Link of the Week: Condé Nast “Retires the Publisher Title”

Prestigious magazine publisher Condé Nast has eliminated the “publisher” career title within their company in order to allow their leadership positions to embrace additional roles that are more multimedia/digitally-focused.

Following Time Inc.‘s removal of the publishing titles from their own company last summer, Condé Nast is making major moves to restructure their operations to “regrou[p] its magazines around chief business officers and chief industry officers responsible for business in seven top ad categories.” This shake-up is said to be done with the aim of being more responsive to consumers and modernizing themselves to simplify how they work and cooperate with partners and advertisers. This move also seems like a conscious away from traditional publishing ideologies and responsibilities to tackle and grow with technology. This is the first major act Condé Nast’s recent-hire Jim Norton, who is the chief business officer and president of revenue for the company.

In the News- Consolidation at Leading Magazine Publishers

Self MagMajor magazine publishing companies such as Hearst, Condé Nast, and Time Inc. have restructured and consolidated several groups in their respective print titles in order to keep costs down to combat the growing digital world of publishing. Print titles like Self Magazine at Condé Nast have committed to a digital-only brand. Other magazine have joined staffs at several groups into one category. A larger digital investment appears to be the only strategy that can save magazine brands as readers are continuing to shift their general attention to online media outlets.

“We have long believed that collaboration is the key to ongoing creativity and innovation, and we’ve seen its success in action over the past hearst-logofour years,” said a spokesperson for Hearst, “Brands refine their individual points-of-view, and dynamic editors expand their skills and talent to the benefit of all.”

To read the full article, please click this link.

What’s Going On at Condé Nast

What’s Going On at Condé Nast

Magazines, like all aspects of publishing, are undergoing changes due to digital innovation in the industry. Companies like Time Inc., Hearst and Condé Nast, have all made changes ranging from the reconstruction of their digital presence to the merging of staff and job duties among publications. In the article “What’s Going On at Condé Nast” by Lauren Sherman, she discusses the changes that the parent company is undergoing for their domestic operations and some recent steps the company has taken for their e-commerce sites. The article goes further to discuss the choice of “reorganizing its portfolio in the US to capitalize on its five most valuable brands: Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired and The New Yorker.

 

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Jobs of the Week: Spectacle Publishing, Knopf Doubleday, Little Brown, and Condé Nast

 

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website_header_logoSpectacle Publishing Media Group, LLC

Title: Marketing/Book Publicist

Location: Remote/Online

Description: 
Spectacle Publishing Media Group is looking for a Marketer/Book Publicist! We are looking to fill this position quickly.

In addition to conceptualizing, creating, and distributing promotional materials, a book marketer & publicist will arrange for public appearances, such as book signings or tours, and set up speaking engagements for SPMG authors.

Networking and maintaining solid industry connections are invaluable in the career of a literary publicist, as is staying on top of current technology, including breakthroughs in social media. Literary publicists may have set work hours, but they often are expected to be flexible and available on call.

This is an incredible opportunity for someone willing to put forth their marketing/pr efforts.

Requirements: 
Special Skills:
• Ability to bring forth experience and ideas for getting our books sold
• The right personality to work with a wide variety of author personalities
• Working on a deadline on multiple projects
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Condensing complicated ideas, such as a one-sentence pitch for a book
• Working as a team with authors, editors, marketing and booksellers
• An understanding of the mass media and how newsrooms, reporters and editors work, including online news media
• A knowledge of social media tools such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter

Education and Training:
Required bachelor’s degree in one of the following: Marketing, English literature, communications, journalism or public relations. Expertise in social media, digital content generation and CMS a plus. Experience with public speaking, arranging seminars and conferences a plus. Networking connections a plus.

