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Jul 23rd 2014

Today in History: 1903: The Ford Motor Company sells its first car; 1962: Telstar relays the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program, featuring Walter Cronkite. Holidays and Observances: Renaissance Day, Oman; Revolution Day, Egypt.

Day 204 there are 161 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Pope Clement X, 1649-1721;
Raymond Chandler, Author, 1888-1959;
John Babcock, Soldier, 1900-2010;
Michael Wilding, Actor, 1912-1979;
Michael Foot, Politician, 1912-2010;
Raine Karp, Architect, 1939-;
Myra Hindley, Serial killer, 1942-2002;
David Essex, Singer, 1947-;

Nikos Galis, Basketball player, 1957-;
Uwe Barth, Politician, 1964-;
Hamid Mir, Journalist, 1966-;
Alison Krauss, Singer, 1971-;

Richard Sims, Cricketer, 1979-;
Blake Harrison, Actor, 1985-;
Daniel Radcliffe, Wizard, 1989-.

People died today:
Thomas Percy, Rebel, 1343-1403;
Tenby Davies, Runner, 1884-1932;
Montgomery Clift, Actor, 1920-1966;

Van Heflin, Actor , 1910-1971;
Leo McKern, Actor, 1920-2002;
Amy Winehouse, Singer, 1983-2011;

Sally Ride, Astronaut, 1951-2012.


'Fashion and lifestyle magazines experienced some ups and downs in their all-important September issues' says Alexandra Steigrad at wwd.com. Vogue has the most pages but not as many as last year and InStyle came in second. For more, click here.


Alan Murray is to succeed editor Andy Serwer as editor of Fortune magazine scribes Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post. 'Murray, the president of the Pew Research Center, was deputy managing editor and online executive editor during his days at the Journal, and his digital expertise was a big reason for the switch' says Mr. Kelly and for more of his excellent report, click here.


D.B. Hebbard at talkingnewmedia.com notes that the tech site Mashable has 'reported the results of a recent study from Jackdaw Research which shows that app sales are increasing through Apple’s iTunes' even though the average spend on iTunes has headed in the opposite direction. Streaming Services are one reason, for others, and to learn whether this actually may be a good thing (sorry Martha!), click here.


GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
The US Supreme Court clears the way for Arizona to execute a murderer who had sought information about the lethal drugs to be used to kill him.
US and European airlines suspend Israel flights
Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard

The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court.

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose
Billy Joel to receive Gershwin prize.
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow tonight.
The Simpsons looks like it could be set to kill off one of its most beloved characters.



Jul 22nd 2014

Today in History: 1706: The Acts of Union 1707 are agreed upon; 1894: The first ever motor race is held in France; 1942: The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins. Holidays and Observances: Ratcatcher's Day; Pi Approximation Day.

Day 203 there are 162 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Ferdinand Tobias Richter,
Organist, 1651-1711;
Alec Hearne, Cricketer, 1863-1952;
James Whale, Director, 1889-1957;
Rose Kennedy, Philanthropist, 1890-1995;

Mukesh, Singer, 1923-1976;
Bryan Forbes, Director, 1923-2013;
Orson Bean, Actor, 1928-;
John Price, Cricketer, 1937-;
Vasant Ranjane, Cricketer, 1937-2011;
Alex Trebek, Game show host, 1940-;
Mireille Mathieu, Singer, 1946-;
Lasse Virén, Runner, 1949-;
Willem Dafoe, Actor, 1955-;
Rob Estes, Actor, 1963-;

Bonnie Langford, Entertainer, 1964-;
David Spade, Actor, 1964-;

Rufus Wainwright, Singer, 1973-;
Matty James, Footballer, 1991-;
Prince George of Cambridge, 2013-.

People died today:
Charles VII of France, 1403-1461;
Pope Clement X, 1590-1676;
Napoleon II, Emperor, 1811-1832;
John Dillinger, Bank robber, 1903-1934;

Harold Larwood, Cricketer, 1904-1995;
Uday Hussein, Barbarian, 1964-2003;
Qusay Hussein, Barbarian's brother,
1966-2003;
Sacha Distel, Singer, 1933-2004;

Estelle Getty, Actress, 1923-2008;
Dennis Farina, Actor, 1944-2013.


'Open rates for business as usual (BAU) emails climbed as high as 32.9% by the end of March 2014, up 5.7% from the same period in 2013' scribes Perry Simpson at dmnews.com, which on the face of it seems like good news. However, notes Mr. Simpson 'click rates for these emails remained consistent throughout the past four quarters, finishing Q1 at 4.3%.' Why? Mr. Simpson notes 'Jennifer Wiese, strategic services analyst at Epsilon and author of the study' says “People now have email at their fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With that, you're going to see more opens.” Exactly what email was being ignored when people did not have 'email at their fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week' is not clear.

It is also suggested in the report that '“[Opens] could be rising because of things like Gmail Tabs, where you can just click through a bunch of business and promotional emails at once, instead of having them trickle in and mix with personal emails where you'll just skip through them,” notes Josh Rosenwald, CEO at Unroll.Me, an email subscription management service.' What is interesting is that Mr. Rosenwald uses the term "click through" rather than "read" which suggests were are sending out more email, getting fewer results and the only people benefiting are the people sending out the emails. For more, click here.

'Garrett Graff, who left Washingtonian in April where he served as editor-in-chief for five years, most recently joined POLITICO Magazine' reports mediabistro.com. For more, click here.


Back in the dim and distant past when music came on black discs called long playing records, there was an album cover, (The Rolling Stone we think) that unzipped - well now you can unzip Marie Claire! The August issue is all about denim and 'is arriving at subscribers' homes with an extra cover they "unzip" to open by pulling on a perforated strip' says Ashley Rodriguez at adage.com. However, unlike the aforementioned album cover Marie Claire does not use a real zip - click here for more.

The 2014 Trade Association Business Publications International awards have been announced and says mastheadonline.com 'a significant amount of Canadian publications came away with some hardware' and Professionally Speaking did better than most. For more, cliquez ici!

Inside The Atlantic’s events juggernaut





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Johns Hopkins Hospital agrees to pay $190m to thousands of women who joined a legal case claiming a gynecologist secretly recorded them.
Texas deploys troops to US border.
Fresh push to broker Gaza truce.
Sky News reporter Colin Brazier admits he was wrong to handle victims' belongings at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed an oil deal with Venezuela.
The UK government announces a public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB officer poisoned with radioactive polonium in London.
A train carrying the remains of most of the victims of the MH17 plane crash arrives in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, out of rebel-held territory.



Jul 21st 2014

Today in History: 365: A tsunami devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt; 1969: Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon. Holidays and Observances: Racial Harmony Day, Singapore.

Day 202 there are 163 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Maria Christina of Austria, 1858-1929;
Hart Crane, Poet, 1899-1932;
Kay Starr, Singer, 1922-;

Bill Pertwee, Actor, 1926-2013;
Helen Merrill, Singer,
Art Hindle, Actor, 1948-;
Snooty, Manatee, 1948-;

Robin Williams, Comedian, 1951-;
Fritz Walter, Footballer, 1960-;
Ross Kemp, Actor, 1964-;
Bharath, Actor, 1974-;
Josh Hartnett, Actor, 1978-;

Bilel Mohsni, Footballer, 1987-.

People died today:
Henry Percy, Soldier, 1364-1403;
Owen Wister, Author, 1860-1938;
Basil Rathbone, Actor, 1892-1967;

Dave Garroway, Journalist, 1913-1982;
Alan Shepard, Astronau
t, 1923-1998;

Ta Mok, Monk, 1926-2006.


