Life at Next Issue: What’s our Director of Product Management reading?


My name’s Johanna Hoadley (aka Jodi). As the Director of Product Management at Next Issue, I get excited about technology that makes life better, easier, or more fun—and preferably all three at once.

I’m also an avid hiker and backpacker, six-time Team in Training participant, former journalist, and founder of Hikerly, a blog about hiking in the Bay Area and beyond.

Check out the video to learn more about what I like to read, and enjoy my favorite recent stories on the great outdoors, our beautiful planet, and living healthy—all available now in your Next Issue app.


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My Outdoor Adventure Bucket List

Peru Two Ways


My fiancé and I are considering hiking the Salkantay trail for our honeymoon, so imagine my delight when I opened up the latest issue of Backpacker to find these gorgeous photos and descriptions.

Go West: Sunset's 2015 Ultimate To-Do List


I’ve always wanted to raft the Grand Canyon, and I once tried summiting fourteener Longs Peak. Those and more make this Great West to-do list right up my alley.

Best of the World 2015

National Geographic Traveler

My home base of San Francisco made the list with the Presidio, but the photos of hiking in Corsica (green + sun) and on Switzerland’s 14,692-ft. Matterhorn (snow + mountains) have inspired a couple more stops on my adventure bucket list.

Our Planet (And Beyond?)

Cinderella Story


Did you know there are more Siberian tigers in captivity in the U.S. than there are in the wild across the earth? Here’s the heart-wrenching story of the fight to save these beautiful big cats.

Have We Found Alien Life?

Popular Science

I’m always fascinated by the latest in scientific discovery. New in the lab: microbes that live off electricity. Could they be the key to the workings of life on Earth…and elsewhere?

Spotlight: Troubled Waters


Short but very insightful reminder on just how detrimental human actions and global warming are to our oceans. Tap each of the icons to see the effects on ocean temperatures, wildlife, and more.

Healthy Living

The Great American Sleep Deficit


It seems like I learn something new every time I open Next Issue. Today’s fact: In the 1800’s, people would go to sleep at sunset for a few hours, then wake in the middle of the night to eat, drink, pray, canoodle, and chat before heading back to bed until morning. Newsweek explores why sleep is vastly different in today’s world.

Home Practice: Jump-Start Your Day

Yoga Journal

It’s hard to say I don’t have time for morning yoga with these 10-, 20-, or 30-minute options. I’m filing this one under 2015 healthy-living inspiration.

Gluten-Free Redo: Veggie Meatballs

Vegetarian Times

While I’m not gluten intolerant, I wanted to try making my own meat-free meatballs. The verdict: Delicious! This is a recipe I’d highly recommend you try.

#WeekendReads | Guest Curator | Bacon & Bourbon | Toys of the Future | The Murdoch Battle | Get Ready for Spring


This week, we’re trying something new. We’re relinquishing the reins of story selection to someone else (at least partially, we’re kind of control freaks), for a fresh perspective on our world of unlimited stories.

And we’re starting with one of our own employees, Bob Moll, Director of Publisher Integration. He’s sharp, sarcastic, highly inquisitive and the most non-annoying chatterbox you’ll ever meet, qualifying him as the perfect pilot candidate for this new program.

We hope you find his selection as intriguing as we did, and dedicate some time this long weekend to dig into his choices, as well as a few just-picked long reads, and our standard slew of awesome stories. (Check out all of his recommendations here. And if you want to be a featured story-picker, email us here.)

Happy reading!

To start reading any of the articles, simply open the Next Issue app on your iPad, Android tablet, Kindle, or Windows 8 device. Don’t have a digital subscription yet? Download the app here and get unlimited access FREE for 30 days.

Next Issue Picks

50 Bacon Appetizers

Food Network Magazine

“Whether they’ll admit it or not, everybody loves bacon. Even vegetarians. Vegans. They want bacon.” We agree with Ted Allen. Thus was born the bacon issue. Let’s start with 50 bacon starters.

Heir Force One

Town & Country

In 2005, Lachlan Murdoch walked away from a worldwide media empire that could have been his. Now, after nearly a decade of exile, power struggles, and near-catastrophic scandals, the firstborn son of Rupert is on the verge of claiming the News Corp. throne.