To Apply: 

Please send a detailed and unique letter of interest, a resume/CV and links to your social media profiles (it is more about the fact you are active on social media sites) to: hr@spectaclepmg.com.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 2.38.19 PMKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Title: Marketing Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group is seeking a Marketing Assistant. This position provides departmental, campaign and administrative support. The Marketing Assistant will also have independent responsibility for certain department functions:

– Data entry including adding marketing bullets, updating budget reports, and maintaining in-house title documents
– Coordinating meetings
– Managing marketing mailings including writing galley letters, ordering books, researching/creating/tracking new lists, executing mailings in-house and from our warehouse, and maintaining the bookroom
– Working with the warehouse for galley allocation and fulfillment
– Coordinating with Production and Sales for title specific promotional items
– Processing and Coding invoices and expenses for department
– Special projects, as needed, such as pulling title information reports, providing sales information, and various research assignments
– Administrative assistance as needed, including ordering supplies for the office, minor scheduling, calendar and phone management

Requirements: 
The ideal candidate possesses a bachelor?s degree, as well as internship experience in a corporate marketing department. Candidates must have demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint. This role requires strong communication, organization, exceptional attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize and multi-task in a dynamic environment.

For more information, please visit our web site.

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process.

 

lbyrLittle Brown for Young Readers

Title: Design Assistant/Jr. Design

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Little Brown for Young Readers is seeking a Design Assistant/ Jr. Designer. The Design Assistant or Junior Designer is responsible for the design and administrative support of children’s fiction titles for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. This person will be responsible for assisting each project through the design and production process, as well as be the key point person for Editorial, Sales, and Production.

Work closely with the Executive Art Director to assist in the design and production of jackets, cover, and interiors.
Provide administrative support to the Executive Art Director.
Work closely with illustrators, photographers, and freelancers in the creation of cover and interior artwork.
Coordinate all contracts and associated paperwork (invoices, new vendor forms, etc) for artists and freelancers.
Work closely with the Executive Art Director and design staff to schedule and prepare materials for jacket meetings, as well as Sales and Marketing meetings.
Ensure all fiction covers are uploaded onto proprietary database (The Vault) and archive documents appropriately.
Assist in managing a master schedule of books to make sure key production, marketing and sales milestone dates are met, as well as the creation of sales materials.
Create select advertising and promotional materials as needed for custom publishing or retail promotions.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Art Director or Department Head

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in art/design preferred
  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience in book publishing design required – experience in children’s books preferred.
  • Knowledge of typography, illustration, and photography
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator required; working knowledge of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Muse, and After Effects a plus)
  • Ability to attend to details and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Ability to manage in-house and out-of-house artists and freelancers
  • Ability to take direction yet maintain intuition
  • Solid print production experience required. (Experience with digital production preferred)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To Apply: 
Apply online.

 

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Title:   Editorial Assistant

Type: Freelance, Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description:
Condé Nast’s Content Development Group seeks a recent college graduate who has a demonstrated interest in publishing to fill the supportive role of Editorial Assistant. Candidates must be able to work well with a small and dedicated team in a freelance full-time capacity in the New York (One World Trade Center) offices.

The Content Development Group creates Special Interest Publications (SIPs) that combine archival material from Condé Nast’s vast international and domestic titles with new or unseen stories, merchandise, and service. These special issues are print (and sometimes digital) magazines of 128 pages that remain on the newsstand for three months and have a high production value. Past titles include: Domino: Small Spaces, Gourmet Holiday, Epicurious: Italy, Condé Nast A-List, and Condé Nast Living.

– Research content from Condé Nast’s vast archives in both international and domestic titles
– Collaborate closely with the editorial team to pitch, conceptualize, and curate each issue
– Light fact-checking and proofreading
– Maintain organization of photos, text, and research
– Assist with market work including product research, communication with and coordination of vendors for merchandise/food/fashion, and subsequent product tracking for photo shoots
– Report and write original content when applicable
– Perform administrative duties (tech requests, supply ordering, issue mailings, etc.) as needed

Requirements: 

– Strong visual sense
– Smart editorial instincts
– Interest in food, lifestyle, fashion, celebrity, and design
– General familiarity with Condé Nast’s titles
– Meticulous research skills
– Proficiency with Excel and Google Docs
– Collaborative, upbeat attitude

To Apply: 
Apply online

 

Jobs of the Week: Lucky, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and Waterbrook Press

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Lucky

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 11.59.42 AMTitle: Editorial Assistant

Type: Full-time Staff

Location: New York, NY

Description: 

Lucky is seeking an Editorial Assistant for the print magazine. The primary focus of the position is to assist the Deputy and Managing Editors with tasks ranging from coordinating copyflow to generating display text to assisting with partnership projects for consumer marketing.

