Saturday, August 25, 2007

CQ Inks Deal with David Corn

Congressional Quarterly Inc. has signed a deal with veteran political editor and writer David Corn to contribute a regular blog to CQ's expanded free-content Web site, which will launch this fall. Corn's blog will be one of several that express a variety of viewpoints and will play an integral role in CQ's broader effort to reach beyond the Beltway.

David Corn is the Washington editor of The Nation, the oldest political weekly in America, a Fox News Channel contributor and a best-selling author. He writes on a host of subjects, including politics, the White House, Congress, and the national security establishment. He has broken stories on George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell, Rush Limbaugh, Enron, the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA leak case, the Pentagon, and other Washington players and institutions. He currently writes a Web column for The Nation called "Capital Games;" has a blog at, which is part of the Pajamas Media network; and also has blogged for and the "Comment Is Free" site of The Guardian.

AutoTrader Launches New Magazine for Green Automobiles

AutoTrader Publishing launched a new publication dedicated to vehicles that get 30 miles per gallon (mpg) or more.

AutoTrader Green will be the first publication focusing exclusively on fuel-efficient vehicles. The new magazine will also include editorial content such as informational articles about different types of fuel-efficient cars and trucks, including Alternative-Fuel Automobiles (AFAs) such as hybrids.

The recent spike in gasoline prices and an increasing concern for the environment has dramatically accelerated consumer interest in fuel-efficient vehicles. Fuel-efficient models that get 30-plus mpg are on the market now more than ever before. Hybrid sales are up 30 percent from last year, while overall new-car sales are down 8 percent. And the estimated 28 million new drivers who will enter the market in the next five years are more concerned about the environment than any generation before them.

"The new AutoTrader Green magazine provides consumers in the community with the only local mechanism to view hundreds of fuel-efficient vehicles at once," said AutoTrader Publishing President Richard Jamin. "It's a win for dealers because our product immediately increases public awareness of their fuel-efficient inventory, which means more traffic on their lots. Most importantly, it's a win for the environment, and we're proud to be able to satisfy the growing demand for information about these vehicles and access to them."

Sunday, August 19, 2007

New Magazine for RV, Off-Road and Motorcycle Enthusiasts

The Press-Enterprise Co. has launched PE∙WOW (Wheels-Off-road-Waves) Magazine, a new multimedia print and online product inserted in the paper every Wednesday, available online at and distributed at RV, boat and motorcycle dealerships throughout Inland Southern California.

PE∙WOW is the first of its kind in Inland Southern California. The eye-catching magazine is printed on Hi-brite paper in full-color, with plenty of photos and feature content including Story of the Week, Beginner’s Guide, Cool Accessories, Camping Tips, and more. In addition, the online content includes coupons, videos of locals in action, directory listings of RVs, boats and motorcycles and a classifieds section.

“PE∙WOW has been wholly embraced by our community and business partners,” said Ginger Neal, Vice President/Interactive at The Press-Enterprise Company, “The magazine content and Web site provides the latest trends and products that meet the needs of Inland Southern California’s active lifestyle. It connects the businesses that currently have over $2 billion in retail sales to the community that needs their services.”

Website: Names Forbes' Elizabeth Corcoran Technology Editor announced that Elizabeth Corcoran, Contributing Editor at Forbes magazine, is assuming the position of Technology Channel Editor for She will be based out of the Burlingame office and starts in September.

Ms. Corcoran is an award-winning journalist who joined Forbes as the magazine’s Silicon Valley bureau chief in 1999 and became a contributing editor in 2002. Previously Ms. Corcoran was a staff writer for The Washington Post. She joined the newspaper in 1994 and did award-winning coverage of the Microsoft antitrust case from Washington before establishing the paper's Silicon Valley office.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Success Magazine under New Ownership

Texas based VideoPlus, L.P. has acquired rights to the title, marks and logos of New York-based Success magazine in a deal that was finalized July 20. Several domains, including, were also included in the sale.

VideoPlus, a marketing and communications company founded in 1987 by President and CEO Stuart Johnson, began publishing monthly newsstand magazines in January 2005 and is publisher of Success from Home, Empowering Women, Your Business at Home and other titles. The company plans to begin publishing a new bi-monthly edition of Success magazine during the first quarter of 2008.

Success was first launched in 1891 by Orison Swett Marden as a personal development magazine. Through the years, the publication was lead by several renowned personal-development authors and editors including Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone and Og Mandino. The most recent version of Success magazine was launched in 2006 as a business lifestyle magazine for small business owners.

The publication under new ownership will honor paid subscriptions and continue publishing under its existing title, Success magazine.

