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Covering New Hampshire business news


Maddie Hanna of the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire interviewed Heidi Copeland, the new owner of Business NH Magazine. She was the former associate publisher.

What follows is an excerpt:

What differentiates your magazine’s business coverage from that provided by New Hampshire Business Review or local newspapers?

We never have enough space to run with all the stories that we really would like to do. But I actually think we’re covering things that no one else is covering. When we were talking about public companies and we realized that Walmart was the biggest employer in New Hampshire, we wrote about that when no one else wrote about it. We started to do an annual salary review, telling what people that work for nonprofits, the university system, the state – kind of unveiling salaries. We got a huge response to that. . . . One hospital president who had asked their employees to take a pay cut had to write all the employees a letter and offer to take a pay cut himself. And so we’re really even going to blow that out in 2011 – it’s going to be bigger than we’ve ever covered.

We cover a lot of the human resources issues that come up that I don’t see anyone else talking about. Whether it’s a co-worker that’s stinky, or the death of a co-worker or a co-worker experiencing a death in their family or personal life – how do you deal with that kind of stuff? We just write about all of those things that come up when you work in the office. We wrote about how some people like the office cold, some people like it hot, and everybody’s fighting over the thermostat. We write things from the funny to the serious.

Legal issues – one of the biggest things we wrote about last year was the 10 biggest New Hampshire labor violations. It turns out most businesses don’t even know when they’re breaking the law, it’s just ignorance of the law, but the fines can be steep.

Read more here.

Boise paper's business magazine launches


David Staats, the editor that oversees business coverage at the Idaho Statesman, writes about what the paper hopes to accomplish with the launching of its new weekly business magazine, Business Insider.

Staats writes, “Our goal with Business Insider is to arm you, the business-minded reader, with vital facts and insights to better understand your situation, your colleagues, your community and your opportunities.

“We hope you find encouragement, as we do, in the launch of this weekly magazine. It’s been a rough few years for the newspaper industry. We are happy to be able to grow again. While the Treasure Valley’s economy remains weak, perhaps the knowledge shared via this magazine can strengthen it.

“We aim for in-depth coverage. Each week, you’ll find a profile of a Valley business or business person. You’ll also find regular examinations of timely local business issues and trends.

“We want to help you plan. Our New Rules of the Game feature will highlight upcoming changes in official rules and best practices so you know what’s coming beforehand, not afterward.

Read more here.

Prairie Business planning overhaul


Alan Van Ormer, the editor of Prairie Business magazine, which covers Minnesota and the Dakotas, writes about changes coming to the magazine.

Van Ormer writes, “Over the next few months, we will be slowly integrating different ideas that include a new logo, shorter stories, monthly discussion on different topics like economic development, leadership, and technology, as well as focusing in on a new layout and design strategy that we believe will make the magazine more appealing to our readers.

“What we will not do is change the quality of stories that you have become accustomed to over the past 10 years, which includes our cover story series, as well as Prairie People, Prairie News, Women in Business, and Viewpoint.

“We hope you will enjoy the fresh approach to the region’s premier business magazine.

“In fact, in the last two months you might have noticed a change in the cover. In December, our 40-under-40 cover had much more white space than in past issues. In this issue, you will see a change in our logo, as well as a start to our layout and design strategy.”

Read more here.

Biz magazine ad revenue up nearly 10 in 2010, outperforming industry



The 13 business magazines reported ad revenue of $1.17 billion in 2010, up 9.6 percent from the previous year, far outpacing the 3.1 percent increase for the entire magazine industry, according to data released Monday by the Publishers Information Bureau and analyzed by Talking Biz News.

Ad pages also rose 7.2 percent to 11,245.61 for the business magazines, which also outperformed the 0.1 percent decline in ad pages for the entire industry.

The increases reverse two years of declines. In 2009, the 15 business magazines reported a 21.7 percent decline in ad revenue and a 28.7 percent decline in ad revenue. The 2010 comparison excludes the 2009 data from Fortune Small Business and Conde Nast Portfolio, both of which closed in 2009.

The business magazine with the biggest increase in ad revenue was Wired, which was up 35.8 percent to $84.9 million. The business title with the biggest increase in ad pages for the year was Fast Company, which saw a 26.5 percent jump to 538.95 pages.

