Sluggish performance by business magazines in first quarter

TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE The three largest business magazines — Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Fortune — posted positive results in the first quarter, but virtually every other title struggled, particularly those geared toward small businesses and personal finance topics, according to an analysis of Publishers Information Bureau data by Talking Biz News. Of the big […]

Fast Company journalist wins Asia Society prize

April Rabkin of Fast Company magazine has won the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia from the Asia Society for a three-part series of stories illuminating how Chinese society is changing. The stories are: “Follow the Billionaire,” in which she profiles recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao and his efforts to transform Chinese philanthropy, […]

Rules for Fast Company’s success

Alan Webber, the founder of Fast Company magazine, writes about the lessons he learned from starting the business glossy. Here are a few of them: 1. You have to believe in your own idea. I genuinely believed that Fast Company was ‘destined’ to happen–even though it took more than 3 years to go from business […]

Fast Company launches innovation site

Lucia Moses of Adweek reports that Fast Company magazine has launched a site called that will focus on innovation. Moses writes, “Fast Company says the spinoff will highlight world-changing innovations and new ideas and technologies that will improve the planet. “The site enters an arena that’s already crowded with online and print players like […]

Bloomberg Businessweek outperforms other biz glossies in third quarter

 TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE Bloomberg Businessweek reported a 49.5 percent increase in advertising revenue and a 39 percent rise in ad pages during the third quarter, continuing its rebound after a lackluster performance in 2008 and 2009. The magazine, acquired by Bloomberg in late 2009, reported ad revenue of $49.7 million and ad pages of […]

Be more careful with the “no nonsense” phrase

Mike Hoban of Fast Company magazine wants business journalists to be more careful in using the “no nonsense” phrase to describe managers and executives. Hoban writes, “Business writers are fond of using that expression as a compliment of sorts, but it’s unclear what it means. Does it mean a manager–male or female–who wears No Nonsense […]

Fast Company names new West Coast editorial director

Nancy Miller has been named the new West Coast editorial director for Fast Company, according to Matthew Fleischer of Fishbowl LA. Fleischer writes, “Miller comes to Fast Company from Wired, where she was a senior editor in charge of Hollywood and entertainment coverage. Before that, Miller worked as a staff writer for Entertainment Weekly and […]

Biz magazine ad revenue growth doubles rest of industry

TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE The 13 business magazines reported ad revenue of $588.2 million in the first six months of 2011, up 8.6 percent from the first six months of the previous year, far outpacing the 4.0 percent increase for the entire magazine industry, according to data released Thursday by the Publishers Information Bureau and […]

Bloomberg Businessweek ad pages up 49 percent in first quarter

Bloomberg Businessweek saw a 49 percent increase in advertising pages in the first three months of the year, according to data released Wednesday by the Publisher’s Information Bureau. Its ad revenue rose 65 percent to $46.2 million for the quarter, easily the best performance among the business magazines. Fast Company and Wired magazine also posted […]

Biz magazines named finalists for National Magazine Awards

Five business magazines were named finalists Tuesday for the annual National Magazine Awards, given out by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Fast Company is a finalist in the general excellence category for its July-August, September and November issues. Bloomberg Markets is a finalist in the lifestyle, finance and technology category. Fortune is a finalist […]