New owners of NMN share goal: Get the word out about our sport
Here’s my Q&A with the new faces behind the 37-year-old magazine.
Masterstrack.com: NMN has always catered to trackfolk and roadies, but the long-distance crowd seems to have been the main focus under Randy. Will this change under your ownership? How will you balance the LDR and T&F components?
Amanda and Tish: Actually, the majority of the subscribers to NMN are masters track and field competitors. Â Our largest goal, the one most important to us both, is to bring more participants in, all spectrums of our sports. So many people have no idea that this fabulous opportunity to compete even exists! Â Our intent is to keep a balance between the interests.
NMN has received annual $5,000 USATF stipends for years. What is USATF getting for this money? Â
Well, right off the bat, USATF receives fourteen full-page regional ads per year, plus four championship ads. Â This is a $7,200 value, at minimum. Â We also dedicate an entire page each issue to the USATF masters track chairman to use to reach out to the masters membership, share news, etc. Â We devote another entire page to the USATF officers information, providing contact information. Â Many of our regular writers are officers with USATF and keep our membership updated on the workings of our sport. Â We are very open to helping USATF promote our sport and are happy to provide a forum to do so.
With the USATF stipend and semi-official status, NMN must be conscious not to offend USATF. Â Can NMN be an independent voice as it was in its early years? Â
Certainly we can. We have no intention of offending anyone. Our goal is to get the word out about our sport, show support for those already in it and encourage those new to it. Â We see ourselves as an independent partner of USATF with common objectives.
What is your social media strategy? Â Will you continue sending “e-alerts” to subscribers?Â
We certainly intend to revamp our website, and are planning to modernize and maintain the Facebook page. Yes, we do intend to continue to send out E-News Alerts to our subscribers, it’s a part of the subscription package that we offer. It also offers another advertising venue for our vendors and event promoters.
What is your current paid circulation, and how much is needed to have a profitable enterprise? Â
That one is classified information, my friend. Â
Who will be your main staff and contributors â€” can you list names and titles?
Amanda and Tish are, of course, the publishers and main contributors. We have “regular” contributors in the form of writers and photographers as well as, I guess you’d call them, rotating contributors, those who work on a semi-regular basis. The masthead will change each issue to list the particular contributors of that edition along with the staff. Â
We encourage meet directors to send in their own short write-ups of their events along with results, submissions by anyone of photos, suggestions and ideas. Â We truly welcome membership input, we feel this magazine belongs not just to us but to every masters track and running athlete.
Will rates for advertising and subscriptions change? If so, higher or lower?
Not at this time. No changes. We have added some additional advertising options, including a direct-mail option and E-News Alert advertising.Â
What changes are you mulling for the NMN website?Â
We plan to declutter it and make it much easier to navigate. Â We’d like a more modern looking product, a project we’ve already begun.
Will you post video or photos on your website? Or start a YouTube channel?
No plans to do so.
What role does NMN play in growing the masters track movement? Â
Again, to get the word out that we are here! Speaking from a personal note, I played competitive softball in my 30s and 40s to get that “team sport” fix I missed from my college and running days. I also ran a marathon and various distance races to stay fit â€” all the while wishing there was track for people my age. Had no idea until 2007 that there actually was! If we can promote our sport with this venue (the magazine), by being visible at more masters and seniors events, by sharing information with outlets that serve the type of community we seek, I think we can grow our ranks.
Why should masters athletes who have never seen NMN consider subscribing?
The Baby Boomer Generation, as we’ve all been hearing/reading, are not the seniors of old (pun intended). They are active; they are competitive. This magazine offers them a chance to see what their peers are doing, to see how they measure up, and to see how much fun it can be. Â
We provide a forum for USATF to spread the word about a great masters program and for writers to express to all of us what a tremendous thing it is to still be able to do that which we love at any age.Â We provide nutritional and training advice as well as meet write-ups and current events. It is an honor for us to steer this ship at this point in time; we promise to do our best and to listen to the advice and suggestions of our subscribers.