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Economist named magazine of the year

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Nat Ives of Advertising Age writes Monday that The Economist has been named the publication’s magazine of the year.

The EconomistIves writes, “The sales of ad pages have mirrored those trends, according to Media Industry Newsletter. Time’s ad pages from January through August plummeted to 954, down 25.2% from the equivalent period last year. Newsweek’s ad pages sank 24.8% to 829. U.S. News fell 33.7% to 684.

“From last January through mid-August, on the other hand, the North American edition of The Economist expanded ad pages 7.2% to 1,497.

“‘Yes, it’s a weekly, but it has a different take on the news,’ says Beth Fidoten, senior VP-account director for print at mega-media agency Initiative, New York. ‘It’s much more of an international perspective, and it’s very macro.’

“It’s also riding the currents that are relentlessly pushing business and global perspectives to the forefront, Ms. Fidoten says. ‘I think it has a bit of nerd chic to it — economic nerd chic,’ she says. ‘When in the recent past have there been best-sellers like ‘Freakonomics’? The whole global scene is much more important. Look at things like Angelina Jolie being a U.N. ambassador. It really plays into trends going into the culture right now.’”

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Economist buys Congressional data company

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The Economist, which already owns Roll Call, has acquired Capitol Advantage for $43 million, according to a story in the Washington Business Journal.

The EconomistTierney Plumb writes, “Capitol Advantage, a 22-year-old company that provides grassroots and advocacy tools such as information on members of Congress and their staffs and legislative data, also powers Congress.org, which identifies and sends e-mails to state and federal representatives.

“‘The expanded Roll Call Group is now a one-stop-shop for organizations seeking to understand the processes of government, track the legislative agenda, mobilize grassroots support and manage their interactions with policy makers,’ said Battaglia.

“Roll Call also owns Gallery Watch, which serves government affairs professionals.”

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Biz magazines post bad second quarter in advertising

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Many business magazines posted a decline in ad revenue and ad pages during the second quarter, according to data from the Publishers Information Bureau.

The EconomistSome publications bucked the trend. The Economist reported a 21 percent gain in ad revenue to $34.4 million and a 2.2 percent increase in ad pages to 648.5 for the quarter. Fast Company saw a 39.3 percent increase in ad revenue to $12.1 million and a 32.9 percent jump in ad pages to 161.1

The sharpest decline occurred at PC Magazine, where ad revenue for the quarter fell 55.6 percent to $9.9 million.

Among the bigger business glossies, BusinessWeek reported a 7.2 percent decline in ad revenue to $62.7 million for the quarter and a 10.5 percent decline in ad pages to 505. Forbes reported a 6.7 percent decline in ad revenue to $97.4 million and a 12.3 percent decline in ad pages to 802.4.

Fortune, however, reported a 5.6 percent increase in ad revenue to $81.9 million for the quarter and a 2.7 percent increase in ad pages to 706.5.

Also reporting gains were Barron’s and Entrepreneur, while Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Smart Money and Wired reported declines.

See the data for all of the magazines here.

The Economist saw profits rise 23 percent in 2007

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Dan Sabbagh of The Times of London reports that The Economist reported a 23 percent increase in profits in 2007 on higher advertising numbers.

The EconomistSabbagh writes, “Revenues at the Economist Group, which produces the upmarket weekly magazine, rose 8 per cent to £266.4 million as the flagship title showed no signs of falling victim to the media downturn that has put other publishers under pressure.

“Print advertising revenues for The Economist newspaper were ahead by 16 per cent in the US, while global circulation improved by 9 per cent to 1.3 million, and the company wants to expand the title in India and the rest of Asia.

“Group margins improved from 15 per cent to 17 per cent.”

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WSJ's Ip leaving to join The Economist

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Greg Ip, who has covered the Federal Reserve and the economy for The Wall Street Journal for the past seven years, is leaving the paper to become the U.S. economics editor for The Economist, reports Robert MacMillan of Reuters.

Greg IpMacMillan writes, “Greg Ip will join The Economist magazine as U.S. economics editor, he told Reuters on Tuesday, after covering the Fed since 2001 for the Journal. He likely will join the weekly in late July, he said.

“At The Economist he will be responsible for writing and reporting on the U.S. economy and economic policy, including the Federal Reserve, he wrote in an e-mailed statement.

“‘This is an extraordinary opportunity for me to expand my horizons, to learn a more analytical and critical style of writing, to serve a rapidly growing and discerning readership worldwide, and to work with a remarkable group of journalists and editors who share my passion for economics,’ he wrote.

“Ip’s stories in the Journal have been widely followed by financial market participants seeking clues into the Federal Reserve’s thinking about interest rates and the economy.”

Read more here. And here is Dow Jones Newswires, which is owned by the same company as the Journal, following the Reuters story about one of its co-workers.

