From reforecastings and bankruptcy filings to foldings and restructurings, there’s no argument that the magazine industry has been feeling, and will continue to feel, the effects of the ailing economy. As we move deeper into the second quarter, publishers are beginning to consider their budgets for 2009, and how best to account for the economy and the shift toward digital.Topeka, Kansas-based Ogden Publications began its 2009 budgeting process in April. “We have traditionally referred to our process as forecasting rather than budgeting, to promote the notion that we can make strategic changes in direction at any time regardless of the budget period,” publisher and editorial director Bryan Welch tells FOLIO:.At Ogden—which publishes several self-sufficiency and rural lifestyle titles including Mother Earth News, Utne Reader and Natural Home—a team of 14 executive and mid- level managers are involved in the forecasting process, and they plan to make several adjustments for rising costs in print. “We’ve been relatively successful in marketing print subscriptions online, and in order to cope with the combination of increasing costs and weak advertising revenues, we have trimmed back direct-mail subscription promotions,” says Welch. “We think we can maintain a modest rate of growth in circulation by training our attention on digital sources.”Tom Larranaga, publisher of Lebhar-Friedman’s Nation’s Restaurant News magazine, says that he and his team will be “realistic and conservative” in their projections, investing mostly in people and events. “Today, the market is contracting and the amount and quality of competition is greater,” he says. “If our goal is to be number one in the business we compete then further investment is required.” The Digital ShiftLike a number of other publishers, Rockaway, New Jersey-based Business Media this spring announced that it was cutting several print jobs in an effort to consolidate and build out its e-media team by 20 positions. Last year, the company employed 23 digital staffers and, today, it has 40 and expects to fill13 more positions before the end of June.“We are budgeting print to be slightly down year over year,” explains CEO Rich Reiff. “We have a new magazine—Tool & Technology, which launched in February—that will do about $1 million in print its first full year. Considering that revenue, our print revenue is budgeted to be flat. Our digital plan calls for growth of 44 percent year over year.”Josh Dunn, president of Tacoma, Washington-based regional publisher Premiere Media Group, says his digital budget has increased slowly over the last few years (10 percent in 2007, 15 percent in 2008 and 17 percent in 2009) but that print is still his “bread and butter.” American Express Publishing’s Food + Wine magazine has seen increases in its digital budgets, says publisher Christina Grdovic, but the magazine is creating integrated deals that include print and digital. At Ogden, digital is a “relatively young facet” of its business, accounting for about 15 percent of revenues this year and perhaps 20 percent in 2009, Welch says.Staying FlexibleAfter spending months hammering out the details of the coming year’s budget, there’s nothing like a first quarter loss to impact a company’s performance over the rest of the year. Leaving some wiggle room financially, and taking stock periodically, are the best ways to make sure your 2009 remains on track.Larranaga’s team at the Nation’s Restaurant News has a monthly budget reworking process he calls LTYE (latest total year estimates). “Contingency plans are developed and rolled out to keep us on plan,” he says. “My business manager is my right-hand man who keeps me smart, honest and on the best possible track.”Overall, the sooner you begin the budgeting process, the better, Reiff says. “Start early, require a plan of business to include a content and revenue strategy, involve many and, most importantly, ask for a commitment from everyone to do their respective job well with a goal to be better than the competition.”
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News Watch: Lady Gaga In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer watch-lady-gaga-and-bradley-cooper-star-born-trailer Gaga and Cooper shine in the first glimpse at their new remake of the 1937 classic Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 7, 2018 – 7:37 am The impending release of A Star Is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga has film buffs and music fans alike buzzing with anticipation. Now, the official trailer for the film has arrived, teasing Cooper and Gaga’s on screen dynamic for the first time.Cooper, who also directed the film, plays road-worn country singer Jackson Maine. He discovers an unknown singer named Ally (Gaga) as she’s just about to give up on her dream of making it big as a star. The duo fall in love off-stage as Maine revives Ally’s passion for the spotlight on stage, but as her career surges, their relationship can’t escape the pitfalls of stardom.The film marks Gaga’s first leading role on the silver screen, and the trailer shows the GRAMMY-winning megastar in a new light. In the wake of the trailer’s release, her loyal fans, the Little Monsters, took to Twitter to find inventive ways of expressing their excitement, including an elated retweet from GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry. https://twitter.com/ladygaga/status/1004397799121698816 Twitter Email Facebook Watch: Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer The cast of Cooper’s remake also features GRAMMY winner Dave Chappelle, plus seasoned actors Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay. The original 1937 film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Two other remakes have been executed since, including the 1954 version starring GRAMMY winner Judy Garland and James Mason, and the 1976 version starring GRAMMY Winners Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The 1976 film was a blockbuster, earning $80 million at the U.S. box office and yielding soundtrack that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for six weeks.Gaga and Cooper co-wrote a number of the movie’s original songs, and she also worked with Lukas Nelson, and GRAMMY winners Jason Isbell, Dave Cobb and Mark Ronson to craft songs for the film. Gaga reportedly insisted that the material be recorded live on set.The newest version of A Star Is Born hits theatres October 5.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Tags Well this is cute.Just in time for Oscars 2019, Google has released a new commercial/video/thing, oh god I’m not even sure what to call it, but it’s pretty funny. It’s going to be aired during the Oscars. Just watch it.Opening with HAL 9000 from Space Odyssey was high risk/low reward, but I think they pulled it off.The ad mixes footage of Google Assistant and popular movies to sort of create an alternative universe where actually, Google fixes everyone’s problems. The pod bay doors do open, Google does show Cuba Gooding Jr. the money.Very clever.Also, the Oscars are just about to kick off. Here how to watch and here are our predictions. Culture TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Oscars 2019 Google 1 Share your voice 4:15 Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… Comment
A man was killed in a road accident in Mirshani area on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Chauddagram on Sunday.The deceased was identified as Mohiuddin, son of Amzad Hossian, hailing from Adabar area in Dhaka.Mohammad Rahmat Ullah, additional superintendent of highway police (Comilla circle), said a Chittagong-bound bus of Hanif Paribahan hit a road island in the area in the morning and then overturned, leaving one of its passengers dead on the spot and six others injured.On information, police recovered the body and sent the injured to Comilla Medical College Hospital, he added.
