Friday, March 18, 2016

Historic flight scheduled

It's one of those situations magazine editors always dread. You believe something is going to occur before your next publication date, and so you decide to make that particular event your cover story. It's risky, but as long as you have a backup plan, then you're OK.

That's the situation the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly was in. We had reason to believe that the first flight of the first U.S.-built Airbus jetliner would occur before our April 5 deadline. So we went ahead and planned to do a package of stories as our cover subject.

When Airbus announced on Friday that the test flight of an A321 jetliner it built for JetBlue would occur Monday, March 21, we were able to breathe a sigh of relief. True, we had plenty of other stories in the package that could have been on the cover, but the first flight is historic.

Sometimes, you just got to trust your instinct.

As part of our plan for the April magazine, we launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter so folks who want to congratulate Mobile and Airbus could do so in a single-page house that will include the names of the contributors who want to be listed. If we don't reach our goal, we won't have the ad.

As for that first flight, we'll be there Monday of course, and we'll post something on our daily aerospace corridor news feed. If you don't get that feed and you're interested in all things aerospace in the Gulf Coast region, you might want to subscribe. It's free, or you can just make it a point to check the feed regularly. You'll be surprised just how much aerospace activity goes on in this region.

But you can also just wait until we publish the magazine.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Kickstarter campaign launched

This is the first of what will now be a weekly update that will be posted every Saturday or Sunday to keep you up to date on our publications.

But first, this little promotional. As you know, the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly published its inaugural issue Jan. 5, and the feedback has been very positive. One newspaper asked for permission to reprint some of our stories, and they've used two so far. You're also aware that the magazine is free to readers, and we intend to keep it that way.

But for the April issue we decided to try a one-time, 30-day Kickstarter campaign to help us out in our formative period. We're a brand new magazine, and it takes time to get traction. We're hoping we get hundreds of names that we can list on a full-page house ad as a way of showing there's a lot of support for a product of this type.

Imagine what it would say about the Gulf Coast region if we get a lot of individuals or businesses that kick in $1, $10, $20 or more. The more names we have on the page, the happier we'll be. And if we don't reach our modest goal, we don't collect any money and won't have the page. But we'll still have the magazine. Many of our stories have already been turned in, and we will publish April 5.

If you're interested in showing your support, please take a look at our Kickstarter campaign page for all the details. You can find it at:
And if you decide it's not for you, that's fine. We still want you to continue reading our magazine. We plan to be here for the long run. Thank you. - David Tortorano, editor