The School That Will Get You a Job


A new kind of education shows why four years of high school isn’t enough, and how a six-year high school can guarantee a diploma that works. Check out the digital bonus video, too.

101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life


Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve something you might otherwise not learn for years. Here is a generous helping of tips from the most skilled and knowledgeable experts in the world.

Community Picks: Bob Moll Likes Cars, Bourbon, Yoga & Budget Design

The Billion-Dollar Bourbon Boom


Bourbon’s not my favorite distilled beer (that’s pretty much how I think of all that stuff that goes into making Whisk(e)y, Rye, Bourbon, etc.), but friends have introduced me to some great ones. Here’s the story of how the Bourbon business is now worth $8 billion globally, with a great cast of characters and some savvy marketing. Sláinte!

Inspiration Point

Yoga Journal

I’ve been practicing yoga for about nine years, however, the “plateau effect” that Sean Johnson mentions here is very real, and can reduce motivation and engagement. I found his meditations slowly helped me reconnect with my yoga practice. Highly recommended, even if you’ve only been practicing yoga for a shorter while. Not to mention some beautiful and inspiring art.

Modern World: Focus—Factory, Made


Ah “Dwell,” ye never fail to entice me with beautifully crafted and designed stuff, out of reach of the budget of mere mortals such as I. Maybe that’s why I have such affection for the story of two people building a home and design studio out of an old factory building. Favorite quote: “It works if you let yourself not try to fix it.” Confirmed.

Noise, Vibration & Harshness


Non-classics have a future. My current car is great, but it’s getting to the point where I might need to put some serious coin into keeping it presentable, so I’ve been considering fix-vs.-buy. I’m a firm believer in buying used cars (hey, I stimulate the economy in lots of other ways, cool your jets), so Jamie Kitman’s article about old cars that aren’t classics but are great cars with a track record checks all the right boxes.

Long Reads for the Long Weekend

Come Together

The New Yorker

Fiction: Revisit some of those all-consuming (for better or for worse) teenage emotions through Karl Ove’s story as he describes in vivid, immersive detail every fraught moment of his first relationship and first toe-curling kiss.

China Dreams

Travel + Leisure

In Hangzhou, under the spell of the lake, even the most driven person learns to be a little aimless, drinking cup after tiny cup of the region’s revered green tea. Discover sophisticated hotels, serene restaurants, and the quiet soul of the new China.

His Life in His Hands

Men's Fitness

Alex Honnold routinely climbs some of the world’s toughest mountains without a rope. He’s that confident. But is anybody really that good? Get to know the world’s most extreme climber.

The Future of Play


Imagine printing your own toys at home. Or watching your child have a one-on-one chat with her favorite TV character. These are just a few of the exciting changes that could be in your family’s future. Plus, 10 toys available now that will entertain, challenge, and thrill your child like never before.

Spring Sneak Peek

The Edited Life


Who says creativity has to be chaotic, and clean has to look boring? We peeked inside the homes of three creative women to steal their stylish clutter-conquering tips, just in time for spring cleaning.

Garden Know-How

Better Homes and Gardens

Tips and advice for everyone who loves to dig: What’s hot in flowers this year; new plants to love; and your spring to-do list.

True Blues


“Lucky’s” favorite style stars show off the chicest denim looks of the season. Like their style? Just tap the Twitter and Instagram icons to follow.

Spring Gear: The Best New Stuff of 2014

Men's Journal

Fifty tools and toys, including the latest, retro-inspired Jeep Wrangler; a device to ensure you never lose your luggage again; and an electric motorcycle that will take you 171 miles on one charge.

New Issues



New York Magazine

Rolling Stone

#WeekendReads | iPhone & Android HD Support | 100 Richest People | Love Triangle: US, Cuba & Golf | The Art of Oil Changes

This has been a very exciting week at Next Issue. We released our iPhone app (complements the tablet experience perfectly), updated our Android app to support HD and HDX devices (attn: Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 2nd generation owners), AND it was Halloween.

So this week when you read through our roundup, you’ll get extra brownie points if it’s on your iPhone or snazzy HD tablet and you tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter.

