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Anybody even barely following the government market knows that it has been a tough year. It’s been a tough year for print publications — but it has been a particularly tough year in the government market.

I’ve confirmed that Penton Publishing has decided to shut down two publications, which covered government stuff to one degree or another: Access Control & Security and Government Security.

Anybody even barely following the government market knows that it has been a tough year. It’s been a tough year for print publications — but it has been a particularly tough year in the government market.

I’ve confirmed that Penton Publishing has decided to shut down two publications: Access Control & Security and Government Security.

The big IT publisher, CMP, has all but eliminated Government VAR, essentially merging it in to VAR Business. They do have a government business section on their Web site.

There had also been rumors around that Homeland Defense Journal, published by Market*Access International, was also shutting down. I touched based with Don W. Dickson, president of Homeland Defense Journal Media & Training, and he said they are doing just fine, thank you very much. They have built out and moved to new, much larger offices in Crystal City, VA, they have expanded their training courses, and they have hired three new marketing staff including a VP for Sales. They are working on a new Web site, and their newsletter continues its weekly release to over 24,000 subscribers, Dickson said.

Read Dickson’s full note after the break.

As promised, Dickson’s full note:

Let me answer your question this way. In the last 6 months, Homeland Defense Journal Media and Training has….

– Built out and moved to new, much larger offices in Crystal City including three new fully equipped classrooms.
– Expanded our training courses to now over 38 courses and workshops with over 167 presentations scheduled for 2009
– Training sectors now include: Physical Security, Intelligence, Industrial Security, Cyber Security and Medical Mass Casualty Planning
– We are developing 2 conferences in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security
– We just completed a National Press Club briefing on the Next Administration (as it relates to homeland security) where we had members of Congress, staffers, corporate executives, and representatives from both candidates discussing the outlook and issues associated with homeland security going forward.
– We have completed our second book titled Wounded Warrior. This is a comprehensive guide for returning vets who have to deal with injuries and are in need of support services. The research and writing was completed by Homeland Defense Journal staff and will be co-pubished by Homeland Defense Journal and Rowman and Littlefield national publishers. This 200 page comprehensive guide is the only guide of its kind with government (DoD and VA) and private sources of assistance listed. Both VA and DoD vetted the content.
– We have hired three new marketing staff including a VP for Sales.
– Our newsletter continues its weekly release to over 24,000 subscribers.
– We will be launching our new, updated web site in 6 weeks.
– Other books now in the works by our editorial staff include:
– ** Workplace Safety
– Small Business Contracting (Already published)
– ** School Security
– Special Event Security
– Hospital Emergency Evacuation
– Crisis Communication Handbook
– Computer Forensics for Managers

The “**” indicates release/publication Q4 this year.

We have a special expanded feature of the magazine coming out later this month that includes interviews with over twenty leading government and private homeland security executives. The issue at print today is on Infrastructure Protection.

We will have 2009 editorial calendar and media kit available for review by the end of this month.

We are still here and real busy. We are still publishing. Details are at our web site at www.HomelandDefenseJournal.com.

Hope this addresses your question.

Don

Don W. Dickson
President
Homeland Defense Journal Media & Training
Homeland Defense Journal

Not a whole bunch in there about the print publication, but… I think it is better to have the various publications out there. It gives more perspectives and voices.

Written by cdorobek

October 1, 2008 at 6:46 PM

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  1. […] in October, we reported that two government related publications shuttered.The big IT publisher, CMP, has all but eliminated Government VAR, essentially merging it in to VAR […]

  2. Um, yeah… um… NOT!

    DorobekInsider.com, you were right!

    Don Dickson wasn’t just putting on a bold face to spite the obvious, he was telling a bold-faced lie! I’m all for Homeland Defense, but what’s left of the 99%-defunct Homeland Defense Journal is, well, about 1%. It’s going to shut down altogether before year’s end. They’ve gone from a bi-monthly publication with a posted subscriber base of 35,000 (they never had even half that number of actual hardcopy subscribers) to once monthly, and finally to zero times monthly. January of 2009, a 40-page leaflet, was their last “magazine”.