Reuters is reporting that 'U.S. event marketing company Advanstar, which puts on trade shows in industries such as fashion and healthcare, is exploring a sale that could fetch more than $900 million.' The report says the company is working with Goldman Sachs Group and Moelis & Co in search of a purchaser for the 54 trade shows, 100 conferences, 30 publications and Advanstar is controlled by hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group and private equity firms Ares Management LP and Veronis Suhler Stevenson. For more, click here.


'Forbes Media will remain privately held and US-based' says business-standard.com but ownership is heading eastwards to China as 'Forbes said today [Friday] that a controlling stake in the group had been sold to a Hong Kong-based investment consortium.' Mr. Forbes, grandson on the company's founder will remain as chairman and editor-in-chief, although whether this arrangement is for a limited period is unknown.

'Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service, launched in the US last week' notes whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk but titles from the 'Big Five publishers' are not available. The new "service" has been dubbed the Netflix of books, basically you pay a monthly fee and can read as much as you want... except from the largest publishers. For more, click here.



The new newyorker.com site is up and running but says capitalnewyork.com ' to understand what the imperatives of the new website mean for The New Yorker in 2014, it’s not a bad idea to step back in time just a little.' To step back, click here, to view the new site, click here.


'The trend of adding buzzy contributing editors appears to be reemerging in the magazine world' scribes Alexandra Steigrad at wwd.com. It brings in readers says Alex and 'it’s also less expensive than hiring a slew of new staffers. Time Inc.’s Travel + Leisure and Hearst’s Marie Claire are prime examples of publications that are adding influential contributors to their mastheads.' For more, click here.


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A BBC strike organized for the first day of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games has been called off
Dutch investigators examine bodies from the crashed Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.
Actor James Garner has died, he was 86.
Two gunmen kill at least four people and injure several others in a shooting rampage in Mombasa.
A nurse has been found guilty of planning to kill and eat a 14-year-old girl to satisfy his cannibalism fetish.
Someone called Evan Davis is to replace Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight.
Sky News has apologized profusely after one of its presenters was shown rifling through the personal belongings of a stricken passenger at the MH17 crash site.
England soccer captain Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after winning 114 caps.
Serious Fraud Office launching investigation into claims of fraud in foreign exchange market.



Jul 18th 2014

Today in History: 1968: Intel is founded in Mountain View, California; 1995: Soufrière Hills volcano erupts. Holidays and Observances: Constitution Day, Uruguay.

Day 199 there are 166 days remaining this year.

People born today:
W. G. Grace, Cricketer, 1848-1915;
Peace Pilgrim, Activist, 1908-1981;
Hubert Doggart, Cricketer, 1925-;
Burt Kwouk, Actor, 1930-;

Steve Forbes, Publisher, 1947-;
Richard Branson, Businessman, 1950-;

Nick Faldo, Golfer, 1957-;
Simon Heffer, Journalist, 1960-;
Marc Girardelli, Skier, 1963-;
M.I.A.,Rapper, 1975-;
Ryan Cabrera, Singer, 1982-.

People died today:
Caravaggio, Painter, 1573-1610;
Jane Austen, Author, 1775-1817;
Jack Hawkins, Actor, 1910-1973;

Paul Foot, Journalist, 1937-2004;
Jerry Hadley, Tenor, 1952-2007;
John Kronus, Wrestler, 1969-2007.


'Jason Wagenheim has been Publisher of Teen Vogue for just over two years' reports pubexec.com and all in all, he has does rather well. Now, he shares the secrets behind Teen Vogue's survival. For that, click here.

Susan Sarandon is going to guest edit Time Out New York, and she starts next Monday. Says nydailynews.com the actor will 'pick a theme for the issue and man the decks on social media.' For more, click here.





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A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine.
Actress Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89.
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi wins his appeal against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute.
Israel is prepared to "significantly widen" its ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
Bolivia approves legislation to allow 'self-employed
children' to work from the age of 10.
TRENDING ON YAHOO: 'Kaley Cuoco Throws Her Husband a Surprise Party with a Pop-Up Cake and Real Mermaids' - real mermaids? Really? (It must be true it's on the internet!)

Germany captain Philipp Lahm retires from international football after leading his side to victory at the 2014 World Cup.




Jul 17th 2014

Today in History: 1948: The South Korean constitution is proclaimed; 1981: The Humber Bridge is opened by Queen Elizabeth II; 2001: Concorde is brought back in to service nearly a year after the July 2000 crash. Holidays and Observances: King's Birthday, Lesotho, Independence Day, Slovakia.

Day 198 there are 167 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Hugo Treffner, Pedagogue, 1845-1912;
Christina Stead, Author, 1902-1983;
Phyllis Diller, Comedian, 1917-2012;

Ray Galton, Scriptwriter, 1930-;
Donald Sutherland, Keifer's Dad, 1935-;
Alun Armstrong, Actor, 1946-
Derek de Lint, Actor, 1950-;

Roy Pienaar, Cricketer, 1961-;
Letsie III of Lesotho, 1963-;
Bitty Schram, Actress, 1968-.

People died today:
Edward the Elder, 988-924;

The Romanov family, Various-1918;
Billie Holiday, Singer, 1915-1959;
Ty Cobb, Baseball player, 1886-1961;
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Actress, 1913-2005;

Edward Heath, Politician, 1916-2005;

Walter Cronkite, Journalist, 1916-2009.


Is this the beginning of the end for Louis Blouin's Blouin Media? Frankly we doubt the so-called Red Queen is on her uppers but as Keith J. Kelly notes 'at least a dozen lawsuits claiming unpaid expenses are pending against Blouin Media, publisher of Art + Auctions, Modern Painters and Blouinartinfo.com.' However, Mr. Kelly does point out the Red Queen's duplex is on the market, at $30,000,000 but he says 'even a fast sale will probably not come quickly enough to shore up her foundering art-publishing fiefdom.' For more of the travails surrounding the Blouin empire, click here.


'Throughout its 169-year history, Scientific American has been an august and sober chronicler of the advance of human knowledge, from chemistry to physics to anthropology' notes Paul Farhi at washingtonpost.com. Yet, just lately some bizarre happenings have been occurring, including says Mr. Farhi 'waves of criticism and claims that the publication was promoting racism, sexism and “genetic determinism.” Late last week, the publication took down the latest alleged outrage, a post about the late physicist Richard Feynman and his notorious womanizing.' Then the article reappeared with an editor's note of explanation... for more, click here.


'The Guardian has spent the last few years repurposing its British editorial sensibility for American readers' scribes Ricardo Bilton at digiday.com, now however, 'it’s trying to do the same for advertisers.'

Based in New York, the US version has done reasonably well, thanks, says Ricardo in 'large part to its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks.' So getting the readers has not been as problematical as it could have been, although keeping them may prove more interesting since we presume the allure of Mr. Snowden will not be sustained. But, before all of that, the publication needs advertisers. A new CEO is due in the city so good they named it twice fairly soon. So, what needs to be done? Click here for Mr. Bilton's report.

Not only is New Orleans getting its own version of NCIS starring Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, CCH Pounder and Paige Turco this fall... in October the city will get 'a four-color glossy publication' because says Todd Matherne, Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Publishing “New Orleans needs a great business magazine and now it will have one.” For more, click on the logo on the left.


