What Does Publishers’ Reinvention Mean for the Industry?

In the last couple of weeks three iconic companies made major moves toward reinvention, however these moves are not reflecting a positive outlook on their own futures, or for the print magazine industry overall.

First, Time Inc. laid off 300 people recently. “The June 13th cutbacks came three years almost to the week when the company spun off from Time Warner,” according to the Folio article. The company is also relocating one of its titles, Food & Wine, to Alabama, partly because of cost considerations. Wenner Media announced it had sold Men’s Journal to American Media. This sale leaves the once-powerful company with just a 51 percent stake in flagship Rolling Stone and a gaming website launched last year. Rodale was also said to have cut 80-100 employees ahead of an announcement “that it is exploring strategic options.” The company announced in January that “it was selling some of its properties in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, in a bid to centralize and to raise $4.6 million.”

Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista, through a spokesperson, told Folio writer Tony Silber “that further consolidation (presumably of the kind that just happened at his company) is likely given the long-term secular decline in print.” It seems for media companies today, it is more important to build a bran than to rely on print businesses and practices.

“The industry is evolving quickly, and while change can be disruptive, it also brings opportunity,” a senior Rodale executive said to Silber.

Jobs of the Week: Workman Publishing, HarperCollins, Wenner Media

 

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Workman Publishing

logo_workman_onTitle: Publicity Assistant

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Workman Publishing seeks a publicity assistant for its dynamic team and diverse list of health, self-help, food and lifestyle titles, both new and backlist. The candidate will handle a wide range of duties including support of two senior publicists on a variety of campaigns, and will be assigned several books each season. Candidate must have strong interest in publicity, publishing, and event planning.

Publicity assistant will be responsible for working on publicity campaigns with senior staff, such as assisting with media follow-up, creating tour schedules, scheduling travel, arranging author escorts, writing press releases and pitch letters, prepare promotional material for events, obtaining images for media placements, and coordinating large mailings. Must have excellent phone manner and be able to work under pressure.

Books, calendars, trends. Workman is a publisher with big ideas and a commitment to publishing them with care and innovation. Some of our titles include: BRAIN QUEST, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Steal Like an Artist, and 1000 Places to See Before You Die.

Requirements: 
Position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) and ability to set priorities and meet deadlines. Experience in book publishing publicity required.

B.A./B.S. degree required. Prior publicity or public relations experience through part-time work or internships is preferred.

To Apply: 

Please email resume and cover letter to Selina Meere, Workman Publishing, selina@workman.com

 

HarperCollins Publishers

3Title: Associate Editor

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
We are currently seeking an Associate Editor to work with the Publisher of the Harper Business imprint, which publishes business self-help, management, economics, technology/psychology, and business narrative!

Responsibilities:
•Edits accepted manuscripts and acquires a limited number of manuscripts for publication.
•Reads and evaluates manuscripts and prepares written reports.
•Reviews manuscripts and illustrations in all stages of production.
•Edits manuscripts under minimal supervision.
•Maintains direct contact with authors, illustrators, and agents; reviews and/or writes jacket and other promotional copy; serves as liaison with sales, advertising, and promotion departments.
•Assists with a wide range of editorial and publishing tasks.
•Expedites the processing of manuscripts from receipt to production to publicity.
•Assists in drawing up contracts and in arranging payment to authors.
•Reviews or writes flap copy, brief descriptions and plan cards.

Requirements: 
•College degree or equivalent work experience required.
•Significant prior editorial experience in nonfiction books.
•College level understanding of literature, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; good typing.
•Strong organization, communication and follow-through skills required.

To Apply: 

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume through our website, harpercollinscareers.com.

 

Wenner Media

wenner_vlogosTitle: Production Department Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Wenner Media seeks a Production Department Assistant to support the Manufacturing Director and prepress/production department with administrative duties.

Duties include: timely payment and filing of all departmental invoices, establishing and maintaining accounts with local caterers for editorial production dinners, answering phones and keeping a schedule and calendar for the operations director, tracking departmental attendance, submitting time sheets for departmental employees, preparing annual budget projections, managing and ordering office supplies, maintain files and archiving, and basic memorandum writing. The Production Department Assistant will also be responsible for the creation of digital/online magazine editions following proper specifications for delivery to vendors, and other project work as necessary.

Requirements: 
Candidate must be proficient with Mac OS and iOS tablet environments, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Good InDesign and Photoshop skills are preferable. Knowledge of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite a plus. Strong attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast paced environment and interact professionally with editorial staff members is required. Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive matters, show good judgment and discretion, have an ability to work well with others and under pressure, demonstrate positive and helpful demeanor, be a self-starter that demonstrates initiative regarding assignments and can be flexible with changing priorities and duties. Ideal candidate will be interested in a future in this field.

To Apply: 
Click Here to apply on mediabistro.com

 

Custom Publishing Company

Title: Copy-editor

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Topix Media Lab, a small custom publishing house, is seeking a copy editor/proofreader/writer to edit and contribute to special issue bookazines and books for clients such as Newsweek, CBS, WWE, Reader’s Digest and TV Guide Magazine. The ideal candidate is fresh out of college and/or a few years into his/her career, and has a desire to be a key player in a growing company. In other words, you know you’re great, you just haven’t had a chance to fully prove yourself in a professional environment.

The copy editor will work closely with the managing editor to assist in all aspects of magazine production, but will primarily copy edit and proofread pages for style and tone, fact check and edit stories for overall voice consistency. The copy editor will also play a role in writing stories for our editorial team should the need arise (note: it probably will).

Requirements: 
-intimate knowledge of both AP and Chicago styles
-ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
-strong attention to detail
-keen eye for grammar and punctuation
-excellent writing and editorial skills
-research chops beyond checking the first page of Google Search results

Bonus:

-familiarity with inDesign
-a creative sensibility
-the ability to repeatedly point out people’s mistakes without seeming like a know-it-all
-a sense of humor

To Apply: 
Click Here to apply on media bistro.com