Print Is Dead — Long Live Print!
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The Fall of Condé Nast
Condé Nast is experiencing tough times. In a necessary longread, New York Magazine’s Intelligencer takes a look at the publishing giant’s increasing woes. “[W]hat is Condé Nast today?” asks Reeves Wiedeman. “It’s a company that lost as much in 2017 as it made in profit in 2003. It has two dozen brands, which used to be called ‘magazines,’ nine of which still have print editions in the U.S.” In other words, the glossy magazines that were once Condé’s bread and butter aren’t performing anymore. Instead, the company is looking towards such side projects as Condé Nast Entertainment, a video production company launched in 2011.
Men’s Mags Going Extinct?
There used to be an endless supply of so-called “men’s magazines” that catered to the upscale gentleman. “Esquire, Details, Men’s Journal, Maxim, Playboy,” writes City Journal’s Brian Patrick Eha “It would be easier to list the men’s titles that haven’t shut down, cut issues, changed owners, blown up their editorial strategies, or become all but unrecognizable since 2015.” What’s the solution? Ironically, saving men’s magazines might depend on attracting more female readers. Playboy and Esquire are already actively courting women, creating a more inclusive space for all.
San Francisco Chronicles
The magazine world may be struggling. But there’s one place where print publications are thriving: San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area is experiencing a small but significant boom in indie magazines. “Published on schedules ranging from quarterly to once a year, each magazine is vying for readers’ attention in a time of ubiquitous screens, when sharing a headline on social media has replaced reading an article, and posing with a magazine is more common than subscribing to one,” writes Matt Haber. “The subjects of these magazines vary, but what they have in common is their creators’ shared belief that time spent engrossed in a print publication is time well spent.”
With print media in an uncertain state, where will we get our news? Facebook, of course. The social media platform has started testing News, its aptly named new section for journalism. TechCrunch has the details: “It sounds like Facebook News will use both human editors and algorithms to determine which stories you see — an unusual move for a company that’s been hesitant to police the content posted by users and advertisers,” writes Anthony Ha. “Specifically, there will be a section called Today’s Stories, curated by a team of journalists to highlight the biggest national news stories of the day.”
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