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WOODEN HORSE NEWS

March 22, 2015

By
Meg Weaver, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, mweaver@woodenhorsepub.com

 

http://www.woodenhorsepub.com
Copyright (c) 2015 Wooden Horse Publishing

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Dear readers,

Don’t mess with Canada.

If they pass a law that says “send no spam,” then send no unsolicited emails. Or, like the Quebec-based company Compu-Finder, which sells training courses for businesses on topics such as management, social media and professional development, be slapped with a CAN$1.1 million fine.

And Americans, the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) applies to you, too. If you email promotional messages to Canadians, you must comply, so don’t stop reading yet.

CASL went into effect on July 1, 2014. Although the law applies to everybody, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC,) which enforces the law, promised to pursue major offenders, not small companies making a mistake.

So, when the first fine was levied at what seemed to be a mild-mannered firm offering business training courses, the Canadian business community reacted with concern. But it seems Compu-Finder actually is a heavyweight. Fully 26% of the 245,000 complaints that has arrived at the Spam Reporting Centre were related to the company.

But even if you are just an occasional emailer, make sure you are familiar with the law. A good place to start is our July 7, 2014 article titled “All business email to Canadians must meet their new anti-spam legislation and ouch! this one has teeth” in our “Working Smarter” blog.

 

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WORKING SMARTER BUSINESS NEWS_______________________________

Here are a couple of posts from our “Working Smarter” blog that you should be aware of:

 

Many small businesses shop for office supplies or emergency stock at “big box” store Costco and pay with a special American Express card.

The warehouse retailer, which otherwise only accepts cash and checks, has had a special agreement with American Express, but that will expire on March 31. That is March 31, 2016 – a year from now.

That’s the first reason why you don’t need to panic: You have a whole year to prepare. The second reason is that most pundits are sure Costco is arranging for another card to replace the Amex. However, the brand of that card is more uncertain. But we suspect it will be announced in plenty of time for you to apply for one.
 
Update: Costco has announced it has made an agreement with Citi Bank to issue a special Visa card…

 

Tuesday March 10 was “Patch Tuesday,” the second Tuesday in the month when Microsoft sends out updates to its software. But instead of fixing problems, one of the included updates started to cause problems. Evidently, all over the world, PCs running the Windows 7 operating system started to repeatedly reboot.

Only some computers seem to be afflicted. For example, none of the Wooden Horse systems have shown any symptoms even though all of them have received the update. Checking several webmaster forums, we found that others are equally lucky. But some have found all of their Internet-connected Windows 7 PCs rebooting and rebooting and rebooting, ad nauseam. And a third group found some computers afflicted and some perfectly fine. There are even computers rebooting a few times and then running normally. What gives?

Nobody really knows at this point, but it seems clear the problem arrived with the Microsoft March 10 update. The download contained several updates and the problematic one, identified as KB3033929, was supposed to fix a problem discovered last fall. Instead, something in that code is incompatible with code in another program loaded on the computer. If your PC is afflicted, we outline your choices in our “Working Smarter” blog at http://bit.ly/14s4GEy...

 

Also, while this newsletter was being put to bed we received word that the March 12, 2015 software fix of an Adobe Flash Player vulnerability has itself been compromised.

We would like to have this information confirmed before we publish the details, but our Feb 2, 2015 “Working Smarter” original post was titled “Security Alert! Keep your computers safe from this new hacker threat” and is worth a read…

 

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MEDIA NEWS_______________________________

 

Physicians’ Life is the title of a new print magazine that focuses on doctors’ lifestyle rather than medical research. It will launch in May 2015. Details in our Media News blog at http://bit.ly/1yQucjF...

Route Fifty is a website spun off Atlantic Media’s Government Executive website. It will cover state and local governments across the US and will emphasize tech and best practices. This new endeavor will launch “this spring.” Michael Grass, @mgrass, will lead the launch as executive editor and is hiring two more editors and build “a network of freelancers and in-market contributors.”…

GigaOm, the highly respected tech blog, has shut down for lack of funding. It was launched in 2006 and had close to 5 million visitors every month. The website is still up, but “all operations have ceased” according to a note. There has been much speculation in tech journalism circles whether the unexpected demise of GigaOm foretells the fates of other sites, such as Business Insider, Recode, Vice, Politico, Vox and BuzzFeed. The New York Times tried to answer that question in this article

