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Are City Magazines on the Rise?

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 5:12 PM

In the news: A shift away from local coverage by newspapers has created a media landscape in which local and regional magazines to thrive.

These days, many newspapers must now focus most of their attention -- and space -- on breaking and national news items. In response to this gap in local coverage, local and regional magazines are taking the reins on community-related topics that don't necessarily qualify as "breaking news." Ryan Derousseau of Foliomag.com sums up the current local media environment thusly: "This allows coverage that isn't focused on breaking news or quick hits on the web. Instead, it provides a deep, drawn out analysis of the stories behind the news. That's the type of coverage that newspapers have smaller budgets and declining resources for."

However, this shift from newspapers to magazines for local content is not a cure-all; as Derousseau notes, magazines are hampered by their staff size and limited output schedules (usually monthly). Read the full article here.

Also Notable

Exploring the Hyman Archive

In a January 24 NYTimes.com piece, David Shaftel takes readers on a tour of the Hyman Archive in London, a collection of over 120,000 issues. James Hyman, a former scriptwriter at MTV, would collect two copies of every magazine issue that came across his desk. Shaftel, describing the archive, writes: "It lines more than 3,000 feet of shelving in a former cannon foundry in the 18th-century Royal Arsenal complex in Woolwich..." Over the years, the archive has grown exponentially: When Guinness World Records declared the archive the largest collection of magazines in 2012, it had nearly 51,000 magazines. Today, thanks in large part to frequent donations, Hyman's archive has doubled and then some. Read more here.

Layoffs and Title Closures at Bonnier

Earlier this month, Keith J. Kelly of NYPost.com reported: "Bonnier cut 17 percent of its US workforce, or about 70 positions, as it converted five of its leisure-time print magazines to all-digital and gutted the staff of foodie title Saveur while cutting its frequency." (The five titles going digital-only are Baggers, Dirt Rider, Sport Diver, Wakeboarding, and WaterSki.) In addition, Kelly reported in a January 25 follow-up piece outdoor print titles Field & Stream and Outdoor Life will publish less frequently. Read more here and here.

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