Most Recent Articles On Memo PadThe first half of 2008 had 291 magazine launches, down 75 from the same period a year ago, according to Samir Husni, chair of the journalism department at the University of Mississippi, who is also known as Mr. Magazine.
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But perhaps the most notable figure Husni was the sharp decline in regularly published magazines with a frequency of four or more. Last year, the first six months produced 132 new launches and this year, only 78 were counted.
“It’s the biggest drop since I started tracking this information, back in 1978,” said Husni.
The biggest launch so far this year has been Open Air Magazine, a quarterly that runs in USA Today, said Husni.
As for the remainder of the year, the Wall Street Journal’s luxury play WSJ. will debut in September and Spry Health, a magazine that will have a circulation of nine million and run in mainly urban newspapers, is also launching in the fall from the Publishing Group of America.