Fun for the new year at Spectator! Replacing the Weekend section, this fall Spec will launch a full-color, Village Voice-style weekly magazine tentatively titled The Eye. In a canny move, they recruited a features editor who’s already been dishing for the Daily Telegraph and other publications for years–Bee Shaffer, daughter of Vogue empress Anna “Miranda” Wintour (Fashion Week, anyone?). Bwog hopes that this venture fares better than the late Splog, which we’ve heard will rise again soon.
Meanwhile, many Bwog readers have been puzzling over the state of Spec’s website, which has been in disrepair for quite some time. They’re apparently attempting to code with CollegePublisher, a service used by college newspapers from Syracuse to San Diego State, which requires subcribers to sign over all advertising rights in exchange for flashy ads from big corporations. (ed. note This is not entirely accurate. Please see correction.) But hey, you’ve got to fund the hors d’oevres somehow.
Spectator could not be reached for comment.
CORRECTION: Contrary to the post above, Spectator did comment on their website change and new magazine! And Bwog got some facts wrong. An email from Spec E-i-C Steve Moncada reveals “1) The magazine will be titled, The Eye. 2) Spectator is in the process of switching web hosts from New Digital Group to College Publisher. The new host, which subsumed the old host, offers free web services to Spectator in exchange for national ad placement at three locations on the website, and it is currently home to over 260 college newspapers. In addition, Spec hopes to debut a site for The Eye by the beginning of the school year which will be hosted on Spectator’s own server. Spec editors hope that the magazine site will be a starting point in freeing the paper from the constraints of these national web-hosting conglomerates.”