In your swashbuckling Wednesday media column: XXL-Giant feud update, NPR infighting, nobody's scared of ASME, the Boston Globe is mad, son, and dead goats save newspapers:
On Monday we showed you a memo from XXL magazine to media buyers (which XXL's publisher denies came from his company) telling them that Giant magazine would fold soon. Hey check it out, Giant publisher Jeff Mazzacano left this in the comments: "GIANT is NOT shutting down and while all magazines are experiencing challenges due to the current economic climate, GIANT continues to grow. GIANT magazine is an integral part of Radio One's business and a valued contributor to their business as a whole. Under the editorial leadership of Emil Wilbekin, GIANT is well positioned for the ever-changing media landscape. We think it's unfortunate that someone would craft such a malicious post. Our May issue with Naomi Campbell is on newsstands April 14th, and our July/Power issue closes April 28th, reserve space now."
Public radio is a vicious dog-eat-dog world! NPR—which has had some serious budget cuts recently—is in a little feud with its member stations over how much money from local fundraising drives should stay with the local stations, and how much should be sent up to the mothership. But is money more important than a shared affinity for All Things Considered?
There's been quite a bit of ad creep in magazines lately—specifically, ads creeping onto the covers, which is a violation of ASME rules. So ASME is like "Hey guys, if you do that too many times, we might say you're not eligible for National Magazine Awards," and the magazines are like "Hmm, lemme see, award or going broke?" And then they keep putting ads on the covers.
Everybody is pissed about the black hole of money that is the Boston Globe. Bostonians are pissed because no one's stepped up to buy the paper, naturally. Globe employees are pissed at how the NYT Co. handled its communications about maybe shutting down the paper. And a former Globe writer is pissed at Pinch Sulzberger for being a pimp.
A college newspaper wrote a negative editorial about the school's baseball team, and then the editor "woke up Monday to a front porch littered with dead animals including rodents, a deer and a goat." This is the kind of passionate community engagement that will save newspapers.
To reiterate our earlier updated item on Nylon replacing print subscriptions with digital ones: that email "only went to a small number of readers who had picked up free subscriptions as a gift-with-purchase this past holiday at Urban Outfitters stores," okay?