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After more than 60 years, goes digital only

Industry must innovate, change along with new needs of readers

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


JET magazine this summer will abandon its traditional weekly print format and go all digital. According to Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) statistics, JET’s 2013 single-copy sales were 19 percent higher than in 2011. But while subscriptions “drive the largest share of the magazine’s circulation” among readers, whose average age is 44 years old (35 percent are Baby Boomers, persons born 1946-1964), the digital version will “appeal to the diverse interests and needs of information-hungry African American consumers.”

“We are embracing the future,” announced JPC Chairman Linda Johnson Rice in a released statement in May about the magazine her father, the late John Johnson, founded in 1951 for Blacks to get weekly news in a smaller format than its sister publication Ebony, which comes out monthly. Over the years, the magazine has changed from black and white to color, in format size, and from a weekly publishing schedule to every three weeks. “The cost and the expense to try to publish a weekly, and paper and postage, is just not cost efficient in 2014,” explained Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, JPC chief operating officer and digital president, in a recent MSR phone interview. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis musician selected for Doris Duke Artist Award

Minneapolis native, New York-based pianist and composer Craig Taborn among 13 jazz artists to receive 2014 Doris Duke Foundation awards


Earlier this week, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. According to the press release, “both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. Since commencing in April 2012, the program has awarded a total of $18.1 million to artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theater.” The 2014 jazz related award recipients are:
2014 Doris Duke Artist Awards

Oliver Lake
Steve Lehman
Roscoe Mitchell
Zeena Parkins
Craig Taborn
Randy Weston

2014 Doris Duke Impact Awards

Muhal Richard Abrams
Ambrose Akinmusire
Steve Coleman
Ben Monder
Aruán Ortiz
Matana Roberts
Jen Shyu


Pianist and composer Craig Taborn is multi-talented in the realms of straight-ahead and free jazz. Continue Reading →

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