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Angela Burt-Murray Out at Essence

Angela Burt-Murray is leaving Essence as editor-in-chief. The New York Post reports that Burt-Murray told staffers this afternoon that she was relocating her family to Atlanta.

Burt-Murray spent five years running the Time Inc. magazine for African-American women.

Sheryl Tucker, who took a buyout in 2008 as editor-in-chief within Time, is returning on an interim basis to oversee Essence.

Burt-Murray caused controversy within the magazine for hiring a white woman, Elilanna Placas. After several months of freelancing, Placas was named the permanent fashion director in July.

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AMC 2007: Adam Moss on Being EIC: ‘You Get Paid to Be a Dilettante’

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From left: The New York TimesDavid Carr; Stephen Adler of BusinessWeek; ReadyMade‘s Shoshana Berger; Angela Burt-Murray of Essence and New York‘s Adam Moss

New York Times media reporter and columnist David Carr did his best to deviate from panel-talk formula while moderating “The Editor as Octopus” this afternoon at AMC. Taking the stage with four editors-in-chief — Stephen Adler of BusinessWeek; ReadyMade‘s Shoshana Berger; Angela Burt-Murray of Essence; and New York‘s Adam Moss — Carr tried to keep it interesting by asking the EICs everything from whether they miss old-school editing and “yelling at writers” to which songs they’d karaoke in place of being on the panel.

Overall, the talk centered around “how these guys’ lives have morphed and changed,” as Carr put it, in the ever-evolving EIC role. Berger seemed to feel she had it easy, since “the beauty of ReadyMade content is it’s evergreen and fairly extendable.” Burt-Murray cited the challenge of positioning Essence not just where her female reader is going, but also “where she wants to be.” But what had Adler connecting his business-minded readership with 12-steppers?

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