Listings 06-06-03

LAUNCHES

PSNEXT

Sector: computing

Frequency: bimonthly for first two issues then monthly

Price: £4

Publisher: Future Publishing

PSNext, the PlayStation 2 magazine, is for gadget-loving computer gamers in their 20s. It focuses on cutting-edge video-games innovations, such as online gaming, the PlayStation portable and the movement-sensing EyeToy camera. Editor Sam Richards said: “PSNext is not merely a summary of the latest software releases within an insular, teenage-focused environment. This is a magazine that considers the latest PS2 releases and associated technology as boundary-pushing digital entertainment. And yet PSNext never loses sight of the fact that we play games because they’re fun.” The first issue has an interview with the creator of Gran Turismo 4, a feature on war games and investigations into 3G and ADSL technologies.

Editor: Sam Richards

Contact: PSNext, Future publishing, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, B11 2BW.

Tel: 01225 442244

Website: www.psnext.co.uk

icreate

Sector: computing Frequency: bimonthly

Price: £6 Publisher: Paragon Publishing

Aimed at creative Mac users, iCreate features tutorials, advice and reviews of all Mac related software and hardware . Each 132-page issue has a free CD-Rom containing software demos, Apple updates, screensaver and fonts.

Editor: Paul Newman

Contact: iCreate, Paragon House, St Peter’s Street, Bournemouth, BH1 2JS

Tel: 01202 299900

EVENTS

The Media Society

Was truth the victor in Iraq? The Media Society and Reuters debate the lessons learnt from reporting the war. Questions under discussion include whether working side by side with the military affected the reports that embedded journalist filed; why so many journalists died as a result of friendly fire and how far journalists in the field – or their editors at home – abandoned honest reporting for propaganda. Panelists include Audrey Gillan from The Guardian , the BBC’s Gavin Hewitt, Lindsey Hilsum from Channel 4 News, Reuters’ Samia Nakhoulk and Michael Nicholson from ITV Tonight and ITV News. The discussion is chaired by Richard Tait, the director at Cardiff University’s Centre for Journalism studies. Tickets cost £10 (£8 for MS members).

Date: 10 June

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: Reuters, 85 Fleet Street, EC4

Contact: Dorothy Josem, Flat 1, 24 Park Road, NW1 4SH

Tel: 020 7723 5059

E-mail: dot@djosem.freeserve.co.uk

WIJ Seminar

To mark the relaunch of its website, WIJ looks at opportunities in online journalism. Under discussion are the skills needed to crossover from print, potential for earnings and how to make useful contacts. Contributors include Emily Bell, editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited; handbag.com editor Debbie Djordjevic, director of editorial at AOL Sheila Sang and media recruiter Louise Hambury.

E-mail: WIJUK@aol.com

RELAUNCHES

www.handbag.com

Sector: women’s lifestyle

Publisher: Hollinger Telegraph New Media and Boots plc

Unique users: 651, 261

Launched in 1999, handbag.com has been revamped. Aimed at women aged 25 to 44, the website has a more magazine-led design, with a greater emphasis on lifestyle photography. The colour scheme is in pastels, more in keeping with the themes and features to be found on the new-look site. Updated daily, it has 15 sections covering topics such as relationships, health, careers, fashion and beauty. There are also guides to 100 sexual positions and 100 “astonishing sex tips”. Contributors include astrologer Shelley von Strunckel, make-up expert John Gustafuson; fashion writer Hero Brown and fitness expert Carolan Brown. The handbag.com team say the redesign aims to keep the site fresh, relevant and exciting.

Editor: Debbie Djordjevic

Contact: handbag.com, 151 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2JG.

Tel: 020 7292 0020

Fax: 020 7292 0021

E-mail: editor@handbag.com

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