Briarpatch, a Saskatchewan based magazine that focuses on politics and culture has 'launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $3,000 in order to continue publishing the independent non-profit publication' says masthead.com. The magazine receives just Can$15,000 a year in public funding, so relatively, Can$3,000 is a sizable chunk of cash. For more of the story, click here, to make a donation, click here. So far they have collected Can$830.


 
 

HollywoodLife Welcomes New Managing Editor

 
 





GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
Microsoft will cut up to 18,000 jobs.
BBC News to cut a further 415 jobs.
An actress who posted
ricin-laced letters to Barack Obama and the New York mayor is jailed for 18 years
Microsoft's search engine Bing is following Google in allowing Europeans to ask for personal data to be removed from its online results.
At least 14 Tunisian soldiers are killed in a militant attack.
Putin denies Cuba spy base plans.

Texas blues icon
Johnny Winter
has died. He was 70.

Emergency services are dealing with a crash between a passenger ferry and a cargo boat on the Thames in central London.



Jul 16th 2014

Today in History: 1377: Coronation of Richard II of England; 1935: The world's first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City; 1965: The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opens. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 197 there are 168 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Joseph Wilton, Sculptor, 1722-1803;
Roald Amundsen, Explorer, 1872-1928;
Percy Kilbride, Actor, 1888-1964;
Barbara Stanwyck, Actress, 1907-1990;

Buddy Merrill, Guitarist, 1936-;
Corin Redgrave, Actor, 1939-2010;

Margaret Court, Tennis player, 1942-;

Apichatpong Weerasethakul,
Director, 1970-.

People died today:
Anne of Cleves, 1515-1557;


Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady, 1818-1882;
Harry Chapin, Singer, 1942-1981;
John F. Kennedy, Jr.,
Publisher, 1960-1999;

Ed Lincoln, Bassist, 1932-2012;
Hassan Pakandam, Boxer, 1934-2013.


'Guardian News & Media have appointed Eamonn Store as CEO of the Guardian US' reports thedrum.co.uk and says the report he will join 'the paper on the same day as its new US editor-in-chief Katharine Viner who will collaborate on delivering future growth when they adopt their respective roles on 2 September.' For more, click here.

'Record growth for newsstand sales and website traffic for The Atlantic' is the order of the day says Nick Massella on mediabistro.com; 'Atlantic president and editor-in-chief James Bennet and president and COO Bob Cohn' made the announcement yesterday. For more, click the cover.


On more than one occasion, here on circspot.com and other places where the editors publish articles, we have said "what's old is new again" and according to Ricardo Bilton at digiday.com Business Insider agrees with us.

Notes Mr. Bilton 'on June 24, the site published an article about the dietary impact of sugar,' the site we presume being businessinsider.com. Mr. Bilton records there was 1,500,000 views, the thing is... the article was originally posted in October 2013 and notes Ricardo 'the author of the post, Steven Perlberg, doesn’t even write for Business Insider anymore.' For more, click here.





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BBC staff are set to strike on 23 July, the day that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games begin, as they seek a pay rise.
A woman who makes art based on her vagina is arrested on obscenity allegations, sparking debate in Japan.

Rocky The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning film, is to close in August six months after it opened on Broadway.

660 arrests in UK paedophile inquiry.
Germany accuses Russia over Ukraine.
Apple and IBM to co-develop apps.
Four-winged dinosaur found in China.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, a known illegal immigrant, is released by border agents in Texas after hours in custody.
Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria.
Mexico is restricting TV advertising for high-calorie foods and soft drinks, as part of its campaign to tackle obesity.



Jul 15th 2014

Today in History: 1381: John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England.; 1922: Japanese Communist Party is established in Japan; 2006: Twitter is launched. Holidays and Observances: Elderly Men Day, Kiribati.

Day 196 there are 169 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Ewostatewos, Monk, 1273-1352;
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn,
Artist, 1606-1669;
K. Kamaraj, Politician, 1903-1975;
Edward Shackleton,
Geographer, 1911-1994;
Iris Murdoch, Author, 1919-1999;
James Ball, Economist, 1933-;
Julian Bream, Guitarist, 1933-;
Ken Kercheval, Actor, 1935-;

Patrick Wayne, Actor, 1939-;
Jan-Michael Vincent, Actor, 1944-;

Linda Ronstadt, Singer, 1946-;

Celia Imrie, Actress, 1952-;
Shirley Robertson, Sailor, 1968-;
Neemia Tialata, Rugby player, 1982-.

People died today:
Gottfried Keller, Poet, 1819-1890;
Donald Calthrop, Actor, 1888-1940;
John J. Pershing, General, 1860-1948;
Margaret Lockwood, Actress, 1916-1990;

Googie Withers, Actress, 1917-2011;
Celeste Holm, Actress, 1917-2012.




Jeremy Barr at capitalnewyork.com reports 'long-serving New York executive editor John Homans is leaving' New York magazine and moving to the 'soon-to-launch Bloomberg Media politics franchise built around John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.' For more, click here.

The website Feminist Times is to close, says a note on the web site and this week will be the final week. "We simply cannot survive any longer without having to change our values. Other projects like ours allow themselves to be co-opted by a big brand or not pay contributors. We would not be happy to do either." The web site closes just a year after announcing its arrival, with the site going live three months later.


'Future Plus has created the first digital magazine for Virgin Holidays' reports ppa.co.uk available on both iOS and Android, available free if you want it.


There will probably be lots of pictures of jolly places where Virgin flies as well as 'expert photography tips, personal recommendations from the Virgin Holidays’ team, and an interview with Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams' says the report. For more, click here.

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger
Named New York Times
Senior Editor for Strategy

First Magazine in Hamshen Armenian Dialect To Be Published in Turkey.




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The World Trade Organization finds the United States violated trade rules when it imposed tariffs on a range of products from China and India.
Ex-Taliban captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl to return to active duty.
Iraqi parliament elects new speaker.
MEPs elect Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission.
US high jump legend Alice Coachman Davis, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, dies at the age of 90.
Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, which features songs by late rapper Tupac Shakur, is to close after less than two months.
Apple is lining up former White House press secretary Jay Carney to take over as its head of PR.
A shipment of several dozen live giant African snails, weighing some 2lb each, has been seized by officials at Los Angeles International Airport.
David Cameron's battle plan for the General Election begins with a Cabinet reshuffle.



Jul 14th 2014

Today in History: 1789: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille; 1790: Citizens of Paris celebrate the unity of the French people and the national reconciliation in the Fête de la Fédération; 1881: Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner. Holidays and Observances: Bastille Day, France.

Day 195 there are 170 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Poliziano, Poet, 1454-1494;
John Douglas, Bishop, 1721-1807;
Teddy Billington, Cyclist, 1882-1966;
Terry-Thomas, Actor, 1911-1990;

Ingmar Bergman, Director, 1918-2007;
John Chancellor, Journalist, 1927-1996;
Sid Haig, Actor, 1939-;
Goodwill Zwelithini
kaBhekuzulu of Zulu, 1948-;

Ross Rebagliati, Snowboarder, 1971-;
Jed Madela, Singer, 1980-;

People died today:
Billy the Kid, Criminal, 1859-1881;

Adlai Stevenson II, Politician, 1900-1965.



'Condé Nast plans to launch a UK-based multimedia bespoke publishing service for private individuals known as Condé Nast Portrait' says wwd.com. It will be called Portrait and will be launched next month. For more information, click here.