The only business title that did not see an increase in ad pages or ad revenue was Forbes. Its ad pages fell 4.8 percent to 1,844.84 in 2010, but its ad revenue rose 0.6 percent to $252.9 million. In terms of ad revenue and ad pages, it remains the No. 1 title.

The No. 2 business magazine in both categories is Fortune, which reported a 6.8 percent increase in ad revenue to $195.3 million and a 1 percent increase in ad pages to 1,539.23.

The No. 3 business magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, reported a 6.3 percent increase in ad revenue to $172.7 million and a 3.5 percent increase in ad pages to 1,291.1.

Among the three personal finance titles, Money performed the best in terms of ad revenue with a 10.4 percent jump to $122.1 million, but Kiplinger’s Personal Finance performed the best in terms of ad pages, with a 9.3 percent increase to 305.97. Money and Smart Money still had more ad pages than Kiplinger’s.

The data for all magazines can be read here.

Business NH magazine sold


Business NH magazine, a monthly publication covering New Hampshire business, has been sold to its associate publisher, according to published reports.

Charles McMahon of the Portsmouth Herald writes, “Mahoney, a Portsmouth resident, sold Millyard Communications Inc., the publisher of Business NH Magazine and the producer of the Made in NH Try It and Buy It Expo and seven other statewide events, to Heidi Copeland of Peterborough, the magazine’s associate publisher.

“The transfer in ownership became official Dec. 31. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

“‘The team at Millyard has done a superlative job covering the New Hampshire business community and featuring issues that matter to the magazine’s readership,’ Mahoney said.

“Business NH Magazine started in 1983 and was touted as New Hampshire’s first statewide monthly business publication. Mahoney purchased it in 2003.”

Read more here.

Top business journalism events of 2010



Here are Talking Biz News’ top business journalism events for the year 2010:

10. Ad revenue returns to business magazines. After suffering two years of declines in advertising revenue and advertising pages, the third quarter of 2010 saw the 14 business magazines report a 7.9 percent increase in advertising revenue and a 5.4 percent rise in advertising pages. That compares to a 5.3 percent increase in ad revenue and a 3.6 percent increase in ad pages for the overall magazine industry. And Bloomberg Businessweek says it returned to positive growth in the fourth quarter.

9. Lou Dobbs returns to business journalism. The longtime business anchor at CNN had gotten away from a traditional business news show before he left the cable network  in 2009. In 2010, he signed a deal to return to the air with Fox Business Network. Dobbs is a polarizing figure who will draw attention to Fox Business as it attempts to unseat CNBC as the No. 1 business news channel.

8. Business media apps proliferate. There were dozens of applications for smart phones, iPads and other technology launched by business news organizations in 2010, resulting in additional revenue and additional readers. Our favorite: The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal on iPad.

7. “Nightly Business Report” is sold. The longtime public broadcasting business news show was sold in 2010 after being owned for more than 30 years by a Miami PBS station. There’s been some changes at the program, including a small reduction in staff, and some changes in content.

6. Bloomberg Businessweek’s redesign. The overhaul, launched in April, showed that its new owners were serious about keeping the weekly around after many predicted its demise. It’s now got much more of an edge and an attitude.

5. Shakeout among business journals. While business journals such as the Ocala Business Journal and the Blue Ridge Business Journal stopped publication, and business weeklies owned by Brown Publishing were sold across the country after it filed for bankruptcy court protection, American City Business Journals — the dominant player in the weekly market — got stronger by redesigning its sites and launching smart phone apps for all of its 40 papers. ACBJ also announced that it was returning a 5 percent pay cut it mandated in 2009 to its employees in early 2011.

4. Bloomberg decides to take over the world. No business journalism organization has been more aggressive in the past 12 months in expanding its reach. The New York-based Bloomberg News launched a number of newsletters and unveiled BGov, a new editorial service that will cover the intersection of business and government. It also announced it would be starting an editorial page in 2011.

3. Forbes’ top-to-bottom overhaul. The business magazine brought in chief product officer Lewis Dvorkin to lead a radical revamp of its entire operations. But, its changes have not come without criticism, as some have questioned its decision to allow companies to provide blog content on its site.

2. Bloomberg and Fox Business sue the federal government. Both news organizations want the federal government to release documents that show what was done to help Wall Street firms and other businesses during the economic crisis. After a protracted battle, it appears that business media has won. Their actions show that business media is looking out for the best interests of its consumers.

