I hope you’re enjoying July’s issue of Blast Magazine so far.
A lot has gone into development and content lately, and I want to share some content developments with you.
The big news is that we are taking the Creative Commons road. We’re licensing all of our content under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License, meaning other people, bloggers and more startup news and online journalism organizations can start to use our content, as long as they don’t sell or directly make money off of it and as long as they link back/give credit to the original author and Blast Magazine.
This is the best move for Blast right now as we continue our small steps onto the moon of the Internet press. Not many news sources have done this, with one noteable exception from the good people at Gatehouse who decided to go with Creative Commons at the end of last year. There’s a press release below. Take a gander!
Also of considerable noteworthiness, we have joined the Online News Association this month. They were founded in 1999 and push standards of journalism excellence online, which is what we strive for. Thus, it’s a natural fit.
Finally, don’t miss this month’s cover gallery. Our culture editor set up, picked the outfits for and shot this wonderful beachy gallery.
That’s the straight poop for now. Thanks for reading!
For Immediate Release:
Contact: John Leroy
July 9, 2007
Blast Magazine Forms Partnership with Creative Commons
Online Magazine Makes its Content Available for Open Use
After seven issues in publication, Blast Magazine has teamed up with Creative Commons to make its original content available to a wider audience. This partnership makes Blast one of the few news sources to make their content available for open use.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides a “some rights reserved” copyright to, or allows multimedia news content to be accessed, distributed or shared online with ease, while allowing the original author to retain ownership of works. Blast Magazine will license content under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. Its content will be available for use as long as it is not sold and proper attribution and linking are present.
“We’re very excited at the chance to work closely with Creative Commons and put our quality news and multimedia content out there to be read and used by many more people," says John Guilfoil, Editor and owner of Blast Magazine.
Since its inception, the "Hybrid Edition Content Delivery," has been read by more than 30,000 people per month, with consistent growth apparent. The publication has a staff of over 30 journalists, including writers, photographers and graphic designers from all over the country. They are a mixture of young professionals and talented students.
Editor-In-Chief, John Guilfoil is a recent graduate of Northeastern University and also a 10-year veteran of Internet journalism. He founded The Review Center (http://www.reviewcenter.com) in 1999 and has written numerous articles and product reviews.
Blast Magazine is available online at http://www.blastmagazine.com with a new kind of media experience. New issues of the publication are available online on the 1st of each month, with posts being added each day.