PRESS PASS Q
A Newsletter for the Gay and Lesbian Press Professional
February 2009 [Vol. 10, No. 11]
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEATURE: Recession, but no depression: LGBT media organizations are cutting costs, but weathering the economic downturn
by Chuck Colbert
The current economy’s impact on the media industry has been well documented. In December, for example, Detroit’s newspapers cut home delivery to three days a week, printing smaller editions on the other days. In January, the Chicago Tribune repackaged itself into tabloid format for distribution at newsstands, while subscribers will continue to receive the paper in traditional broadsheet format.
LGBT media are also feeling the pinch, but just how are they dealing with the economic downturn?
“It’s been clear to me since last February that we were in a recession,” said Sue O’Connell, co-publisher of Boston-based Bay Windows. “For any LGBT medium that has been in the market for a long time, its goal should be to get through the economic crisis intact and be left standing when it ends. We should not for any moment think we are immune, but we should also play to our strengths,” for example, “consumer loyalty to brands that advertise in the gay press – and reader loyalty.”
Belt-tightening has been the name of the game at Michigan’s Between the Lines. “We’ve been in a recession here for a long time,” said co-publisher Jan Stevenson, “and have already done the painful downsizing that other publications have to do now. The layoffs were hard, as well as saying to staff that we have to do more with less.”
At the same time, she added, “We’re careful how we spend every dollar that comes in and make sure our sales team takes advantage of every opportunity they can. Last year, revenue was the same as in 2007. We declared that a victory. The year 2008 was more profitable because expenses were lower.”
Still, Stevenson sees opportunities. Take the Detroit dailies’ reduction of print editions. “Suddenly, some advertisers have no place to spend their print budget,” she said. “I’ve been trying to get into the Detroit Medical Center for years. And they called me.”
The recession, however, has forced publishers of smaller alternative weekly publications to scale back more drastically. Cleveland, Ohio’s Gay People’s Chronicle, for instance, has moved to biweekly, while Rhode Island-based Divine Providence is now only available on the web, with no further print issues planned, except for special occasions like Pride.
National LGBT media have also felt the economic crunch. At the same time PlanetOut merged with competitors Here Networks and Regent Entertainment Media, word leaked that PlanetOut cut upwards of one-third to half of its workforce.
The lesbian magazine Curve cut three full-time staff positions. “We’re not in dire financial straits,” said editor Diane Anderson-Minshall. “We just made the decision to reduce staff to lower costs and make us as efficient as possible so that we can weather this recession. We’ve been here 20 years and want to make sure we stay here.” Anderson-Minshall also hopes that two “growth incentives” – the 2008 first-ever direct mail campaign and a re-launched and re-designed digital web platform – will pay off in 2009.
“In some cases, we are better able to weather the storm than general interest publications,” said Anderson-Minshall of LGBT media, “because we have a very niche market. And while being affected by the economy, we have higher discretionary income, both lesbians and gay men, than traditional straight couples. Advertisers are looking to target the gay and lesbian market, and that can be used to our advantage.”
While some advertisers are scaling back, she added, “We’re hearing from them that our market is affordable and one where [advertisers] see results, so [they’re] going to stay with [Curve].”
Even before the recession hit, the Advocate announced it would publish its print edition monthly, instead of biweekly, beginning in 2009. At the same time, editor Jon Barrett said its website Advocate.com would include more content, including breaking news.
“The Advocate was thinking ahead in the way people consume media,” said LGBT media observer Cathy Renna of Renna Communications. “Putting more content online is also a better fit for the economy.” Still, she said, for publications that rely on print advertising, the biggest challenge remains. “As we see more content online, we don’t know if the ads will follow,” she said.
Sure enough, no part of the country is immune, even cities and regions with more diversified economies and no housing bubble. In Dallas, “We were lucky, a bit late with the recession getting here,” said Robert Moore, publisher of the Dallas Voice.
To cut expenses, Moore said the Voice is down about 20 percent in page count, with two positions not filled through attrition. Yet, he has maintained the paper’s same mix, the balance of news, arts, and culture, while pushing the Voice’s online blog and video products.
Although revenues are down, Moore said that he has not lost any category of vendors. “They are just being more judicious in spending. In some cases, we have gone into businesses and negotiated with vendors to stay ahead. It’s easy when you are flush with cash and not watching expenses. We’ve been rigorous on that end.”
Moore also presses “branding” and “the trust issue,” he explained. “We’ve been here a long time, and several publications in the state have closed. So we’re pushing our track record.”
