Optimism required

Optimism required: Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Christopher Montgomery looks at Penton Media‘s prospects.


What’s at stake for Penton – publisher of such magazines as IndustryWeek, Air Transport World and Business Finance, and producer of such trade shows as the Natural Products Expo – is nothing less than the survival of the 112-year-old company and its 830 employees. Coming off of three straight annual losses and dealing with a large debt load, Penton doesn’t have much of a margin for error.


Huh? When I can find it, I’ll link back to an earlier post regarding question marks on magazine covers (they’re a sign of weakness), but today’s clone cover post made me curious how Time & Newsweek compare in using the question mark cliche. For 2004, here are the questions the magazines ask on their covers:

Newsweek Asks:

Girl or Boy? (1/26)
Who really killed Jesus? (2/16)
Is he to blame? (5/17)
Can this man save Iraq? (7/5)
The sunshine boys? (7/19)

Time Asks:

Who is the real Dean? (1/12)
What kind of president would John Kerry be? (2/19)
Does Bush have a credibility gap? (2/16)
Are too many jobs going abroad? (3/1)
Why did Jesus have to die? (4/12)

Toothy clone covers

Toothy clone covers: If you’re keeping score, this is the fifth clone cover of 2004, tracking along the same level as last year. I predict that with the Olympics and presidential election coming up, we’ll see some records set. For an explanation of the rexblog feature, Clone Covers, visit [Macro error: Can’t evaluate the expression because the name “ftpSite” hasn’t been defined.]
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July 19, 2004