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

Milcon Panel Praises DODs Energy Initiatives

first_imgThe Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill.Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation, the panel said.The committee also supports the department’s efforts to incorporate green building technologies when constructing new facilities or renovating existing ones. “In doing so, DOD and the services should seize upon leading edge technologies and new and underutilized, low-cost, energy-efficient technologies that provide value through minimal life-cycle costs,” according to the report.The panel highlighted projects underway in Hawaii as being at the forefront of the military’s energy initiatives, including the development of  net zero energy installation facilities, and upgrades to improve energy and water efficiency. Two installations in Hawaii are serving as demonstration sites for the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security [SPIDERS] Program.“The efforts underway in Hawaii, and at military installations elsewhere, are helping to inform department-wide and government-wide energy policies and investment strategies,” the lawmakers said.These investments already are paying off. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus earlier told the Senate Armed Services Committee that energy efficiency projects underway in Hawaii are projected to save the federal government $4.5 million annually.“This is an example of the progress being made to reduce spending while addressing energy and water efficiency, conservation and security at installations throughout the country,” the report stated.The Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2016 milcon spending bill on May 21. The committee report, S. Rpt. 114-57, is available on congress.gov. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_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

New York might fine you for texting while crossing the street

first_imgYou might get fined in New York for texting if this bill becomes law. Christian Vierig / Getty Images No matter how important your text might be, if you’re crossing the street, New York thinks it can wait. New York state Sen. John Liu introduced a bill last week that would ban texting while walking. Pedestrians could be fined between $25 and $250 if they’re seen “using any portable device” while crossing a roadway, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Guardian. “Using” a device means looking at it, playing games, being online, sending emails, texting and more, according to the bill. The legislation makes exceptions for emergency first-responders and those trying to contact hospitals, fire departments, police and other emergency services.”This bill in no way absolves drivers of their mandate to yield to pedestrians, and simply reminds people to resume texting after getting across the street safely,” Liu said in an emailed statement. Marco Conner, interim executive director of Transportation Alternatives, said he is opposed to the bill. “We should first identify the problem and the cause,” Conner said.Conner said that Liu fails to cite data that pedestrians are the ones causing their own injuries or deaths by walking into traffic while distracted. Instead, Conner said a recent rise in pedestrian fatalities nationwide “is believed to all be driver related.”In terms of solutions, Conner said he doesn’t see more regulation of phones as the answer. Conner said reducing vehicle speeds and reducing the number of vehicles on the streets should be priorities instead. Tags 3 Commentscenter_img Share your voice Mobilelast_img read more

Rishi Kapoor I have screwed up my relationship with Ranbir Throwback

first_imgRanbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Rishi KapoorVarinder ChawlaThough they have immense love and respect for each other, Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor are not your everyday father-son pair. While Ranbir maintains his distance from his dad, Rishi Kapoor to doesn’t get involved in Ranbir’s private affairs. It’s Ranbir’s mother, Neetu Kapoor, who always acts as a bridge of communication between the two.The fact that Risi and Ranbir don’t always share an amicable relationship has time and again been confessed by the two. Rishi Kapoor’s strict behaviour during Ranbir’s childhood days and his constant fights with Neetu Kapoor have been the two prime reasons behind such a distant relationship between the two.In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Rishi Kapoor had expressed his sadness when Ranbir Kapoor had decided to move out their home and live with Katrina Kaif in a plush pad the duo bought together. “My father gave me space when I moved out after marriage and I give Ranbir his space too when he decided to move out and share a home with his girlfriend. In this house, he had one room: how could that be enough for a 33-year-old boy? He’s a great son, he listens to me but I don’t interfere in his career because my career is mine and he is his. I know I’ve screwed up my relationship with Ranbir even though my wife kept telling me about what I was doing. It’s now too late to change it; both of us will not be able to adjust to the change,” Rishi had said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror.Further talking about his equation with Ranbir, Rishi had said, “I never made friends with Ranbir and though I regret it, I am also not one of those guys who would want to be on back-slapping terms with my son.”last_img read more