Pizza Today, a 41,000-circulation magazine, has a new owner, San Juan Capistrano, CA-based Emerald Expositions, an owner/operator of business-to-business and consumer tradeshows in the United States and associated publications…

Burnt Toast is a new podcast from Food52 and talks about the things that don’t make it onto Food52.com. Hosts are founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs and invitees are a rotating cast of smart, salty guests, for “controversial cooking topics, food culture, and occasional good-spirited debate.” It is part of the Panoply Network…

Women’s Wear Daily* magazine is changing its format for the first time since 1910. On April 29, the print edition of WWD will launch as a weekly with global fashion and retail news, original photography, analysis, features, profiles, opinions and coverage of the rich social and cultural fashion industry scene. The website, wwd.com, will take over the daily responsibility with deeper editorial content, more breaking news and more stories around the clock. In addition, “a curated Digital Daily edition of WWD that will reflect our judgment of the top stories of the day” will be published…

Faena is the title of a new print magazine published by a real estate development group that focuses on design and art named Faena. The company will be developing a six-block Miami waterfront property dubbed the Faena District. The magazine will be edited by Horacio Silva, @stopthepixels, the former fashion and style director of Departures…

Dr. Dobb’s, the software developer website, ceased operation on the last day of 2014…

TheWEIGH and the related Neighborhood News Hub are planned print magazines focused on promoting neighborhood community health, including the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, in Michigan. They will include accredited professionally-reviewed content about healthy lifestyles, non-sedentary activities, balanced and nutritional diet plans, as well as tips on self-responsibility. With an initial circulation of 90,000, TheWEIGH will be distributed in M2 Alliance newspapers and on free news racks in larger Michigan cities…

Refinery29, the fashion site, has been hiring staff covering politics, culture and technology as it tries to morph into a news and lifestyle media outlet for millennial women. Politics and culture will, for the moment, be presented in the news vertical and tech under “living” but "there is a plan in place to move tech into the [navigation bar] later this year," Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich, christene@refinery29.com, said in an email to capitalnewyork.com…

Mimi is a new website aggregator from publisher Time Inc about fashion and beauty targeting female millennials – a sort of Huffington Post for beauty. It constantly streams beauty content and videos curated from a variety of sources including other sites, MIMI writers, Time Inc. beauty editors, bloggers and consumers. Consumers have an active role in the community, contributing their own beauty stories, how-to’s and more. Editors then choose from these to feature as top submissions on the site. Editor is Hallie Gould, @gouldhallie, hallie.gould@timeinc.com...

Nylon Guys* will cease its print edition with the April/May issue and become a digital brand…

Popular is the name of a new website and also of a planned digital magazine, created by Nylon co-founders husband and wife Marvin Scott Jarrett and Jaclynn Jarrett. The site has a heavy emphasis on video and targets always-connected women, 18-to-25, with fashion, music, celebrity, beauty, culture and travel. More in our Media News blog at http://bit.ly/1yQucjF...

 

Media News Especially for Writers:

Use Photography to Get Noticed by Dwell” is an article on FishbowlNY promoting parent Mediabistro’s premium channel ($55 a year and worth every penny) “How to Pitch.” The advice on how to query Dwell that they disclose for free seems helpful enough to give you a leg up on the competition…

 

Media News Especially for PR Professionals and
Small Business Owners Seeking Publicity:

Jane Unchained is the title of a new online show hosted on ConnectPal.com that covers crimes against people, animals and the environment. It is hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell, @JVM, janevelezmitchell@yahoo.com, formerly host and correspondent for HLN…

TBS is planning a late-night talk show in Q4 2015 hosted by former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee, @iamsambee, who also will be executive producer. The program will cover Bee’s take on current events with a humorous point of view…

 

Finally:

Does magazine redesigns work? Not for Weight Watchers, at least. The company has not released any newsstand numbers after its print magazine unveiled its revamped Jan/Feb 2015 issue. But if the stock market is indicative of newsstand sales or advertising revenue, WW is not going to like the results. Its shares plunged 10.8%...

 

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NEWS FROM WOODEN HORSE__________________________

Believe me, winter in northern, coastal Oregon can really get nasty, but this year the weather has been more like spring.

The poor spring vegetation is thoroughly confused and don’t know when to flower.

While other parts of the country gets nothing but rain or snow, more and more Western counties are declaring drought emergencies. On drought maps only a not-so-wide strip along the coast shows predictions of normal rainfall during the next six months.

