The struggles of print media are far from over, but the first quarter of 2014 has been a particularly upbeat period for the magazine business, and not just because 35 titles launched, compared with 23 in the same quarter a year ago. Observers were also impressed by the quality of the new titles.
[Data used in article was provided by MediaFinder.com.]
On the flip side, 11 magazines folded in the quarter, compared to eight in the period a year ago. Among them were Executive Travel and four business-to-business publications, including American Agent & Broker.
The digital-only magazine launches this year were impressive too. There were 10 of those, compared to just four a year ago. They included The Intercept, from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s recently launched news venture First Look Media.
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While there are big, new launches such as the Hearst venture with Dr. Mehmet Oz, entitled Dr. Oz, The Good Life, Hagood said many are smaller and meant for a targeted audience, with examples ranging from Niche Media’s regional Austin Way to Hi-Torque’s Electric Bike Action.