The publishing industry never misses an opportunity to go over the top and now says Ricardo Bilton at digiday.com 'digital publishers are moving the battle for audience attention from eyeballs to eardrums.' Audio is the new black and says Mr. Bilton 'Forbes, Al Jazeera and tech blog VentureBeat are among the latest publishers experimenting with services that pay professional voice actors to create audio versions of their articles.' For more, click here.


The publisher of Details magazine says Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post was 'was abruptly booted from the Condé Nast headquarters' last week and all because he 'announced he was resigning to join rival Maxim as publisher.' For more, click here.

Norm Pearlstine on Standing in Checkout Lines and The Awl


'Wallpaper is marking the fifth anniversary of its annual Handmade issue' reports wwd.com 'with five covers featuring the handprints of famous designers.' For more, click the covers.


The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and other places will send you a telegram on your 100th birthday... now Queen Oprah will send you a birthday card 'if you buy a premium subscription to' O, the Oprah Magazine says Emma Bazilian at adweek.com.

Scribes Emma 'Hearst’s O, the Oprah Magazine is testing the waters with O’s Circle of Friends, a tiered-subscription model/fan club that takes advantage of one of its singular assets: its readers’ obsession with its founder.'

For more, or if you are Oprah obsessed, click on the covers on the left featuring a woman not at all obsessed with being on the cover of her own magazine.


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Baroness Butler-Sloss says she is stepping aside as the head of an inquiry into allegations of historical child abuse.
Lorin Maazel, one of the greatest modern conductors of classical music has died, he was 84.
Tommy Ramone has died.
US government infectious disease labs mishandled dangerous pathogens five times in the last decade, according to a health agency report.
Germany won the World Cup beating Argentina in the final.
Lindsay Lohan may move to London if
Jack Bauer leaves any of the city intact.
South West London is facing traffic chaos as Putney Bridge is closed for three months for repairs.
Eight Facebook activists in Iran been jailed for a total of 127 years for making posts critical of the ruling regime.



Jul 11th 2014

Today in History: 1576: Martin Frobisher sights Greenland; 1750: Halifax, Nova Scotia is almost completely destroyed by fire; 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 192 there are 173 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Robert the Bruce, King, 1274-1329;
John Quincy Adams,
Politician, 1767-1848;

E. B. White, Author, 1899-1985;
Cordwainer Smith, Author, 1913-1966;
Reg Varney, Bus Driver, 1916-2008;

Yul Brynner, Actor, 1920-1985;
Beverly Todd, Actress, 1946-;
Dave Bennett, Footballer, 1959-;
Jeff Corwin, Television host, 1967-;

André Ooijer, Footballer , 1974-.

People died today:
James Murray, Actor, 1901-1936;
Avi Ran, Footballer, 1963-1987;

Helen Forrest, Singer, 1917-1999;

Arturo Gatti, Boxer, 1972-2009;
Richard Scudder, Journalist, 1913-2012.


'BBC Good Food Magazine is relaunching on Adobe’s DPS system' says ppa.co.uk and 'the app retains key interactive features but the update will see improved navigation, social sharing and closer integration with the BBC Good Food website.' For more, click the pad!




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UK taxpayers may have lost out on around
£1bn in undervalued Royal Mail shares and assets.

Chinese hackers broke into a US government database.
The death toll from Israeli air strikes in Gaza rises to 100.
Celebrated Indian actress Zohra Sehgal has died in the capital, Delhi, aged 102.
Actor George Clooney refuses to accept an apology from the Daily Mail's website over a story claiming his fiancee's mother objected to their marriage.



Jul 10th 2014

Today in History: 138: Emperor Hadrian dies after a heart failure at Baiae; 1553: Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England; 1991: The South African cricket team is readmitted into the International Cricket Council. Holidays and Observances: Constitution Day, Australia; Independence Day, South Sudan.

Day 191 there are 174 days remaining this year.

People born today:
James III of Scotland, 1419-1471;
Austin Chapman, Politician, 1864-1926;
Heiri Suter, Cyclist, 1899-1978;
Jake LaMotta, Boxer, 1921-;
Fred Gwynne, Actor, 1926-1993;

Jerry Herman, Composer, 1931-;
Julian May, Author, 1931-;
Alice Munro, Author, 1931-;
Virginia Wade, Tennis player, 1945-;

Sunil Gavaskar, Cricketer, 1949-;
Gina Bellman, Actress, 1966-;
Adam Foote, Ice hockey player, 1971-
Imelda May, Singer, 1974-;
Ludovic Giuly, Footballer, 1976-.

People died today:
Eric I of Denmark, 1060-1103;
Ladislaus IV of Hungary, 1262-1290;
Henry II of France, 1519-1559;
George Stubbs, Painter, 1724-1806;
Mel Blanc, Voice actor, 1908-1989;

Vakkom Majeed, Politician, 1909-2000.







'Rumor has it' says Rick Edmonds at poynter.org that 'with a $2.5 billion cash kitty for acquisitions' burning a hole in News Corp. pockets, a 'new bid for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the six other Tribune newspapers' may be in the offing. The papers have sort of been on the sales block for a few years now, but so far nothing has come to fruition. Could it be Mr. Murdoch will buy these newspapers and let a certain redhead with an English accent run them? For more of Mr. Edmonds's article, click here. (Oh and while we are rumoring... will Julianne Moore play Ms. Wade when the hacking moving comes out? - Just asking?)

'A change to a policy at Conde Nast that affects major beauty advertisers is sending waves of anxiety through some of its largest magazines, including Vogue and Glamour' says Michael Sabastian. To find out what, and why, click here.

We think this story should be filed under the heading "and this surprises you why?" Matthew Flamm at crainsnewyork.com quotes from a new study that says 'readers don't trust ads that look like news' and that consumers say 'news sites lose credibility when running "sponsored content" dressed up to look like real articles.' For more on Michael's report, click here, and if you are wondering why we think this study may be more accurate than others, people who took the survey said 'news sites lose credibility when running "sponsored content",' unless you happen to be 'Fox News, which was rated by survey takers as less trustworthy than the advertorials were.' Don't blame us - blame the survey takers!



McGraw Hill Financial Hires
Lucy Fato as EVP, General Counsel




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Advertisements for the BBC, the National Citizen Service, UK charities and other businesses have appeared before Jihadist YouTube videos, according to BBC television's Newsnight, showcasing a major flaw in current targeted advertising.

Bieber gets two years' probation.
More than 20 people are killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.
President Barack Obama sides with Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry on ideas to shore up security on the US-Mexico border.
The German government is considering the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US.
Argentina beat the Netherlands to proceed to
Sunday's World Cup final against Germany.
Primetime Emmy nominations include:
Outstanding drama series:

Breaking Bad,
Downton Abbey,
Game of Thrones,
House Of Cards,
Mad Men,
True Detective

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series:

Bryan Cranston -
Breaking Bad,
Jeff Daniels -
The Newsroom,
Jon Hamm -
Mad Men,
Woody Harrelson -
True Detective,
Matthew McConaughey -
True Detective,
Kevin Spacey -
House of Cards.

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series:

Lizzy Caplan -
Masters of Sex,
Claire Danes -
Homeland,
Michelle Dockery -
Downton Abbey,
Julianna Margulies -
The Good Wife,
Kerry Washington -
Scandal
Robin Wright -
House of Cards




Jul 9th 2014

Today in History: 1540: King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves; 1877: The inaugural Wimbledon Championships begins; 1972: In Belfast, British Army snipers shoot five civilians dead in the Springhill Massacre. Holidays and Observances: Constitution Day, Australia; Independence Day, South Sudan.

