Thursday, February 22, 2018

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

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AMBUSH, based in New Orleans, entered its 36th year of publication with its January 2, 2018, issue.

BAY AREA REPORTER, based in San Francisco, entered its 48th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

BAY WINDOWS, based in Boston, entered its 36th year of publication with its December 7, 2017, issue.

BETWEEN THE LINES, based in Livonia, Mich., entered its 26th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

THE EAGLE, based in Indianapolis, entered its 27th year of publication with its December 2017 issue. It also switched format, from a newspaper to a magazine, with its January 2018 issue.

ECHO MAG, based in Phoenix, printed its 700th issue, dated January 2018.

THE GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW, based in Boston, entered its 25th year of publication with its January/February 2018 issue.

GAY CITY NEWS, based in New York City, entered its 17th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

GAY SAN DIEGO entered its ninth year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

GLOSS, based in San Francisco, entered its 16th year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

Fay Jacobs
GRAB MAGAZINE, based in Chicago, entered its ninth year of publication with its January 9, 2018, issue.

HOTSPOTS, based in Oakland Park, Fla., entered its 33rd year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

ION ARIZONA, based in Phoenix, entered its 33rd year of publication with its January 2018 issue.

FAY JACOBS, whose work regularly appears in LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH and DELAWARE BEACH LIFE, has been awarded for her new book, “Fried & Convicted - Rehoboth Beach Uncorked.” The book has been named of the top three LGBT Books of the Year for 2017 by the International Rainbow Awards.

SHAUN KNITTEL, staff writer and associate editor of SEATTLE GAY NEWS, has relocated to his hometown of Las Vegas, with his husband YEE-SHIN HUANG, after eight years with the newspaper.

LEFT MAGAZINE, based in San Francisco, entered its fifth year of publication with its January 2018 issue.

CHIP LEWIS is the new director of communications at NMAC, formerly the NATIONAL MINORITY AIDS COUNCIL, based in Washington, D.C.

THE LOS ANGELES BLADE entered its second year of publication with its January 12, 2018, issue.

MAN ABOUT WORLD, based in New York City, addresses the critical topic of LGBT travel safety with three new digital initiatives: the LGBTQ Guide to Travel Safety; a new online resource addressing the question “Is it safe to go to ________?”; and twice-yearly Twitter Chats focusing on LGBT travel safety. They are available for free to all travelers. Download a PDF version of the guide at http://bit.ly/LGBTQtravelsafetyguide or download the mobile version in the free ManAboutWorld App in the AppStore and
Google Play (search ManAboutWorld).

METROSOURCE, based in New York City, entered its 29th year of publication with its February/March 2018 issue.

ALEX MORASH is the new director of media and public relations at the NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE in Washington, D.C. He previously wrote about economic policy at MEDIA MATTERS.

PEACH ATL, based in Atlanta, entered its second year of publication with its January 3, 2018, issue.

FRANK PEREZ, columnist for New Orleans-based AMBUSH, is teaching three courses at Delgado Community College this semester in tour guiding and French Quarter history.

PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS entered its 42nd year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

Jeremy Rodriguez
Q MAGAZINE, based in Key West, Fla., entered its 13th year of publication with its January 2018 issue.

THE RAINBOW TIMES, based in Boston, entered its 11th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

JEREMY RODRIGUEZ, a staff writer at PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS, is now the publication’s interim editor. He takes over for JEN COLLETTA, who left the newspaper late last year.

SEATTLE GAY NEWS entered its 46th year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

WILLIAM SIEVERT, an award-winning journalist, writer and columnist with LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH, died November 19, 2017, of cancer. He also wrote for the THE ADVOCATE, MOTHER JONES, ROLLING STONE, the WASHINGTON POST and the LOUISVILLE TIMES. He was 70.

SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, based in Wilton Manors, Fla., entered its ninth year of publication with its January 3, 2018, issue.

THE WASHINGTON BLADE entered its 49th year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

WATERMARK entered its 25th year of publication with its January 11, 2018, issue.

WIREMAG, based in Miami, entered its 30th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
Volume 19
Issue 11

Miami Herald’s LGBT magazine ceases publication

by Joe Siegel

Miami’s Pallette magazine, published by the Miami Herald Media Company, ended publication with its December 2017 edition. The magazine was three years old.

“Financially, we just weren’t making it a successful product,” said Kristina Schulz-Corrales, the Miami Herald’s New Business Development Manager. “We were losing money on it actually.”