Oh, and you should meet our CEO, Morgan Guenther, former president of TiVo, hardcore surfer, and the man who is disrupting magazines. He’s a pretty neat guy. We like him.

Happy reading!

To start reading any of the articles, simply open the Next Issue app on your iPad, Android tablet, or Windows 8 device. Don’t have a digital subscription yet? Download the app here and get unlimited access FREE for 30 days. No credit card required.

Next Issue Picks

100 Best New Home Products 2013

This Old House

Nine pages of ingenious, hard-working, truly useful products to make do-it-yourself jobs easier. Solutions for the kitchen and bath, tools, home tech, outdoor living, building products, and finishing touches—plus the latest must-have apps.

Gulf Exploration

Golf World

The U.S. and Cuba are like two people who’ve gone through a traumatic divorce: betrayal, property disputes, antagonism. And now the two former lovers have settled into a long, cold silence. Could golf help act as a post-breakup counselor? Fascinating story about the beautiful people of Cuba, poverty, nostalgia, food and much more.

TEOTWAWKI* Cheat Sheet


*The End of the World as We Know It. The apocalypse is coming, and here are the 10 video games that have taught us the survival secrets we’ll need to know to triumphantly lick our way to the chocolaty salvation at the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop that is the End of the World.

The Rich Get Richer

Bloomberg Markets

Guess who tops the list? This year’s top 100 billionaires own discount supermarkets and luxury brands, oil refineries and cement factories. They span the decades from millennial Mark Zuckerberg to 93-year-old Karl Albrecht. Read more about them in the profiles that follow, like “Gambling Man” and “Upwardly Mobile.”

Plan an Extraordinary Thanksgiving

Masterful Menus

Vegetarian Times

Vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, this issue offers endless possibilities to design your ideal meatless holiday menu. Pick a menu and follow it to the letter, or use one as a jumping-off point and mix and match to your heart’s content. Plus, veg-friendly wines to match.

The Thanksgiving 55

Food & Wine

Simple tips, twists, and tactics from some of the best cooks F&W knows: chef Maria Helm Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa, California; pastry chef Sarah Jordan of Chicago’s Boka; and their own Test Kitchen geniuses.

25 Ways to Reinvent Your Thanksgiving

Bon Appétit

No disrespect to Mom’s stuffing, but what if this year you were to introduce a few twists to your Thanksgiving? Maybe add some duck fat. Dabble with “Friendsgiving.” Even spice up your bird. Tradition can evolve. (Just don’t lose the mashed potatoes.)

What Are You Cooking for Thanksgiving: Day 2

Every Day with Rachael Ray

Don’t know what to do with your Thanksgiving feast on Day 2? Here are the recipes (and nifty storage and reheating tips) to guarantee that your leftovers never get old.

Stuff For the Ultimate Man

Xbox One vs. PS4

PC Magazine

The next generation of game consoles is finally upon us. Here’s a look at the most important things we know about Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, both slated for November release. Compare with the review in Geek.

Best in Class: The Wish List


The best gifts are ones made with passion and pride, which generally means that they’ve been made with the company founder close at hand. Any or all of these four innovative products would make great presents for the people on your holiday list. Or, just keep them for yourself.

Project Upgrade: Tom Ford Edition


There’s a reason Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Brad Pitt all turn to one man when it’s time to suit up: Tom Ford has the art of elevated style down to a science. Five regular Londoners went through Tom’s move-star-making machine. Here, the secret formulas so you can use them too.

Shimmy, Shimmy, Pow!

Field & Stream

Most credit the trend of big, articulated flies to Kelly Galloup, author of “Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout.” Now, a cult of cutting-edge fly-tiers is running with the ginormo-streamer craze. The question is: Are you man enough to tie one on?

Perfect Your Craft

5 Ways to Supercharge Your Compositions

Popular Photography

A snapshot shows the world what your camera sees, but a thoughtfully composed photograph shows the world what you see. Here, five techniques for making pictures of natural subjects.

Lost Art: Zen and the Art of the Oil Change

Road & Track

When the earth was young, car guys changed their own oil. We still do these things because caring about a car and laying your hands on it not only changes your relationship with the car, it changes your relationship with yourself.

