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March 2010

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This Month's Features:

Verified Would Like to Welcome...
2010 Circle of Excellence Winners
CJR Mag Study: Free Makes Money
Events Calendar
Newspaper Sites Most Trusted Local News Source
Tips & Techniques: Email Newsletter Audits

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Verified Would Like to Welcome...

LP GasLP Gas
Questex Media Group, Inc.
Cleveland, OH
LPGas' editorial team covers the field, traveling thousands of miles each year to visit dealers, distributors and suppliers, and attend industry trade shows and conferences. They provide the most in-depth coverage of issues, trends, case studies and research reports in the propane industry.

Pest Management ProfessionalPest Management Professional
Questex Media Group, Inc.
Cleveland, OH
Pest Management Professional (PMP) magazine has been the editorial authority for the pest management industry for 75 years. PMP tailors its technical, applications, business, news and market trends coverage directly to its audience of owners/presidents, directors/general managers, sanitarians, supervisors and foremen at pest control, food processing, storage and warehouse companies and other commercial, institutional, industrial and recreational facilities.

Travel Agent MagazaineTravel Agent Magazine
Questex Media Group, Inc.
New York, NY
Publishing every two weeks, supplemented with daily, weekly, and online delivery of news, supplier profiles, destination guides, marketing/sales programs and educational material, Travel Agent's portfolio of print and online products provide agents with the tools they can use to sell more travel, more effectively.

GPS WorldGPS World
Questex Media Group, Inc.
New York, NY
GPS World is the premier global media brand covering the dynamic world of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). GPS World's mission is to provide business and technical information regarding GNSS to executives, high-level corporate managers, project and engineer managers, product designers and manufacturers, researchers, and system developers around the world who need to incorporate global positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies into their corporate strategies and operations to maximize profit and productivity.

Response MagazineResponse
Questex Media Group, Inc.
Santa Ana, CA
Response reaches interactive and direct marketing professionals who are the decision-makers for the production of DRTV and interactive (ITV) programming. Response offers quality content focused on the industry's most important issues. The publication's editorial team actively participates in industry associations and features the Response Advisory Board comprised of a "Who's Who" of industry experts. Response takes the lead when it comes to providing quality, expert analysis of industry news, trends, strategies and more.

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2010 Circle of Excellence Winners

Verified Circle of Excellence WinnersVerified would like to congratulate the winners of the 2010 Circle of Excellence award.

The Circle is awarded to only those publications that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document and demonstrate that they consistently meet the highest standards of audit excellence.

Congratulation to the winners! Keep up the good work!

