POZ Publishing: Rumors of Death are Exaggerated

Layoffs, Restructuring Announced;

Magazine Will Continue;

New Business Ventures Explored



Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from POZ Publishing LLC

    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- POZ Publishing LLC announced a
 one-third staff reduction and company reorganization effective today.
     The July and August issues of POZ, the nation's largest magazine for
 people with HIV, will be published according to schedule, said Brad Peebles,
 publisher and CEO. The June issue, due out May 7, takes stock of the upcoming
 hype surrounding the 20th "anniversary" of AIDS.
     "Despite current downsizing, POZ will remain journalism's only
 independent, irreverent and authentic voice of the AIDS community," said
 editor in chief Walter Armstrong. "The magazine and its readers have a unique
 commitment to help each other survive by any means necessary." June's coverage
 takes its tone from Michael Musto's "Happy 20th Birthday, AIDS, you f------
 freak," and includes a cover story on what makes a long-term survivor. The
 July cover will investigate the current activist controversy about whether
 AIDS drug ads promote HIV infections as well as Marty Delaney's groundbreaking
 piece on "First, Last and Best Drug Combos." The August issue will feature
 stories on the crystal-meth epidemic among HIV positive gay men and on ACT
 UP/Philadelphia and the future of AIDS activism.
     Peebles said that the reductions in expenditures will enable the company
 to continue publishing a regular issue while adding special supplements and
 other content to its agenda. "We're evolving our business model to keep pace
 with the changing financial environment," Peebles said. "For those of us
 living with HIV, survival is not a given, especially if you don't fight for
 it. Why should POZ be any different? While we're all saddened by the staff
 reductions, we're invigorated by the challenge and opportunities ahead."
     The POZ Life Forums, cutting-edge treatment seminars, will begin an
 eight-city tour with an April 25 debut in Baltimore. In addition, plans for
 POZ en Espanol and 'hale, a new advocacy magazine dealing with asthma, remain
 unchanged.
     Launched in April 1994 by PWA activist Sean Strub, POZ has published
 69 issues in seven years, during which the magazine has won numerous awards
 for its journalism and public service, including a National Magazine Award
 "General Excellence" nomination.
 
 

SOURCE POZ Publishing LLC
    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- POZ Publishing LLC announced a
 one-third staff reduction and company reorganization effective today.
     The July and August issues of POZ, the nation's largest magazine for
 people with HIV, will be published according to schedule, said Brad Peebles,
 publisher and CEO. The June issue, due out May 7, takes stock of the upcoming
 hype surrounding the 20th "anniversary" of AIDS.
     "Despite current downsizing, POZ will remain journalism's only
 independent, irreverent and authentic voice of the AIDS community," said
 editor in chief Walter Armstrong. "The magazine and its readers have a unique
 commitment to help each other survive by any means necessary." June's coverage
 takes its tone from Michael Musto's "Happy 20th Birthday, AIDS, you f------
 freak," and includes a cover story on what makes a long-term survivor. The
 July cover will investigate the current activist controversy about whether
 AIDS drug ads promote HIV infections as well as Marty Delaney's groundbreaking
 piece on "First, Last and Best Drug Combos." The August issue will feature
 stories on the crystal-meth epidemic among HIV positive gay men and on ACT
 UP/Philadelphia and the future of AIDS activism.
     Peebles said that the reductions in expenditures will enable the company
 to continue publishing a regular issue while adding special supplements and
 other content to its agenda. "We're evolving our business model to keep pace
 with the changing financial environment," Peebles said. "For those of us
 living with HIV, survival is not a given, especially if you don't fight for
 it. Why should POZ be any different? While we're all saddened by the staff
 reductions, we're invigorated by the challenge and opportunities ahead."
     The POZ Life Forums, cutting-edge treatment seminars, will begin an
 eight-city tour with an April 25 debut in Baltimore. In addition, plans for
 POZ en Espanol and 'hale, a new advocacy magazine dealing with asthma, remain
 unchanged.
     Launched in April 1994 by PWA activist Sean Strub, POZ has published
 69 issues in seven years, during which the magazine has won numerous awards
 for its journalism and public service, including a National Magazine Award
 "General Excellence" nomination.
 
 SOURCE  POZ Publishing LLC