Northeast Regional Azbee Awards Banquet is July 16

Update, July 9, 2008: The Boston banquet has been canceled. There will be only one Northeastern Region banquet this year, in New York City.

Set aside the evening of Wednesday, July 16, for the Northeast Region Azbee Awards of Excellence Banquet.

Before the awards are given out, author and magazine consultant John "Jack" Brady will speak. His topic: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Magazine Editors.

Brady is an editor, author and magazine consultant. He was editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest and Boston magazine, and founding editor of The Artist’s Magazine and M: The Magazine for Montessori Families. He served as deputy editorial director at Warner Bros. Records, and as associate editor for the 13-30 Corporation publishing group (later called Whittle Communications). Brady has been a partner in Brady & Paul Communications, a magazineworks and publishing consultancy with offices in New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Newburyport, Mass., since 1984.

With magazine designer Greg Paul, he has overseen the redesign and repositioning of hundreds of publications and assisted with the launch of numerous new magazines. Brady is the author of the five books, including The Craft of Interviewing (Random House), widely used in journalism programs. His most recent book is The Interviewer’s Handbook: A Guerilla Guide for Reporters and Writers (The Writers Books), published in May 2004.

ASBPE Boston/Northeast Region Awards Banquet

Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

6:00 p.m. social hour/cocktails
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. dinner, followed by speaker and awards
Papa Razzi
16 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA
parking info
If paid by June 16: $55.00 for ASBPE members; $60.00 for nonmembers. Tables of 8: $400.

If paid after June 16: $60.00 for ASBPE members; $65.00 for nonmembers. Tables of 8: $425
How to attend: To reserve your place, send payment (credit card or check payable to ASBPE) by July 10 to ASBPE Chapter President Alan Earls:
Alan Earls
222 Pond Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Questions? Call Alan at (508) 528-6930 or email him at alan[dot]earls[at]comcast[dot]net)

Note: As in years past, the New York chapter will be holding a separate banquet July 9 for editors in the New York City area.



National Conference Schedule Is Here - Register Now

Gather with other B2B editors at the ASBPE National Conference July 24‒25, 2008 at the InterContinental Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri.

The conference will kick off the night before with a special reception with the trustees of the new ASBPE Foundation on the evening of Wednesday, July 23. Conference attendees are welcome to join the festivities and discuss ASBPE’s future goals. And of course, the Azbee National Awards banquet will take place on the evening of July 24.

The conference proper will consist of a day of Web-focused sessions on Thursday, July 24 and print sessions on July 25. Session topics include:
  • How to juggle increasing digital and print duties
  • How to do a podcast
  • How to do video
  • How to rebuild poorly written articles from industry experts
Baseball fans will have the opportunity to catch a Kansas City Royals game on the evening of Friday, July 25, and see whether they'll have recovered from yesterday's no-hitter against the Sox.

Download the conference registration brochure with a full schedule (832K PDF).

Update, 5/21/08: You can register for the conference online, too. Online registration is now open.

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Web Expertise Doesn't Trump Subject Knowledge, Says Lifetime Acheivement Awardee

From editorial consultant and past ASBPE Lifetime Achievement Award winner Howard Rauch, a counterpoint to the article mentioned in yesterday's post.

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Article on IDG and Web-Only Publishing

IDG is dropping the print versions of more and more of its publications. Those print pubs that remain are adopting an "online-first" publishing model. In case you didn't see it yet, this article on the topic from The New York Times is worth a read. It talks about IDG's strategy and plans and the pitfalls of chasing page-view stats.

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