Magazine redesign is just Phase One in a bigger makeover for Miller-McCune

MILLER-MCCUNE magazine releases their May-June issue this week with a fresh look and new editorial content.  The Santa Barbara-based bi-monthly covers economic, socio-political and environmental issues with an eye towards solutions.

On the surface, readers will notice pages that have more visual appeal and are easier to read, with additional artwork and photography.  Content now is reorganized into three clear sections: Premier, containing front-of-book features like The Short of It, News & Options, and Wonking Class Hero; a midsection with longer in-depth stories and essays; and Finale in the back-of-book section, including reviews, interviews, research and summaries.

The redesign is an ongoing process under new art director Craig Edwards, craig.edwards@miller-mccune.com, who previously held the same post at ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST.  Expect a more comprehensive makeover in 2012.

The editor-in-chief is John Mecklin, john.mecklin@miller-mccune.com. Their website is at www.miller-mccune.com.

Alternative Chicago weekly gets a glossy new face and polished presentation

THE CHICAGO READER, an alternative weekly, unveiled a complete redesign this week, reintroducing itself to readers and advertisers.  The magazine aims to serve as a comprehensive guide to life and entertainment in Chicago.

Physical changes like a glossy cover and stapled binding are meant to make the Reader feel “like it has more shelf-life,” according to Alison Draper, chief sales officer for parent company Creative Loafing.  And although it’s half the size it once was, the magazine still boasts more than eighty pages.  Now, roughly 60% of that is commerce, and 40% is editorial, with the ads placed for maximum impact.  Draper says they’re being “very strategic and selling ad positions.”

Editorial changes were made with the purpose of broadening the publication’s appeal.  While 70% of the content remains the same, it has added more “curated content,” and other features like artist-on-artist interviews and chats.  The new editor, Mara Shalhoup, mshalhoup@chicagoreader.com, also hired back popular political reporter Mike Dumke.

Two years ago Aalaya Capital Management acquired Creative Loafing in a 2009 bankruptcy auction.  Now, hope is that the changes will make the Reader a stronger contender against competitors TIME OUT CHICAGO, NEWCITY and CHICAGO TRIBUNE’S REDEYE.  Find out more at www.chicagoreader.com.

Canadian bilingual Latidos becomes Bold Magazine

LATIDOS, a Canadian quarterly, will relaunch as BOLD MAGAZINE in May.  Founded in 2008, the magazine targets affluent professionals between 30 and 40 in Canada and abroad.

A bilingual Spanish-English publication, Latidos covers the arts, culture, food, fashion and travel.  The name change is part of a rebranding effort in hopes of reaching a broader audience.  Current print circulation is estimated at 5,000, according to publisher Pulso Media.

Bold will continue to be published quarterly, but no word on whether it will remain bilingual.  Find Latidos at www.latidos.ca.

It’s a girl power thing: A resource for professional women

PALM BEACH WOMAN, a new regional business and lifestyle magazine, is set to debut in two months, but the website will launch May 1.  The controlled circulation print edition will both target and celebrate female professionals in Florida’s Palm Beach County, specifically midlevel and executive level management, entrepreneurs and the self-employed.

Publisher Jill Duggan says Palm Beach Woman will set itself apart “by providing thought-provoking business, career and lifestyle information and resources.”  Along with editorial content focused on career and business, sections will include wellness, style and beauty.  Each issue also will recognize Palm Beach Achievers, the county’s best and brightest businesswomen.  Ten nominees will be chosen for full-page profiles, and assisted in promoting themselves through social and traditional media.

The magazine was founded by a team of women marketing and creative professionals, who see the project as a form of mutual support.  “Our writers are highly successful consultants, speakers and strategists who want to share their knowledge with women in this community,” says Associate Editor Kelly Fitzpatrick, kelly@palmbeachwoman.com. “It’s definitely a bit of a ‘girl power’ thing.”

You can find their website at www.palmbeachwoman.com.

New magazine takes in-depth look at the kitchen

WHERE WOMEN COOK is a new quarterly magazine taking readers, “into the heart of the home – the kitchen.”

Published by Stampington & Company (WHERE WOMEN CREATE, SOMERSET STUDIO), Where Women Cook is set for its second issue.  The premier issue features Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman” in a feature story and on the cover.

The magazine’s editorial coverage includes descriptions of cooking spaces, creative storage ideas, food and drink recipes and inspirational stories.  Jo Packham is the editor-in-chief.  Previews are at www.stampington.com/wherewomencook.

Another “shelter” magazine hits the Internet

HIGH GLOSS is a new online design magazine for luxury interiors and lifestyle.

Rather than focusing mainly on interiors, founder and Editor-in-Chief Paloma Contreras, creator of the style blog La Dolce Vita, writes they’ll also have features rooted in fashion, travel and entertaining and some celebrity features occasionally.

You can check out the second issue at http://www.highglossmagazine.com.

Wooden Horse Friday Round-Up

SURFACE MAGAZINE changed hands when Sandow Media acquired the design-focused bi-monthly and accompanying website.  It joins sister titles INTERIOR DESIGN and LUXE within the Interior Design Media Group at Sandow.  Look for the first post-sale issue in July.  Dan Rubenstein, drubenstein@surfacemag.com, remains as editor-in-chief, and no editorial changes are expected.  Surface magazine’s print circulation is estimated at approximately 134,000…

NEWSWEEK/DAILY BEAST named Tom Weber, tom.weber@newsweek.com, as the new senior editor for business, science and technology…

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST has brought in Elizabeth Stamp, elizabeth_stamp@condenast.com, as a new senior editor…

ROLL CALL appointed Emily Pierce, emilypierce@cqrollcall.com, as the new senate editor beginning May 2…

SHAPE magazine welcomed aboard Danielle McNally, dmcnally@shape.com, as the new associate fitness editor…

Publisher Newsweek Daily Beast Company (NEWSWEEK, DailyBeast.com) announced that former congressional representative Jane Harman will replace her late husband, Sidney Harman, on the board of directors.  Mr. Harman, who recently died of leukemia, purchased Newsweek from the Washington Post Co last year and merged it with the Daily Beast…

FORBES magazine hired Tomio Geron, tgeron@forbes.com, as a reporter for the technology beat, covering internet companies, social media, start-ups and related Silicon Valley business topics…

LADIES HOME JOURNAL acquired Nykia Spradley, nykia.spradley@meredith.com, as associate beauty editor…

VOGUE magazine hired Chloe Malle, chloe_malle@vogue.com, as the new social editor, covering society and style.  The daughter of actress Candace Bergen and the late French director Louis Malle, she has previously freelanced for Vogue, written for the New York Times style section and worked at the New York Observer…

CFO MAGAZINE shuffled its editorial staff this month, beginning with naming David Rosenbaum, david.rosenbaum@cfo.com, as the new senior editor for technology.  Senior editor Alix Stuart, alix.stuart@cfo.com, will now be in charge of small and midsize business, and Sarah Johnson, sarah.johnson@cfo.com, was appointed senior editor covering risk and compliance.  Marielle Segarra, mariellesegarra@cfo.com, was hired as a staff writer…