Focus On Medias Great Realignment At the ACT III Conference

first_imgOxford, Mississippi—Magazine publishers from a broad cross section of the industry spent two days presenting their best practices and innovative ideas for an era of transition during the third annual ACT III conference at the University of Mississippi.Like at the AMC in San Francisco last week, the underlying theme of the event was whether print media’s best days are behind it. And if it is, the question was how long the decline will take, and how far down print will go. And like at the AMC, there was no broad agreement. In fact, said opening keynoter Sid Holt, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors, no one really knows what form the business will take in the years ahead. And in the meantime, publishers described how they’re innovating and iterating to serve the changing needs of their communities.The conference, organized by Samir Husni, founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center here, featured an eclectic mix of speakers, from Rebecca Darwin, CEO of the acclaimed Garden & Gun, to Michael Capuzzo, publisher of Northern Pennsylvania’s Mountain Home, and author of the best-selling real-life shark thriller, “Close to Shore.” There were 145 attendees at the event, which also featured tours of the historic city and a visit to the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of blues music. Because it’s held in an academic setting, the event included students as attendees and sometimes participants, and many speakers geared their remarks to the next generation of journalists as well.Even as individual magazine operators and entrepreneurs told their own stories, the state of the industry was summed up in a presentation by Bob Sacks, the newsletter publisher and chronicler of the state of the magazine industry. “We’re in a period of what I call the great realignment,” Sacks said. “We’re going from being primarily print-revenue based to one that’s primarily digital. But for print, a loss of dominance does not equal death. There will be hundreds of billions of dollars to be made in the reading industry.”Sacks also urged publishers to reinvent themselves before someone else does, and from the tone of the presentations, the attendees and speakers at ACT III are busy doing just that.For example, in 2009, when it was in danger of being shut down, Garden & Gun set itself to developing new ways to connect, Darwin recalled. “I really always envisioned that this would be a national magazine that was about a region and a lifestyle,” she said. “But during that time, the four “P’s”—paper, printing, prepress and postal—kept coming. And at the same time the advertisers were paying late. So I got the staff together and said, ‘We have got to come up with something that will generate some revenue. We created a club. We came up with the membership levels ourselves. We came up with the names, and now we have a very loyal audience and the club is working well.”And Kevin P. Keefe, vice president of editorial at Kalmbach Publishing Co. described a variety of spinoff business lines in his company’s markets, which focus on railroading, model railroading and other enthusiast markets. Included in these products are track plans for modeling enthusiasts available for sale online, railroad maps that tell different stories about the industry, and DVD archives of back issues of print magazines. “These are the most profitable products we’ve ever produced,” Keefe said, crediting Sue Roman of Taunton Press for the idea. “It’s insane how popular they are.”Two speakers, Keefe and Jim Elliott, president of The James. G. Elliott Co., noted that apps have not played out as well as many publishers had hoped. “[The] Apple Newsstand hasn’t been quite the bonanza we were hoping for, but it still has been a positive,” Keefe said.Perhaps the most passionate speaker was Capuzzo, who summarized the true value of the industry: “It starts with the writer,” he said. “One of the things I wanted to talk about was content. At Mountain Home, we’ve suffered for something, and I hope this is it.”Paraphrasing Oxford native William Faulkner, Capuzzo said, “Journalism, at least on the newspaper side, has been a utopian venture, except they are aiming it at a tragic species.”Tony Silber is the general manager of FOLIO: Magazine.More on this topic Embrace Digital, IMAG Attendees Warned Bob Sacks Offers View of Industry at Circ Day LA Magazines Wrestle with Future Business Model At Association-Publishing and Printing Conference, Print Publishers Are Told to Change Their Focus FOLIO: Show Opens in Chicago Overheard at IMAGJust In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Outbrain Rallies an Additional 35 Million

first_imgOutbrain has now raised a total of $99 million after tacking on another reported $35 million this week. The content recommendation company is said to be targeting a valuation of $1 billion, and will look to raise $100-300 million in order to roll out its IPO.Of course right now everything is speculative, and despite the flurry of investments into Outbrain, no statement has been issued regarding a possible IPO, new product launch or acquisition. The company has only stated that its investment rounds are nothing more than fundraising opportunities. What exactly they are fundraising for remains a mystery.Outbrain’s product is innocuously positioned at the bottom of content pages, and offers readers links to similar content. The company reports that the product has been installed on more than 100,000 sites, including a network of 700 “premium publishers.” Also, the company says that it offers up more than 100 billion recommendations each month.last_img read more

Patton Oswalt Brings Annihilation To Netflix

first_imgNews Facebook GRAMMY winner Patton Oswalt will star in the one-hour stand-up comedy show to be released Oct. 17 via Netflix. Titled Annihilation, the special was filmed at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre earlier this summer.According to Entertainment Weekly, the special will cover the difficult year Oswalt has had since the tragic and sudden death of his wife, Michelle McNamara, in April 2016, and how humor has helped him cope with the loss. He’ll also touch on other topics such as social media, robocalls and, like any good comedian, politics.Annihilation serves as the follow-up to Oswalt’s 2016 stand-up comedy show, Talking For Clapping. The album version of the latter earned the GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards.’Def Comedy 25′: Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart & More Twitter Find out when the GRAMMY winner will have a new one-hour comedy stand-up special available on Netflix Renée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 28, 2017 – 4:34 pm Get ready to laugh, because one of your favorite comedians is coming back to Netflix with a new comedy special. Email Patton Oswalt Brings ‘Annihilation’ To Netflix NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Patton Oswalt Wins Best Comedy Album GRAMMY Patton Oswalt Preps Netflix ‘Annihilation’ patton-oswalt-brings-annihilation-netflixlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Katherine Rogomentich Named To Deans List At University Of Vermont

first_imgBURLINGTON, VT — Katherine Rogomentich, Class of 2021, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester at the University of Vermont. Rogomentich from Wilmington, MA, is majoring in Undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences.To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.About UVMSince 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors — world-class researchers, scholars, and artists — bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation’s most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,513 undergraduate students, 1,542 graduate students, 826 certificate and non-degree students, and 459 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Vermont via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katherine Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katherine Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”last_img read more