Day 190 there are 175 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Ann Radcliffe, Author, 1764-1823;
George Geary, Cricketer, 1893-1981;

Barbara Cartland, Author, 1901-2000;
Edward Heath, Politician, 1916-2005;
Lee Hazlewood, Singer, 1929-2007;
Brian Dennehy, Actor, 1938-;
Chris Cooper, Actor, 1951-;
Jimmy Smits, Actor, 1955-;
Tom Hanks, Actor, 1956-;

Raymond Cruz, Actor, 1961-;
Masami Tsuda, Author, 1970-;
Craig Quinnell, Rugby player, 1975-.

People died today:
Anastasius I Dicorus, Emperor, 430-518;

Oliver Law, Commander, 1899-1937;
Alice Paul, Activist, 1885-1977;
Rod Steiger, Actor, 1925-2002.




While we don't really want to say anything nasty about amazon.com, they are pretty much proving why companies like amazon.com are not as great as they make themselves out to be. Amazon has an ongoing argument with Hachette, and part of that argument has determined that amazon.com 'began blocking preorders for upcoming books from the publisher' says Jason Abbruzzese at mashable.com. Many retail bookseller outlets have closed over recent years partly because book buyers switched to amazon.com. Now, reports Jason Abbruzzese 'The online retailer has offered to give authors 100% of the sales price of all Hachette e-books sold until its standoff with the publisher is resolved.' For more, click here.


We always say there are very few new ideas, just old ones with a new name or just old ones come back from the past. Ricardo Bilton at digiday.com notes 'what’s old is new again. “Interactivity,” the ad industry buzzword circa 2006, is making a comeback along with the ascent of native advertising.' For more, click here.

Texas Monthly has named Brian Sweany its next editor-in-chief. Texas Monthly has chronicled life in contemporary Texas since 1973, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education and the magazine currently has a paid circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2,500,000 people each month—one out of seven Texas adults.


The Atlantic Announces Several Promotions and Hires


So they have revamped cosmopolitan.com and now you can find out the eleven things you need to know before buying running shoes... always important... and watch bare-chested men do pushups with cute dogs. 'The cleaned-up, responsive site was built with mobile in mind' says Emma Bazilian at adweek.com ands says Emma, 'new site

will be the template for all Hearst brands.' The cute guys with dogs author Eliza Thompson says 'Warning: "Buuuuutts annnd muuuuutts" is going to get stuck in your head after this. Trust me: You haven't lived until you've seen a gorgeous man doing push-ups with a puppy on his back.' So far Eliza, we have lived perfectly well without puppies being elevated in the air on the back of a man who forgot to wear a shirt, but that's just us - Hey ho! For more, click here.



Also planning a web site overhaul is The New Yorker and it will make 'all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers' reports Ravi Somaiya at nytimes.com. This will happen in a couple of weeks says the report, for more, click here. But if you cannot wait to see another re-designed magazine website then checkout CFO.com who unveiled their new web site yesterday.

'In the never-ending Maxim saga' says Keith J. Kelly at nypost.com, Joe Mangione is back 'consulting with new owner Sardar Biglari.' Mr. Kelly also reports that Kevin Martinez may have been hired as Maxim's publisher. For more, click on Keith!



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Germany scored seven goals against Brazil.
Israel and Hamas attacks intensify.
Iraqi security forces have found the bodies of 53 recently shot men near a town south of Baghdad.
Barack Obama is expected to ask for $3.7bn (£2.2bn) in extra funding to tackle an immigration crisis.
Vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box are discovered by a government scientist at a research centre near Washington DC.
Stevie Nicks joining 'The Voice' as adviser to Adam Levine's team.
Airline passengers have been warned they may not be able to take their electronic devices onto any plane to or from the UK unless the device can be switched on.



Jul 8th 2014

Today in History: 1758: French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga; 1874: The Mounties begin their March West; 1966: King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 189 there are 176 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Jean de La Fontaine, Poet, 1621-1695;
Arthur Evans, Archaeologist, 1851-1941;
Hugo Boss, Fashion designer, 1885-1948;
Faye Emerson, Actress, 1917-1983;

Maurice Hayes, Politician, 1927-;
Ben Chapman, Politician, 1940-;
Jeffrey Tambor, Actor, 1944-;
Jim Miklaszewski, Journalist, 1949-;
Kevin Bacon, Actor, 1958-;

Pauline Quirke, Actress, 1959-;
John Juanda, Poker player, 1971-;
Alexis Dziena, Actress, 1984-.

People died today:
Pepin of Italy, 773-810;
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet, 1792-1822;
Havelock Ellis, Physician, 1859-1939;
Michael Wilding, Actor, 1912-1979;
Dick Sargent, Second Darrin, 1930-1994;

Betty Ford, Former First Lady, 1918-2011;

Ernest Borgnine, Actor, 1917-2012.


'FAST COMPANY magazine is launching in South Africa' reports Glenda Nevill at themediaonline.co.za and will be 'headed by publishing editor, Robbie Stammers. FAST COMPANY recently launched an edition in China, and the South African version will be its first global edition in English outside the US' says Glenda, and for a whole lot more, click here.


A few weeks ago we saw the new fortune.com and now says Nicole Levy at capitalnewyork.com 'Fortune rolls out its first daily email newsletter about women leaders in business.' It is called The Broadsheet referring partly to Fortune's roots, as it once was a broadsheet, and also to, what some might say is an unflattering names for a woman, a "broad." For more, click here.

125 years ago today the Wall Street Journal was born. 125 years later it has a circulation in excess of 2,000,000 and is still the only publication name to have a period at the end. The WSJ has won the Pulitzer Prize 34 times and has been printed continuously since July 8th 1889. For more, there are lots of places, so try mediabistro.com for starters.



Last week, there was a 'spate of executive departures' from Rolling Stone magazine to quote Emma Bazilian at adweek.com; this week, promotions! Michael Provus, currently the associate publisher will take over from Chris McLoughlin as publisher following Mr. Loughlin's resignation.



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Two British men who travelled to Syria to join
rebel fighters plead guilty to terrorism charges.
US 'to work with Germany' on spy row.
Nicaragua unveils major canal route from the atlantic to the Pacific, terrific!
Some witnesses refused to testify at the televised trial of Oscar Pistorius because of the publicity.
A US diplomat has been ordered to leave Bahrain after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group



Jul 7th 2014

Today in History: 1928: Sliced bread is sold for the first time; 1954: Elvis Presley makes his radio debut; 1985: Boris Becker becomes the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Solomon Islands.

Day 188 there are 177 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Ludwig Ganghofer, Author, 1855-1920;
Vittorio De Sica, Actor, 1901-1974;
Gretchen Franklin, EastEnder, 1911-2005;

Margaret Walker, Author , 1915-1998;
Jon Pertwee, Actor, 19149-1996;
John Little, Footballer, 1930-;
Bruce Wells, Boxer, 1933-2009;
Ringo Starr, Drummer, 1940-;
Christopher Beeny, Actor, 1941-;
Tony Jacklin, Golfer, 1944-;
Glenys Kinnock, Politician, 1944-;
Jean Leclerc, Actor, 1948-;
Vonda Shepard, Singer, 1963-;

Marie-Mai, Singer, 1984-;
Princess Purnika of Nepal, 2000-.

People died today:
Alexander Grin, Author, 1880-1932;
Veronica Lake, Actress, 1919-1973;
Ruffian, Race horse, 1972-1975;
Cameron Mitchell, Actor, 1918-1994;

Sudhakar Bokade, Film producer,
1956-2013;
Anna Wing, EastEnder , 1914-2013.


