Some Magazines Die, But Some Dead Magazines Rise Again

Not all of today’s media news was bad: The Boston Globe seems to have obtained yet another stay of execution, and somebody gave Glenn Beck a deal to write more books (we suppose this depends on your definition of the term “bad news”). But some was: Spanish-language Selecciones magazine closed, and rumors of trouble hit OK! magazine and Men’s Journal.

• The Reader’s Digest Association has closed the U.S. edition of Spanish-language Selecciones magazine. RDA will continue to publish the seventeen international editions of the title, the company said. [Folio]

• The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette announced “substantially more” layoffs today. This is the second set of layoffs for the state’s largest daily newspaper. [Arkansas News]

• The Hartford Courant in Connecticut lost its editor and managing editor. [Romenesko]

• Apparently things have gotten so bad that someone at the Times stole Jennifer 8. Lee’s vodka, according to her Twitter page. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

• According to Gawker, OK!magazine has laid off creative director Sean Bumgarner, third on its masthead after a series of shake-ups including hiring a consultant to determine which of the staff will keep their jobs. [Gawker]

• There were rumored layoffs at Men’s Journal today. Guess Jann was bored again? [Gawker]

• Okay, and this is technically good news, but it’s also related to the Dead: Relix magazine (a Grateful Dead fanzine dating from the seventies) relaunches after a temporary hiatus. A group of investors led by Peter Shapiro — a former New York nightclub owner and concert producer well known in the so-called jam-band scene — and a core group of the magazine’s employees have acquired the title and a pair of related websites from Zenbu founder Steve Bernstein. [Folio]

Some Magazines Die, But Some Dead Magazines Rise Again