Online journal focuses on reportage

Former International Herald Tribune editor, Mort Rosenblum, and founder of VII Photo Agency, Gary Knight, have launched a quarterly current affairs journal, Dispatches, that addresses global issues using in-depth reportage and photography.

Knight, art editor, and Rosenblum, editor, came up with the idea while covering conflicts together in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Pharmaceutical executive Dr Simba Gill is publisher.

Available online only, the journal’s mission statement is ‘to help fill this growing void with an independent look at the huge challenges facing the world today”, targeting ‘the professional world watcher, citizens who want to make a difference and students who must deal with crises they inherit.”

The first issue, ‘In America”, features essays by Paul Theroux, John Kifner, Muzamil Jaleel, and Samantha Power, photographs by Antonin Kratochvil, and an illustration by Gerald Scarfe.

Scots offshoot extends service agenda

Public Servant magazine is to create an offshoot publication for Scotland from September.

Public Servant Scotland will be edited by former head of communications for the Scottish Funding Council, Maureen Ferrier, currently the only full-time journalist on the subscription-based title.

The magazine will be published by PSCA International, which publishes a number of public service titles including Defence Management Journal and The PPP Journal, and is aiming to reflect a ‘progressive agenda for government and public services in Scotland”.

Managing editor David Allaby said: ‘Public service managers and business partners acknowledge that they now have to embrace change as never before. Public Servant Scotland will engage with the ideas, the arguments and the people in that process.”

Political monthly dresses to impress

Former Esquire and The Daily Telegraph staff have launched a monthly political magazine that claims to reflect shifting left and right alliances.

Standpoint magazine is edited by former associate editor of the Telegraph, Daniel Johnson, and former Esquire editor Simon Tiffin is the publisher.

Standpoint is funded by independent thinktank the Social Affairs Unit and has an initial print run of 30,000. The launch party last week hinted at things to come, with self-confessed ‘unrepentant Right winger’Labour MP Frank Field making a speech and Tory MP Michael Gove describing the magazine as like Victoria Beckham’s dress – ‘long enough to cover all the essentials, short enough to provoke interest”.

Russian edition will meet demand

Monthly society magazine Tatler is to launch its first international edition in Russia in September this year.

The magazine’s publisher, Condé Nast, already has Russian editions of a number of Tatler’s stablemates including Vogue, Glamour and GQ.

Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Condé Nast International, said: ‘Tatler occupies a unique and highly successful position at the top end of the British market. Wealthy and cultivated Russians, many of whom are familiar with it, now demand their own Russian edition and we will oblige them.”

The editor-in-chief of the Russian edition is Victoria Davydova, working with publisher Elena Zaytseva and managing director for Condé Nast Russia, Karina Dobrotvorskaya.

Green title secures celebrity editor

TV presenter Joanna Yarrow is to edit the free green lifestyle magazine, eco-you.

Yarrow – GMTV Green Week presenter and author of 1001 Ways You Can Save the Planet – has been hired by contract publisher Big Spark Publishing, which also produces My Money and Check Out.

The publisher claims the title will compete with Centaur’s recently launched Green Magazine, and will be printed on recycled paper with 100,000 copies distributed in Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores.

It will initially be published quarterly and will primarily target women, offering advice and ideas on green living and will have a celebrity interview in each issue.

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