Andy Coulson has had lots of titles in the past, senior editor at Mr. Murdoch's house of words, adviser to prime ministers and now, convicted felon. Mr. Coulson, or Prisoner Coulson as he is now known was sentenced to eighteen months last week 'for his part in the phone hacking scandal that convulsed Britain’s press, police and political elite and inspired calls for tighter regulation of journalists' says the New York Times. 'One hacking victim, whose son died in the 7/7 bombings, said his life had been invaded at his "deepest and darkest point",' said bbc.co.uk.


Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post scribes 'the latest convulsions in Jann Wenner ’s media empire ... all point to the ascension of his 23-year-old son, Gus Wenner, into the top spot within the next few years.' As for the convulsions Keith mentions, well they concern Scott Fedonchik who seemingly was fired in a most odious manner, and the COO John Gruber... for more on both of these, click here.

Georgetown Media Group 'will soon bid farewell to its fashion writer and publisher’s assistant Corrie Dyke' says mediabistro.com who along her fiance Timothy-Paul Reithmiller are moving from the town famed for cherry trees to the town famous for ghosts, spanish moss and Chatham Artillery Punch. For more, click on the picture.



D. B. Hebbard notes that during the summer lull, there is little real news, although this year may be the exception that proves the rule. However, notes D.B. 'in NYC, the small West Village newspaper, WestView News, grabbed some attention with [sic] it used the N-word in a headline for a column on the Obama administration.'

National Geographic Now Available for Next Issue Canada Subscribers.

The best of summer’s nautical mags.



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David Cameron pledges to get to the truth of claims of historical child sex abuse in major institutions - ahead of an expected announcement of a "wide-ranging" inquiry.
US officials say security they ordered at overseas airports last week will include tighter screening of electronic devices.
Australia's highest court blocks the government's attempt to return 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.
Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon for the second time, beating Roger Federer to take the Gentlemen's championship; P.Kvitova beat E.Bouchard to take the Ladies' championship. Bryan and Bryan lost to Pospisil and Sock in the Gentlemen's doubles.
Rescue workers continue their search for eight missing miners in southern Honduras, but admit hope of finding them alive is fading.
Former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze has died, he was 86.
Pink Floyd are to issue an album of unreleased material in October.
Brazil will play Germany and the Netherlands will play Argentina in the World Cup semi finals.



Jul 2nd 2014

Today in History: 1494: The Treaty of Tordesillas is ratified by Spain; 1644: Battle of Marston Moor; 1777: Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery. Holidays and Observances:None.

Day 183 there are 182 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Pietro Ottoboni, Cardinal, 1667-1740;
Lily Braun, Author, 1865-1916;
Olav V of Norway, 1903-1991;
Wim Boost, Cartoonist, 1918-2005;
Pierre Cardin, Designer, 1922-;

Daphne Hasenjager, Sprinter, 1929-;

Ferdinand Mount, Writer, 1939-;

Ivi Eenmaa, Politician, 1943-;
Brian Clarke, Artist, 1953-;
Purvis Short, Basketball player, 1957-;
Matthew Reilly, Author, 1974-;
Lindsay Lohan, Actress, 1986-;
Caitlin Carmichael, Actress, 2004-.

People died today:
Gary Shearston, Singer, 1939-201
Denmark Vesey, Slave, 1767-1822;
Robert Peel, Politician, 1788-1850;

Betty Grable, Entertainer, 1916-1973;
Lee Remick, Actress, 1935-1991;
Mario Puzo, Author, 1920-1999;
Paul Lorieau, Optician , 1942-2013.


Keith J. Kelly over at the New York Post says Sardar Biglari the new owner of Maxim is 'shaking things up' and gone in the shake are 'President Ben Madden; Editor-in-Chief Dan Bova; senior VP of digital Bill Shaw; and associate publisher of integrated sales Sean Flanagan.' For more on this story from Keith, click here. Meanwhile Mr. Kelly notes that 'American Media has completed the National Enquirer’s move back to the Big Apple' but cuts have been made back in Florida. For that part of the story, click here.

And Mr. Kelly has been his usual busy self, noting that Marvin Shanken of the Wine Spectator magazine has donated $3,000,000 to 'Sonoma State University to support the Wine Learning Center.' For more on this, click the cover.




Small Deals Dominate M&A Landscape


Mark Sweney at theguardian.com reports 'the UK’s biggest-selling gadget magazine, Stuff, is to drop scantily-clad models from its front cover after feedback suggesting such images were alienating readers.' The magazine has a circulation of over 77,000 but says Mark 'its traditional audience shifted dramatically over the past two decades with 40% of readers now women.' For more, click here.

'A total of 93 new magazines launched in the first six months of' 2014 says Erik Sass at mediapost.com. As 93 magazines started, 30 magazines closed including some famous titles ike Jet, and Ladies' Home Journal. For more, click here.

Talking of Jet, the debut of the digital 'Jet' has arrived, reporting on that is Art Patel at minonline.com.





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Piers Morgan was rated the UK’s most influential online reporter by the Press Gazette’s Social Media Journalism Awards.
Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy is placed under formal investigation over alleged influence peddling.
Facebook faces UK probe over study.
A 23 year-old man has died at a party in South East London after reportedly playing an internet game where people are filmed punching each other.
Oscar-nominated director and writer Paul Mazursky, whose credits include Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice, has died aged 84.
Monty Python return to mixed reviews.
Workplaces across the US emptied early as millions watched the national team exit the World Cup.
Clashes erupt between Palestinian youths and Israeli police after the body of a Palestinian teenager kidnapped in East Jerusalem is found.
JPMorgan Chase chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon says he will continue to run the bank despite being diagnosed with throat cancer.
July 4 hurricane fears as 'Arthur' approaches.
Andy Murray loses at Wimbledon.



Jul 1st 2014

Today in History: 2013: Neptune's moon S/2004 N 1 is discovered; 1921: The Communist Party of China is founded. Holidays and Observances: Canada Day, Canada; Independence Day, Rwanda; Independence Day Burundi; Republic Day, Ghana; Republic Day, Somalia.

Day 182 there are 183 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Joseph Hall, Bishop, 1574-1656;
Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur,
comte de Rochambeau,
General, 1725-1807;
Bidhan Chandra Roy,
Politician, 1882-1962;

Gabrielle Robinne, Actress, 1886-1980;
William Wyler, Director, 1902-1981;
Amy Johnson, Pilot, 1903-1941;
Glenn Hardin, Hurdler, 1910-1975;
Olivia de Havilland, Actress, 1916-;

Farley Granger, Actor , 1925-2011;
Leslie Caron, Actress, 1931-;
Geneviève Bujold, Actress, 1942-;
Trevor Eve, Actor, 1951-;
Alan Ruck, Actor,1956-;
Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997;
Ruud van Nistelrooy, Footballer, 1976-;
Hilarie Burton, Actress, 1982-.

People died today:
Scott Leary, Swimmer, 1881-1958;
Bidhan Chandra Roy,
Politician, 1882-1962;

Fritz Bauer, Judge, 1903-1968;
Buckminster Fuller, Architect, 1895-1983;
Michael Landon, Actor, 1936-1991;
Robert Mitchum, Actor, 1917-1997;

Walter Matthau, Actor, 1920-2000;
Fred Trueman, Cricketer, 1931-2006;
Karl Malden, Actor, 19212-2009;
Mollie Sugden, Actress, 1922-2009;

Gary Shearston, Singer, 1939-2013.