    Yes, my tone is cynical. HDJ just pretty much sucks. And the last few hangers on at HDJ, a literal handful at most, have resorted to desperation tactics. Comically, the same couple of guys, end up addressing themselves by some dozen or so different titles each in their various Internet postings – Fred Fink (not his real name), Sales Director; Fred Fink, Marketing Director; Fred Fink, E-mail List Manager; Fred Fink, Director of Customer Relations; Fred Fink, Conference Director; Fred Fink, Chief Media Liaison; Fred Fink, Head Bottle-washer; Fred Fink, BS’er In Charge…

    UGH!

    HERE’S THE KICKER: They’ve even resorted to SPAM’ing Government Agencies and US Armed Services offices in a vain attempt to stave off the inevitable. Now THAT’s desperation! There .com and .net web presences were even temporarily black-listed by Google as a reported attack site for use of such tactics!

    BUSTED!

    There is now nothing left of Homeland Defense Journal but a cheesy-sleazy and, frankly, whorish phantom of its former self, hiding in an Internet hole-in-the-wall, bemoaning its fate and bellowing PLEASE BUY NOW to any and all passers by.

    Buy what, you ask? Seats in conferences and seminars. There’s actually no product for them to sell. And there’s nothing at all to offer of any real value for anyone interested in “Homeland Defense”. Why would I pay HDJ $500 or $700 or $1100 for the privilege of allowing THEM to be literally nothing more for me than a doorman for some seminar? A seminar I can watch for free online! “Thank you for the $800, sir! You may now enter the seminar.” OK, dollars spent: 33.3% for a paid speaker whose stuff I found on YouTube, 33.3% for the fancy hotel conference room, and 33.3% for HDJ to keep up the nonsense.

    OK boys, time to shut ‘er down, yes? Time to fluff up your resumes with 27 or so outlandish titles and beat the streets for an actual job. I’m sorry for the demise of Homeland Defense Journal, but, you really should have shut down completely already, rather than slogging ahead at the needless expense of others.

    FB

    HDJ Exposer

    June 9, 2009 at 7:18 PM

  3. Voila! And exactly two days later (20090611) we now have…

    “Homeland Defense Training & Publishing, a division of Government Horizons Global Inc”.

    Indeed, Homeland Defense Journal is no more.

    I don’t gloat, I simply expose. It happens that I’m a coworker of a webmaster at a US Army facility who’s been nailed by a lot of SPAM (and has been nailing the SPAM’ers back) over the last several years. He had brought up in one of our meetings that HDJ was one of the sources of SPAM in his inbox. Based on the outcome of the meeting (involving a full-bird Army colonel), he ended up contacting HDJ’s web hosting company directly and ironing out the issue with them. SPAM’ing the US Army is just stupid.

    Anyway, it looks like the dissolution of Homeland Defense Journal is now complete. Those poor last few hangers on (yeah, the SPAM’ers) will now have to redefine themselves or get new jobs altogether. To their merit, at least HDJ’s web destinations now point to something slightly more sincere, honest and to-the-point: Training, i.e., the selling of seats to various conferences and seminars. “Training & Publishing” means, in actuality, attempting to make money by acting as a laughably-expensive conference and seminar ticket-seller middleman (“training”) and attempting to promote and support it all by pushing commercial solicitations via all of the aforementioned sleazy-cheesy-cheapy venues (“Publishing”). And we know how that’s all going to end up, or, end down, as it were. No-brainer. That company (or group or whatever they are) needs a whole new business model altogether, obviously. OK, well, sounds like fun, guys! Good luck!

    Oh, I forgot to mention the moral of the story.

    DON’T SPAM DOT-GOV AND DOT-MIL ENTITIES, EINSTEINS!

    Peace!

    FB

    HDJ Exposer

    June 11, 2009 at 12:38 PM


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