Advance Publications/On the Town Publications, Inc
American Coin-Op
American Drycleaner
Antelope Valley Press/Express/Lifestyle
Arkansas Times/El Latino
Atlantic City Weekly
Austin Chronicle
BizTimes Milwaukee
Bradford Era
Charleston Regional Business Journal
Chicago Reader
City Pages
Creative Loafing Tampa
Dallas Voice
Eastern Arizona Courier
Eugene Weekly
Fastline Publications
Folio Weekly
Free Times
Gazette/Star Newspapers
Gold Country Media
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Industria Alimenticia
Irrigation & Green Industry
Journal of Business
Las Vegas City Life/El Tiempo/Nifty Nickel
Lee's Summit Journal
Metro Times
Mountain Xpress
North Coast Journal
On the Go Magazine
Orlando Weekly
Pacific Maritime Magazine
Pasadena Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly
Plano Profile
Preferred Destinations Magazine
Printing Equipment Guide
Providence Business News
Questex Media Group, Inc.
Record Journal
Rochester Business Journal
Salt Lake City Weekly
Shepherd Xpress
Simmons-Boardman Publishing
The Business Ledger
The Daily Globe
The Georgia Straight
The Item
The Mitchell Daily Republic
The Place
Weekly Alibi
Publishing Company
Advance Publications
Crain Communications
Crain Communications
Antelope Valley Press
Arkansas Times Limited Partnerships
Atlantic City Weekly
Austin Chronicle Corporation
Small Business Times, LLC
Bradford Publishing
SC Biz News, Ltd.
CL Chicago, Inc.
City Pages
Creative Loafing, Inc.
Dallas Voice
Wick Communications
Eugene Weekly
Fastline Publications
Folio Publishing
Portico Publications, Ltd.
Frontiers Media, LLC
Post Newsweek Media, Inc.
Gold Country Media
Louisiana Business, Inc.
Helen Gordon Interests, Ltd.
ISG Communications, Inc.
Isthmus Publishing
Canoe, Inc.
Northwest Business Press, Inc.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Lee's Summit Journal
LEO Communications, LLC
Metro Times
New One, Inc.
Green Line Media, Inc.
North Coast Journal, Inc.
Now Communications, Inc.
Tierra Media Group
4Front Media, Inc.
Times-Shamrock Communications
Philips Publishing Group
Southland Publishing, Inc.
Review Publishing L.P.
Wishbone Graphics, Inc.
Freedom Orange County Information
Gaspee Publishing, Inc.
Providence Business News, Inc.
Questex Media Group, Inc.
Record Journal Publishing Company
Rochester Business Journal, Inc.
Copperfield Publishing
Alternative Publishing, Inc.
Simmons-Boardman Publishing
Ledger Publishing, Inc.
Forum Communications, Inc.
Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corp.
Osteen Publishing Company
Forum Communications, Inc.
The Max Company
NuCity Publications, Inc.

Circle winners are entitled to refer to and publicly display the Circle of Excellence in the publication, media kit and other promotional materials along with the Verified trademark.

Please contact your Account Coordinator to receive your Circle of Excellence graphics or call Verified at 415-461-6006.

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CJR Mag Study: Free Makes Money

Despite all the nay-saying about the prospects of free online content, magazine publishers who "give away" content for free online have a good chance of turning a profit, according to a new report and survey appearing in the Columbia Journalism Review.

On the other hand, the report notes that online publishing remains a chaotic, undisciplined arena for magazines, which have failed to establish uniform standards or practices for editorial matters.

The CJR survey gathered responses from 665 magazine editors, executives and managers from about 3,000 consumer magazines covering a range of circulations and frequencies, from weeklies to quarterlies.

FreeWithin this survey group, 68% said advertising is the primary source of revenue for their online publishing operations—and the number rises to 83% among sites that are actually profitable.

Some 65% of the profitable group said they offer their content for free, suggesting that a business model based on free content monetized with online advertising can succeed. Overall, however, just 33% of those surveyed said their sites were profitable, while another third said they were unprofitable. (The remaining third didn't know—a somewhat alarming finding in itself.)

Indeed, the findings were hardly all positive, and the bad news extended to editorial operations. According to Victor Navasky, a professor at Columbia University's journalism school and chairman of the CJR: "What the survey shows is that there are no agreed-upon ethical or professional standards and practices and that everybody is making it up as they go along." Navasky added, "We were dismayed, and in some cases depressed, by the survey's findings."

Among the less-than-ideal findings: 11% of respondents said there was no copyediting for online content, and another 48% said copyediting for online content isn't as rigorous as for the print edition. Furthermore, 40% said that web editors tend to be less rigorous in fact-checking, with 17% admitting there was no fact-checking at all under web editors.

© MediaPost Communications 2010

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Events Calendar

2010 Maggie Banquet
May 7, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

Canada Newspaper Association Annual Convention – Ink & Beyond
May 13 – 14, 2010
Toronto, ON

Ontario Community Newspapers Association Spring Conference
May 14, 2010
Toronto, ON

FMA's State of the Industry
May 19, 2010
New York, NY

SNA Audience Development Conference
May 19 – 21, 2010
Atlanta, GA

Community Papers of New England Spring Conference and Trade Show
May 22 – 23, 2010
Providence, RI

If you have an event that you would like to announce, please send your information

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Newspaper Sites Most Trusted Local News Source

Newspaper Sites Most Trusted Local News SourceNewspaper websites are the most-visited and most-trusted source of online local news, according to a survey of 3,050 adult Internet users by comScore conducted on behalf of the Newspaper Association of America.

