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Good Housekeeping’s Editor Discusses Revamp

Good Housekeeping’s October issue comes with a few new features, and Jane Francisco — the glossy’s editor-in-chief — has shed some light on what readers can expect. Below are some of the more interesting comments Francisco had about the new 129-year-old magazine.

How the revamp came about:

We spoke with Good Housekeeping’s casual and core audiences across the country, as well as non-readers who regularly consume our competitive set. We had them build their ideal magazine out of the pages of over 20 titles, including our own, and based our redesign on the common ground.

On the new “Your Body” section:

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Good Housekeeping Makeover Continues

GoodHousekeepingLogoAs we reported in June, the arrival of Good Housekeeping EIC Jane Francisco precipitated a sea of staffing changes. Following last month’s wave of four hires and many more firings, the magazine’s masthead makeover continues.

Per an announcement today, Good Housekeeping has made four major hires. Succeeding Jasmine Chang as fashion director is Kristen Saladino:

Saladino joins Good Housekeeping from Self, where she had been senior fashion editor since 2007. Prior to that, Saladino was a freelance fashion editor for publications including InStyle, Marie Claire and Teen Vogue, and started her career at Glamour, where she held a variety of fashion editorial positions.

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Good Housekeeping Hires Four, Fires More

This week, Good Housekeeping sent out a press release announcing four hires and a promotion.

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They are:

  • Melissa Geurts, deputy design director (formerly with Canadian magazine Chatelaine);
  • Sarah Richardson, home design director (host-producer of multiple HGTV lifestyle series);
  • April Franzino, beauty director (most recently at Self magazine);
  • Matthew Axe, consulting creative director (previously creative director at Martha Stewart Living);
  • Rachel Rothman, promoted from technical manager to technical director.

However, this is only a third of the HR story. Per a well-placed tipster who wishes to remain anonymous, a larger number of Good Housekeeping staffers were recently dismissed. (By our count, nine.)

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Art Garfunkel and Good Housekeeping‘s Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

LunchAtMichaelsThere wasn’t much that could top last week’s head-spinning celebrity scene at Michael’s, so today was pretty quiet by comparison except for the random appearance of Art Garfunkel. I guess I could have asked him about Paul Simon‘s recent trip to a Connecticut courtroom and perhaps gotten him to weigh in on his erstwhile partner’s domestic woes, but I only noticed him on the way out the door. It’s hard to fathom, I know, but in the era that spawned Kimye there are some celebrities who prefer to go unnoticed. However, the same cannot be said the mavens and machers who are Wednesday regulars at 55th and Fifth. After all, if your power lunch isn’t documented for posterity, what good is it? Present and accounted for: Star Jones, Jonathan Wald (most recently of the now-defunct Piers Morgan Tonight), ex-CNBC talker Larry Kudlow, Ed Klein and Andrew Stein (together at Table 3) among the crowd of familiar faces.

Diane Clehane and Jane Francisco

Diane Clehane and Jane Francisco

I was joined today by Good Housekeeping‘s smart, vivacious new-ish EIC Jane Francisco, and we had plenty to talk about. We shared horror stories over malfunctioning tape recorders during celebrity interviews (more on that later) and traded favorites among our mutual passions, which included books (she’s a big Jane Austen fan) and scripted TV drama (she’s a “binge watcher” of The Good Wife, Scandal and past seasons Mad Men – no spoiler talk, please). But I was also interested in finding out what the transplanted Canadian (who was born in Michigan, but headed for The Great White North with her family when she was 4) had to say about her experience taking the reigns at GH, a quintessential American brand. Having come from Chatelaine, Canada’s leading women’s lifestyle brand and the country’s largest paid circulation magazine, Jane was no stranger to helming a major media franchise with a broad audience when she was tapped for the top job in November of last year. “When I first met with Ellen Levine (Hearst’s editorial director and former GH EIC), we had lunch and she told me Good Housekeeping was ‘uniquely American,’ but I grew up with it and both my mother and grandmother read it in Canada.”

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Meaghan Murphy Named Exec Editor of Good Housekeeping

Meaghan Murphy has been named the new executive editor of Good Housekeeping. Murphy comes to the magazine from Self, where she most recently served as deputy editor. She had been with Self since 2006.

The appointment marks Murphy’s return to Hearst. Prior to her time at Self, Murphy was a senior editor at Cosmo and a lifestyle editor at Lifetime magazine.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Meaghan to the Good Housekeeping team,” said Jane Francisco, Good Housekeeping’s editor, in a statement. “As we look to expand the GH footprint and introduce the next generation to our promise of curating the best of the best — Meaghan’s experience and excitement for all aspects of women’s lifestyle will help us build and inspire our audience with entertaining, compelling, useful and need-to-know editorial.”

Jane Francisco Named Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping

Jane Francisco has been named editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping. Francisco comes to the magazine from Chatelaine, a women’s lifestyle magazine in Canada. Francisco had served as its editor-in-chief since 2009. Prior to that, she served as Style at Home’s editor-in-chief.

“Jane is an incredibly versatile editor, leader and branding expert, with the experience and vision to build on the lively, friendly energy of the revamped Good Housekeeping,” said Hearst Magazines president, David Carey, in a statement.

Francisco is succeeding Rosemary Ellis, who — according to a release — is leaving Hearst to “pursue new opportunities.” “We thank Rosemary for the work she has done stewarding this brand, one of the most respected in the media industry,” said Carey.

Francisco first day at Good Housekeeping is December 2.