Schulz-Corrales said the LGBT community is still being covered by the Miami Herald’s Gay South Florida channel.

“After three years, it’s incredible to think that this is the last issue of Palette,” the magazine wrote to readers. “… Having started with so many lofty goals and riding a wave of exhilarating national milestones, we’re sad to see it all end.

In December 2016, Palette announced a partnership with the Miami-Made Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The organization’s Clarity Business Magazine was to be published inside of Palette in three of its six editions – February/March, June/July and October/November. Other issues featured several pages on the Chamber’s programming, initiatives and market outreach. 

“The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has been an exceptional partner, collaborating on the demanding but deeply rewarding responsibility of publishing a magazine that wanted above all to be inclusive of everyone within the LGBTQ community,” readers were told. “This may be our last issue, but we are grateful to have gotten a chapter in this dazzlingly beautiful community’s ongoing story.”

Todd Evans, CEO of gay media company Rivendell Media (and publisher of Press Pass Q), noted that while Palette was a “lovely” magazine, “The success of LGBT media really starts with its connection to the LGBT community. Miami and then South Florida have a number of quality LGBT owned and operated publications that have strong ties to the local LGBT and mainstream community for many, many years and really do a fine job. It is no surprise a mainstream company was not able to make the connection needed to maintain a strong local advertising base to ensure its success.”

TOP STORY
Volume 19
Issue 11

San Diego’s LGBT Weekly ends print edition, goes online only

by Joe Siegel 

San Diego’s LGBT Weekly has suspended its print edition, but its web site continues to operate.

Publisher Stampp Corbin explained he made the decision for personal, not financial reasons. Corbin now lives in Los Angeles, where he has returned to the health care field after a long absence.

“I didn’t even make a real effort to sell [the publication],” Corbin said, noting the fate of LGBT Weekly - which celebrated its seventh anniversary in its December 7, 2017, issue - remains in limbo.

Publishing a newspaper came out of the work he was doing for the Obama presidential campaign in 2007. Corbin served as campaign co-chairman for LGBT issues.

While his decision was not financial, Corbin acknowledged the difficulties of running an LGBT publication in the digital age. “You need to be actively involved,” Corbin said. “You need print in order to survive. That’s where the money is.”

LGBT Weekly’s website is getting 50,000-100,000 visitors a month, Corbin noted. “From an economic standpoint, if I was going to close down print, then you really can’t be a viable Internet business with that kind of traffic,” he added.

“When the Gay & Lesbian Times [based in San Diego] closed due to the untimely death of its publisher Michael Portentino, two titles took its place,” noted Todd Evans, CEO of gay media company Rivendell Media (and publisher of Press Pass Q). “I am not sure the local economy had enough resources to accommodate two titles from one, with both really starting from the ground up.” 

However, Evans remains positive about the future of LGBT media in the market. “San Diego does have a strong LGBT community and so perhaps now they can rally around the remaining titles for each of them have their own editorial directions and are at this point seasoned organizations.”

IN THE NEWS
Volume 19
Issue 11

Newspapers in California, Vermont put archives online

by Fred Kuhr

Bay Area Reporter, based in San Francisco, and Out In The Mountains, which was Vermont’s only LGBT newspaper from 1986 to 2007, now have some or all of their archival issues online.

The GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco has been leading the effort to digitize back issues of Bay Area Reporter, which began publishing in 1971. Readers can access a digital archive of articles published as far back as 2005. But older articles had only been available at the Society’s physical archives or on microfilm in libraries.

But the Society announced last month that they now have complete issues from 1995 to 2005 posted and full searchable.

"For the first time, readers from all over the world will be able to conveniently access the nearly 50-year archive of the BAR," said publisher Michael Yamashita in a BAR article about the effort. "It's fascinating to browse through the years and appreciate what the LGBTQ community has achieved in San Francisco.”

"The completion of digitizing the BAR's archives is a milestone," said longtime news editor Cynthia Laird in the newspaper. "I regularly receive calls from researchers, students, and others wanting to access old issues of the paper and have had to refer them to the hard copies at the historical society or the microfiche ones at the library. That may work for people who are local, but was not practical for those outside the Bay Area. Now, they will have immediate access.”

The archives are hosted on two different sites.  According to the Society’s website, “The two partner sites offer distinctive interfaces and differing functionality - and each is posting the back issues at a differing rate.”

