Wednesday News Round-Up for January 11, 2012

Like other business sectors, the magazine industry is ramping back up after the holiday lull, so take a minute to check out the news.  All titles with an asterisk* are included in our Wooden Horse Database.

LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL* will begin creating print material from user generated content, such as consumer posts on DevineCaroline.com (a Meredith sibling), the LHJ website and Facebook page and other digital channels.  The magazine still plans to use fact-checkers and subject matter experts, but Editor-in-Chief Sally Lee is enthusiastic about “content creation that begins with a reader,” instead of with the editor. Lee says the plan is to pay professional rates to amateur contributors.  The editorial change coincides with a redesign of the magazine, beginning with the March issue, and includes a new cover design and logo…

LONNY* reportedly is not publishing at this time and has furloughed its staff, due to cash flow issues.  Despite tough times, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Adams insists that an “exciting announcement” is coming soon…

Media Auditor BPA Worldwide issues amended rules for measuring digital magazine audiences…

THE PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN, a long-running social justice magazine, ceased publishing on January 1 after 189 years in print, and the website ends on January 15…

SUPERMARKET NEWS magazine relaunched its website with a new design and added content; http://supermarketnews.com

THE NEW REPUBLIC* is being shopped around for potential buyers or investors by The Blackstone Group.  Owners are hoping for a cash infusion or sale.  The political biweekly has been in print since 1914…

BC LIVING magazine will debut a redesigned website with expanded sections;  www.bcliving.ca

Hearst magazines brought in Lynne Palazze, lpalazzi@hearst.com, as editorial recruiter, beginning January 23.  Palazzi will focus on recruiting for entry and mid-level positions…

NEWSWEEK*/DAILY BEAST will lose John Solomon, NewsBeast editor for news and investigations…

SELF* promoted Meaghan Murphy, meaghan_murphy@condenast.com, from fitness director to deputy editor…

SELF* promoted Nicole Catanese, Nicole_catanese@condenast.com, from senior beauty features editor to fitness director, replacing Meaghan Murphy…

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS* named Oma Blaise Ford, oma.ford@meredith.com, as the new executive editor…

TOWN & COUNTRY* promoted Danielle Stein, dstein@hearst.com, from features editor to features director…

EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY* lost associate lifestyle editor Alison Caporimo…

READER’S DIGEST* snagged Alison Caporimo, Alison.caporimo@rd.com, as an associate editor…

LUCKY* picked up new beauty assistant Emily Gaynor, emily_gaynor@condenast.com…

TIME OUT CHICAGO* said goodbye to John Dugan, senior web editor and nightlife editor…

SOLID STATE TECHNOLOGY magazine said goodbye to senior tech editor Debra Vogler.  No replacement has been named…

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