E-News : January 9, 2006
News Items of the Week
Neal Award Screening Commences
125 distinguished business media editors gathered at New York's Roosevelt Hotel this Monday morning, January 9, 2006, to begin screening this year's 1,250 Neal Award entries.
The Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, which have been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the business press,” are the industry’s most prestigious and sought-after editorial honors. Established in 1955, the Neal Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in business-to-business publications. They are named after American Business Media's first managing director, who remained active in promoting the business press throughout his life.
Parties interested in viewing the work of past Neal Award recipients may purchase Neal Compendium Books via ABM's online store. This year's awards will be presented during the Neal Award Luncheon Ceremony, to be held March 23rd at New York's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. Click here to register for business media's most exciting editorial event.
ABM needs YOU for next Rich Data Focus Group
ABM will be conducting a two-hour Rich Data focus group at our New York offices on Thursday, January 26 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
As many of ABM’s members have expressed interest in having the association's resources focus attention on helping member companies learn how to identify Rich Data opportunities, maximize revenue and profitability by prioritizing these opportunities, and organize their companies to ensure Rich Data success, the Rich Data Council is planning a hands-on seminar in June of 2006. An updated Rich Data Booklet containing business models and hands-on examples explaining how to identify, build and execute Rich Data initiatives will be issued following the seminar; the event agenda will be finalized and posted on the ABM Web site in the coming weeks.
To ensure that the seminar and updated booklet meets the needs of our members, ABM will hold a two-hour Rich Data focus group, Thursday January 26, to identify members Rich Data interests and concerns. Though all parties interested in contributing are invited to attend, the focus group will be tailored to the needs of Smaller Publishers - $50 million or less.
Seating is limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to participate in the Rich Data Focus Group. For more information, or to register for this event, please contact Peter Loibl.
Nominate a Colleague for a Tim White Award
Nominations are currently being accepted for the third annual Timothy White Award for editorial integrity.
Named after the fearless editor of Billboard magazine, the Timothy White Award recognizes business journalists whose work demonstrates the integrity, courage and passion that White displayed in his career. The nominated editor must currently be employed by an American Business Media member company, show deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for the industry that his/her publication or Web site covers, and serve as the “conscience” of that media’s audience and fearlessly support important industry causes in writings, speeches and personal interactions. Entries, which include a completed entry form, an essay detailing why the nominee deserves the award, and a copy of the editor’s publication or three clips supporting the nomination, must be submitted no later than February 1, 2006. Click here to access the nomination form.
News on Print
American Business Media kicks-off Centennial
American Business Media turns 100 in 2006. On January 12, 2006 at 8:00 a.m., ABM begins its centennial celebration that will herald business media’s impact on the global economy and raise awareness of its charitable effort for literacy. During the January 12 kick-off event at Scholastic International in New York City, ABM will outline its initiatives for the coming year and its charitable partnership with Everybody Wins!, a national literacy project that promotes reading to school children in need. It is during this event that ABM will unveil its new Centennial Logo.
The January 12 event will attract press from across the country and media leaders such as Hugh Roome, president of Scholastic International, and Mike Marchesano, president and CEO of VNU Business Media (2005-2006 and 2006-2007 ABM chairs, respectively); Gordon Hughes, president and CEO of ABM; Deborah Seidel, executive director of Everybody Wins! Metro NY, and distinguished leaders of business and industry.
For more information regarding ABM's Centennial Celebration, contact Steve Ennen.
Business Media’s Impact on the Nation
▪ 1952-President Harry S. Truman presented first ABM Silver Quill to Paul Wooten, a Washington Editor, and former employee of McGraw-Hill and Chilton. “We are faced with two things right now. We are faced with aggression. And we are faced with inflation. I want this organization to help the government of the United States to meet both.”
▪ At a 1967 ceremony, Vice President Hubert Humphrey remarked: “I keep asking myself: - where would this free enterprise system of ours be without a militant business press?”
ABM Event Report
Kick off 2006 with The Power of B-to-B
ABM kicks off 2006 with “The Power in B-to-B Media,” a professional development program designed for publishers, sales representatives and marketers which will highlight b-to-b media and its impact on building brands, generating leads and boosting revenues.
This January 19 program will provide successful case histories and innovative methods to competitively position B-to-B media in an environment that demands integration, while analyzing the roles custom publishing, trade shows and digital media play in today’s ever-changing marketing mix.
Toni Racioppo (client communications director, OMD), John Antretter (president, Echolab), Battista Remati (director of marketing communications, Echolab) and Gerard Corbett (vice president and general manager of branding & corporate communications, Hitachi) headline this unique gathering of advertisers, agencies and media. Sponsors for the event include Slack Barshinger, Edith Roman, and the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
Digital Media Revenue Strategies event announces premier Online-Sales Speaker
Respected management, marketing, business and product development consultant and CEO of the Laredo Group Jeff Leibowitz will discuss the power of online sales in the mass-media industry during the upcoming "Digital Media Revenue Strategies - The Brand Publisher’s New Role."
The founding president of ENGAGE games online, a provider of high-quality games and entertainment to major online and Internet services worldwide, Mr. Leibowitz has served as executive vice president for the Reuters company Reality Online, developers of Reuters Money Network. Prior to Reality, he helped develop and introduce the concept of the cyber-community with The ImagiNation Network.
