Friday News Round-Up for May 18th

Nothing exciting happening this weekend?  For those of you living in California, and points east through Texas, check out the partial solar eclipse on Sunday evening.  In LA, expect the event to eclipse up to 86% of the sun by dinnertime. But before you get into the celestial happenings, check out the industry news.  Any title with an asterisk* is part of our Wooden Horse Database.

TIME* magazine’s controversial breastfeeding cover seems to have paid off, at least in the short run.  Time newsstand sales for this past week were up 82% over the prior week, and up 43% from the previous 26-week average.  Similarly, NEWSWEEK* newsstand sales for this past week’s ‘First Gay President’ cover, depicting President Barack Obama with a rainbow-colored halo, were up 78% from the previous week.  A testament to the dollar value of shock and awe…

THE NEW REPUBLIC* will open a New York office for editorial and business staffers.  The magazine previously kept New York offices from 2001 to 2007.  Its headquarters will remain in Washington, DC…

GARDEN WISE magazine has been rolled into BC HOME & GARDEN by Canada Wide Media, creating a single title, beginning with the May/June issue.  The single publication will have a total circulation of 35,000…

LAVA magazine was sold by World Triathlon Corporation to a group of private investors for a six-figure sum.  In print for two years, the official publication of Ironman will retain its relationship to the competitions, and will continue to be published nine times per year.  The new owners plan a revamp of the website and an aggressive social media campaign…

COSMOPOLITAN* welcomed new deputy editor Michelle Lee Ribeiro, mribeiro@hearst.com…

DEPARTURES* magazine brought in new fashion director Amanda Ross, no email available, @aRossGirl…

INSTYLE* now has Cynthia Boniello, cynthia_boniello@condenast.com, as the new beauty director…

PEOPLE* hired Andrea Lavinthal, andrea_lavinthal@peoplemag.com and @andilavs, as style director for the website…

THE HUFFINGTON POST* bid farewell to Chicago editor Jen Sabella…

THE HUFFINGTON POST* promoted Joe Erbentraut, joseph.erbentraut@huffingtonpost.com and @robojojo, to Chicago editor, replacing Jen Sabella…

THE HUFFINGTON POST* promoted Lizzie Schiffman, lizzie.schiffman@huffingtonpost.com and @lizzieschiffman, to associate editor…

WIRED* welcomed new senior editor Michael Copeland, michael_copeland@wiredmag.com and @mvc…

THE ATLANTIC* brought in Brian Fung, bfunt@theatlantic.com and @b_fung, as associate editor for medical devices and technology…

REAL SIMPLE* hired Chelsea Renaud, chelsea_renaud@realsimple.com, as home assistant..

WESTERN LIVING* and VANCOUVER* magazines’ editorial director, Gary Ross, was ousted by TC Media in a restructuring of its Vancouver, BC operations…

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