“The Magazine About Shopping,” Lucky focuses on fashion and beauty through the lens of personal style. Led by Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen, the team at Lucky is full of innovative, forward-thinking and social-media obsessed editors. We are looking for a self-starting, detail-oriented Editorial Assistant who can communicate with all the departments of The Lucky Group and help out with almost any project — whether it’s organizing a Game of Thrones contest or researching a potential cover star or coordinating a delivery of custom-made ice cream.

Primary Responsibilities:
Manage schedules and communications for Deputy and Managing Editors
Manage the onboarding of new staff members (in all departments at Lucky)
Write the Table of Contents for each issue
Conduct research for Style and Entertainment departments, as necessary
Editorial market work for special sections and issues, as needed
Work with PR team on monthly press releases
Aid Business Manager with processing invoices
Aid Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief with operational duties
Other editorial tasks as needed (i.e.: manage the iPad lending library, oversee mailroom inventory, etc.)

Requirements: 
Four-year college degree with previous internship experience, magazine experience preferable
Working knowledge of basic computer programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
Familiarity with InCopy, a plus

To Apply: 
Contact Chantal Fernandez at chantal_fernandez@condenast.com

 

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 12.05.50 PMTitle: Editorial Assistant, Education

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Routledge, one of the world’s leading commercial academic publishers, seeks an editorial assistant for the education publishing program. The editorial assistant will support two editors with all phases of the book publication process from the conceptual stage to the finished book and beyond. The assistant will be responsible for a variety of tasks including:

•routine correspondence with authors;
•file and database management;
•tracking projects at various stages of reviewing, editing, production, and publication;
•commissioning reviews for projects under consideration;
•preparing manuscripts for transmittal to production including checking and processing permissions and coordinating Library of Congress and copyright registration;
•securing endorsements for books;
•assisting in drafting and proofreading book information copy; and
•liaising with marketing, sales, accounting, and production departments.

The duties may include convention travel, market research, report creation, and related tasks.

Requirements: 
B.A. or equivalent educational experience. Candidate must have excellent organizational abilities, strong computer skills, experience with standard computer programs (Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, etc.), and impeccable language (grammar and spelling) and communication (oral and written) skills. Ideal candidates will be highly organized and have the ability to balance a variety of responsibilities and handle many projects simultaneously. An interest or background in education or the humanities or the social sciences is not required, but is a plus.

To Apply: 
Click here to apply online.

 

If you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond New York City…

 

Waterbrook Press (Random House)

prh-logo-bigTitle: Editorial Assistant

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Description: 
WaterBrook Press seeks an editorial assistant to support the editorial department, including editors and the editor in chief/vice president for editorial. Responsibilities will include: evaluating manuscripts, writing flap copy and fact sheets, attending meetings, and administrative tasks . You will assist in coordinating the editorial and production process, transmit manuscripts, and handle special projects. This job is an excellent way to learn about publishing and offers an engaging work environment.

Requirements: 
Candidates should be creative, self-starters, exceptionally organized and have the ability to multi-task. Strong communication and writing skills are essential. The ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work independently is required. Prior office experience required.

  • Education: 4 Year Degree
  • Experience: 0-2 Years
  • Travel: Little to None
  • Skills: not specified

To Apply: 
Please apply using the online application process.

