Listings 09-05-03

LAUNCHES

Toy Max

Sector: entertainment

Frequency: monthly

Price: £2.95

Print run: 60,000

Publisher: Quality Communications

Toy Max, a toy magazine targeted at readers aged 18 to 30, has a monthly price guide and an eight-page directory for collectors.

Publisher: Dez Skinn

Contact: 345 Ditchling Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 6JJ

Tel: 01273 566222

E-mail: editorial@toymax.net

Little People

Sector: children’s

Frequency: monthly

Price: £2.95

Print run: 80,000-100,000

Publisher: Toontastic Publishing

Targeted at pre-school children between two and four, Little People magazine will be a bright, colourful mix of Fisher Price Little People stories, features and activities. The first issue, about discovering big and small, will have both strip and text stories. There will also be a simple introduction to numbers and a recipe for coconut mice. In every issue there will be flashcards to cut out and keep.

Editor: Michelle Hopkinson

Contact: Toontastic Publishing, Office Block One, Southlink Business Park, Southlink, Oldham, Greater Manchester OL4 1DE

Tel: 0161 624 0414

E-mail: michelle.hopkinson@toontasticpublishing.com

EVENTS

Women Writers Network Travel Writing Seminar

Sally Shalam, the travel editor of the Evening Standard, will be giving an overview of the travel writing market and discussing how to get established as a freelance contributor. Also under discussion is how to pitch ideas to the Standard, what type of feature it is looking for, how much it pays and a profile of the readership.

Date: Monday 12 May

Venue: The Library, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1

Tickets: Free to members or £5. Women only

Time: 6.30 for 7.15pm

Contact: pat.hindley@virgin.net

MEDIA SOCIETY DEBATE

Has television destroyed Britain? This is the topic that will be discussed by the Media Society on 29 May. Panelists include Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown; Peter Bazalgette, chairman of Endemol UK; author and presenter Nick Clarke; former Channel 4 chief executive Michael Grade and producer Paul Watson.

Date: Thursday 29 May

Venue: London TV Centre, South Bank, London SE1

Time: 6.15 for 6.30pm

Price: £5 members/£7 guests

Contact: Dorothy Josem dorothy@mediasociety.co.uk

Tel: 020 7723 5059

AWARDS

2003 Natali Prize

The Natali Prize is awarded to print and online journalists who have demonstrated a striking insight and dedication to reporting human rights issues. The winner will be presented with E10, 000 at an awards ceremony in Brussels. Deadline for entries is Saturday 31 May.

Contact: Ann-Christina Hansen at projects@ifj.org

Tel: +32 2 235 22 07

AWARDS REMINDERS

Baker Tilly Aim Financial Journalist Of The Year

Deadline: 16 May

Contact: Laura Presland, Baker Tilly, Spectrum House, 20-26 Cursitor Street, London EC4A 1HY

E-mail: laura.presland@bakertilly.co.uk

Vision Of Science Photography Competition

Deadline: 30 May

Contact: Katie Watt

Tel: 020 7613 5577

Website: www.visions-of-science.co.uk

Magazine Design Awards

Deadline: 19 May

Contact: Andrea Hayes

Tel: 020 8565 3056

E-mail: andreah@qpp.co.uk

Website: www.magazinedesignawards.co.uk

Local Reporting Awards

Deadline: 11 July

Contact: Martha Leary-Tanner, Newspaper Society, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA

E-mail: martha_lt@newspapersoc.org.uk

LAUNCHES

popworld

Sector: teen

Publisher: GE Magazines

Price: £2.50

Frequency: monthly

Print run: 185,000

Popworld, a music magazine aimed at older teenage girls, has distanced itself from the typical teen pop magazines design. “We’re looking towards magazines such as Rolling Stone, Spin and Details in terms of design,” says editor Gavin Reeve.

Instead of the cartoon-like, colourful approach, Reeve says they were aiming for a simple, mature and clean design with pictures used full size across the pages. “It’s so easy to make it look like a grown-up’s idea of what kids like. Other teen mags look like the designer’s been sick on the page,” he says. The first 100-page issue has exclusive interviews with Justin Timberlake, Gareth Gates and Avril Lavigne. The magazine will also feature reviews and fashion.

Editor: Gavin Reeve

Contact: editor@popworld.com

Tel: 020 7350 5500

Website: www.popworld.com

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