Frequency: bimonthly for first two issues then monthly
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
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
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
Venue: Reuters, 85 Fleet Street, EC4
Contact: Dorothy Josem, Flat 1, 24 Park Road, NW1 4SH
Tel: 020 7723 5059
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.
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