1. Hiring returns to business journalism. Talking Biz News estimated that roughly 400 business journalists lost jobs in 2009 as many media organizations cut back on their business news desks. However, in 2010, Talking Biz News estimates that 250 jobs were added in the field of business journalism, primarily at the wire services — Associated Press, Bloomberg (with at least 100 going to work for BGov), Dow Jones Newswires and Reuters all added to their business news staffs in the past 12 months. The Wall Street Journal also added to its staff, and other media, such as the Financial Times with its new FT Tilt product, also hired.

Forbes planning European title


Amanda Andrews, the media editor of The Telegraph in London, writes that Forbes will launch a European edition in 2011.

Andrews writes, “Forbes Europe will be based in London or Paris and it will probably launch in 2011. Mr Forbes said he had spoken to European advertisers and there had been a lot of interest in Forbes Europe.

“‘Even though everyone is focused on Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain, there is a recovery coming. And this is precisely the right time to move in. We want it [Forbes Europe] to be entrepreneurial. This is the right time for a European magazine,’ he said.

“The company currently publishes Forbes and Forbes Asia, which together reach a worldwide audience of more than 6m readers. There are also licensee editions in many countries from China to Croatia.

“While the licensee editions are local language versions of Forbes, Forbes Europe‘s content, like Forbes Asia, would be in English with original, local content.”

Read more here.

Utah Business magazine is sold


Utah Business magazine has been sold to Utah Media Partners for an undisclosed price.

A news release states, “Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Ohio Community Media in the transaction.

“‘We are pleased to become part of the Utah Media Partners family,’ said Tyler Dabo, publisher of Utah Business. ‘Utah Media Partners has been a strong player in publishing with Hometown Values magazine and adds stability to the Utah Business brand of products and services. We will continue to provide our readers and advertisers with the high-quality publication and events they have come to know and trust.’

“Dabo will remain as publisher and general manager. Utah Business will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. The magazine produces the state’s only annual Book of Lists, comprehensive information and rankings about the state’s industries; the annual Business Utah, the official publication of Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development; the quarterly Wasatch Digital iQ, Utah’s Technology Magazine; UB Daily e-mail news briefings; and weekly industry-specific newsletters.”

Read more here. The seller, Ohio Community Media, has been selling business publications in recent weeks. It also sold the The Business Ledger in Naperville, Ill. and the Fort Worth Business Press  and Collin County Business Press in Texas. All of these publications were formerly owned by Ohio-based Brown Publishing, which went into bankruptcy court reorganization earlier this year.

Biz magazine sold to newspaper parent


Absolutely Business, a business magazine in upstate New York, has been sold to Johnson Newspaper Corp., owner of the Watertown Daily Times, for an undisclosed price.

A story in the paper states, “The monthly magazine will be renamed NNY Business and will begin publishing under new management in December.

“The acquisition of Absolutely Business from NepWest Enterprises marks an entry into magazine publishing for Johnson Newspapers, which publishes daily and weekly community newspapers and associated websites across New York.

“Absolutely Business publisher and Westelcom President Paul F. Barton said the sale of the magazine to Johnson Newspapers places it ‘in the hands of a company that will take it to its full potential.’”

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WSJ. magazine names new publisher


The Wall Street Journal named Anthony Cenname as publisher of WSJ. magazine, the Journal’s glossy lifestyle magazine.

As publisher, he will oversee all advertising and marketing initiatives for WSJ. and develop strategies to drive revenue in the luxury categories through print, online, other digital properties and strategic partnerships. Cenname joined the Journal in May 2009 as multimedia sales director for the Luxury group.

“Our magazine business is growing at an opportune time, as the consumer and luxury categories rebound and the market improves,” said Michael Rooney, chief revenue officer, The Journal, in a statement. “With Anthony’s strong, proven track record and relationships combined with his passion for the business, I am excited for the magazine’s continued success.”

Cenname replaces Sophie Raptis, who has been named European sales director for the Journal, focusing on consumer and luxury products across the region. She will relocate to London and work closely with the Journal’s sales teams in Europe to further the expansion of WSJ. magazine and WSJ Weekend. Raptis joined WSJ. magazine in August 2009 as publisher, having previously served as international business group head for Times Media in London.

The Journal recently announced an increase in frequency for WSJ. beginning in March 2011, when nine issues will be published, followed by 10 issues in 2012. The magazine launched as a quarterly publication in September 2008 and transitioned to a schedule of six issues per year in March 2010.