Magazines suffer tough 2008 first half

With a few exceptions, such as New York magazine, People, In Style, and in-flight airline titles, magazines had a bad first half of 2008, with newsstand sales falling 6.3% from last year.

With a few exceptions, such as New York, People, In Style, and in-flight airline titles, magazines had a bad first half of 2008, with newsstand sales falling 6.3% from last year. Meanwhile, McPheters & Co.'s Study of Public Place Engagement reports that 45% of all magazine reading is done in waiting rooms, with a total of 57% of pages scanned outside the home.

Also in the media glare:  

One more thing to blame for media outlets losing money: a lack of automobile advertising.

Rolling Stone shrinks.

The Baltimore Sun plans an August 24 "reinvention."

Forbes' publisher steps down.

Discovery Communications reports a 9% increase in US advertising revenue.

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