Rethinking the Magazine

first_imgYou can indeed teach an old magazine new tricks. Here’s a list of examples to prove it. “If there were anything new in this business, we would have done it six months ago,” a cynical old editor once told me. Still, I see new things in old magazines that you may want to consider in the New Year ahead.1. Rethinking the TOC.Traditionally, the lead story on the table of contents is the cover story. Not so at Texas Monthly or Fortune Small Business. Both magazines have been employing a redirect to an interior “cover” story on the TOC. Here’s how it works: The cover story for the November 2007 issue of TM is “Being Jenna Bush,” with a photo of the president’s daughter front and center. When you go to the TOC, however, the Jenna story is summarized in a quick blurb with no visual. Instead, we see a photo of Samir Patel and an oversized text box for “The Glorie of Defeet,” a story about this young man’s maturation as he lost the national spelling bee five years in a row. Samir’s photo covers two-thirds of the page.Fortune Small Business does likewise. The cover story for the July/August 2007 issue is “The FSB 100: Lessons From the Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies,” with a photo of John Norris, CEO of Fuel Tech, the company ranked number 12 in the 100. On the TOC, however, the cover story is blurbed without a visual. The bottom half of the page is dominated by a visual, an oversized page number and a story called “Face-Off: Two companies that make inflatable figures used in movie crowd scenes head to court.” The visual, which covers about 40 percent of the page, is an eerie-looking humanoid figure, all dressed up and ready for court.This packaging approach enables a magazine to go big off the cover, and then redirect the reader to a smaller story that is not even blurbed on the cover. For the magazine, it means less repetition of what has already been said on the cover; and for the reader it’s like finding a little prize inside the package.2. Rethinking the letters department.With the shift from mail to e-mail, and the proliferation of blogs and other forms of commentary, the old-style letters department is suddenly up for review. Last summer, New York dropped letters and launched a department called Comments. It reads like a catch-all in-basket, with tightly and brightly edited comments from reader mail, internal notes from columnists, excerpts from bloggers, and observations gleaned from other publications. “Not all our commentators are impartial, if opinionated, observers,” reported the magazine recently. “Sometimes they’re the subjects of the stories” who write to clarify a point. The give and take with reader mail is often quite lively. A reader from Brooklyn wrote that he found a movie review confusing: “For instance, what is a ‘woo-woo conceit?’ And what is a ‘schnorrer?’” The Comments reply: “Get thee to Google, man! You’ll discover that woo-woo means ‘concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism’ and schnorrer comes from a Yiddish term for ‘beggar’ or ‘free-loader.’ Yeesh! (An expression of exasperation.)”3. Rethinking the folio line.Are page numbers necessary? Condé Nast recently distributed a stand-alone supplement called Movies Rock with several publications, including The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair. The editorial was identical in all versions, but the ads and ad pages varied from book to book, and so did the page count for each version. What to do? No page numbers appeared on the cover. No page numbers were used on the TOC. No pages were numbered. 4. Rethinking the interviewer.Time was redesigned last spring, a changeover that included much editorial repackaging. For its popular “10 Questions” department, the magazine turned the interviewing over to readers. Readers go online and submit questions to be asked in interviews with notable names in arts, sports, media and politics. “Each week, you ask and they answer,” says the magazine. “Also new: a free iTunes podcast of each interview.”John Brady is visiting professional at the Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He is a partner at Brady & Paul Communications, a publishing consultancy, and conducts editorial workshops for professionals. For information on his Interviewer’s Handbook: A Guerrilla Guide for Reporters and Writers, his Web site is johnbrady.info, or you can e-mail him at Bradybrady@aol.com.last_img read more