Condé Nast Makes the Move to 1 World Trade Center

In an insightful article for the New York Times, Charles V. Bagli describes Condé Nast’s recent move to Lower Manhattan:

1 World Trade Center“For two days last weekend, moving trucks shuttled a total of 2,800 orange crates crammed with files, photographs and books from a Times Square office tower downtown to the tallest skyscraper in North America, 1 World Trade Center.

“It was the first wave in the migration of what will be 3,400 editors, writers and advertising executives at 18 magazines from Condé Nast moving to the World Trade Center, confirming both the long-awaited reconstruction of the complex and a shift in the culture downtown.”

He goes on to chronicle the powerhouse magazine publisher’s re-location from Madison Avenue to Midtown in 1999, which then inspired the revitalization of Times Square.  The move to the World Trade Center keeps with Condé Nast’s history of staying on the cutting edge, as we see technology, advertising, and media companies replacing large financial institutions.  Condé Nast’s presence will undoubtedly breathe new life into the downtown culture, and we should expect to see luxury retailers, art galleries, and restaurants continue to pop up.

Vanity Fair CoverWhile the magazine publisher’ s Midtown locale was known for its unique cafeteria designed by Frank O. Gehrey, the same aesthetic will not be replicated at 1 World Trade.  However, prominent editor Graydon Carter, who has been the chief overseer of Vanity Fair for the past 22 years, was given a generous budget and the opportunity to hire an interior designer for his swanky corner office.

Mr. Carter recently appeared  on “CBS This Morning” to promote the release of Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells, a book that was published in honor of Vanity Fair‘s 100th anniversary.  See the full interview below:

 

To read the full New York Times article, click here.

To purchase the book, published in hardcover October 30, 2014, click here.

Jobs of the Week

RECIPIES EDITOR

Company: Bon Appetit, Conde Nast

Position: Full-time Recipe Editor

Location: NYC

Condé Nast seeks a Recipe Editor for a full-time staff position.  The Recipe Editor will perfect and fine-tune recipe language for the magazine and website and be a crucial influence on the voice of Bon Appétit recipes.  He/she will report to the Food Editor and work closely with test kitchen team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Edit magazine and web recipes to BA recipe style
  • Streamline and simplify recipes, working directly with food editors
  • Help evolve the “voice” of BA recipes
  • Copy-fit recipes
  • Edit routing proofs
  • Manage routing of galleys within food department
  • Write sidebars, hednotes, and other copy, as requested

Requirements:

  • 5+ years experience line-editing recipes for magazines/cookbooks to strict style
  • Strong writing skills; ability to adapt writing to brand’s personality
  • Incredible attention to detail and consistency
  • Ability to stay organized and on top of deadlines and keep others on deadline
  • Confidence to question choices made within recipes
  • Food background essential; culinary degree a plus
  • Proficiency in K4 software
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team

Duties and responsibilities may be adjusted based on years of experience. Salary is also commensurate with experience. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Katie Turrel though their online application. This job was originally posted on MinOnline.

PHOTO RESEARCHER

 Company: Topix Media

Postion: Junior Photo Researcher (freelance, fulltime)

Location: NYC

Topix Media Lab is looking for a freelance junior photo researcher to work in our Bryant Park office. We’re a custom publishing company producing magazines on a variety of subjects, but mostly within the realm of music, movies and television. You are an aspiring photo editor and a pop culture generalist who knows a little about everything but can come up to speed quickly on any gaps in your knowledge.

You’ll be working with the Photo Editor on photo research and working closely with the design and edit teams. We need you to be able to work in a very fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and on several issues and projects simultaneously. You need to be able to work independently and also in close collaboration with the group – good communication skills and Mac proficiency are a must.

 Contact: 

If interested, please send resume and a cover letter to Dave at dave@topixmedia.com with “Photo Researcher” as the subject. This job was originally posted on ed2010.

