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Posts Tagged ‘CosmoGirl’

Seventeen‘s Ann Shoket on Her Role in the Launch of Mediabistro

Ann Shoket is no stranger to this thing called the Internet. Before becoming editor-in-chief of Seventeen, she published her own e-zine, launched CosmoGirl! online, and suggested to mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby that she launch a media community web site.

Although she calls her time as an entrepreneur “fun and interesting,” Shoket says the Web actually hasn’t changed much since 1996. “We didn’t make a dime, and we spent an incredible amount of time in all sorts of silly pursuits.”

Uh, yeah. Pretty much sounds like today.

Part 1: Media Beat: Ann Shoket Says ‘The Web is Not Eating Our Lunch’

Part 2: Media Beat: Ann Shoket Says Editors Need to Think Beyond the Page

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com.

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CosmoGirl‘s Ribeiro Joins The Knot

theknot.jpgThe Knot Inc. has hired magazine vet Michelle Lee Ribeiro in the newly created position of deputy editor.

In her new role, Ribeiro will oversee content across all of the company’s properties including The Knot, The Nest and The Bump Web sites and magazines and WeddingChannel.com. She’ll also be “top editing all features from Real Weddings in The Knot to sex and money stories in The Nest to pregnancy pieces in The Bump,” the company said in an announcement yesterday.

Ribeiro formerly worked for over eight years at CosmoGirl, where she served in multiple positions including deputy editor, assistant managing editor and news director. She also previously worked as senior staff editor at Fast Company.

Marie Claire Promotes Deputy Editor

Abigail-Pesta-Portrait-new-sm.jpgAbigail Pesta has been named editor-at-large of Marie Claire, one of Hearst Corporation‘s women’s titles. Pesta had previously been deputy editor at the glossy, after a switch from Glamour magazine, where she also served in an editorial capacity.

Pesta was smart to make the move, as Glamour is owned by Condé Nast, which has delivered so many cutbacks recently that they barely have any staff left to promote. And while Hearst has had to make some concessions last year and earlier this year (cutting Good Housekeeping staffers, cutting back permalancers, and the folding of CosmoGirl), it has saved the publisher from any big losses so far this year, at least in comparison to many of its competitors.

Pesta’s new role will involve “additional writing and traveling for the magazine,” which sounds like a pretty stellar way to make a living, if you ask us.

Earlier: We Hear: Layoffs at Good Housekeeping, Hearst To Cut Permalancers

Former ElleGirls Launch I Heart Daily for Teen Girls

logo.gifWhat to do when the readers won’t come to you? Go to them! Teen fashion magazines have been hit hard during the recent tsunami that’s been rolling through the media world — CosmoGirl! folded last month, and ElleGirl and Teen People closed in 2006 — now two former ElleGirl editors have decided to take matters into their own hands.

Anne Ichikawa and Melissa Walker have just launched I Heart Daily an email newsletter and website that delivers one item each day from the world of entertainment, fashion, beauty or news — think an a fresher version of Daily Candy but aimed at teenage girls. Say the ladies: “During our years in print, we realized that magazine websites were often an afterthought, running repurposed magazine pieces, stories that were killed, or content that was deemed ‘not good enough’ for print. Lame.” Lame indeed, bet they are re-thinking that strategy now! Anyway, Ichikawa and Walker assure there will be nothing lame about I Heart Daily. See for yourself here.

It’s Official, CosmoGirl Folds

cosmogirl-192x260.jpgRumors were floating around the Internets this morning that Hearst was shuttering CosmoGirl and now it’s official. From Heart’s statement:

Hearst Magazines has made a strategic decision to consolidate its teen publishing activities into Seventeen, the largest-selling monthly teen magazine on newsstands. Effective with the December issue, CosmoGirl will cease as a print magazine, remaining online only at cosmogirl.com. CosmoGirl‘s subscriber base will be folded into Seventeen.

Full statement after the jump.

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