Email newsletters are dead... and there you were thinking we were going to say print is dead - right? Fact is, print is far from dead, and says David Carr the same holds for email newsletters. David says 'Email newsletters, an old-school artifact of the web that was supposed to die along with dial-up connections, are not only still around, but very much on the march' good news for all... for more, click here.

'How do you get a $5 million-a-year journalism outfit funded by philanthropists up and running? Try starting with an op-ed' writes Joe Pompeo at capitalnewyork.com. Neil Barsky did, and that is how the Marshall Project came about. For more of Joe's report, click here.



Al Urbanski at dmnews.com asks 'is postal reform becoming one big cluster...box? It's a valid question since most people accept unless the postal service is reformed, it has to crash and burn, not just here in the USA, but postal services around the world. To find out how 'crazy the pursuit of postal reform has gotten in recent months' click here.


When you're alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go downtown. When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry seems to help, I know, downtown and yesterday Condé Nast echoed Petula Clark and started heading - yes, DOWNTOWN! Nicole Levy at capitalnewyork.com says 'the company's technology group, archives team and Condé Nast Entertainment all started working Monday at 222 Broadway, not far from 1 World Trade Center, where the rest of Condé Nast's workforce will begin moving this November.' For more of Nicole's report, click here.


'Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away' yesteday reports Noelle Skodzinski at mediashepherd.com. Bobit Business Media was founded in 1961 with the launching of Automotive Fleet in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In over 50 years, the company has grown to publishing over 20 various trade publications covering 5 different markets. In the mid-‘80s Bobit Business Media developed conferences and expositions, starting with the Limousine & Chauffeur Show and Mobile Electronics Show.



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Nicolas Sarkozy is detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling.
The European Court of Human Rights upholds France's ban on wearing the Muslim full-face veil or niqab.
The US Supreme Court rules a company can claim a religious exemption to a legal requirement that employers pay for their workers' contraception.
The English National Opera has its funding cut by 29%.
Israel vows retribution against Hamas, the militant Palestinian group it says kidnapped and murdered three teenagers in the occupied West Bank.
A third baby given suspected contaminated hospital feed has died, according to Public Health England.



Jun 30th 2014

Today in History: 1794: Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery; 1944: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces. Holidays and Observances: Army Day, Guatemala.

Day 181 there are 184 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Horace Vernet, Painter , 1789-1863;
Johan Olin, Wrestler, 1883-1928;
Ed Lewis, Wrestler, 1891-1966;
Bill Monti, Rugby player, 1914-1977;
James Loughran, Conductor, 1931-;
Ron Harris, Ice hockey player, 1942-;
David Garrison, Actor, 1952-;
Brian Vollmer, Singer, 1955-;
Rupert Graves, Actor, 1963-;

Uta Rohländer, Sprinter, 1969-;
Allari Naresh, Actor, 1979-;
Rhys Jones, Sprinter, 1994-.


People died today:
Nepotianus, Roman ruler, ???-350;
John Quelch, Pirate, 1665-1704;
Nancy Mitford, Author, 1904-1973;

Larry O'Dea, Wrestler, 1944-1997;
Buddy Hackett, Actor, 1924-2003;
Thompson Oliha, Footballer, 1968-2013.


It probably only seems like it, but Facebook seems to relish the prospect of upsetting its users whenever possible. Now, says online.wsj.com 'a social-network furor has erupted over news that Facebook Inc. conducted a massive psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users.' For more, click here. We have always wondered why our Facebook page got reset to 'top stories" rather than "recent posts"... are Facebook experimenting on us right now?



Executive Shuffle at Hearst-Owned CD Global



'POLITICO Magazine added eight new contributing editors and a contributing photographer to the masthead of its most recent magazine' reports Nick Massella at mediabistro.com. For details of those added, click here.



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Former NoW journalists Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman are to face a retrial on a charge they bought royal telephone directories from police officers.
Oscar Pistorius did not have a mental disorder when he killed his girlfriend.
The UK government is making a fresh bid to overturn an American import ban on traditional Scottish haggis.
North Korea to put US men on trial.
President Barack Obama is to nominate ex-Proctor and Gamble chief Bob McDonald to lead the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
Transformers rule the US box office.
Gunmen exchanging fire in the tourist heart of New Orleans have injured nine people - two of them critically
Costa Ricans celebrate historic World Cup win.
Actor Meshach Taylor has died, he was 67.
Egypt bomb blasts kill two policemen.
Dutch airline KLM have apologized after posting a tweet mocking Mexico's exit from the World Cup.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls. The 84-year-old was convicted of 12 attacks between 1968 and 1986.

 

When starting out on a new direct mail campaign, where do you start? You start with research. Elaine explains,  Click here to read more....


Roy's cell phone is no more. Click here to read.


We act as if “native advertising” is something new, so what is it and how should we best use it... an introduction to "native advertising!" Click here to read.


Virtually all marketing campaigns are most successful when they employ a multi-channel approach to a targeted audience... even in the "all-digital" world. Click here to read more....


On October 16th last year, a new regulation from the FCC went into effect. Ronen Ben-Dror asks how does the FCC rule affect you in the B2B environment? Click here to read more....


The Interactive Advertising Bureau found that more than a third of web traffic is fraudulent and BPA says only 40% of ads measured are actually viewable, but how much of a problem is this? Click here to read more....



Telemarketers are well aware of the Personal Identifier Question and recent changes in rules regarding the PIQ have caused somewhat of a debate in the industry. Ronen Ben-Dror of Blue Valley Telemarketing takes a look at what gives. Click here to read more....


An accurate call list is an extremely important aspect in waging a successful telemarketing campaign. Scrubbing the list is the responsibility of the publishing company and the telemarketing agency. Click here to read more....

Customers of telemarketing services often commission work without undertaking even the most elementary checks. What should the informed customer look for when choosing an outbound telemarketing agency? Click here to read,


Publishers need to address the USPS's suggested increase before it is too late. Click here to read,


Evaluating how a campaign is working while agents are in the process of communicating with current or potential clients, live monitoring is an essential tool. Can companies afford to waste all those efforts on a careless approach to monitoring the campaign? Of course not. Click here to read more....


Social media channels today are playing an interesting role in the future and the publishing world now views social media as a positive exchange with subscribers, so To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That Tis the Question Click here to read more....


How Well Do You Know Your Audience? The more you know, says Ronen Ben-Dror, this could eliminate the battle of qualifying leads. Click here to read more....


Free magazines are different from "Controlled" as we all know, but the distinction is becoming less and less relevant to advertisers. Click here!


Sending out a direct mail campaign requires a good lettershop operation... Karen Tyson explains....


Cash flow is probably the most important resource any business has. Benefit from Peter's insight and knowledge. Click here to read this exclusive article.


How to manage a telemarketing campaign and make it work for you. Karen Tyson explains....


While all major publishers maintain marketing databases, it is just as important for small publishers too. Pam would argue it’s more important than ever to maintain a database as a tool for identifying, developing and implementing strategy. Click here!


Circulation can be an asset on a sales call. Peter Lenahan explains what to do, and as importantly not what to do in this exclusive article. Click here!


For years the concept of earning and deferring income has confused many, but it is not that difficult. Get the facts behind earned and deferred income from Peter Sangiorgio. Click here to read more....


