Northern Virginia Media Services, publisher of five weekly newspapers, has bought Washington FAMILY Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches the entire metropolitan area. Washington FAMILY Magazine has been a trusted parenting resource for more than two decades.
Washington FAMILY Magazine was founded in 1983 by Publisher Brenda Hyde and was co-owned by Hyde and her husband, Doug. Each month, 70,000 copies of the glossy magazine are distributed free to area parents at more than 2,900 locations. FAMILY’s print magazines can be found throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia at grocery stores, schools, Metro stops, and more. The circulation is audited by the Circulation Verification Council.
“Washington FAMILY Magazine will be a great addition to our lineup of products,” said Bruce Potter, chief operating officer of Northern Virginia Media Services. “It allows us to expand into new geographic areas, grow relationships with new and existing advertisers, and reach an important and growing audience – parents and families. The Hydes have done a great job developing the magazine, and we hope to build on their success.”
After being at the helm of the magazine for more than two decades, Publisher Brenda Hyde counts herself lucky to have had such a great career and lasting success in business. “Publishing Washington FAMILY Magazine is a lot like parenting – very rewarding and a lot of work. FAMILY has been part of my ‘family’ for 23 years. I looked forward to each month’s issue and so enjoyed interacting with our valued readers and advertisers. I know I am leaving them in very capable hands.”
Washington FAMILY Magazine is not just a monthly print publication. The Northern Virginia Media Services purchase also includes Washington FAMILY’s popular web site and Facebook page. The WashingtonFAMILY.com web site is a one-stop resource for camp information, fun things to do in the area, and more.
Northern Virginia Media Services, based in Leesburg, publishes Leesburg Today and Ashburn Today in Loudoun County, Prince William Today, and the Sun Gazette newspapers in Fairfax and Arlington counties. The company also publishes a monthly newspaper, Middleburg Life, as well as the InsideNoVa.com and LeesburgToday.com web sites. Its weekly newspapers reach 160,000 high-income households, and its web sites attract more than 300,000 unique visitors a month.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sam Schulman of Annapolis, Md., represented Washington FAMILY Magazine.