in Oct. 2008, he launched the biannual New York-based publication tar mag, which folded last fall, after only two issues (where, it should be noted, I was an editorial intern).

Let’s hope, though, with editor Joerg Koch’s strong convictions, 032c will continue on and not have the same fate as tar mag. In 032c’s most recent issue, Koch makes a case for why such a publication should exist — a promising sign, no doubt, for the future. He writes: “In a time such as ours, when all forms of cultural expression seem to occur simultaneously — as if ‘contemporary’ were essentially just a byline for the past, present and future combined — stories like these become rough blueprints for the new creative aesthetic proposed within the pages of 032c.”

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How is 48 Hour Magazine Already For Sale? MagCloud Tue, 11 May 2010 20:40:55 +0000 Candice Chan By Candice Chan

As mentioned in this post, the mag that was built (quickly) over the weekend by a small team of editors using contributions from across the world, is now up for sale. You can find a copy, and a view of the magazine in miniature PDF form, at the MagCloud website.

A division of Hewlett-Packard, MagCloud takes completed and designed magazines in PDF form and streamlines the publishing process. You send them the content; they send you the proofs to review. Once proofs are approved, they store the magazine until a buyer orders a copy, then they print it, bind it, and send it. It’s a definitively democratized process for producing a publication, since anyone and everyone can submit their work. (Not surprisingly, using the site is like sending your photos to HP or Kodak’s website where they’ll print the images for you.)

It’s a good sign for any of us who are looking to start our own periodicals, though, and it’s refreshing to see niche titles like The Indie Game Magazine and NYC BridgeRunners throughout the site. At the very least, it means that there’s still an interest, and hopefully a thirst, for the glossy bound books that we love here at NYRM.

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The 48 Hour Magazine. Literally. Sat, 08 May 2010 15:41:37 +0000 Spencer Bailey By Spencer Bailey

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that a group of magazine writers, editors, and art designers are putting together a magazine — the writing, the art, the production, the printing, plus a website — in a mere 48 hours this weekend. Yes, as in two days. The magazine’s apt title: 48 Hour Magazine. (Note: The title is not to be confused with the 1982 movie of the same name, starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte.) The group includes Sarah Rich, who was an editor at Dwell Magazine; Derek Powazek, the editor of Fray; Heather Champ, the former community director at Flickr; Dylan Fareed, a software designer; and Alexis Madrigal, a staff writer at And they’re taking submissions, too, so the issue could include you. (Submissions close at 4 p.m. Pacific time today.)

In an age in which print is continually competing with the ceaseless, up-to-the-minute content on the web, this will be an interesting project to watch. Will 48 Hour Magazine prove that print — all at once visceral, colorful, and glossy — can compete with the ever-so-timely nature of the web? That, no doubt, remains to be seen. But what it will do, I think, is show how the production of a magazine doesn’t need a month or even a week to be put together. All that’s necessary is an able staff, a bunch of contributors, and a couple of days.

Update: Read The San Francisco Chronicle’s Culture Blog for a full, in-depth story of how the magazine turned out. The Wall Street Journal’s technology and news blog, Digits, has an article about it, too.

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Will Billionaire Haim Saban Buy Newsweek? Thu, 06 May 2010 16:21:21 +0000 Ali Gharib By Ali Gharib

As a NYRM blog post earlier today noted, the Washington Post Company put the fledgling weekly magazine Newsweek on the block yesterday.

It appears a simple matter of coincidental timing that one prospective buyer was almost simultaneously outed by The New Yorker this week. Israeli-American billionaire and influence monger Haim Saban is always looking to pick up influential media properties to push his agenda. From Connie Bruck’s profile of Saban in this week’s New Yorker (my emphasis):

He remains keenly interested in the world of business, but he is most proud of his role as political power broker. His greatest concern, he says, is to protect Israel, by strengthening the United States-Israel relationship. At a conference last fall in Israel, Saban described his formula. His “three ways to be influential in American politics,” he said, were: make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets. [...] He considered buying The New Republic, but decided it wasn’t for him. He also tried to buy Time and Newsweek, but neither was available. He and his private-equity partners acquired Univision in 2007, and he has made repeated bids for the Los Angeles Times.