The California Digital Newspaper Collection site returns the most comprehensive results for keyword searches. A free account is required if you wish to download PDFs. This archive currently includes all issues from January 2000 through July 2005. To search here, go to https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=cl&cl=CL1&sp=BAR

This Internet Archive site provides the most effective access for browsing or reading issue by issue and page by page. You can download PDFs without registering for an account. Currently includes all issues from January 1994 through July 2005. To search here, go to https://archive.org/details/bayareareporter&tab=collection

The Bob Ross Foundation, named after BAR’s founding publisher, who died in 2003, donated $50,000 to the historical society in 2016 to purchase the state-of-the-art equipment needed to digitize the newspapers, the BAR’s story explained.

Terry Beswick, executive director of the Society, was a freelance reporter for BAR in the mid-1990s and joined the staff as a full-time news reporter in 1999 and 2000. And former BAR publisher Thomas E. Horn is president of the Bob Ross Foundation, which has a minority ownership stake in the newspaper. He told BAR that the digital archival collection will be "an indispensable tool" for telling the LGBT community's story.

On the other side of the nation, the entire print run Out In The Mountains (OITM), which was based in Burlington, Vt., and ceased publication in 2007, is now part of the digital collection of the University of Vermont Libraries.

OITM was the only LGBT publication serving the Green Mountain State. It was also the home publication for cartoonist and Vermonter Alison Bechdel’s “Dykes To Watch Out For” comic strip. The newspaper also refused to print advertisements for alcohol or cigarettes. After making the transition from newsletter to newsprint in the mid-1990s and forming a non-profit board to ensure its continued success, it folded due to financial hardships. (Press Pass Q editor Fred Kuhr was editor of OITM in the mid-1990s.)

To access the archives, go to https://cdi.uvm.edu/collection/uvmcdi-uvmcdioutinthemountains

IN THE NEWS
Volume 19
Issue 11

PRESSING QUESTIONS: OutClique magazine of South Florida

Interview with Publisher Steven Evans
by Joe Siegel

Geographic coverage area: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties

Year founded: First issue dated December 2016

Staff size and breakdown: Approximately 12 staff writers, publisher/editor, videographer, on-camera talent, account manager, graphic designer, and director of digital and video enterprises

Physical dimensions of publication: 9” x 6”

Average page count: 96 pages

Print run: 7,500/month

Web site: www.OutClique.org

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PPQ: What feature or features of OutClique have been the most popular with readers?

Evans: Our arts and entertainment. We do a lot of exclusive interviews with talent that come to South Florida. We also feature local groups and shows. Additionally, our LGBTQ lifestyle section includes topics such as dating, wellness, fitness, fashion, spiritually, shopping, and South Florida as a travel destination.

PPQ: Who came up with the name and what is the inspiration for it?

Evans: We are always “out” on the town with events and what’s going on. “Clique” came from a group of people that have the same interest, it’s the sound a camera makes, and it’s the sound a mouse makes. So, it’s a triple entendre!

PPQ: What challenge has your publication had to overcome since its inception?

Evans: Mostly, being new in the market.

PPQ: What challenge or challenges is OutClique facing now?

Evans:: Working to expand our horizons. Our print, website, mobile app, video, and social media have all expanded our reach.

PPQ: How has the magazine changed since it was first launched?

Evans: We have moved beyond being a traditional print magazine. We offer a complete marketing approach. Our digital, print, and video enterprises work together for our clients.

PPQ: What has been the biggest news story or stories OutClique has covered?

Evans: It’s hard to choose just one.  But our cover story for December 2017 for Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts was an amazing display of what we can do. We did an original photoshoot for the cover, provided content in the magazine, shot and produced custom videos of the pre-show run, created a social media campaign, and promoted it online. It was an honor to be part of such a fantastic show and the Broward Center.

PPQ: On the Kinsey Scale of 0-6 [exclusively straight to totally gay], how gay is your publication?

Evans: We are about a 6. We are very “PG” in terms of content, which allows us to be in places like Starbucks. We appeal to the local gay reader and traveler, while still reaching a wider market.

PPQ: What's the most surprising feedback you've received from a reader?

Evans: One reader said, “I keep your magazine in my bathroom.” Over and over I hear, “I actually read your publication.” Print is not dead. People are engaging with our content — and thus advertisers. They go to the shows. They buy the products. In the “short” time that we have been in production, our marketing efforts are working.

PPQ: What advice would you give to anyone who may want to launch their own LGBT publication?

Evans: Beef up on two things. One, your project management skills. There’s a lot of moving parts. And two, your people skills. Everyone will do business with you because of who you are first, and your product second.

PRESSING QUESTIONS
Volume 19
Issue 11