Selected as one of the Website 100 Most Influential People on the World Wide Web, Jeff has spoken often at Internet, computer, entertainment and media industry conferences. He is a member of the International Interactive Communications Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, National Computer Graphics Association and The Friars Club, among others. He is also a former co-host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show On Computers and the online host of Cybermania, the nationally telecast annual awards show of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
As business media continues to expand beyond traditional platforms into new mediums, ABM presents the Digital Media Revenue Strategies - The Brand Publisher’s New Role conference to assist b-to-b executives with their new focus on online opportunities. Covering a variety of topics including zero cost audience development, marketing and cross promotions, the digital editor, selling digital media, the science of making money with search, industry case studies, and more, this event will gather publishers, editors, marketers, and circulation professionals together for an informative half-day session.
Digital Media Revenue Strategies will be held March 16, 2006 at The Digital Sandbox, a "wired for hire" conference and event center on Broad Street in downtown Manhattan, just steps away from the New York Stock Exchange.
Additional speakers for this Digital Media event will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information regarding the event, contact Jane O'Connor. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Peter Loibl.
Four Finalists named for RBI/BPEF Intern Award
Four of the 34 interns from the 2005 Business Press Educational Foundation Internship Program have been selected as finalists to receive the first annual Reed Business Information Outstanding Intern Award. Each of the finalists will be evaluated on the quality of samples of work they produced over the course of their summer internship. ABM Vice-Chair Tad Smith will present the winner with a $1,000 check on behalf of Reed.
The finalists are:
This award recognizes the contributions of the BPEF Internship Program’s outstanding intern and the work they produce for an ABM member company. The winner will be announced once an evaluation committee made up of members of the ABM Editorial Committee and ABM staff reaches a decision. ABM will make an announcement when an appropriate venue to present the award is chosen.
If your company is interested in supporting the BPEF by hiring an intern for the summer, please contact Mark Flythe.
History of B-to-B
This Week in History
As part of our Centennial Celebration, ABM will be showcasing member companies through "This Week in History," a date-specific outreach initiative spotlighting key moments of b-to-b history. For more information, or to submit materials for inclusion in ABM's 100 year initiative, contact Sara Sheadel.
January 1905: PennWell Corporation's Holland S. Reavis begins publishing annual review and forecast of oil industry in Oil & Gas Journal.
January 9, 1961: VNU's Billboard magazine becomes exclusively devoted to the music business under their new name, Billboard Music Week.
January 10, 1964: Vance Publishing acquires The Packer Publishing Company, including publications The Packer and Red Book.
January 11, 1873: Vance Publishing's Drovers Journal, created by Harvey L. Goodall, makes its debut.
January 1984: Lebhar Friedman's Apparel Merchandising becomes a monthly magazine.
Top Media Moves
The McGraw-Hill Companies have announced an operational restructuring, resulting in the loss of approximately 500 positions across the organization. "Though it is difficult to reduce staff, the prudent steps we have taken allow us to sharpen our focus entering 2006 and the years ahead," said Mr. McGraw. For more information regarding McGraw-Hill's restructuring and 2005 earnings growth, click here.
Mary Berner, group president of Fairchild, resigned Wednesday, January 4, 2006. Mitchell B. Fox, CEO of the Golf Digest companies, will subsequently gain responsibility for the business operations of company publications including Women’s Wear Daily and the Bridal Group.
Primedia Business Magazines & Media has officially changed its name to Prism Business Media.
Penton Media has launched a new digital magazine, Military Electronics, delivered monthly via email to engineering professionals working in military and aerospace related industries. The premier issue is available for download at www.milelec.com.
Metal Finishing magazine, part of the Elsevier Advanced Technology (EAT) group, is teaming with 17 Reed Elsevier (R-E) media publications to market and promote SUR/FIN 2006, the North American trade show for surface finishing technology.
CMO magazine, a 15-month-old CXO Media title, is shutting down.
Electronic Gaming Monthly, Ziff Davis Media Game Group’s flagship videogaming magazine, celebrates its 200th issue, for sale beginning January 10, 2006.
Google has announced plans to work with Motorola, Inc. to enable users easy access to Google on Motorola handsets, and the Intel Corporation to bring Google Video to the living room with the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.
Yahoo! Inc announces the upcoming launch of Yahoo! Go TV, a new product that will bring the power and depth of the Internet to the PC-connected television screen, and Yahoo! Go Mobile, a new service designed to let consumers take their favorite Internet content and services with them on their mobile devices.
The American Lawyer® named the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as the magazine’s 2005 Litigation Department of the Year.
New Member Profile
Package Design Magazine is published to provide in-depth insight into the vibrant and evolving package design field. Editorial content consists of departments and features highlighting the tools, techniques and functionality issues needed for package designers to succeed in delivering increased sales for their clients. RFID Product News focuses on RFID technology as it relates specifically to current issues in the packaging industry.
New associate member Signet Research, Inc. is a full service marketing research firm, specializing in publication, association and advertising research.
Signet Research is a leader in online Ad Performance studies, combining cutting edge technologies with a commitment to client customization and satisfaction. Insisting on providing continual feed-back, Signet insures that the client's best interests are being served throughout all phases of the project - to include proposal and questionnaire design, tabulations, analysis and presentation.
For more information, visit the Signet Research Web site.
The following is a list of upcoming ABM Committee and Council meetings. For more information, contact Peter Loibl. All meetings are at ABM offices in New York unless otherwise noted.
Editorial Committee 3:00 1.10.06
Digital Media Council 10:30 1.10.06