In other changes, Moore encourages staffers to join more networking organizations and pursue professional development. “People are going out in the field to events and have the individual responsibility to cover them,” he said. “The sales team has never done that before. It used to be on an as-you-wish basis.”
Advanced planning and good timing have helped Tracy Baim, publisher of Chicago’s Windy City Times, to cut costs. Last summer’s rising gas prices hit at the same time employees began to work remotely from home. The “virtual office” move took effect in the middle of July. Besides the reduction in office expenses, another benefit is increased productivity and improved morale. With Chicago’s recent frigid winter temperatures, the “staff is loving” not having to commute to work. In other belt-tightening initiatives, Baim has scaled “Night Spots,” a bars and clubs section, back to biweekly publication, with an alternating week’s video guide to the clubs, made available on the web. Like other publishers, Baim has placed more content online.
Publisher Michael G. Portantino of San Diego’s Gay & Lesbian Times has perhaps taken the most direct approach in addressing, with his readers, the effect of the national economic crisis on a local gay weekly.
“You may have noticed recently the changes we’ve made,” he wrote in a New Year’s Day editorial. “We’ve trimmed expenses, and we’re publishing a leaner product,” but “we have not sacrificed our news content and value.” In other cost-cutting measures, Portantino also said staffers have agreed to take “short, unpaid, staggered leave in January and February.” Nonetheless, for Portantino and the Gay & Lesbian Times, there is an ultimate bottom line: “We’re not going anywhere.”
SIDEBAR: National LGBT journalists group also affected by recession
As the national recession deepens, gay and lesbian not-for-profit organizations are taking a hit, forcing a variety of belt-tightening measures, including staff cuts. Take the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), based in Washington, D.C., where the organization’s staff has been cut from seven to two.
Founded in 1990, NLGJA’s mission is to work from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. But as a professional organization of journalists at a time when the journalism industry is being hit hard by the recession, NLGJA’s leadership has been forced to rethink the group’s future.
Over the last several years, the organization has faced several hurdles, according to David Steinberg, the organization’s president. For one thing, NLGJA’s membership is down from 1,200 to 900, but holding steady. For another, grants from major media giants like NBC or Gannett are down – or nonexistent, in the case of Knight Ridder. Yet another problem is that revenues from NLGJA’s annual convention are also down, as attendance has fallen from a peak of about 650 a few years ago to around 500 or less. Last year, the organization paid a $45,000 penalty for not filling a required block of rooms at the convention hotel in Washington, D.C.
Nonetheless, the 2009 convention is scheduled for mid-September in Montreal. A major highlight in recent years has been the one-day LGBT media summit, as journalists working in LGBT media have become more active in the organization. “We’re already planning for the 6th annual summit,” said Matthew Bajko, one of the event’s main organizers. “People I have talked to in recent weeks are either coming to Montreal or want to.”
Steinberg said that the Montreal Hyatt, the convention hotel, has been more flexible in freeing up the number of required rooms, its rates are very competitive for a city like Montreal, and more attendees are expected to stay in the hotel, unlike in Washington, where many members already live or stayed with friends.
What else is the organization doing to prepare for the future? In one move, NLGJA has broadened the definition of membership, said Steinberg, to include part- time writers whose “primary source of income” does not derive from the craft.
Increasingly, hundreds of cuts in newsroom jobs now require journalists to move in different directions, including blogging and other kinds of communications and public relations work. Bob Witeck, a former national NLGJA board member and chief executive officer of Witeck-Combs Communications, believes broadening the base is key to the future. “The word ‘journalist’ is changing,” he said. “So it’s funny calling them journalists. Not everyone is a journalist per se, but they are communicators.” Still, he added, “The organization is dependent on what the industry is all about. NLGJA will remain stable if it has the ability to include more kinds of communicators because traditional journalism in the newsroom has changed.”
“It’s quite challenging in a competitive environment and in an economy where people have to be very conscious of resources,” said Cathy Renna, managing partner of Renna Communications. For organizations like NLGJA, “It’s about what are you providing your members. What do LGBT journalists need that is different from any other group of journalists?” For her, she added, “NLGJA has always been a terrific networking organization, of great value.”
Accordingly, the organization has made a programmatic shift, away from coming out in the workforce toward an “employment focus,” Steinberg said. For instance, NLGJA launched a Career Watch newsletter and blog with tips on training, skill building, professional development, and networking. The organization has also implemented long- distance learning calls during which members can participate in telephone-based seminars. On the revenue side, NLGJA now offers OutNewsWire, a news distribution service for the LGBT community. While there is no charge for subscribers, organizations and authors who wish to issue a news release over OutNewsWire are charged a fee.