PuebloPlex Board Approves Reuse Plan for Colorado Depot

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot last week approved a redevelopment plan for 15,850 surplus acres at the central Colorado site, paving the way for the Army to begin transferring property at the depot.PuebloPlex, the state agency established in 1994 to redevelop the facility, is aiming to receive about 5,400 acres in the next year. That tract sits in the center of the depot and contains 620 storage igloos and most of the rail lines, reported the Pueblo Chieftain.The LRA now splits the revenue it generates from leasing 255 of the igloos with the Army since it is leasing them under a master lease, said Russell DeSalvo III, the authority’s CEO and president. Following a transfer, those igloos would be owned by PuebloPlex and removed from the master lease.The next parcel that would be conveyed likely is the 1,200-acre south entrance, where groundwater contamination from an explosives washout area is being remediated. PuebloPlex is preparing a grant request to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for at least $2.5 million to implement it reuse plan, according to the story.Under the redevelopment plan, almost half of the acreage the LRA is responsible for would be devoted to industrial uses, including manufacturing, distribution and warehousing. Other primary uses would include R&D, education, agricultural research, renewable energy production and open space. Industrial uses would take advantage of the depot’s central location, existing road and rail networks, and the storage igloos.“It’s a guide, a living document,” DeSalvo said of the reuse plan. “It’s impossible to anticipate everything that’s going to happen over the next 100 years.”Matrix Design Group prepared the 1,200-page plan under a $700,000 grant during a year-long process.last_img read more

Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law

first_img The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview See It Read the AirPods review 1:07 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Comment $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Politics Internet Internet Services I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Net neutrality FCC Donald Trump,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 1 The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice See at Amazon See it Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law. AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images Colorado is reportedly on the cusp of getting its own net neutrality law even as Democrats fight for one at a national level.Jared Polis, the state’s Democratic governor, is likely to sign legislation banning internet service providers from getting Colorado taxpayer money if they slow internet access down or unfairly speed up certain websites, the Denver Post reported.Senate Bill 78 passed Colorado’s House and Senate chambers along strict party lines — all Democrats voted in favor, Republicans against, the paper noted. Polis, who founded internet access company American Information Systems while he was in college, apparently supports it.The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo: Save $30 on any car rentalcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Comments $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo 7 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $155 at Google Express Best Buy Turo Rylo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags $999 See It Tech Turkeys 2018: So much Facebook! But net neutrality too See It Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 42 Photos California also has its own net neutrality law, but the state’s not currently enforcing it due to legal complications. Nationally, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules and they officially ended in June 2018. Last Wednesday, Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act of 2019 to restore them.However, President Donald Trump’s advisors said on Monday that they’ll push him to veto the bill if it makes it through the Republican-led Senate.First published at 5:27 a.m. PT.Updated 6:20 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Gold Prices to See Selling Pressure Till US Fed First Rate Hike

first_imgHigh volatility witnessed in gold prices in the past few weeks is expected to continue until the announcement of the first rate hike by the US central bank but ease thereafter.”We assume that the gold price will remain under pressure until the first interest rate rise,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Investors are concerned about the timing of the interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve and once there is clarity over the timing, prices of the precious metal are expected to stabilize.”The price should climb again just as soon as the uncertainty over the timing diminishes,” said the note.Currently, gold prices are trading at their five-year lows, as improving economic data in the US strengthened expectations of a US Fed rate hike in September.On Tuesday, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the “US economy was ready for an interest rate hike.””Yesterday’s interview is a strong indication that a rate hike will be forthcoming in September. The market responded by pricing in a rate hike in September with a likelihood of 50% for the first time this year,” said Commerzbank.At its July meeting, the US Federal Reserve had indicated that it was moving closer to raising rates for the first time after keeping them at record low since the financial crisis of 2008.In the domestic bullion market, gold prices fell by Rs 110 to Rs 25,020 per 10 gm on Wednesday, as a strong dollar weighed heavily on the prices.last_img read more

Bir Protik Kakon Bibi hospitalised

first_imgFreedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi. (Photo UNB)Freedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital due to serious health complications on Monday night, reports UNB.Physician Mosaddek Hossain said she was suffering from asthma and heart diseases for long and recently she was attacked by pneumonia.The freedom fighter was admitted under the observation of medicine specialist Nazmul Islam, said Mosaddek adding she was later shifted to the intensive care unit under the observation of physician Sabyasachi Roy.A medical board will be formed on Wednesday for her treatment, he added.In 1971, Kakon Bibi was arrested and brutally tortured by Pakistani army as she worked as a war spy and fought against the Pak army.She fearlessly took part around 20 direct wars.She sustained bullet wounds on her leg at the Ambari fight. Bibi still bears the bullet marks on her body.At present, Kakon Bibi along with her family is living at Jirargaon of Doarabazar upazila in Sunamganj district.last_img read more