Map of NarsingdiThree people were killed and 100 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy in Nilakkha union of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi on Friday, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Sohagh Miah and Maram Ali, local residents.Zakir Hasan, additional superintendent of police, said former union parishad chairman and former Raipura upazila AL vice-president Abdul Haque and present union parishad chairman and union AL president Tajul Islam had long been at loggerheads over controlling the locality.As a sequel of the previous enmity, the supporters of both the AL leaders locked into a clash around 3pm.Equipped with firearms and fishing spears (teta), they attacked each, leaving three people dead on the spot and 100 others injured.On information, police rushed in and tried to bring the situation under control.However, sporadic clashes continued till filing of this report around 8pm.The injured were taken to different hospitals, said Mohsin Alam, officer-in-charge of Raipur police station.He also said additional policemen were called in to bring the situation under control.Earlier, a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was shot dead during a clash between two AL groups at Bashgari of the upazila in the early hours.The deceased is Tofazzal Hossain Rana, son of local Abdullah Fakir.The OC said supporters of former Bashgari union parishad chairman and ex-union AL president Shahed Sarkar and current chairman Sirajul Haque, also an AL leader, attacked each other and exchanged gunfire from around 9pm till midnight on Thursday.After a short interval, they again exchanged gunfire early Friday.Tofazzel, who came out of his home to respond to the natural call, sustained bullet injuries to the head around 6am during the gunfight.Later, he died on the way to Narsingdi hospital.
Explore further Toshiba Announces 51GB Triple-Layer HD DVD-ROM Disc (Phys.org)—Multimedia artist Trevor Paglen, part of a group known as Creative Time, has created a gold-plated crystalline silicon disc with bit mapped re-creations of photographs etched onto its surface. The disc is to serve as a form of time capsule that will orbit Earth for billions of years—if all goes according to plan. The disc, containing 100 images and referred to as the “Last Pictures” project, has been attached to the EchoStar XVI satellite, scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome sometime over the next few months. © 2012 Phys.org The idea behind the project is to provide a record of human existence to intelligent life forms—as yet undiscovered—from other parts of the galaxy. The group at Creative Time notes on their website that they expect human civilization to disappear long before the disc is destroyed by the Sun, five billion years from now when the Sun becomes a red giant. They believe the disc, along with its images, will survive. Because, unlike the copper discs sent with the Voyager spacecraft, it’s made of silicon which has a crystalline structure.Paglen has been assembling the collection of pictures for nearly five years, speaking with scientists, artists, geologists, philosophers and mathematicians about ways in which to represent the history of Earth’s people. Despite his work, Paglen has also spoken publicly about his belief that no one will ever find the disc and view his work. Also, his assumption that the disc will survive in orbit for billions of years might have one fatal flaw: it’s quite possible that scientists will develop a method to clear the space debris circling the planet, consequently removing the EchoStar XVI satellite from its geosynchronous orbit long before we as a civilization go extinct. Which, of course, is also not a certainty. The pictures aren’t meant to offer a chronological history of the planet or of the human beings that evolved to become its dominant species. Instead, they are meant to convey a sense of who we are in the event that “anyone else” ever wants to know. Citation: Artist to send picture disc into orbit to serve as time capsule (2012, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-artist-picture-disc-orbit-capsule.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The team at HRL suggest that the material could also eventually make its way into space-bound vehicles, for the very same reasons it would be useful in aircraft, to save on weight—plus its ability to compress might mean sending up objects that could be expanded after launch, saving on space in a cargo hold. © 2015 Phys.org The more an airplane weighs, the more fuel it uses during takeoff, while flying and during landing, thus efforts to create lighter materials to replace those already in use have been underway for quite some time. The development team has released a video of the new material (in which they refer to it as a 3D open cellular polymer structure) in action—demonstrating its lightness by placing a rectangular cuboid atop a dandelion. The team also points out that the material also has a high degree of absorption, which means it can be depressed and bounce back—another feature that would come in handy on airplanes.It appears at this time that Boeing is hoping the material can be used inside the cabin, rather than as a major structural component, e.g. in overhead bins, under the floor, or in other fixtures that are used to create an environment inside of a modern aircraft.In the earlier paper the researchers described making the material first by creating a template and then by coating it with electroless nickel plating—afterwards the template was removed via etching. The result was a material that got its strength from the lattice, similar to the way bones grow to be strong despite being light, though with the lattice it is taken down to the micro scale—the lattice was a network of extremely tiny tubes with walls that had a thickness of just 100 nanometers, all made of a nickel-phosphorus alloy, though it is still not clear if the same materials were used in the newly updated microlattice. Citation: Boeing demonstrates lightest metal ever (2015, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-boeing-lightest-metal.html HRL’s breakthrough development of ultralight microlattice materials recognized Journal information: Science Explore further (Phys.org)—Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled what it calls the “The Lightest Metal Ever”—called microlattice, the material is a construct that is 99.99 per cent air. It has been developed by Boeing’s HRL Laboratories along with colleagues at the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. The material has been developed as a way to reduce weight on airplanes or even rockets—a paper describing the development of the material was written by the team and published in the journal Science back in 2011—though the researchers have not yet revealed what sort of changes have been made since that time. More information: www.boeing.com/features/2015/1 … est-metal-10-15.page This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.