— Chuck Colbert
IN THE NEWS: Largest LGBT media syndicator sold
The nation’s leading content provider for LGBT media has changed hands. On Jan. 1, Susan Horowitz and Jan Stevenson, owners of Pride Source Media and publishers of Michigan’s Between the Lines, acquired majority interest in Q Syndicate.
The deal came about in December very quickly, when Todd Evans, owner of Q Syndicate, approached Stevenson and Horowitz, asking if they would be interested in taking over. “For subscribers,” Stevenson said, “ the transition will be largely seamless.”
“We are tremendously excited about this opportunity,” she added. “As publishers of Michigan’s weekly LGBT newspaper, we are aware of the many challenges facing publishers today to provide high quality content and still contain costs. We want the gay press – in print and online – to be vibrant, relevant, and cost- effective. We have some exciting ideas to expand and add products, to bring even more top quality content to LGBT publications at an affordable price through economies of scale by finding good writers and having them appear in multiple publications, as well as making a decent living.”
Q Syndicate was founded in 1995 by David Benkof (then known as David Bianco). In 2001, Todd Evans, president and CEO of New Jersey-based Rivendell Media, acquired the company. Rivendell, a leading gay and lesbian media placement company for advertisers interested in reaching the LGBT market, is also the publisher of Press Pass Q, which was not affected by the Q Syndicate sale.
“I loved owning the company,” said Evans. “Its content is so important to many publications, and a lot of them utilize all of its services, which is all geared to be national content that would be difficult to provide on their own. I’ve been committed to helping the gay press my whole career, and Q Syndicate has been an important asset, providing the very best consistently. Local papers don’t have the resources for a Hollywood reporter, no resources for national op- eds.” Still, for it to be fully effective, “Q Syndicate needs dedicated time and a staff of talented people on it, versus just a couple of people.” Over the years, Evans added, “Q Syndicate has taken too much time from my company, and I just did not want to go into another year when resources and focus are so important.”
Under the transfer of ownership, Rivendell will have no financial or managerial interest in Q Syndicate. However, Evans plans to assist in securing corporate-sponsored content, as that fits in nicely with Rivendell’s work without allocating additional resources. Stevenson and Horowitz plan to operate Q Syndicate in the same offices as Between the Lines, using their two full-time staffers and editor to manage the company.
Paula Martinac, who started with Q Syndicate in 1997, left her position as editor in chief as a result of the sale. “Paula has done a wonderful job running the company, but you cannot ask her to do everything, as she did – and a fine job, I might add,” said Evans. “Jan and Susan have the staff on the editorial side and can devote resources to the sales side. So selling Q Syndicate to publishers with editors already on staff made so much sense.”
For 13 years, Q Syndicate has offered a mix of columns (entertainment, politics, travel, history, sports, and sex) and features (cartoons, crossword puzzles, book and movie reviews, and horoscopes). “Deep Inside Hollywood,” Romeo San Vicente’s 500-word column covering celebrities, movies, television, and celebrity gossip is Q Syndicate’s most popular column.
Since its founding, more than 100 LGBT media outlets have run Q Syndicate’s materials. Each of Q Syndicate’s columns and features have run in at least 15 and in some cases 75 publications, with some content translated into French and Dutch, according to its website (www.qsyndicate.com).
“As customers of Q Syndicate since its inception,” Stevenson said, “we perceived it as [having] a great amount of value. It’s been done well from the very beginning.
Horowitz and Stevenson intend to build upon the current base of content, but they do not intend for Q Syndicate to become a gay version of the Associated Press. There will be no hard news. Rather, Stevenson said, “We’re going to provide what is hard to find locally, what wouldn’t normally be available in any kind of price that was reasonable, and that is less time and geography specific.”
This month, for example, Q Syndicate will offer a new column, “Cocktail Chatter,” covering new cocktail recipes and all the latest on the cocktail circuit. Absolut has signed on to sponsor the column, thereby covering costs and enabling Q Syndicate to offer “Cocktail Chatter” to subscriber publications for free. Q Syndicate will also add an advice column and a music review feature, called “Hear Me Out.” Another new column soon to be offered is “Creep of the Week.” The idea here, Stevenson explained, is to take a right-winger and skewer him or her in a “very pointed
political but also funny manner.”
The new owners also plan to add more puzzles and games, some to be used interactively online. “We want Q Syndicate to become more interactive,” Stevenson said, “with publishers and editors able to download material, but also upload copy for the syndicate or other publications. A lot of publishers have ideas for content and have ideas about what their local communities are producing and might be of interest to the gay press.”
