Outdoors Unlimited Returns as a Quarterly Print Publication

At its latest meeting, Outdoor Writers Association of America’s board of directors authorized OWAA staff to create a print-version Outdoors Unlimited (OU), which will be paginated and mailed to members quarterly starting September 1, 2009.
This reverses a January decision to make OWAA’s flagship newsletter exclusively an online publication. OWAA members will now receive 11 issues online plus four hardcopy newsletters via U.S. Mail.
Members will continue to be notified of the posting of each issue of Outdoors Unlimited Online approximately the first of each month, when new craft improvement pieces, member news, letters to the editor and other association business is posted online.
The new quarterly hardcopy Outdoors Unlimited will develop into a 16-page digest, the “best of the best” content extracted from three previous issues of the online version.
The new hardcopy OU will sport at least a new two-color design, a fresh look over what members have grown used to since 2001.
The board’s decision to create a quarterly hardcopy newsletter may delay the timetable for implementation of planned add-on features for OU Online, such as the proposed “Find a Writer” or “Find a Photographer” databases.
In addition to returning Outdoors Unlimited as a quarterly hardcopy publication, the board decided to ramp up delivery of job- and editorial-needs listings, the so-called “Outdoor Market.” OWAA staff will deliver Outdoor Market listings directly to members’ e-mail inboxes starting the first of next month. OM listings will also be posted online.
The 1,300-member Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio- and television show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, go to www.owaa.org.
For more information contact:
Kevin Rhoades, krhoades@owaa.org

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