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Harriette Cole on the Road From Runway Model to Ebony EIC

Harriette-Cole-ArticleTo begin a media career that has included stints as fashion director at Essence, founding editor of Uptown magazine and editor-in-chief of Ebony, Harriette Cole started with what she knew: fashion. The former runway model used her field expertise to wrangle two internships for herself.

There were no internships in liberal arts, so I created them at two free papers in Washington, D.C. I convinced them to let me write about fashion and gave myself a year to collect a body of clips. When that milestone got close, I reached out to two women I’d stayed in touch with from school who worked at magazines and asked if they knew of any job openings. They both did, one position at Fairchild Publications [now Fairchild Fashion Media] and another at Essence. I was offered both, but I took the job at Essence.

But before Harriette Cole was writing, she was typing. The first job the Howard graduate had was on the Hill, and it was far from glamorous. Cole’s role was secretarial in nature, but she found a way to write, and learned a lesson she continues to pass on: Read more

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News Orgs Team up for Ferguson Site

A collection of news organizations have teamed up to launch FergusonNext.com, a site dedicated to finding justice in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting/Darren Wilson ruling.

Collaborators on FergusonNext include The Guardian US, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ebony, Colorlines, The St. Louis American and The St. Louis Riverfront Times.

FergusonNext allows readers to submit a solution to the issues at hand. Users on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr can contribute using the hashtag #FergusonNext. The site also has links to the various news organizations’ Ferguson-related opinion content and a link to donate to the Brown Sibling Memorial Fund.

Get Your Story Ideas Through Ebony’s Ample Pitch Box

Ebony-articleTopically speaking, nothing is off-limits when it comes to pitching Ebony, one of the oldest and few remaining print publications focusing on the black community.

What’s more important than what you pitch is how you pitch. The editors here appreciate short queries that show freelancers know the magazine well, including the particular section they are pitching. Bonus points if your pitch captures the interests of both genders:

Keep in mind, too, that Ebony’s content caters to both women and men. “I make sure that every story evokes the female and male perspective and mindset. We are a lifestyle publication in every aspect, from work to home to children to wellness. It’s about everything,” said [managing editor Wendy Wilson]. “I think we have an incredible opportunity to really focus on black men and no one else is paying attention to them.” Be inclusive in pitches because, ultimately, both guys and gals will be reading.

For more, including tips for specific sections, read: How To Pitch: Ebony

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Ebony Adds Aliya King

Ebony has named Aliya King its new entertainment editor. King was formerly a senior content producer for Vibe and vibe.com.

King has previously worked for publications such as The Source, Upscale and Giant. Her work has appeared in NylonKingMsUs WeeklyTeen PeopleSeventeenLatinaEssence and more.

“I have followed Aliya’s work for years, and I think she’s an amazing writer,” said Ebony‘s editor-in-chief, Mitzi Miller, in a statement. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with her at Ebony as we continue to grow the brand and legacy of this iconic magazine.”

King’s appointment is effective immediately.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon, HBO Ink Deal | Net Neutrality on The Ropes | Mixed News for Gannett

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HBO Classics Coming to Amazon Prime (LostRemote)
Amazon is continuing its streaming-TV push, partnering with HBO on a multi-year deal to exclusively bring classic HBO shows to Amazon Prime subscribers, the two companies announced Wednesday. Variety Terms of the deal were not disclosed; it covers only the U.S. Under the agreement, Amazon has exclusive SVOD rights for select HBO programming and will make the first wave of it available to Prime subscribers beginning May 21. That includes full seasons of The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as miniseries like Band of Brothers and John Adams. GigaOM Some of HBO’s newer shows will also be available, with a substantial delay: “Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO.” In addition, Amazon said that it will add HBO Go to its recently launched streaming video box, Fire TV — “targeting a launch by year-end.” New York Post HBO’s coveted content has long been kept beyond reach of outside content bundles like Amazon and Netflix, and only available to subscribers. Amazon’s win will surely be viewed as a loss for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who still dominates the bundled streaming space, but who also recently announced a price increase for new subscribers. Amazon also increased its prices, but is also seeking to expand its customer base with Fire TV. THR Amazon Prime also has exclusive online-only subscription deals for PBS’ Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, CBS’ Under The Dome and upcoming Halle Berry-headlined miniseries Extant as well as 24, Veronica Mars, Orphan Black, The Americans and Justified. But it has had less success with its own original series; neither Alpha House nor Betas has achieved the pop culture significance of Netflix’s Kevin Spacey drama House of Cards.

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Mitzi Miller Named Ebony Editor-in-Chief

Johnson Publishing has named Mitzi Miller the new editor-in-chief of Ebony. Miller was most recently editor-in-chief of Jet, where she had been since 2011. Wendy Wilson, currently the managing editor of Jet, will assume the Miller’s duties.

“Mitzi is a gifted editor with tremendous energy and passion, and her strong editorial background will catapult the Ebony brand to greater heights,” said Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have Mitzi in our JPC family and are excited to see the new direction she will bring to the magazine.”

Miller’s appointment is effective immediately.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Elliott Exits GMA | Piers Morgan Bows Out | NYT Mag Names New Editor

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Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s Good Morning America for NBC Sports (TheWrap)
After months of speculation over Josh Elliott’s future at ABC News’ Good Morning America, contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports. Amy Robach will be promoted to news anchor, effective immediately. TVNewser Elliott’s jump to NBC and return to sports comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including Sunday Night Football, NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week. Deadline Hollywood Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. NYT Elliott is the second member of the GMA team to be recruited away from the show by NBCUniversal. Sam Champion, who had been the weather anchor for GMA, was hired by the Weather Channel to start up a new morning show on that cable channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal. ABC did make a strong effort to retain Elliott, offering him about $5 million a year, according to one executive with knowledge of the negotiations. Variety Robach, Elliott’s replacement, began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington, D.C. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today. Co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos remain as the leads of the show.

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Cover Battle: 2013 Cover of The Year Poll

You had to know you wouldn’t be escaping 2013 without one final award. As you know from FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle, we’re big fans of magazine covers. Below are some of our favorites from the past year.

We know you’re doing the least amount of work possible before the holiday break (no, ordering a DVD of Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style doesn’t count as work). Why not take a minute to vote for your favorite? Just in case you were wondering, The Atlantic won last year’s contest.

The Cover of The Year winner will be announced next Monday, December 30.

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Same Size, Different Look: Jet Magazine Unveils Full Makeover

We included a size reference in the headline because evidently that aspect of Jet magazine is a big deal to loyal readers. From a New York Times report by Tanzina Vega:

One thing that won’t change, however, is the magazine’s unusual size — 5⅛ inches by 7⅜ inches. [Johnson Publishing chief executive Desirée] Rogers said the magazine enlisted the opinions of focus groups around the country for ideas on the makeover. “The one thing we kept hearing was, ‘Don’t change my size,’ ” she said.

The revamped August 12 Jet issue (pictured) comes on the heels of a very successful 2012 online revamp of sister publication Ebony. That followed a print redesign and in the wake of those separate changes, traffic at ebony.com has increased six-fold since July of last year.

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Ebony Has The Early Favorite for Tweet of The Year

Regarding Chris Dorner, Ebony tweeted the above. Well played Ebony, well played.

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