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I just got the new issue of BMW ON. Sandy Cohen the Executive Editor of the Magazine has left. A couple of letters to the editor express concern as to the future of the Magazine.
From the info I get out of it she was fired and the new officers want to go in another direction.
Does this mean no more magazine? I sure hope not. I really like the assorted internet sites that are available to the motorcycling community, this one being number 1. But having my BMW Owners News on my coffee table is the staple of my BMW monthly information.
My opinion is that if they try to phase out the magazine they are going to phase out the membership.
Your thoughts?
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The magazine is not going away. We might see some changes but I don't think it'll disappear. That's what we are being told. Some are concerned about the change. Some are not.
If you want all of the details and even more go to the MOA forum. There are many threads on this topic. Here's just one of the many. Personally, I'm one of the people that aren't too concerned.
Whether you call it a "firing" depends on who you ask.
http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8165

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It was also hinted at (OK, outright mentioned) in the editor's column in the Feb. issue. I'm a new BMWMOA member (about 4 months?) so don't have a good feel for what this means, but I appreciate her professionalism in addressing the change.

A couple of letters to the editor in the new March issue are less understanding, and they are from long-time BMWMOA members.

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It was also hinted at (OK, outright mentioned) in the editor's column in the Feb. issue. I'm a new BMWMOA member (about 4 months?) so don't have a good feel for what this means, but I appreciate her professionalism in addressing the change.

A couple of letters to the editor in the new March issue are less understanding, and they are from long-time BMWMOA members.
NOboby likes change. If I'm not mistaken, the plan is to keep the mag however some format changes will take place. In addition, the day to day stuff as well as some of the things we are used to will be on a web site rather than the mag. So the techies will have a ball while the rest will be wondering what happened and WTF is everthing --- again.

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Noboby likes change. If I'm not mistaken, the plan is to keep the mag however some format changes will take place. In addition, the day to day stuff as well as some of the things we are used to will be on a web site rather than the mag. So the techies will have a ball while the rest will be wondering what happened and WTF is everthing --- again.
I didn't see these details mentioned in the last 2-3 months. Was it discussed in the magazine, or is this info you are getting elsewhere? (just curious)

We'll have to wait and see what comes down the pike. Change is OK if it results in improvements. Change-for-the-sake-of-change rarely works.

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The changes have been discussed for some months now-- like the past year. I don't have the old ones so can't direct you the specifics. Maybe someone else pack rats these and can respond.

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The changes have been discussed for some months now-- like the past year. I don't have the old ones so can't direct you the specifics. Maybe someone else pack rats these and can respond.
Thanks Jon, but that isn't necessary. I just joined BMWMOA (wife got me a membership for Christmas) so it was off my radar.

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Honestly, I think the format of ON is pretty stale and needs some serious updating. I don't know anythinga bout the folks running it, but I think it's due for some new blood.

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The MOA is in good hands and the ON magazine will only get better. Have you checked out the MOA website recently? It is much improved and this is all part of the grand plan. Relax and enjoy.....

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Sandy Cohen's transition has been a running issue since before last summer's MOA rally. She has written about it ad nausem in her monthly column for the past 6-7 issues. If anyone has been unprofessional about it, it has been her. All she has done for MOA, her hurt feelings, her ride to expunge her anger, her garage sale, her packing up and moving, her new house, her ability to ride all year in AZ, and I am sure a parting shot to come unless she is finally out of issues. Basically, going through the 7 stages of grief in a public forum rather than writing about say, motorcycling. Probably the worst part of all this was her "editing" of MOA President Hawk Hawthorne's death. Really more of a stock obituary than a tribute to the man taking MOA to next level(as she did with ON 8 years ago) in communications and modern electronic journalism as well as opening the dialog with BMWRA to find common ground. A close second would be publishing all the bleeding heart pleas and diatribes in letters to the editor to keep her in the position despite the many issues involved in the evolution of the organization. ON is already showing signs of new life as is the website. We can thank the vision of Hawk and the Board of Directors for that.

A lot of people sit in their jobs and marvel at the changes going on all around them yet do nothing about it. Perhaps some thought could have been given to gaining the web enterprise and design background she needed to continue, say 3 or 4 years ago. Print media has been falling behind for years and a smart cookie like Sandy surely should have realized this. People think change sneaks up on them when in fact we are constantly aware of it. Just the same, I didn't think someone with her high visibility, experience, and connections in the motorcycle community would be unemployed for long and in the end she would probably agree that the change is for the better. New job, new locale, new roads, and a second wind at her back.

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What Bob said.... Plus they moved the editors job in house and Sandy didn't want to apply due to her move to AZ. Bunch of BS backbiting on the MOA forum for awhile but thankfully its calmed down now....Regards Pete
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