Becoming more interactive is still in the idea phase. “We’re not sure yet how this will work, but that’s the philosophy,” Stevenson said. “The door is open, and so we will be talking more to a lot of publishers, who sometimes feel isolated and don’t know what others are doing. We want to exchange ideas.”
For Stevenson and Horowitz, there is a bottom line. “My vision is that if this [transition] is done right,” Stevenson said, “we will enable publishers to keep costs down and quality up.”
The new contact information for Q Syndicate is: Q Syndicate LLC, 11920 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48150. Phone 888-615-7003 toll free. Fax 734- 293-7201. Email Qsyndicate@pridesource.com.
— Chuck Colbert
PlanetOut to merge with Here Networks and Regent Media
After months of speculation, PlanetOut (PNO) has agreed to merge with Here Networks LLC and Regent Entertainment Media Inc.
The San Francisco-based company, which currently operates both Gay.com and PlanetOut.com, announced the merger on Jan. 8. Here Networks and Regent Entertainment Media agreed to pay PNO a minimum of $4.7 million. The conglomerate will be called Here Media Inc. with Here Networks CEO Paul Colichman and Regent board chair Stephen P. Jarchow at its helm. PNO chair Phil Kleweno will be on Here Media’s board of directors alongside Colichman and Jarchow.
Colichman applauded the deal in a press release.
“This business combination will unite a powerful broadband video solution with an iconic brand and a leading URL in the LGBT community,” he said. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to leverage this exceptional collection of assets to expand our audience, grow our revenues, and increase stockholder value.”
A PNO spokesperson declined to answer any specific questions about the merger, but it comes less than a year after Regent Entertainment Media bought the Advocate, Out, and Alyson Books for $6 million. PNO also laid off roughly one-third of its employees, including chief technology officer William Bain, shortly after it announced the merger.
A decline in advertising revenue and mounting debt has caused PNO to struggle in recent years. PNO CEO Karen Magee said the merger was in the best interests of stockholders.
“We believe that the strategic fit between PlanetOut and Here Media, and the complementary nature of these respective businesses, their client bases, and their audiences, will result in a combined company with greater financial and market strength than either business on its own,” she said.
PNO officials said it expects the merger to be completed by the end of March.
— Michael K. Lavers
California’s Prop 8 group gets lesson in media openness
As fallout over the passage of California’s Proposition 8 continues to unfold, the decision to limit press access to a Los Angeles strategy session sparked controversy among editors and reporters who had planned to attend.
And that led to organizers changing their minds and finally allowing full media access.
More than 150 activists and politicians took part in the Equality Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 24. Equality California’s Anne Marks, who coordinated the confab, initially told freelance reporter Rex Wockner that the planning committee decided to limit press access to portions of the summit, at which attendees would discuss post-Prop 8 strategies.
“It could only be advantageous to our opposition if those discussions and plans were made public, so limiting press, or making these sessions off the record, would make sense,” Marks told Wockner.
This decision prompted activist Robin Tyler, who married her partner Diane Olson shortly after the California Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage for same-sex couples took effect last June, to resign from the summit’s planning committee. Frontiers and IN Los Angeles news editor Karen Ocamb was among LGBT media professionals to criticize the decision.
In the end, however, organizers decided to grant press access to the entire summit.
“One of the biggest complaints about the No on 8 campaign in the final months was that decisions were shrouded in secrecy,” Ocamb said. “We complained vociferously to the organizers and went public, forcing the planners to rethink their policy.”
Bay Area Reporter news editor Cynthia Laird also welcomed the about- face.
“I was quite surprised that there was an effort to curtail or limit media access,” she said. “I am glad that the organizing committee came to its senses and agreed to open the summit to full media access.”
— Michael K. Lavers
Chicago paper finds Obama’s backtrack on marriage equality
One week before President Barack Obama took office, Chicago’s Windy City Times broke a story that 13 years ago, in his 1996 run for the Illinois state Senate, then-candidate Obama voiced unequivocal support for same-sex marriage.
The breaking news, which also played out in mainstream media outlets (“The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, the Huffington Post, Politico, and Andrew Sullivan.com), is noteworthy. The reporting is the first documentation of Obama’s exact words on the topic, indicating early support for same-sex marriage.
Throughout the presidential campaign, the candidate stopped short of marriage equality, favoring civil unions that provide the same rights and benefits.
Yet during the final weeks of the presidential campaign last fall, several media outlets contacted Windy City Times because of an old Internet story from the 1996 state Senate race. In that campaign, Outlines newspaper reported that candidate Obama supported same-sex marriage equality. Reporters wanted to know what exactly Obama had said. (Outlines purchased Windy City Times in 2000 and merged companies.)