Economist shows strong ad sales in first quarter

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Diego Vasquez of Media Life Magazine writes about magazines that have bucked the downward cycle in ad sales in the first three months of 2008 and focuses on The Economist.

The EconomistVasquez writes, “They’re heeding an age-old maxim of magazine publishing: Invest during downturns, as others cut back, and you’ll win market share.

“In some ways, the Economist best exemplifies this aggressiveness. The title competes in two of the roughest ad categories, newsweeklies and business titles, which were each down nearly 14 percent over the quarter, yet its ad pages were up more than 5 percent.

“For that, North American publisher Paul Rossi credits the magazine’s ongoing push to build circulation in the U.S. market, which rose 13 percent in second-half 2007, to 720,882, over the year-earlier period, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

“Circulation helps push up our rate base, which is good, but what it really does is grow the readership numbers,” he says.”

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Economist.com rolls out new design

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The Economist magazine unveiled a new design for its Web site that is cleaner and easier to find stories.

Economist.comAn announcement on the site stated, “We have removed long lists of articles and replaced them with a pithier selection. The navigation that runs down the left-hand side of the page, and throughout the site, is now completely visible right away, with no need to scroll down ‘below the fold’. By rolling your cursor over the main categories of content you can reveal more detailed sub-categories.

“A second aim was to make more content readily accessible—strange as it may sound, to combine greater simplicity with greater depth. At the top, four main items of content rotate before settling on the lead story. You can readily scroll through all the columns. There is more breathing room for our blogs. Articles from the print edition are easy to find via the cover image.

“A new feature brings to the fore the articles that have proved most popular with readers. You can choose between three different measures of this: the articles that have attracted the most comments, the ones that readers have recommended the most (by clicking on the ‘recommend’ button next to the text) and those that have been most read. So you get to influence what appears on the home-page.”

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The Economist is hip, yo

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Mark Sweeney of The Guardian newspaper in London writes Tuesday about how The Economist magazine is popular with young readers after it was the subject of a rap song and a Facebook group.

The EconomistSweeney writes, “The rap, created by US students Ike Edgerton and Chris Misa under the name Psikotic, is a tribute that includes samples of Economist journalists such as Edward Lucas and Anthony Gottlieb from the title’s audio podcasts.

“The chorus of the rap runs: ‘He reads the Economist so he can get the gist, its solid competence gives him confidence that his intelligence is correct.’

“Other lines praise editorial standards such as ‘The style in which they write is simple and concise, how do they get their sentences so precise?’”

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11 out of 16 biz magazines post first-quarter decline in ad sales

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A majority of the 17 business magazines posted a decline in ad sales in the first three months of 2007, according to data from the Magazine Publishers of America analyzed Monday by Talking Biz News.

Fast CompanyEleven magazines saw declines, with five posting increases. Conde Nast Portfolio did not publish in the first three months of 2007.

The biggest declines occurred in the personal finance category, with Smart Money reporting a 17.7 percent drop in ad dollars to $10.5 million in the first three months. Its ad pages fell 21.4 percent. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance fell 17.2 percent in ad dollars to $8.5 million, and its ad pages fell 20 percent. Money magazine saw a 6.3 percent decline in ad dollars to $28.1 million, and a 5.5 percent decline in ad pages to 147.

Among the big business magazines, BusinessWeek fared the worst, with a 15.5 percent decline in ad dollars to $53.9 million and a 19.4 percent drop in ad pages. In comparison, Forbes reported an 8.3 percent drop in ad dollars to $61 million and a 13.2 percent fall in ad pages, while Fortune posted a 1.7 percent increase in ad dollars to just below $50 million for the quarter and a 0.9 percent drop in ad pages.

The biggest gainer, however, was Fast Company, which reported a 35.5 percent increase in ad dollars to $7.2 million, followed by the Economist, which reported a 27.3 percent jump in ad dollars to $31.3 million. Wired magazine also had a strong quarter, with a 22.8 percent increase in ad dollars to $20.5 million.

The only other business magazine to post a gain for the quarter was Inc., which saw a 4.6 increase in ad dollars to $17.9 million. Its major competitors, Entrepreneur and Fortune Small Business, saw declines of 5.8 percent and 15.3 percent, respectively.

See all of the data here.

Economist CEO resigns, to be replaced by publisher

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The Economist Group CEO Helen Alexander will resign at the company’s annual meeting on July 15 and be replaced by Economist publisher Andrew Rashbass, according to a release.

Andrew RashbassAlexander had been with the magazine since 1985, when she was a marketing manager. She become CEO in 1997. In the past five years, the company’s operating profit has increased 75 percent, and circulation has increased by nearly 50 percent to 1.3 million.

Rashbass has been publisher for the past three years. Before that, he was managing director of Economist.com. He joined the company in 1997.

“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved and privileged to have led such a winning team,” said Alexander in a statement. “Now is the time for a new chief executive to take over. The temptation would be to stay too long, but it’s the right time fgor me to move on.”