Overall, 57% of respondents said local newspaper websites were their No. 1 destination for various kinds of local information—more than all other online local news media combined. The survey also revealed high rankings for the trustworthiness of advertising on local newspaper websites.

Breaking local content and advertising down into various categories, 29% said newspaper websites were their primary destination for local news, 27% ranked them first for local sports, 26% for local entertainment, and 39% for local classifieds.

Setting aside duplicates, this comes to well over half of those surveyed. The proportion of respondents ranking newspaper websites as their primary destination for local content rose to 60% among college-educated respondents and 63% among well-to-do households.

The NAA noted that newspaper websites beat various competitors—most notably the websites of local TV stations—across the board in terms of trustworthiness as well. Local newspapers were chosen as the most trustworthy source of local news by 34% of respondents, compared to 23% for local TV news sites.

They also ranked ahead of local TV news sites in local sports (30%–24%), local entertainment (30%–20%), and local classifieds (42%–13%). For advertising in general, 36% said they considered local newspaper websites to be trustworthy advertising media, compared to 23% for local TV news sites and just 12% for online portals in general.

At first glance, newspaper websites seem to be sitting pretty, but newspaper publishers have struggled to monetize large online audiences at anywhere near the rate of their legacy print product.

According to the NAA, in the first three quarters of 2009, newspapers' online advertising revenues were still just 10% of their total advertising revenues—after a decade spent building online audiences and advertising programs.

© MediaPost 2010

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Tips & Techniques: Email Newsletter Audits

An email newsletter audit is third-party verification of the volume of successful email newsletters sent by the publisher, the average distribution per send and the timeframe verified.

Audit Requirements

  • Email server logs recording distribution of the email newsletter.
  • Evidence of returned/invalid addresses.
  • Evidence of the number of paid email newsletter copies distributed, including subscriber records, price paid, date paid and proof of payment. An "Nth" select will be chosen to confirm paid subscribers.
  • Evidence of the number of free "opt-in" or requester email newsletter copies distributed, either by email request, hard copy request, telemarketed or from some other sources. An "Nth" select will be chosen to confirm opt-in or requester subscribers.
  • Breakdown of the volume delivered for each issue from a summary report.
  • Access to the subscriber database.

Key Definitions

Average Net Email Delivery
The average number of email addresses (SMTP) per issue receiving the newsletter within the audit period.

Delivery of Verified Email Address
Verifiable email address to which the email distribution has been delivered. Only distribution to addresses that have requested to receive the email distribution qualify for inclusion. Unsolicited emails sends cannot be included in the Total Average Net Email Newsletter Delivery.

The number of instances the email newsletter was published and delivered to the distribution list.

Opt-in or Requested
An opt-in recipient refers to when the individual recipient (a unique SMTP address) has personally made a request to receive the email newsletter. Total number of email newsletter copies distributed to opt-in recipients only. This may be in the form of an email request, a website request, telemarketed request or a hard-copy written request.

A unique SMTP address that has been supplied with an email and that can be verified to an individual.

Email messages that did not reach a subscriber due to any of several reasons including invalid email address, temporary server problem, or unsubscribe actions (both hard and soft bounces).

Hard Bounce
A message that is undelivered due to a permanent error (e.g., the email address does not exist any longer).

Soft Bounce
A message that is undeliverable due to a temporary error (e.g., mailbox full).

Copies excluded from total average net delivery include back copies, opt-outs, returned email addresses and unsolicited distribution.

If you have questions about email newsletter audits, please call Verified at 415-461-6006.

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