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Where do reporters get their facts?

April 20, 2007

My friend Rex Hammock alerted me to a news story in the Financial Times where reporter Joshua Chaffin writes, “In the history of US magazine launches, the high point may have been August 1999, when Tina Brown’s magazine debuted.” I guess his definition of history is the 1990s or 1999 to be specific. He goes on to write, “These days, new magazine launches — let alone big-budget events — are few and far between.” Well, if he just bothered and checked the facts he will find out that we publish now-a-days more magazines than we did at any other period of the history of American magazines. Even if you exclude the specials and one shots, here are some of the numbers of new magazine launches going back to 1984. Keep in mind these are all new magazine launches with at least four time launch frequency. Starting in 1984 the numbers are 134, 203, 299, 300, 284, starting in 1990 the numbers are 325, 363, 443, 417, 458, 510, 535,459, 518,360 and starting in 2000 the numbers are 333, 301, 290, 454, 473, 350, and 332 in 2006. There is no need to explain any of these numbers. I think they speak for themselves. I hope reporters, especially those in the print media, stop promoting the myth of print is dead and no one is doing anything in print any more…. Just give the story due diligence and go visit a newsstands first or a post office and then tell me print is dead…

6 comments

  1. […] link to the galaxy’s leading authority on the statistics the reporter dreamed up. And whoop, there it is. As Professor Husni is chairman of the journalism department at Ole Miss, I’m hoping his […]


  2. […] new media, not new titles | Financial Times An amazingly dumb article with made-up facts. (Later: Samir Husni’s rebuttal) (tags: […]


  3. Some questions and considerations about this post here:

    http://exacteditions.blogspot.com/2007/04/magazine-launches.html


  4. WHAT BDO REPORTERS DO ON A REGULAR DAY?


  5. […] Samir Husni takes FT reporter James Chaffin to task for an article headlined ‘Time and Hearst focus on new media rather than new titles’. Husni counters with some statistics on new launches: […]


  6. […] Samir Husni takes FT reporter James Chaffin to task for an article headlined ‘Time and Hearst focus on new media rather than new titles’. Husni counters with some statistics on new launches: […]



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