Outlines summarized the results in that 1996 article, but did not list exact answers to questions word for word. Outlines only reported that Obama was a supporter of same-sex marriage and that the Obama campaign never challenged or corrected the reporting.
"I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages," Obama said, in response to a 1996 Outlines question. His reply took the form of a signed, typewritten letter to the Chicago gay publication.
That year, the candidate gave a similar response to a same-sex marriage-related question for IMPACT, an Illinois gay rights political action committee at the time. Asked whether he would support a resolution asking the state "not to interfere with same- gender couples who chose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage." He, or a campaign aide, wrote in, "I would support such a resolution." Again, Obama signed the questionnaire.
Recently, Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim found the original Outlines and IMPACT surveys, located in the newspaper's archives while doing research for the Chicago Gay History Project. She is also the editor of a new book, “Out and Proud in Chicago,” a 200-year historical overview of the city through a gay lens.
Baim, who interviewed Obama during his 2004 race for the U.S. Senate, said even then that the candidate’s views had changed. “I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue,” he told her. “I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. I know that's true in the African-American community, for example. And if you asked people, ‘Should gay and lesbian people have the same rights to transfer property, and visit hospitals, and et cetera,' they would say, ‘Absolutely.' And then if you talk about, ‘Should they get married?', then suddenly ...”
Asked for clarification, Obama said, “What I'm saying is that strategically, I think we can get civil unions passed. I think that to the extent that we can get the rights, I'm less concerned about the name.”
— Chuck Colbert
CORRECTIONS: David Benkof’s name was misspelled in a letter the editor published in last month’s issue of Press Pass Q. We apologize for the error.
Due to an editing error, in the story “Covering World AIDS Day every year has its challenges” in last month’s issue, the phrase “Problems from severe cold to computer hackers presented Camp KC publisher John Long with a unique set of challenges …” should have read, “Problems from a severe cold …” We apologize for the error.
Due to a miscommunication, comments from Curve magazine editors were not included in last month’s story, “Economy throws lesbian magazine a Curve ball.” We apologize for the confusion.
PRESSING QUESTIONS will return next month.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Genre’s William Kapfer for Congress?
I just finished reading your January 2009 issue and was very impressed with quality of writing. I was particularly taken by the "Pressing Questions" feature with William R. Kapfer. The Writer’s questions were short, to the point, and elicited such rich and thoughtful answers from Kapfer.
Mr. Kapfer is so articulate, he sounds like he should be running for Congress. Not only did I agree with what he said in his answers, but was awestruck by his sophisticated answers.
Lastly, I find the Transitions and Milestones section a great resource.
New York, NY
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TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
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JOAN BOCCAFOLA, former sales director at GIRLFRIENDS magazine and accounts manager at PLANETOUT, and SHANNON DUNN-DELGADO, national accounts manager for IDG/CCI TASTE FOR LIFE magazine, have joined the staff at INSIDE PRIDE, the official guide to San Francisco LGBT Pride, as national sales director and regional sales director, respectively. Inside Pride is published by H.A.F. PUBLISHING, former publisher of Girlfriends and ON OUR BACKS.
RICHARD BURNS has announced he is stepping down as executive director of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Burns, formerly of Boston-based GAY COMMUNITY NEWS, started at the Center in 1986, making him the longest serving leader of an LGBT organization in American history.
DAKINE magazine, based in Honolulu, has ceased publication after 10 years.
GOLDEN RAINBOW TIMES NEWSPAPER, based in Tewksbury, Mass., and originally targeting the 55+ LGBT community in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, is now on the web. Each month, the current issue will be posted at www.goldenrainbowtimesnewspaper.com.
JANE AND JANE magazine, based in Sacramento, Calif., launched its digital version last month. The digital version offers an exact duplication of the magazine’s print version that is also searchable and printable. The digital version, which sells for $18.95 annually, is available at www.janeandjane.net.
PAULA MARTINAC left her position as editor in chief of Q SYNDICATE on Jan. 30, as a result of the sale of the company. She started with Q Syndicate in 1997 as the creator of the syndicated op-ed column "Lesbian Notions" and went on to write two other features for the company, "Book Marks" and "Past Out." In 2001, she was promoted to editor in chief. She is now working as a marketing/communications specialist for a community development group in Pittsburgh and can be reached at email@example.com.
OUTWORDS INC., Winnipeg, Manitoba’s only LGBT magazine, has upgraded its newsprint pages to glossy after almost 15 years in print.
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