News Roundup


January 8, 2022

Hearst Magazines Launches Luxury Ecommerce Marketplace

The Tower is an e-commerce platform comprised of four individual stores from media brands ‘Elle,’ ‘Bazaar,’ ‘Town & Country’ and ‘Esquire.’ The stores share a cart and back-end technology. Yahoo

Ahead of Love & Death debut, ‘Texas Monthly’ and HBO Strike First-Look Deal

Under a three-year deal, ‘Texas Monthly’ will develop new projects with the premium cable outlet and its sibling streaming service HBO Max. Hollywood Reporter, Variety

Condé Nast to Launch ‘Vogue Philippines’

The new title will be the 29th edition of ‘Vogue’ and marks the magazine’s further move into the Southeast Asia region. Business of Fashion

Hearst Foundations Announce Fall Grants Totaling $9.7 Million

The Hearst Foundations awarded grants to nonprofits around the country, supporting over 70 organizations dedicated to diverse programming including workforce training, educational programming for hearing impaired children, and research for cancer and autoimmune diseases. Hearst

‘Popular Photography’ Is Reborn

‘Popular Photography’ is relaunching as a digital-first publication, with the goal of connecting with a new generation of behind-the-lens professionals and amateurs. MediaPost

‘Ms.’ Magazine’s Tricky Relationship with Advertising

On the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Ms.’ magazine, a look back at how the publication managed advertising demands while maintaining its founding ethos. JSTOR Daily

‘Whetstone’ Magazine Looks to Change the Food Reporting Game

Whetstone Magazine, the country’s largest Black-owned food magazine, launched in 2017.  It initially struggled to get off the ground — now it encompasses a newly launched audio studio. Nieman Lab

Media Executives Smith and Smith Team Up for New Media Venture

Justin Smith, former chief executive of ‘Bloomberg Media’ and Ben Smith, former media columnist for ‘The New York Times,’ said they plan to build a global newsroom that breaks headline news and experiments with new formats of storytelling. New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Irish Times

6 out of 10 Publishers Say Revenue has Increased Over the Last Year, Says Reuters Report

This is one of the findings from Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2022, an annual report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. WNIP

Print Magazine Launches Doubled in 2021

A year-end count by “Mr. Magazine” Samir Husni found 122 new print-magazine launches in 2021, representing a sharp rebound from the 60 that launched last year. Husni said the launches offered hope that “print media has a strong — though admittedly more boutique — future.” Mr. Magazine

Some Good News from the Pandemic: Publishers have Regained Public Trust

Trust in news media was up in almost all of the 46 countries examined in this year’s Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute. Media Voices

Private Investors Plot Forbes Buyout

Investment firm GSV is working on a bid to buy Forbes Media as an alternative to Forbes’ previously announced plans to go public via a SPAC merger. Axios

Publishers Reflect on the Ups and Downs of a Bumpy, Change-Laden 2021

The Alliance for Audited Media polled its publishing clients to learn more about their experiences in a turbulent 2021. It found the year was a decidedly mixed bag. MediaPost

How Publishers are Getting Audiences to Adopt Blockchain

Some publishers, like Brit + Co and Turner Sports, are hoping educating and rewarding consumers’ participation in blockchain will make it less intimidating. Digiday

‘Wired’ Merges U.S., U.K. Editions, Enhances Coverage of International Tech Challenges

‘Wired’ is merging its U.S. and U.K editions and focusing coverage on core global challenges, such as climate, health care, global security, the future of democracy and more. MediaPost

Microsoft Ads Reach 1 Billion People

According to Microsoft’s internal data and Comscore, as of March 2021, 1 billion people viewed ads across Bing, Outlook, AOL, Yahoo, MSN, and other publisher partners.