Fix Your Swing in the Gym

Golf Digest

If you keep hitting the same bad shot over and over, there’s a good chance your body is preventing your from fixing the problem. These exercises can cure your misses.

Work Small Parts Safely


When cutting and shaping petite pieces, regardless of what tool you use, one universal rule applies: Keep your fingers a safe distance from the machine’s cutting edges. Not only will your digits thank you, you’ll also improve accuracy by better controlling your workpiece during the cut. Here’s how.

New Issues


Entertainment Weekly

ESPN The Magazine

We’re Giving Away 2 FREE tickets to this year’s SXSW Interactive just for mentioning this blog post

Our crack team of digital publishers have come together to give geeks a chance at a SXSWi ticket this year. Better still, we’re willing to give it to them free. But…why? Well, because we’re going and we’d like some friends in the tech community to come along with us. All you have to do is mention this blog post on Twitter, Google+ or your own blog to enter.

In other words, if you choose:


– Tweet this copy, “Follow @NextIssue then retweet this post (be sure to include the #NextIssue and #SXSWi hashtags) and enter to win a ticket to SXSW Interactive!”


– Head to our G+ page and +1 our post about this.

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– Post about this giveaway on your blog
– Include a mention of our panel at SXSW and when and where it is being held:

– The panel: “Digital vs. Print: Storyboard to Digital Delivery”

– Date of the panel: March 9 at 2pm in the Sheraton

– The URL of the panel is:

– Let us know you posted by entering your blog post URL in the comments section below this blog post.
– Be sure to include your email in the comments section in the following form: your name @ your company dot com so we can contact you if you win.
– We’ll then track your post for traffic back to our blog.
– Whoever sends us the most traffic back from their blog wins the ticket.

About this offer:

Contest ends on Feb 29, 2012 at noon Pacific time. We’ll pick two winners at random on either Twitter, Google+ or through a blog post, and contact the winner through the email, Twitter or the Google+ profile provided.

*Ticket is $700 value. Hotel and airfare must be arranged separately.

See special rules for details

We’ve Expanded Our Executive Leadership Team

Brodie Keast named EVP of marketing to lead company branding and marketing efforts

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan.18, 2012 — Next Issue Media, the company formed by five leading U.S. publishers — Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp. and Time Inc. — today announced that Brodie Keast has joined the executive leadership team as executive vice president of marketing.

In this position, Keast will be responsible for leading branding and marketing across the company, driving demand generation and subscriber growth.  He will report to the CEO, Morgan Guenther.

“Brodie is a world-class marketing executive with deep experience building brand and customer value across emerging digital media categories,” said Guenther.  “He understands how Silicon Valley intersects with big media brands, and at a time of tremendous change and excitement in the $25 billion plus magazine industry, I’m looking forward to having Brodie take charge of the Next Issue brand and strengthening our unique value proposition to consumers.”

Keast has more than 25 years of brand management, technology and consumer marketing experience on a global scale at some of the leading brands such as Palm, TiVo, Hewlett Packard and Apple.  He comes to Next Issue Media with a broad set of marketing and general management experiences from a range of personal computing, television services, wireless and other technology businesses.

Prior to joining Next Issue Media, Keast served as CMO of Prysm, a privately held company that has invented an innovative new display technology.  Before his time at Prysm, Keast was SVP of marketing for Palm where he led the launch of the webOS platform.  Prior to this role, he served as SVP and GM of the consumer business at Seagate and SVP of marketing and sales at TiVo, where he led the launch of the DVR category and development of the TiVo brand.  Keast started his career at Hewlett Packard in a variety of engineering, marketing and management roles.  He later joined Apple for a ten year run, where he held a range of marketing positions.

“Magazine content and brands resonate around the globe and the shift to digital is on,” said Keast. “I am excited to be a part of a company that will deliver an immersive experience for customers who enjoy many of the most loved magazine titles in the world.”

About Next Issue Media

Next Issue Media, the company behind Next Issue, is a joint venture formed by five leading U.S.-based publishers – Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc. The company was formed to develop, market, and deliver interactive digital editions of the world’s most popular magazines and newspapers optimized for the digital device of your choice. You can find more information on Next Issue at

CONTACT: Monica Walsh,

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