Independent Music Publicists Grapple With a Shrinking Media Landscape

Much has been written about the struggles of music journalists in an ever-shrinking media landscape. A recent Longreads article called “Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone?” offered a typically grim roll call of publications that have either discontinued their print edition or shuttered entirely: Blender, Harp, Spin, URB, Paste, to name a few. At the local level, the outlook is even bleaker, with major alt-weeklies closing up shop and others gutting their staffs, budgets and page counts. And the ranks of music blogs, once major voices in new music coverage, have thinned since their mid-2000s peak.

– Billboard

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Apple could bundle streaming video with a subscription to magazines, music, and iCloud storage

Apple is already rumored to be planning a news and magazine subscription service for next year, and the company is reportedly considering bundling it with the video content it’s been acquiring at a rapid pace. A new report in The Information echoes an earlier story from The Wall Street Journal that said Apple could bundle its original video programming — like those coming from its multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey — with news content, magazines, Apple Music, and iCloud storage. The timing, however, isn’t yet known.

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Chickfactor: The Little Zine That Shaped Indie Music Culture

Gail O’Hara’s fanzine, Chickfactor, has been publishing off and on since 1992. It has outlasted many of the bands that appeared on its cover. It has outlasted the bookstores that used to stock it next to long-dead zines like Rollerderby (R.I.P.) and Punk Planet (R.I.P.). It has outlasted chillwave, blog rock and the freak folk revival. It has outlasted MySpace, Napster and OiNK. It has outlasted your favorite record store. It has outlasted the Hoboken, New Jersey, rock club where a guitarist from an indie “it” band handed me a copy of the very first issue.

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She graduated from UArts only three weeks ago. Now she’s illustrating the cover of the New Yorker

Many illustrators spend their whole career dreaming of landing a cover for the New Yorker. For Loveis Wise, it took less than a month after graduating from college to realize that achievement.

A Washington native, Wise studied illustration, painting, and woodcuts at the University of the Arts. One of her latest works, Nurture, is the cover of the New Yorker’s June 4 Fiction Issue, themed around parenting, childhood, and the intersection between the two.

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Wayne Hinshaw: Popular Photography Magazine is gone after 80 years – Salisbury Post | Salisbury Post

Last month, I got the obituary for Popular Photography magazine. First published in 1937, it died a slow death after 80 years on the newsstand.

The magazine at one time had a circulation of about 1 million. When it died, circulation was about 320,000. The readers were 60 percent male and averaged 49 years old.

Today’s millennials never bought into the magazine, which certainly didn’t help it survive.

Sad 🙁

Source: Wayne Hinshaw: Popular Photography Magazine is gone after 80 years – Salisbury Post | Salisbury Post