AL adamant not to lose to judiciary

first_img-Ruling Awami League (AL) does not want to lose out in the current fracas over the judgement scrapping the 16th amendment annulment verdict. According to party insiders, the AL will not appeal for a review petition if there is any possibility whatsoever of the judgement remaining unchanged.Meanwhile, AL’s strategy is for its ministers, members of parliament and leaders to create political pressure.An AL lawyer leader told Prothom Alo that the ruling party is rigid over the observations of the verdict.The party, normally, avoids political issues during the month of mourning. But this time, the party policymakers asked the leaders to highlight weak points of the judgement at various meetings and gatherings.The government is mulling all options present in the constitution to resolve the crisis over the Supreme Court’s verdict to scrap the 16th amendment.The ruling party is trying to resolve the crisis through talks.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina along with AL general secretary and road transport, and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, law minister Anisul Huq and attorney general Mahbubey Alam had a long meeting with the president, Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday evening.Political analysts said the two topmost officials of the state might have discussed the issue of the Supreme Court verdict that scrapped the 16th constitutional amendment, creating a huge stir in the political arena.According to the analysts, the confrontation between the government and the apex court has become visible over four issues: 16th amendment annulment verdict, discipline of lower court judges, legality of the law secretary’s contractual recruitment, and executive magistrates’ power to exercise judiciary.Emerging from the Wednesday meeting, Obaidul Quader told newsmen that they had talks over the verdict.Asked whether any decision was made at the meeting, he said there will be more discussions.Obaidul Quader conveyed to the chief justice how angry the ruling party is over the 16th amendment verdict, and its consequences.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged the ruling AL is mounting pressure on the CJ to change the 16th amendment verdict.AL presidium member Kazi Zafar Ullah told Prothom Alo that everything will happen as per the constitution.The party has no intention or wish to send the CJ on a vacation, he added.The AL leader also said the party is discontented over the 16th amendment annulment verdict and party’s general secretary conveyed this message to the chief justice. This is a democracy and AL is not here to hatch any conspiracy.If there is any problem, it will be resolved through talks, he added.About Wednesday’s meeting, Kazi Zafar Ullah said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina briefed the president about the country’s flood situation.last_img read more

Galveston County Takes Another Step For Pelican Island Spans

first_img Share flickr/Patrick FellerBascule bridge over Pelican Island Channel on Seawolf Parkway in Galveston.GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston County commissioners have taken another step to encourage the Port of Houston Authority to support plans for a new road and rail bridges to Pelican Island.The Galveston County Daily News reports commissioners on Tuesday approved a memo of understanding calling for the Houston port, which owns about 1,100 acres on the island, to provide land. The property could be used for new spans connecting to Seawolf Parkway.Galveston County in November approved a deal with Galveston for construction of two new bridges to Pelican Island, using city property. The existing two-lane drawbridge for Pelican Island, which is home to Texas A&M University-Galveston, was built in 1957.Commissioner Ryan Dennard says the current vehicle bridge is deteriorating. County officials also say a rail bridge could spur development.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Downtown Hotel Renamed To Honor The Mother Of Houston

first_img Share X 00:00 /10:13 Listen A downtown Houston hotel is getting a face lift and a new name. And while that might not necessarily be that interesting in and of itself, the theme the hotel’s taking – and who inspired it – is.A former DoubleTree hotel on the west end of downtown is being remodeled and rebranded as the C. Baldwin Hotel.So, who’s it named after? Charlotte Baldwin Allen, the woman who’s often credited as “the mother of Houston.”Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaA photo of Charlotte Baldwin Allen, often referred to as “the mother of Houston,” sits on a desk inside the C. Baldwin Hotel, which is named after her.In 1831, Charlotte Baldwin married Augustus Chapman Allen, and the prevailing wisdom for a long time has been that her husband – along with his brother John Kirby Allen – used her inheritance to finance the real estate venture that became our city (which the brothers famously promoted as an idyllic village cooled by the sea breeze — not a mosquito infested swamp).However, in recent years, the story regarding Charlotte’s inheritance has been more or less debunked. Regardless, history actually shows that she did a lot more impressive things for a woman of her time.For example, she was a pioneering businesswoman, managing much of the family’s affairs after her brother-in-law died and her husband left Houston. And, having lived to the age of 90, she had much more of a life and history in Houston than either of the brothers whose likenesses are forged in bronze outside City Hall.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaA guest checks in at downtown Houston’s C. Baldwin Hotel, which is being remodeled and renamed after the city’s founding mother, Charlotte Baldwin Allen.The hotel, which is open now as the renovation nears completion, will feature some elements telling who Charlotte was and also paying tribute to some other notable Texas women. For example, all the meeting rooms and premium suites will be named for prominent women in the state’s history.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaMaggie Rosa, general manager of Houston’s C. Baldwin Hotel, talks with local historian Betty Chapman inside one of the hotel’s newly remodeled rooms.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Maggie Rosa, the hotel’s general manager, about why the Hilton corporation wanted to create a hotel like this.Then, local historian Betty Chapman and Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston talk more about who Charlotte Baldwin Allen was and her contributions to Houston.– / 18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more