—The Ann magazine and Aysling Digital Media Solutions today announced a unique publishing partnership where The Ann staff – with its vast knowledge of print publishing – and the Aysling staff – with its expertise in digital media – are collaborating to publish both a print and iPad/Tablet monthly local news magazine.
First published in October 2010, the idea for The Ann magazine came into focus in 2009 when Kyle Poplin – formerly executive editor of Bluffton Today newspaper – studied journalism startups around the country as part of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship, a program for mid-career journalists and their spouses at the University of Michigan. Other partners in the magazine are Myra Poplin, Kyle’s wife, and Jim McBee, an award-winning copy editor, page designer and online editor who has worked in journalism for more than 20 years.
Aysling Digital Media Solutions, a digital publishing solutions company with an international clientele of magazine, newspaper and corporate publishers, engages in this partnership as a collaborative work environment in order to gain greater experience and knowledge in day-to-day magazine production.
“We’ve known since we started that we wanted to expand from print to digital, and have been seeking the perfect partner. We’ve found that partner in Aysling,” said Kyle Poplin, publisher of The Ann. “Aysling has a proven track record in the digital realm. Their experience and support will help us bring our exceptional local content to more readers and better serve our advertisers. We look forward to doing some truly innovative and interesting things.”
“As Aysling’s client list of regional, national and international publishers continues to grow, we wanted to create a true production environment that will enable us to authenticate and test software products as the digital publishing industry continues to expand,” states Patrick Becker, president of Aysling Digital Media Solutions. “This partnership will allow The Ann to be our laboratory, our training ground and our best source to illustrate, reference and show-case the scope of work our teams deliver.”
About The Ann magazine
The Ann is a local news magazine, financed primarily through advertising sales, featuring quality journalism, opinion and outstanding photography.
About Aysling Digital Media Solutions
Aysling Digital Media Solutions is uniquely positioned as both a WoodWing Gold Authorized Solution Partner and Adobe Partner. Aysling provides both digital publishing software solutions and digital media production services for publishers, corporations and agencies that require a robust, feature-rich cross platform digital media distribution channel for exceptional content delivery to Print, Web, iPad, tablets and the mobile markets.
The Ann magazine
Kyle Poplin, Publisher
Aysling Digital Media Solutions
Don Rau, Director of Marketing