In the Wooden Horse office we have mostly recuperated from the successful Winter Sale and tried to catch up with everything we had to put aside for “later.” Well, “later” is here. I’ve worked hard at clearing my desk (a girl can dream, can’t she?) and I can now actually move my keyboard around on my desktop to a comfortable position. Miracles!
 
But as usual, editorial calendars are trickling in:

Smithsonian*
In Touch Weekly*
WSJ. Magazine*
Fine Cooking*
Victoria*
Texas Monthly*
Romantic Homes*
New Jersey Monthly*

 

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MEDIA PEOPLE CHANGES_______________________________

 

New York Times has a new reporter based in Washington covering labor and workplace news, Noam Scheiber, @noamscheiber…

People.com and EW.com have a new digital editorial director, Will Lee, @willlee, will.lee@timeinc.com...  

National Journal* has a new politics reporter, Eric Garcia, @EricMGarcia, egarcia@nationaljournal.com...

W* Magazine has a new Fashion Market and Accessories Director, Rickie De Sole, @RickieDeSole, rickie_desole@condenast.com...

W* Magazine is without Fashion Market and Accessories Director Karla Martinez…

New York Times has a new technology editor, Pui-Wing Tam, @puiwingtam…  

Glamour.com will have a new digital editorial director on March 30, Laurel Pinson, @laurelpinson…

Saveur* magazine has a new senior editor, Sophie Brickman, @sbrickman, sophie.brickman@bonniercorp.com...

CNN Digital Team has promoted Steve Goldberg, @srgoldbergcnn, steve.goldberg@turner.com, to senior assignment editor…

CNN Digital Team has promoted Sarah Aarthun to senior assignment editor, sarah.aarthun@turner.com...

Bon Appetit* has a new assistant editor, Amiel Stanek, @b_goutish, amiel_stanek@condenast.com...  

Buzzfeed has a new articles editor, Ellen Cushing, @elcush, ellen.cushing@buzzfeed.com...

Modern Healthcare* is without reporter Jaimy Lee, @jaimy_lee, jlee@modernhealthcare.com...    

New York Times has a new deputy sports editor, Randy Archibold, @randyNYT…

Vulture, New York magazine’s entertainment site, has a new associate editor covering music, Lauretta Charlton, @laurettaland, vulturelistings@nymag.com...  

Vulture, New York magazine’s entertainment site, has a new associate editor covering general entertainment news, Dee Lockett, @Dee_Lockett, vulturelistings@nymag.com...

The Hill has a new White House correspondent, Jordan Fabian, @Jordanfabian…

The Hill has a new web editor, Elliot Smilowitz, @SmiloTweets, esmilowitz@thehill.com...

FiveThirtyEight, the data-driven news site, has a new managing editor, David Firestone, @fstonenyt, 538dotcom@gmail.com...

Buzzfeed has a new senior science/medical tech reporter Stephanie M. Lee, @stephaniemlee, stephanie.lee@buzzfeed.com...

Mashable has a new business editor, Heidi Moore, @moorehn…

Politico has a new gossip columnist, Kate Bennett, @KateBennett_DC; she’ll launch a column titled The KGB File, kbennett@politico.com...

Politico has a new editorial director for events, Luiza Savage, @luizachsavage…

Politico has a new Congress editor, Benton Ives, @BentonIves…

Politico has a new senior politics editor, Charles Mahtesian, @PoliticoCharlie, cmahtesian@politico.com...

Politico has a promoted Nahal Toosi, @nahaltoosi to foreign policy and national security reporter, ntoosi@politico.com...

Politico has a promoted Mike Zapler, @mikezapler, to congressional editor, mzapler@politico.com...

NY Times shutters Home section and starts Men's Style section; editor in our Mar 8 newsletter, http://bit.ly/wa6dfI...  

Boston.com has a new deputy editor, Kaitlyn Johnson, @kaitkylejohn, newstip@globe.com...

Bloomberg Markets* will have a new executive editor in April, Tracy Alloway, @tracyalloway…

DuJour* has a new market director, Sydney Wasserman, @SydneyWasserman, sydney.wasserman@dujour.com...

DuJour* has a new managing editor, Natalia de Ory, natalia.deory@dujour.com...

DuJour* has a new market editor, Paul Frederick, @boy_dujour, paul.frederick@dujour.com...  