 

 

 

 

Faculty in the Spotlight: Veronica Wilson

I always say to my students, “I wish I had found the publishing industry as soon as I graduated from undergraduate school at Temple University.” I came across the publishing industry when I met someone who sold advertising for Essence Magazine. At the time I was working within the corporate insurance sector at CIGNA Corporation and was just about to start my ninth year in the business. While it was an amazing experience, where I learned a great deal about the corporate world, traveled the country and worked with many Fortune 500 companies, I longed for something more dynamic, more interesting and more fun! When my friend told me what advertising sales was all about I said I knew my work experience would make me an ideal candidate for a job within this industry. She introduced me to the Associate Publisher of Essence and I was thrilled. However, the Associate Publisher did not think the transition from corporate insurance to publishing would be an easy one at first. I interviewed for a year, and was passed over twice, before I landed a job at Essence.

Once I made the transition in Ad Sales I knew that I had found an industry that I could work in for the rest of my life. I was given the business category since I came from corporate insurance, so I had accounts like Citibank, Solomon Smith Barney, New York Life, America Online, and more. Based on the success I had with this category they decided to give me more business within different categories, until I was promoted to manage the biggest accounts in the business, such as L’Oreal Paris, Lancome, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, Clinique and more. The business was ever changing and I was always moving around to meet with my accounts and talk about their new launches and how our audience would fit with their various brands. And the magazine editorial was also changing so we always had something new cooking to talk about.
Now I had been out of college a good ten years at this point. And I felt I would have been further ahead in my publishing career if I had started right after undergraduate school. I had this sense that I needed to catch up somehow with where I thought I should be at this point in my life, as if I had actually chosen this industry right out of college. That is when I started looking around at M.S. in Publishing Programs. I knew that this type of Masters would round my background out so that I would learn all the different disciplines that make up a magazine, from production, to editing, to marketing and more. I graduated from Pace in 2003 and knew that now I had the full knowledge to aspire to higher levels at Essence and in my career in general.

Essence was about to go into a joint venture with Time Inc. at the time and that made me very happy as now I would be inside one of the largest publishing houses in the world and would learn even more. I went from being a sales representative to being sales management, as I was promoted to Northeast Ad Director, where I had a sales staff that reported into me directly. Things continued to go well at Essence and within Time Inc. I was promoted again to National Ad Director, where I oversaw all advertising sales across the country at Essence and took part in strategic decision making alongside the Publisher and Associate Publisher of Marketing. I came into my ninth year at Essence, and decided that nine years was enough time at one magazine and now was the time to venture out to another publishing house to see what more I could learn. I moved on to Conde Nast where I was the Associate Publisher for two magazines, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride. The bridal category was a brand new experience and very different from working for a women’s beauty/fashion/lifestyle magazine. I found it to be too small of a niche market, so I made the decision to go back to the category that I loved most, beauty/fashion.

Opportunities within the magazine world were far and few at the time, as the print industry began to shrink and numerous titles were closing due to the emergence of digital. When they say knowing another language is an asset that is not an understatement in anyway. Growing up half Chilean, I always had the Spanish language in my home life, so my next move would turn out to be within the U.S. Hispanic category at Meredith Corporation. Meredith is known for some of the largest, and oldest, magazines in the country, such as Better Homes & Garden, Parents, Ladies Home Journal, More, Fitness and others, and the Hispanic population is booming, as we all know from the 2000 Census. Here I serve as the Associate Publisher of four titles, Siempre Mujer (Always a Woman) a beauty/fashion title, Ser Padres (the Spanish version of Parents Magazine), Espera (Expecting) and Bebe (Baby), all parenthood titles. These are some of the largest Spanish language magazines in the country and now I can say I have expanded my experience to include the parenthood category, as well as the women’s beauty/fashion category. I also have the privilege of overseeing their digital properties, which gives me great exposure to this ever growing sector of publishing.

I have been teaching at Pace as an Adjunct Lecturer since 2008. I teach Ad Sales and Business Communications, both on-line. When teaching Ad Sales, I ask my students to look at many different magazines and I ask them to pick the title they could see themselves working with the most and we discuss what we like and dislike about the magazine and the advertising. We also include the web in some of the class since digital is such a large part of the advertising sales world now (and in the future). We go through a lot of exercises in which we review the ad sales discipline from many different angles including the salesperson, the publisher, the client and the ad agency. We also look at research, circulation, marketing, editorial and production, as ad sales touches each one of these areas in different ways.