Getting a direct mail package printed takes advance planning. Karen Tyson has some thoughts and ideas as to how to make this sometimes daunting prospect easier to handle... Karen Tyson explains....


Enjoy and benefit from this exclusive article for CircSpot.com written by Peter Lenahan who explains why the circulation staff keep the sales force motivated, and how that benefits all concerned. Click here!

Reader's response: One of most intelligent articles I have ever read on ad sales and the all-important relationship with circulation. Well said. Harry S, Sacramento, Calif - via email.


Businesses that put their customers front and center will ultimately win and the secret to successfully scaling CRM practices into any large organization is to really understand your markets. Benefit from Pam's years of experience and learn how to segment your file and become a success. Click here for Pam's insight.


To develop a realistic circulation forecast based upon current economic, industry, and company conditions is part of any circulation director's job. Benefit from the accountant's view and read Peter Sangiorgio's 5 Simple Tips to consider when developing a Circulation Budget. Click here for Peter's insight.


Rebecca Sterner is one of the most respected people in the audience development job function. Now you can benefit from Rebecca's knowledge on Setting Up an Auto Renewal Program. Click here.


When executing a direct mail program, you should give lots of thought to the requirements of merge/purge. This could end up saving you a great deal of money, not forgetting making your life a great deal easier. Karen Tyson explains...


5 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Planning Your Audience Development Efforts by Kinjal Husges. Click here to read more....


 


Not sure who is handling the promotions over at Vegetarian Times, but whoever it is, they are doing a great job.


In our last issue we got a renewal reminder informing us we had only one issue left.

There is a sticker on the outer envelope to remove and put on the order card inside. Good copy pointing out 'Last Chance for Maximum Savings!' and also a rather intriguing $25,000 Prize Number. Inside is a four color brochure just for good measure. These people obviously know the value of renewals. Click on any of the images above to see larger samples.

The original order was placed through Publishers Clearing House and sweeps sold, means sweeps renewed, and this is what the prize being offered is all about. Excellent technique.

Also, since we were looking at the current issue of Vegetarian Times, well done for including not one, not two, but three insert cards in the magazine.


Here's a good offer from Oracle Magazine for a qualified controlled publication. It has good benefits copy and makes requesting Oracle Magazine easy with a couple of "Subscribe Now" buttons.  There is interesting PS copy offering a new publication for those who might be interested in Java Magazine as well as Oracle. The design is clean, uncluttered and attractive. To view the offer, click here. Not sure why the publisher is only offering six free issues, but given the quality of the promotion there must be a very good reason.


Here's a nice promotion from The Nation.  It's quick to read, offers an invitation to receive exclusive free offers - it's a flattering offer and comes from a credible publication.

It ultimately leads you to a subscription landing page offering 4 free issues (very strong offer) plus attractive subscription prices and a choice of format - print or online access.
The promotion is clean and uncluttered with enough enticing benefits to attract readership.



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We received our monthly renewal offer from TV Guide this week, and it does all the right things and looks good, and makes ordering very simple. As with many publications the actual renewal date is not mentioned, something which annoys me as a subscriber, but pleases me as a marketer - can you tell I am a Gemini? IF you click on the image above, you can see what happens at the ordering stage, although this is made as simple as possible. Interestingly, for an online order form, and a renewal form at that, TV Guide offers a Bill Me option.


We recently received the regular offer from Opera News and this offer, like our old nanny Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. '3 Risk-Free Issues' always a vote grabber, a free gift offer of a CD, an involvement device, savings of 68%, and a reply by instruction. We may have died and gone to heaven!

Inside, or the reverse depending on your point of view, 'Free' is mentioned not once, nor twice but four times in as many paragraphs and an excellent re-stating of what we are going to get, or not if we don't reply in ten days. The Free issues are even restated on the reply card. Whoever wrote and designed this should be sent a bag of onions, because they sure as hell know them. It looks good, does all the right things and Opera News mail it regularly, so we can conclude that it works for them. (Click here or on the thumbnail to view larger image.


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Here is the latest offering from People magazine. Nice personalized outer envelope, and a simple and concise brochure showing good covers and copy that sells the subscription. To order, it's old school, snail mail - no mention of ordering via the web anywhere. Nice package and well done to People for knowing that direct mail via the post office is still a good way to get orders.

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Here’s what appears to be an advance renewal offer from Vegetarian Times.  It’s a renewal sweeps – smart idea because the original sub order was placed through PCH.  We’re assuming it’s an advance renewal as only one copy of the subscription has been received thus far.  The offer is a strong one –a 78% saving on the renewal plus a chance to win $25,000 (along with other prizes).  Package includes clever “sweeps” techniques on the outer envelope, an offer deadline and small flyer detailing prizes.  Good job, Vegetarian Times!

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We received this double postcard from GQ magazine. The card looks great, has a nice cover and a nice free gift, but also has a rather confusing offer. '24 issues of GQ for only $20.00 - that's 83c (plus 17 cents shipping and handling) per issue; in other words $24.00 then. If you add 83 cents to 17 cents, you get $1.00 which if you then multiply by 24 issues you get $24.00. Click on the image to see large versions.

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When my subscription of 'The Week' arrived last week, inside the envelope was an offer for 12 issues of 'The Oldie' magazine. As far as I am aware these magazines are independent of each other, but have a great deal in common.

This is a nice way of promoting a magazine that is probably already known to readers of another magazine and would be fairly cheap to produce and execute. Nice offer. Click on the image for a larger view of the outside and inside.

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Always nice to get something from 'The Economist' as they always do things so well.

A free copy of 'The World in 2013' is a nice incentive for the readers among us, and a free tablet cover for the tecchies to boot - which also indirectly pushes the digital version.

The predominant red is great as it screamed "ECONOMIST" as soon as I opened my email. Oh and 69c a copy, they got me! [Click here or on image for large version].
Now I just have to get a tablet - Christmas is coming!

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'People' really knows how to use it's house file. Good offer, nice creative and use of personalization.

The offer is strong and the order form is pre-populated - what's not to love? (Click on the image to see larger size and also the order form page.

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This is an interesting offer. On the one hand it pushes newsstand sales, you can save $1.00 if you print out the coupon. However if you clicked on the Save $1.00 link you can also subscribe and get eight issues free.


An offer is an offer,
even though this offer
is not publishing related,
it has ignored basic
promotion rule 1-0-1:
Know Thy Prospect!

I AM NOT A
MEDICARE RECIPIENT!

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A recent offer from People magazine. It looks simple but a great deal of thought has gone into this offer, not least the cover featured on the tablets.

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Let's state it up front - we know the email at the end of the link is spam. Even so, it is a great example of why some design is a good thing in email promotions - even text only promotions. We cannot believe anyone who got this email would even have got so far a clicking a link! Click here to see the email, which is a screen shot taken from our computer.



Rebecca Sterner wrote on CircSpot on how to set up an autorenewal. It just so happens that today we received our auto renewal for Time. In all honesty we had not planned to renew it, but it is done, and although we could cancel it, $81.00 for 56 issues is not worth the hassle of canceling, so we guess the auto renewal worked... at least in our case.


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A CircSpot.com reader looked for something on the Times of London web site, and this popped up while the page they wanted to view was loading. He liked it, took a picture, and sent it to us - thanks Glyn C-R of Buckinghamshire.


A CircSpot.com reader subscribed to Fast Company and paid $10.00 for a subscription. After placing the order, they received an email offering a $5.00 credit if she can get another person to subscribe in the next 6 hours. This seemed like a very clever idea to the the person who sent us the information - and we agree.

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