Buzzfeed has a new tech and products editor for the BuzzFeed Life team, Nicole Nguyen, @itsnicolenguyen…

Poynter will have a new chief media correspondent writing the Morning MediaWire newsletter, Jim Warren, @JimWarren55…

Buzzfeed has a new reporter covering the technology industry, William Alden, @williamalden…

Departures from Time Inc is without Fashion and Style Director Horacio Silva, @stopthepixels…

Huffington Post* has a new senior political reporter, Scott Conroy, @RealClearScott, scott.conroy@huffingtonpost.com...

Chicago Sun-Times will be without its TV critic, Lori Rackl, @lorirackl, who has accepted a buyout…

Vocativ, the news site, has a new senior editor covering national security, Jamie Tarabay, @jamietarabay, jtarabay@vocativ.com...  

Lucky* has a new market director, Lynette Pone McIntyre, @Lynette_LkyFash, lynette_pone@luckymag.com...    

Atlas Obscura, the travel blog, has a new editor-in-chief, Reyhan Harmanci, @harmancipants, reyhan@atlasobscura.com...

Marie Claire* has a new as sr. web editor covering culture, lifestyle, entertainment, beauty and fashion, Samantha Leal, @samanthajoleal, sleal@hearst.com...

CNN has a new senior Washington correspondent, Jeff Zeleny, @jeffzeleny, dcdesk@turner.com...

Black Enterprise* Magazine has a new senior content producer covering personal finance, Stacey Tisdale, @STisdale1…  

Bloomberg News Washington will have a new weekend editor, Ros Krasny, @RosKrasny…  

Buzzfeed has a new managing editor for the San Francisco bureau, John Paczkowski, @JohnPaczkowski, john.paczkowski@gmail.com...

Boston.com has a new editor, Tim Molloy, @TimAMolloy, newstip@globe.com,,,

Business Insider has a new political reporter, Leslie Larson, @leslielarson, llarson@businessinsider.com...  

Business Insider has a new entertainment reporter, Jason Guerrasio, @JasonGuerrasio, guerrasiojason@gmail.com...

CNNMoney.com has a new associate editor, Greg Wallace, @gregorywallace, gregory.wallace@turner.com...    

BuzzFeed has a new associate features editor, Marisa Carroll, @Marisa_Carroll, marisa.carroll@buzzfeed.com...

Lucky* has a new market editor, Noelle Sciacca, @Nono_Noelle, noelle_sciacca@condenast.com...    

More* magazine has a new deputy editor of beauty, Didi Gluck, @didigluck, more@meredith.com...    

Crain’s New York Business* has a new executive editor Jeremy Smerd, smerd, jsmerd@crainsnewyork.com...  

Death + Taxes has a new editor-in-chief, Brian Abrams, @BrianAbrams, info@dt-mag.com...

Death + Taxes, the indie music site, is without Editor-in-Chief Alexander Moore, @alexandergmoore…  

Crain’s New York Business* has a new editor-at-large, Glenn Coleman…

 

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SOLUTIONS FROM WOODEN HORSE:

Get your freelance or small business problems solved

How to keep your website attracting customers - for non-geeks:
    Working Smarter blog: Tips, industry news and our experiences
    Print book: Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day
    Print book: Web Analytics: An Hour a Day

How to find out about new opportunities, staff changes and other media news - for publicity or selling creative articles or photographs:
    Twitter: All day long media news, as soon as it arrives
    Media News blog: New media opportunities with more details than Twitter
    News newsletter: Sunday recap for those too busy during the week

To get contact information for media - for publicity or selling articles or photographs:
    Media Database: A media directory for freelance writers and photographers, PR agencies and small business owners
    Media Lists: A year’s worth of updated monthly contact information to media staff by category

...and much, much more to come

 

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Recycling is only marginally better than tossing stuff in the landfill.

After all, recycling paper and aluminum, to name just two items, still requires vast amounts of energy and water. Likewise, nothing is 100% recyclable. Most plastics can only go through the process once or twice; paper five or six times. As for metals, they can be recycled endlessly, but there’s always some lost in the process.

So nobody - especially an environmentalist - should feel as if they’ve somehow done the environment a big favor by tossing something into a blue bin. If you really want to do the Earth a favor, reduce your consumption.

(From the Chicago Recycling Coalition’s interview with Adam Minter, author of “Junkyard Planet” and a reporter for Bloomberg View.)

 

Encourage someone to…reduce and reuse,

Meg

 

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Wooden Horse Publishing
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Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-4300

Meg

 

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Wooden Horse Publishing
http://www.woodenhorsepub.com
PO Box 53
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-4300



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