Kidz Magazine (1995–2007) was a Boulder County based publication that was started in 1995 by entrepreneur and father of six, Scott Smith. Smith developed the idea for the magazine with Glenn Meyers, another father and Spanish instructor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, as they stood outside their children's school discussing ways to further inspire kids towards reading and writing. Their belief was that kids would be more interested in reading things that were written by their peers than content created for them by adults. In addition, they believed that kids would be more inspired to write if they knew it was an audience of peers who would end up reading the material.
"I thought they might enjoy what each other wrote better, and indeed they do," said Smith.
Kidz Magazine collected submissions from school children in the form of poems, short stories, puzzles, drawings, invention ideas, and jokes. Those authors and artists who were published in the magazine were paid $25 for puzzles and jokes, $50 for various forms of art and writing, and $100 to both the child and their school for cover art. In addition, published contributors received a certificate of accomplishment. But recently from the start of 2011 they started giving KidzPoints instead.
Kidz Magazine's International Reach
Smith funded the publication by collecting investment and selling ad space in the magazine to classroom-friendly sponsors. As the company grew rapidly from a local publication into an international media channel, however, the local sales staff was unable to keep up. In turn, Kidz Magazine decided to postpone publication in December 2007 while the corporation was restructured to handle its success.
Acquisition and Relaunch (Youth Intermedia and KidzEra)
In 2009, Kidz Magazine was purchased by Youth Intermedia, which plans to relaunch the magazine in September 2009 under the name "KidzEra" as part of a multimedia platform that will extend kids' ability to share their work with peers around the world. They have changed the magazine completely. Now it is much harder to get published, you no longer get money, and you don't get a certificate of publication as publishers used to.
- Brokaw, Annie. "For Kids, By Kids." The Daily Camera. April 8. 2006: C01
- Taylor, Barbara. "A New Kidz Magazine Pays Budding Writers." The Daily Camera. October 14. 1996: A1
- Audit Bureau of Circulations. For the four months ended June 30. 2006
- http://youthintermedia.com/globe.html: (Youth Intermedia's corporate website)
- "Scott Smith, Youth Intermedia." LA Talk Radio Show. http://answers4thefamily.com/blog/?p=292. June 1. 2009
- The Kidz Magazine Site
- Youth Intermedia's corporate site
- The KidzEra Site
- Audit Bureau of Circulations