Well, Haim, it’s available now!

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Ben Behaving Badly Thu, 06 May 2010 15:46:55 +0000 Frederick Dreier Sports Illustratred exposes Ben Roethlisberger as being a drunken, miserable jerk. ]]> By Frederick Dreier

Kudos to Sports Illustrated for its six-page cover story on the grotesque behavior of Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. For those just entering the Roethlisberger conversation, the QB has been benched for six games of the 2010 season by the NFL for “violating the league’s personal conduct policy” for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman in Georgia, and then covering up the investigation.

SI’s team of four reporters (including J school grad David Epstein) wove together stories from Pittsburgh, Milledgeville, GA (where the alleged rape took place), Roethlisberger’s hometown in Ohio and Lake Tahoe about the quarterback’s bad conduct. What emerged was the supreme image of athlete entitlement, a picture of a man whose gratuitous flaunting of fame (he dropped the “Do you know who I am?” line… often) is, simply put, gag-worthy.

According to reports, Roethlisberger was no friend of the food service industry, and walked out on tabs, sexually harassed waitresses and even had some poor Tahoe waiter fired for asking a female companion to see her ID. According to the SI story, Roethlisberger’s actions against women were even worse. In 2008, Roethlisberger called a hotel employee into his room to fix a television (it wasn’t broken), and proceeded to grope and rape her.

The story is a major win for SI, whose weekly magazine looks thinner each week, except, of course, for the annual Swimsuit Issue. *

* The author of this column obviously recognizes the irony in Sports Illustrated writing a condemning story on an athlete’s objectification of women, given the aforementioned fact.

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Newsweek’s Editor Visits The Daily Show Thu, 06 May 2010 14:25:00 +0000 Spencer Bailey By Spencer Bailey

“I do not believe Newsweek is the only catcher in the rye between democracy and ignorance, but I think we’re one of them, and I don’t think there are that many on the edge of that cliff,” said John Meacham, Newsweek’s editor in chief, on The Daily Show last night.

Originally scheduled to talk about his upcoming PBS show, Need To Know — which premiers tomorrow, May 7 — Meacham instead focused his discussion around Newsweek, his flailing magazine that the Washington Post Company announced yesterday it was looking to sell.

At one point during the show — and, indeed, a poignant point — John Stewart asked Meacham: “Who is making money in the magazine business who does what you do? Who is a successful model?”

Meacham’s reply: “The Economist.” (For more, see the video clip below.)

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Ed.: Be sure to check out Sruthi Gottipati’s story about The Economist in this year’s edition of The New York Review of Magazines (which comes out next Thursday, May 13) to find out more about what, in fact, makes Meacham’s reply so telling.

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David Carr Links Time, Newsweek to the Auto Industry Wed, 05 May 2010 14:15:06 +0000 Spencer Bailey The Economist and The Week have survived, while their American counterparts aren't doing so well.]]> By Tim Kiladze

In a new column, David Carr of The New York Times examines why British newsweeklies (The Economist, The Week) have survived, while their American counterparts aren’t doing so well. He also brings up an interesting point: “When the American auto industry was going good, so were Time and Newsweek, with their broad footprint and underlying narrative of chronicling the American dream.” There’s a lot more in the piece, so be sure to check it out.

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Time’s Influence Tue, 04 May 2010 17:15:41 +0000 Joel Meares Time lists today's movers and shakers.]]> By Joel Meares

Time just released its most influential people issue. And sure, the names are all in the right places — Jobs, Palin, GaGa. But doesn’t this just make you pine for — or, at the very least, recall — a time when Time itself had some influence?

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Lynn Hirschberg Leaves T for W Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:22:16 +0000 Tim Kiladze T editor-at-large leaves for W.]]> By Tim Kiladze

Lynn Hirschberg must really love her consonants. This week it was confirmed that she is leaving The New York Times T magazine, where she is an editor-at-large, for W, which just recently hired former T editor Stefano Tonchi. Hirschberg is credited with starting T’s popular Screen Test video series in which celebrities are interviewed in what New York says are “candid, awkward moments.”

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