Renowned Automotive Writer Jim Mateja Signs on as Contributor to KickingTires Blog

Automotive writer Jim Mateja, renowned for his work at the Chicago Tribune, will become a regular contributor to's KickingTires blog, writing about industry issues, new models, trends and other issues.

"Jim has long been one of the most respected journalists in the business, and we are very excited to have someone with his credentials contributing to KickingTires," said managing editor Patrick Olsen. " has worked hard to build a complete editorial staff of automotive experts who provide consumers with the content they need to make a smart purchasing decision. We are delighted to have Jim working with us."

Mateja started at the Chicago Tribune on the business copy desk in 1967 and became the paper's automotive writer in 1970. His first review was of a Ford Pinto, which ran in the Tribune in 1971. He holds a degree in education with a major in English from Western Illinois University.

In addition to covering the automotive beat, Mateja launched a Sunday Transportation section devoted to all things motorized and KickingTires content is written by's team of unbiased automotive journalists. Jim Mateja's reviews and other stories can be viewed on KickingTires at

Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Media Marries Old: A New Model for Books and Authors

Are the new media a threat to the old? Not if you can find a way to marry the two to give more value than either of them alone, says writer Jurgen Wolff. He's done exactly that with his new book, Your Writing Coach, published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London and Boston.

Here's how it works: when you buy the book, you discover that each chapter ends with a code word or phrase. If you go to the book's web site, and type in the code word on the "chapter extras" page, that unlocks a wealth of bonus material, including video interviews with Robert Cochran, co-creator of the hit series, "24," agent Julian Friedmann and novelist Michael Ridpath.

"I wanted to find a way to combine the value of the written word with audio-visual material," Wolff says. "I'm a total bookaholic, but I also love seeing and hearing experts sharing what they know about writing, so this gives the readers the best of both worlds."

The site's bonus material helps to make the principles in the book come alive. One of the chapters is about how to get support for your writing from family and friends, and the bonus is a video conversation between Philip Harland and his wife Carol Thompson, who are both writers. "They're wonderful to watch," Wolff says, "because with great humor they reveal how they've learned to be supportive of each other, even though they have very different personalities."

Another advantage of this mix is the ability to add to and update material quickly. "Usually there are at least a couple of years between editions of a book, but of course you can update a website anytime, and it's my goal to keep the site growing in usefulness to writers." Additionally, Wolff posts frequently on his podcast,, and offers a free monthly creativity e-bulletin (available by request to BstormUK @

As well as interviewing other experts, Wolff, who divides his time between London and Southern California, shares his own experience (which includes over 100 hours of produced television, half a dozen books, and plays performed in New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and London) via the site as well as the book. He mentions one more great benefit of mixing media: "Now I hear from people all over the world, who have read the book and want to comment on it, ask a question or share their success. That's tremendously rewarding, since we writers normally work largely in isolation. There's nothing better than hearing that a reader used the information in Your Writing Coach and the website to help them finish their novel or sell their screenplay."

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Publisher Captures Blogging Trend with Eye-Candy Magazine

Stampington & Company (publisher of Somerset Studio, a leading paper and mixed-media art magazine) introduced its first issue of Artful Blogging, a new special publication which focuses on the artistic side of the "weblog" trend that is sweeping the internet.

Artists and writers are discovering new and exciting platforms via creative technology to share their work with the world. Artful Blogging taps into this excitement by highlighting the online journals, galleries and blogs of artists such as Michelle Ward, Nina Bagley and more than 35 others in the premier issue. By pairing photographs and artwork alongside excerpts from the artist’s own blog, readers have the opportunity to take a virtual peek inside their lives. The publication also features sections on Blogging Etiquette, Blogger’s Must-Haves and How to Get Started on your own blog spot.

With tens of thousands of blogs currently on the internet and hundreds of new ones expected over the next months, Artful Blogging helps its readers cut through the clutter to discover online journals that are guaranteed to be visually and creatively inspiring.

The publication has already been creating a buzz on blogs across the internet. Artists, crafters, writers, and techies are all looking forward to Artful Blogging as the first publication to truly capture the beauty and creativity present in the world of blogs.


Henry Boye Named Publisher of Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) has announced that Henry "Hank" Boye has been named publisher of Harvard Business Review ( Mr. Boye, formerly general manager of the National Journal Group, will lead the magazine’s commercial activities, including worldwide advertising sales, consumer marketing, and business development.