In my Business Communications course I have to take a different approach. Because business communication is a tool used daily across all industries, I work with a textbook that addresses the generic principals of business communication. I then introduce different publishing scenarios that might occur in the real work environment to the class. Students address the various situations as if they had to deal with the matter at hand in writing. One week we may be addressing an angry magazine subscriber because they were offended by a magazine cover, and the next week we might be asking someone to support a publishing concept we found on kickstarter.com. It’s really a class about how to approach, think through, and address, different business scenarios (and in our case publishing specifically) which can occur, both positive and negative.

As an alumnus of Pace University, and as an adjunct lecturer here, I truly believe that education is the key to success and that our M.S. in Publishing Program provides a well-rounded perspective on this ever changing and increasingly important industry. I am so glad to see the program, and the graduating classes, grow in size with each passing year.

Two Digital Sales Support Positions Open at Conde Nast

Conde NastThese positions are a great starting point for someone interested in the business side of publishing, particularly digital.

The positions are usually temporary to permanent, at $17 an hour. There is a chance for a permanent position for someone with prior experience. These are NOT Sales Assistant positions (i.e. making reservations and getting Starbucks). They are a stepping stone generally into Account Managing or Marketing:

Digital Sales Associate

  • Proficiency in Excel and all other Microsoft Office applications
  • Utilize the PeopleSoft sales system to:
    • Check inventory availability
    • Hold inventory
    • Enter Insertion Orders
    • Enter campaign optimizations
    • Maintain Weekly Estimates for Sales Rep
  • Complete Creative Services Forms:
    • Job Initiation Forms, or JIFs
  • Campaign management responsibilities:
    • Create detailed tracking sheets for each campaign
    • Weekly tracking of all campaigns
    • Weekly Third Party tracking of all applicable campaigns
  • Work closely with Sales Planner and Ad Operations to:
    • Launch all campaigns
    • Monitor delivery
    • Implement all optimizations
  • Responsible for weekly updates of the following:
    • Campaign prospects
    • Call reports for Sales Representative(s)
    • Client contacts
  • Hold weekly campaign review meetings with Ad Operations Representative(s) and Sales Planner
  • Work with Finance, Ad Operations and Inventory teams on approval of all campaigns
  • Update monthly Third Party Billing worksheet
  • Gather screen shots for all ad placements
  • Serve as the point of contact in Sales for billing discrepancies
  • Generate in/out of-town monthly T&E reports for Sales Rep
  • Pull basic research runs for MediaMetrix, @Plan and Advertising Database

Digital Sales Planner

  • Proficiency in Excel and all other Microsoft Office applications
  • Manage all campaigns from start to finish
  • Oversee Sales Associate counterpart
  • Responsible for the creation of the following for all RFPs/campaigns:
    • Media Plans
    • Client Decks
    • Wrap reports
  • Recommend optimizations to clients based on performance
  • Work closely with Sales Associate and Ad Operations to:
    • Launch all campaigns
    • Monitor delivery
    • Implement all optimizations
  • Serve as the day to day client contact for all advertising campaigns
  • Write business correspondence for existing and new clients
  • Create and continually update campaign management document
  • Generate Marketing and Creative Services requests when needed
  • Hold weekly campaign review meetings with Ad Operations Representative and Sales Associate
  • Send weekly tracking updates (provided by Sales Associate) to client
  • Work with Sales Associate and Finance team to reconcile billing discrepancies
  • Accompany Sales Representative on select sales calls
  • Experience Required:
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • 1 – 2 years minimum experience in a Digital Media role:
    • Digital Sales Assistant and/or
    • Digital experience at a Media Agency

Interested candidates should send their resumes and cover letters to Mallary_Vanhorne@condenast.com AND Maggie_Morris@condenast.com