Archive for July, 2012

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John Harrington: Anyone worried about the future of publishing, whether in traditional or digital formats, would have their spirits boosted by attending (the ACT 3 Experience)

July 24, 2012

“Anyone worried about the future of publishing, whether in traditional or digital formats, would have their spirits boosted by attending (the ACT 3 Experience)” writes John Harrington, editor, The New Single Copy in this week’s newsletter.

What follows is a reprint from an article in the July 23, 2012 issue of The New Single Copy, the “newsletter about publishing and publishing distribution.”

… However, the following week (Oct. 23 – 25), newsstand will definitely be on the agenda, at ACT3: “Never Underestimate the Power of Print in a Digital Age.” The third edition of “Amplify, Clarify, and Testify,” sponsored by the Magazine Innovation Center, at the University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism and New Media, will be held in Oxford, Mississippi, October 23 to 25. The panel one that promises an a very diverse experience. Among the participants will be Keith Bellows, vice president and editor-in-chief, National Geographic Traveler; Rebecca Darwin, president and CEO, Garden & Gun; David Friend, editor, creative development, Vanity Fair; Sid Holt, executive director, American Society of Magazine Editors; Kevin Keefe, vice president-editorial, Kalmbach Publishing; Dan Lagani, president, North America, Reader’s Digest Association; Roy Rieman, founder, Reiman Publications; Michael Rooney, chief revenue officer, The Wall Street Journal; Bob Sacks, president, Bosacks.com; Tony Silber, general manager, Red 7 Media; and John Harrington, The New Single Copy.

It may seem self serving to devote a good deal of space to ACT3, but the ACT programs have been truly unique, bringing a broad cross section of perspectives (foreign publishers, printers, advertising sales representatives, and new media innovators are also on the program). However, the most innovative aspect of ACT series has been the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in the program. Anyone worried about the future of publishing, whether in traditional or digital formats, would have their spirits boosted by attending. The Magazine Innovation Center at the University is under the direction of Samir Husni. For more information about ACT3 and the center, visit http://www.mrmagazine.com/act■

Thank you John. Space is limited at the ACT 3 Experience. To be one of the 60 people who can register to attend click here.

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Never Underestimate the Power of Print in a Digital Age: The ACT 3 Experience Oct. 23 – 25, 2012

July 15, 2012

Twenty Four leaders of the magazine media industry will converge on Oxford, MS to engage in a two and a half days experience regarding the power of print in a digital age. The third ACT (Amplify, Clarify and Testify) Experience hosted by the Magazine Innovation Center (MIC) at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media will take place Oct. 23 – 25, 2012. The gathering is the third “think and do” experience that takes place at MIC, the innovation center founded by Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni that is dedicated to “amplify the future of print in a digital age.”

Registration to the Experience is limited to 60 attendees and 20 students. You can click here to register for the event. Once 60 registrations are received the registration will be closed and no longer accepted. So be the first to register if you want to take part of this triple M experience Magazines, Mississippi and Music.

Here is a list of the confirmed speakers so far (in alphabetical order):

Keith Bellows

VP and Editor in Chief
National Geographic Traveler

Jennifer C. Bergin

Vice President Marketing
Brown Printing Company

Rebecca Darwin
President & CEO
Garden & Gun magazine

Jim Elliott
President
The James G. Elliott Company

David Friend
Editor, Creative Development
Vanity Fair

Steve Grande

Vice President, Sales
Fry Communications, Inc.

Michael Gross
Owner & President
Paragon Media Inc.

John Harrington
Co-Publisher, The New Single Copy

Lisette Heemskerk

Publishing Director, Linda. magazine
Mood for Magazines, The Netherlands

Sid Holt
Executive Director
American Society of Magazine Editors

Carla Kalogeridis
Editorial Director
Association Media & Publishing

Kevin P. Keefe
Vice President-Editorial, Publisher
Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Mike Koedinger
Founder and CEO
Maison Moderne – Independent Publishing and Media, Luxembourg

Dan Lagani
President
North America, Readers Digest Association, Inc.

Mike Obert
Managing Partner
Open Book

John Parke
COO, Democrat Printing & Lithographing Co.

Jeramy C. Pritchett

Co-Founder, Blindfold magazine

Roy Reiman

Founder, Reiman Publications
Co-Publisher, Our Iowa magazine

Michael Rooney
Chief Revenue Office
The Wall Street Journal

Bob Sacks

President, Bosacks.com
and Precision Media Group

Tony Silber
General Manager
Red 7 Media

Michael J. Simon

EV President, Sales
Publisher Press

Sanne Visser
Publisher
Glossy Magazines, Sanoma Media
The Netherlands

Dick Waterman

Legendary Photographer and Journalist

For more information on the ACT 3 Experience click here and to be one of the 60 people to register click here.

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Lifting the Blindfold to See the Launch Story of Blindfold Magazine: The Mr. Magazine™ Launch Story

July 10, 2012

New ink on paper magazines are arriving at the market place at an exceptional rate: almost two a day. Some, of course, are much better done than others. Some will survive and stay in business for years to come, and some will die a sudden death before anyone ever hears about them.

One recent launch, Blindfold, caught my attention and lead me to call the man behind the launch: Jeramy C. Pritchett, who is in his own words a “True Believer” and “Co-Founder” of the magazine.

In the following video interview done via Skype, I asked Jeramy about the story behind Blindfold, the struggles of publishing an ink on paper in a digital age, the happy moments of the launch and the struggles of a launch. I also asked him for his advice for anyone who wants to start a new magazine and what keeps up at night…

You will find Jeramy answers revealing, engaging, intriguing, interesting and above all genuine. Enjoy the video, pick up a copy of the magazine and let me know what you think…

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