As publisher, Boye will work closely with Harvard Business Review editor and managing director, Thomas A. Stewart, to identify new business opportunities for the magazine, grow advertising and circulation revenues, and create new products and commercial services. He will also work closely with other HBSP business units, including Harvard Business Digital, to fully realize content and commercial synergies.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Elizabeth Guider Named Editor of The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter has named industry veteran Elizabeth Guider as Editor. With an 18-year tenure at Variety, she most recently served as Editor at Large and, before that, as Executive Editor for News. She has also held management responsibilities for Daily Variety Gotham, Daily Variety Los Angeles and Weekly Variety. During her 25-year journalism career, Ms. Guider has reported on the entertainment and media industries for various publications from Rome, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles.

In her new role, Ms. Guider will be the global leader responsible for the editorial vision and strategic direction of The Hollywood Reporter’s daily and weekly editions, digital content offerings and industry-leading executive conferences while overseeing its staff of editors and reporters worldwide. She will report to Eric Mika, Senior Vice President and Publishing Director of The Hollywood Reporter, and will be based in Los Angeles.


TVA Publications acquires the publisher of Animal magazine

TVA Publications has acquired Animal Hebdo Inc., publisher of Animal and Animal Coast to Coast magazines as well as the Web site Animal Hebdo Inc. was created by Johanne Rivet and France Philippon in 1998 and is a leading pet magazine in Canada.

TVA Publications will be benefiting from the expertise of Ms. Rivet and Ms. Philippon as they will be joining the team. Ms. Philippon will serve as editor-in-chief for editorial content while Ms. Rivet will continue focusing on sales and development.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Cutting Edge Media to Unveil New Magazine for Entrepreneurs

Cutting Edge Media, the nation's home business experts, recently announced the launch of a brand new publication. The premiere issue of True Wealth, "Your Guide to Starting a Profitable Home-Based Business," will be unveiled in February 2008.

Building on the well-established success of its sister publications, Home Business Connection and Simply Home, True Wealth will provide information on direct sales, franchises, and other home-based business opportunities, while developing its own niche audience.

"True Wealth will reach serious-minded prospects who are actively pursuing a home-business opportunity," says Bridey Orth, Editor-in-Chief. "We want to show our readers how a home business can bring wealth to many areas of their lives--through quality time with family, a more relaxed schedule, and, of course, financial success."

True Wealth will contain personal development articles, success stories, and advice from industry experts designed to motivate and inspire both experienced and brand-new entrepreneurs.

TrueWealth will be mailed to 50,000 readers on a bi-monthly basis.


New Local Health Magazine Serves as Wellness Resource for San Diego County

Bellissima Magazine, San Diego County's new exclusive resource for healthy living, launched its premiere issue July 23, 2007. Bellissima will serve San Diego County as the voice of health and wellness locally, and will be available monthly at no charge to readers at local distributor locations.

Bellissima Magazine provides San Diego with a local angle on wellness issues, including nutrition, fitness, balance, anti-aging and more. The magazine also covers advances made in the health, medical and life science industries throughout the county.

"San Diegans should be proud to know their county is a hub for health and life science activity," said Co-Publisher and Executive Director, Bonni Parsons Mitchell. "These businesses make a difference in people's lives around the world, and Bellissima will present their advances, and other health stories, in a consumer-friendly format."

"Our region is very health conscious," adds Parsons Mitchell. "From residents to businesses to weather, we are lucky to have so many avenues that help us maintain healthy habits. I'm grateful to be part of the increased activity to live healthier, and hope that Bellissima will inspire San Diegans to live a better, more balanced life."

In April 2006, Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Pia Mangini saw the need to publish a wellness resource to report on the advances of local healthcare, and to provide general health-related news happening throughout San Diego. In January 2007, Mangini partnered with Parsons Mitchell to create DuAmici Media LLC so that local businesses and active San Diegans could come together in Bellissima Magazine.

Bellissima means, "Bravo" and "Wonderful" and the magazine itself is an oversized and beautiful glossy magazine, printed on heavy stock and distributed at popular restaurants, retail locations, resorts, doctor's offices, fitness and health centers, and spas throughout the county. The Bellissima website also launched in July and will host a wellness calendar, forums, and a local business directory by September 2007.

Bellissima's contributing writers are physicians, clinicians, and wellness experts who bring a local angle to the magazine each month. Featured departments include Body & Balance, Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Environment, Lifestyle and Generations. In addition the magazine has a section called, San Diego Uncovered, which highlights an event, individual, or business that is unique to the San Diego region.

Editorial and Advisory Board positions are available, and Bellissima is asking San Diegans to be involved and share their ideas. For a complimentary issue, or to tell your health story, contact the publishers at

Bellissima is published by DuAmici Media LLC, a new media company located in San Diego County. For more information visit