Two superEarthsized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star

first_img © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Two super-Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star (2016, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-super-earth-sized-planets-orbiting-nearby-star.html (Phys.org)—NASA’s Kepler spacecraft continues its fruitful exoplanet hunt with the newest discovery of two super-Earth-sized alien worlds. The newly detected planets are orbiting a nearby sun-sized star known as HD 3167, located some 150 light years away. The results are presented in a paper published July 18 on the arXiv pre-print server. Explore further K2 light curve of HD 3167. Top: the full K2 light curve. Both the numerous, shallow transits of HD 3167 b and three deeper transits of HD 3167 c are evident in the light curve by eye. Bottom left: K2 light curve (grey dots) phase folded on the transits of HD 3167 b, and best-fit transit model (thick purple line). Bottom right: K2 light curve (grey dots) phase folded on the transits of HD 3167 c, and best-fit transit model (thick purple line). Credit: Vanderburg et al., 2016. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New system discovered with five planets More information: Two Small Planets Transiting HD 3167, arXiv:1607.05248 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1607.05248AbstractWe report the discovery of two super-Earth-sized planets transiting the bright (V = 8.94, K = 7.07) nearby late G-dwarf HD 3167, using data collected by the K2 mission. The inner planet, HD 3167 b, has a radius of 1.6 R_e and an ultra-short orbital period of only 0.96 days. The outer planet, HD 3167 c, has a radius of 2.9 R_e and orbits its host star every 29.85 days. At a distance of just 45.8 +/- 2.2 pc, HD 3167 is one of the closest and brightest stars hosting multiple transiting planets, making HD 3167 b and c well suited for follow-up observations. The star is chromospherically inactive and slowly rotating, ideal for radial velocity observations to measure the planets’ masses. The outer planet is large enough that it likely has a thick gaseous envelope which could be studied via transmission spectroscopy. Planets transiting bright, nearby stars like HD 3167 are valuable objects to study leading up to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Although Kepler has lost two of its four reaction wheels and therefore cannot be precisely pointed toward stars, it is still capable of detecting new exoworlds. The spacecraft is now in its extended mission, known as K2, during which it has already found over 100 new planets. The HD 3167 system is just the latest addition to the vast collection of extrasolar worlds detected by K2.HD 3167 was observed by Kepler between January 3 and March 23, 2016 during Campaign 8 of its K2 mission. This observation campaign allowed a team of astronomers, led by Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), to detect two transit signals that could be planets circling around this nearby star.”We identified two planet candidates transiting HD 3167 after processing pixel-level data to produce a light curve, removing systematic effects due to Kepler’s unstable pointing, and searching for planets using a Box Least Squares periodogram search,” the researchers wrote in the paper.To confirm the planetary status of these candidates, the team conducted follow-up observations employing the Tillinghast Reflector Echelle Spectrograph (TRES) on the 1.5 m telescope at the Fred L. Whipple Observatory on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona and the Robo-AO adaptive optics system installed at the 2.1 m telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, also in Arizona. They also used statistical techniques to validate the planetary nature of the transiting signals.The confirmed exoplanets received designation HD 3167 b and HD 3167 c. With a radius of about 1.6 Earth radii, HD 3167 b is the inner planet, orbiting the host star in just slightly less than one day. The outer planet is nearly three times bigger in size than Earth and has an orbital period of approximately 30 days.HD 3167 could be an excellent target for further follow-up observations as it is one of the closest and brightest stars hosting multiple transiting planets. The scientists noted that this system is highly suitable for precise radial velocity observations to measure the planets’ masses.”If HD 3167 b is rocky with a mass of about four Earth masses, it should induce radial velocity variations with a semiamplitude of about 3 ms−1. Depending on its composition, HD 3167 c could induce radial velocity variations with a semiamplitude of anywhere between 1 ms−1 and 3 ms−1. These signals should be readily detectable with modern spectrographs,” the paper reads.The team also emphasized that the outer planet is one of the best currently known small planets for atmospheric characterization with transit transmission spectroscopy. However, they also noted that the short period of HD 3167 b makes it likely that spectroscopic observations of HD 3167 c’s atmosphere might overlap with a transit of the inner planet.”This could be an efficient way to rule out a hydrogen-dominated atmosphere for HD 3167 b. Observers should be cautious, however, to ensure that a transit of HD 3167 b not interfere with out-of-transit observations necessary for calibration,” the researchers concluded.last_img read more