GMC Syclone revived as a 455hp aftermarket brute

first_imgThe vehicle manufacturer that brought you the 1,000-horsepower Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro has now revived one of the craziest sport-truck badges and given it a dose of modernity.Specialty Vehicle Engineering on Tuesday unveiled the reimagined GMC Syclone sport truck. The conversion starts with a base 2019 GMC Canyon extended-cab midsize pickup in either 2WD or 4WD configuration. Its standard engine is swapped out in favor of a supercharged 3.6-liter V6 that puts out a positively delightful 455 hp, a far cry from the standard V6’s 308-hp output.Of course, all that extra power necessitates beefing up the Syclone in other ways. There’s a performance front brake upgrade that adds six-piston front calipers and two-piece slotted front brake rotors. The truck has been lowered 2 inches in the front and 5 inches in the rear for more car-like handling. The suspension’s been further tweaked by way of new traction bars, bushings, shock absorbers and rear sway bar. That power makes its way to the ground through 20-inch wheels wearing Y-rated performance tires. There’s also a new exhaust system that should provide a much meatier growl than the stock setup.Enlarge ImageThe Canyon’s design is a little long in the tooth, but SVE’s enhancements result in a pretty cool look, not too far from the Syclone of old. Specialty Vehicle Engineering The new Syclone also packs some aesthetic enhancements. On the outside, there’s a new hood with a power bump and a “455HP” badge. The rocker panels sport extensions, the grille surround is color-matched to the body, and that matching extends to the grille bars and rear bumper, too. Inside, there are custom-trimmed seats with Syclone graphics, new floor mats, a numbered dash plaque and unique key fobs. Only 100 will be built, and each Syclone will command a $39,995 premium on top of the truck’s MSRP. It could be worse — SVE’s 1,000-horsepower Camaro required $66,995 on top of the Camaro’s window sticker. The best part is, the truck can be ordered through a GMC dealer.Produced only in 1991, GMC built 2,995 examples of the original Syclone. Based on the Sonoma compact truck, it became the quickest pickup truck on the market, thanks to its turbocharged 4.3-liter V6, which put out 280 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. It was capable of a sub-5-second sprint to 60 miles per hour, which is nuts for 1991 — and still pretty impressive today.Specialty Vehicle Engineering  Inc Syclone RearEnlarge ImageMaxing out the payload capacity with a lowered suspension probably isn’t the best idea. Specialty Vehicle Engineering 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Post a comment More From Roadshow Trucks Sports Cars 0 More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problemscenter_img Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Tags GMC Share your voice 2019 Chevy Blazer first drive: Sharp style, smooth ridelast_img read more

Jet Airways pilots heave sigh of relief as Korean Air comes to

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:02Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Courtesy: Jet AirwaysGiving a brief respite to Jet Airways pilots, Korean Air will hold a two-day job fair in New Delhi on May 24 and 25. The main aim of the job fair is to hire Jet Airways pilots who were laid off when the carrier suspended their operations earlier this month.Korean Air is looking to hire at least 300 pilots of all ranks to fly their Boeing 777-300s.”The road show is a kind of job fair for pilots. The executives from Korean Air would brief us about their requirements. The job fair is being held in both Delhi and Mumbai,” a senior pilot was quoted as saying by IANS.The pilots hired would by flying Korean Air aircraft which connect 124 cities in 44 countries. The company owns 167 aircraft, including Boeing and Airbus.”The information sessions are important to understand growth prospects, routes flown, home base rotation etc. It will be conducted by the Korean expat cell who will be handling the Jet Airways pilots as well,” a mail addressed to pilots read.National Aviators Guild’s vice-president Captain Asim Valiani said that while he is relieved that Korean Air is hiring and giving pilots a relief, he still hopes that Jet Airways will be revived.He said, “We are waiting for the outcome (of the banks-led stake sale process for Jet Airways). We have three months window to join a new airline so we are waiting.”After the grounding of Jet Airways, many pilots have joined SpiceJet, Indigo and GoAir, Air India and Vistara.center_img Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25%last_img read more

Convention of the excluded in Sreemangal

first_imgWith the slogan ‘Leaving no one behind’, a two-day convention of the marginal and excluded communities begins in Sreemangal on Thursday.Representatives of the tea communities, trade unions, ethnic communities and other excluded groups, the civil society and community-based organisations, state actors, human rights organisations and cultural groups are expected to join the convention and cultural festival.Its aim is to bring the challenge of exclusion and marginalisation – major feature of poverty – into the national focus, according to organisers.Eminent economist former caretaker government adviser Wahiduddin Mahmud is scheduled to address the convention as chief guest.Four organisations – Power and Participation Research Centre (PPCR), Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Gram Bikash Kendra – organised the convention as part of a multi-year initiative.At the convention, the organisers will share findings of relevant studies and analyses and will try to come out with recommendations on how to deal with the issues of marginalisation and exclusion, said a news release issued on Wednesday.There are a lot of marginalised and excluded people living in Bangladesh, who speak different languages and have different cultures. There are 27 small ethnic communities in Bangladesh, according to government census.last_img read more