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Rachel Hardage Barrett Named Editor of Country Living

Rachel Hardage Barrett has been named editor-in-chief of Country Living, which is moving editorial operations to Birmingham, Alabama. Publishing and marketing services will continue to be based in New York.

Barrett comes to Country Living from Southern Living, where she served as executive editor. Prior to that she spent seven years at Real Simple.

“Rachel has a terrific feel for everything Country Living covers — homes that epitomize easy living, comforting, original recipes, unique crafts, objects and accessories from undiscovered sources — and working with her team and an incredibly plugged-in network of scouts around the country, her vision will surprise and delight readers on every page,” said Hearst Magazines’ editorial director, Ellen Levine, in a statement.

Barrett is succeeding Sarah Gray Miller, who — according to Hearst — has decided to leave the magazine.

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Country Living Taps Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer

Jane Wladar has been named publisher and chief revenue officer of Country Living. Wladar has been with Hearst since 1999, and most recently served as group associate publisher of Popular MechanicsCar and Driver and Road & Track. 

“Jane has a wonderfully diverse background—her creativity and innovation will be an asset to Country Living,” said Patricia Haegele, senior vice president, publishing director and chief revenue officer of Hearst Magazines women’s lifestyle group, in a statement. “With the partnership of editor-in-chief Sarah Gray Miller, Jane is poised to take Country Living to new heights.”

Wladar’s appointment is effective April 3.

Pinterest Drives Traffic to Women’s Mags

Pinterest — the social networking site that allows people to collect a bunch of crap in one place — is not only all the rage right now, it’s driving more and more traffic to women’s magazines.

Mashable reports that Pinterest is now the top social referrer for Marthastewartweddings.com and marthastewart.com, beating out Facebook and Twitter combined. The site is also on pace to become Country Living’s biggest source of referrals, and is in the top ten for Elle Decor, Self and House Beautiful.

That’s some serious news, especially considering that Pinterest is relatively new. It’s proof that not only is the site here to stay, it’s going to be a major player among the social networking heavyweights.

We bet some of you just pinned this, didn’t you?

Country Living Announces First-Ever Blogger Awards

Country Living has announced their their first-ever Annual Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards, to celebrate the best blogs within each of ten categories, including “Decorating,” “Food,” “Crafting,” “Collecting,” “Gardening,” and “Pets.”

“We are really looking to discover someone who hasn’t had a lot of national attention who we can introduce to a wider audience,” Shelly Ridenour, Executive Editor of Country Living, told FishbowlNY. “Our readers have a really strong online engagement … so it seemed like a natural fit for us to fill our readers in on blogs they might not have heard of.”

Until August 1st, readers can nominate their favorite blogs, and bloggers can nominate themselves. The winners will be honored at a luncheon in New York and be featured in the February 2012 issue of Country Living.

The idea for the awards came out of the Country Living‘s ongoing engagement with blogs, and vice versa. “Bloggers seem to really be inspired by Country Living, and we’re inspired by their creativity,” said Ridenour. “The editors in the office, all day long we’re emailing each other blog posts that we find inspiring, or yelling out from office to office, oh my god, did you see this?”

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Country Living Seeks Crafty Senior Associate Editor

If you love crafts, shabby chic decor and trying out new recipes, we have just the job for you. Country Living is looking for a senior associate editor who can bring his or her creativity to the magazine’s New York team.

To be considered, you should be a strong editor (obviously) who is able to expertly top-edit text and think outside of the box when it comes to feature ideas. You’ll be overseeing several stories per month, including an entire section, and will be expected to collaborate with the photo and art departments on the visuals for your pieces.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years of editorial experience, preferably in magazine publishing. Are you meticulous, visionary and detail-oriented? Great. You’ll be a perfect fit. If this sounds like your dream gig, apply here.

Ladies’ Home Journal Strengthens Editorial Team

ladieshomej.jpgToday saw some additions to the Meredith Corp. title Ladies’ Home Journal, and for this living magazine it’s not all about a new sales or marketing staff.

Three employees — Julie Bain, Jessica Brown and Amanda Wolfe — were either shifted or promoted to a new editorial positions, while Beth Roehrig will be joining the staff as the new home editor. Previously, Roehrig worked at such titles as Country Living, Marie Claire and Redbook. Bain is returning to her position as health and consumer service director from features editor, and Brown will be taking over her post in features.

What’s interesting about the LHJ moves is that with the exception of Wolfe, who moved into the position of senior editor (and who previously was working with the magazine’s online brand), the rest of these women come from a purely editorial background, something we see less of every day in the melding of traditional print and new media. Meredith ended out 2009 with one of the best track records of the year, so let’s hope that they’re tried-and-true system continues in this decade.

More hiring details, after the jump

Previously: Meredith Turnaround Wins Publisher Of the Year

Full press release below.

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Country Living Gets New Associate Publisher

country.jpgIt was only four months ago that Hearst scooped one of Time Inc.‘s magazine execs to work on its Country Living title. Chris Allen was formerly the senior vice president of Cooking Light before he jumped companies in September to become Living‘s publisher.

Now Hearst has made the same move again, by giving former Cooking Light associate publisher Kassie Means the same role over at Country Living. Considering last year’s major cuts across Time Inc., we’re happy to see that some media executives can still find work elsewhere.

Press release after the jump.

Previously: Former Cooking Light SVP Chris Allen Named Publisher Of Country Living

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Country Living Hires West Coast Manager

country-living-dec-05_cover.jpgHearst Corp. may not be having its annual Christmas gala for the second year in the row, but the company is still doing relatively well compared to the rest of the industry.

While layoffs plague rivals like Time Inc. and Condé Nast, Hearst is in the process of hiring and promoting staffers. Their latest move? Taking former Cooking Light manager and maternity leave sub at Marie Claire to head up its Pacific Northwest Manager position at Country Living.

Cooking Light is owned by a subsidiary of Time Inc., so Hearst’s (relative) job security must come as something of a relief to Griffis.

Full press release after the jump.

Related: Thinking Different Helps Hearst Survive

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Former Cooking Light SVP Chris Allen Named Publisher Of Country Living

October 2009 Cover.jpgHearst Magazines today announced the appointment of Chris Allen as vice president/publisher of Country Living magazine — America’s bestselling shelter magazine on newsstands.

Allen, formerly of Time Inc.‘s Cooking Light, is replacing Steve Grune, who is making a move into Hearst’s Integrated Media group.

Allen previously worked for 17 years at Cooking Light, as associate publisher and then senior vice president, publisher. He has also worked at People, Yachting magazine, Cruising World magazine and New England Monthly.

Also today, there were reports of editorial change at Allen’s former home Cooking Light. The Media of Birmingham blog reported that editor-in-chief Mary Kay Culpepper will be departing the Southern Progress publication on October 1, to be replaced by Scott Mowbray, who has been working as executive editor Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group since this spring.

A Time Inc. publicist confirmed Culpepper’s move to FishbowlNY, adding that she will be starting a creativity studies graduate program in New York next spring. Cooking Light has also recently undergone a redesign. The revamped magazine hit newsstands August 25.