March 2: Tour the Christian Science Monitor

On Thursday, March 2, ASBPE and the Society of Professional Journalists will host a tour of the Christian Science Monitor's newsroom. After the tour, we'll visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library. The Library's Monitor Gallery features interactive, multimedia exhibits and presentations on world events and issues.

Date: Thursday, March 2

Time: 2:30 p.m.


The Christian Science Monitor
One Norway Street
Boston, MA

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Cost: Newsroom tour is free; library admission costs $6.00.

RSVP to: Emily Sweeney at SPJ,

TABPI, ASBPE Sponsor Scholarship for Non-U.S. Editors

ASBPE is cosponsoring an international version of its Young Leaders Scholarship with the association Trade, Association, and Business Publications International. Both scholarships pay registration fees and hotel costs for a few young editors so they can attend ASBPE's National Editorial Conference July 20-21 in Chicago. The ASBPE scholarship is for U.S.-based editors; the TABPI scholarship is for editors based outside the country and includes up to $500 toward airfare costs.

If you have an editor based overseas who works on an international edition of your publication and who will be 30 years old or younger on July 19, 2006, send them to TABPI's web site for information and an application.

Looking for Industry Blogs from Members

Are you an ASBPE member who writes or contributes to a blog for your publication? If so, please email me with this information:

  • the URL,
  • your name,
  • your job title,
  • the blog name,
  • your publication's name,
  • your company's name, and
  • a short description of the blog's content and audience.

If the blog covers your publication's industry, but is not affiliated with the publication you work for, let me know that, too.

I'm working on adding a listing for the Links section of the main ASBPE web site.

For now at least, I'm limiting the listing to ASBPE members. The list will include only blogs covering a business, industry, trade, or profession, not topics of general or personal interest.

Kansas City Chapter Launches Blog

This isn't exactly local news, but if your company has offices, staff members, or freelancers in around Kansas City, you may want to tell them that the Kansas City Chapter of ASBPE has launched a weblog. It's not brand-new, but up until recently it was sort of a beta test.

Need Training in Copy or Web Editing?

MediaBistro is offering online classes in both topics.

A six-week copyediting course starts Feb. 16. It costs $425 (or $400 for members of MediaBistro's AvantGuild program).

A four-week class on writing and editing for the web starts March 13.
Cost is $350 ($325 for AvantGuild members).

Blog on Magazine Blogs Debuts

B2B publishing blogger Paul Conley and former Ziff-Davis president Hershel Sarbin have launched a new product: MagazineEnterprise360, a blog devoted to the topic of magazine blogs.

The new blog covers both B2B and B2C magazines. Eventually, the Sarbin and Conley plan to add more interactive features to the ME360 site, including e-mail briefings, roundtables, more blogs, and special reports.

Paul's guide to magazine blogging (mentioned in this week's post on what makes a blog good) is worth a read for anyone getting started with — or struggling to find a voice for — a magazine blog.



Call for Entries: ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship

ASBPE is now accepting applications for its Young Leaders Scholarship. The YLS pays conference registration fees and hotel costs for the ASBPE National Editorial Conference, which is happening from July 20-21 in Chicago, for up to five young editors (anyone who'll be 30 years of age or younger as of July 19, 2006). Recipients also get to attend the ASBPE National Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel on July 20. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28.

You can get more information and an application form at the ASBPE web site.

Magazine Day: Boston Is Feb. 8

The Ad Club of New England and The Lantern Club of Boston will present Magazine Day 2006 on Feb. 8 at the Westin Copley Place. The event takes place from 1:00-5:00 p.m. There will be three panel discussions:
  • Editors on Targeting & Differentiation

  • Accountability—An Art or a Science?

  • Tapping into Your DNA to Extend Your Brand
For more information, or to register, visit the Ad Club web site or contact the Ad Club at (617) 262-1100.