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Meredith Rollins Promoted to EIC of Redbook

Meredith Rollins has been promoted from executive editor to editor-in-chief of Redbook. Rollins had served as executive editor of the glossy since 2010. Prior to joining Redbook, Rollins served as executive editor of Lucky and articles director of W.

Rollins is succeeding Jill Herzig, who was tapped as editor of Dr. Oz The Good Life in May.

“Meredith brings continuity and experience, making her the perfect choice for this role,” said Hearst Magazines’ president, David Carey, in a statement. “I’m excited by her ideas for this brand. She truly embodies the Redbook lifestyle and knows what will resonate with its audience.”

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The New York Times Replaces Abramson as Executive Editor (NYT)
Jill Abramson has been dismissed as executive editor of The New York Times and is being replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor, an abrupt change in leadership at one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. FishbowlDC Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role. According to the Times‘ coverage of the announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper and the chairman of The New York Times Company, told a stunned newsroom that had been quickly assembled that he had made the decision because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Despite significant achievements, Abramson’s tenure was marred by tension with Sulzberger and disagreements with Times Co CEO Mark Thompson, who took an unprecedentedly hands-on approach to managing the paper’s editorial resources. Abramson also suffered from perceptions among staff that she was condescending and combative. Mashable Abramson previously served as the Times‘ Washington bureau chief and managing editor before taking the executive editor role. People with knowledge of the Times newsroom said some staffers questioned how much Abramson enjoyed running the paper. She was sometimes conspicuously absent from the newsroom; one notable occasion was the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York region. New York Post / AP Baquet, 57, who is the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Baquet originally joined the Times in 1990 as a reporter and held positions including deputy metropolitan editor and national editor. He left the paper for the LA Times in 2000, where he served as managing editor and then editor. Baquet rejoined the Times in 2007 and was Washington bureau chief before becoming the managing editor for news in Sept. 2011. FishbowlNY Former FishbowlNY editor Dylan Stableford was prophetic when he covered a breakfast event in 2008 and wrote: “Dean Baquet looked an awful lot like the next executive editor of The New York Times.” The New Yorker / Currency As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

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Redbook EIC Moves Over to Dr. Oz The Good Life

JillHerzigPicAlison Brower‘s decision to leave the Hearst fold and return to California is good news for Jill Herzig (pictured). Ahead of the full launch of Dr. Oz The Good Life this summer with the arrival of the August/September issue, she has been tapped to replace Brower as editor-in-chief.

From today’s announcement:

Herzig had been editor-in-chief of Redbook since 2010, where she introduced a new look and concept focusing on fun, affordable fashion, beauty and style. Prior to Redbook, Herzig was executive editor of Glamour, and previously, she served as special projects director of Self and executive editor of New Woman. Herzig started her career in women’s magazines at Cosmopolitan under Helen Gurley Brown.

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Score Up to $2 Per Word at the New Redbook

The 110-year-old Redbook is getting more than just a redesign. “I think it’s better to call it a complete re-imagination of the brand or a total brand reset,” said editor-in-chief Jill Herzig. “There are redesigns and there are redesigns, and this one not only changed how the magazine looks, but how it’s focused.”

With the change in focus comes new opportunity for freelancers. The women’s glossy is beefing up its fashion and beauty coverage, so editors are on the lookout for new writers who can cover those topics. The sections that cover personal finance, health and entertaining are also ripe for pitching, and the whole book is sprinkled with intimate personal essays.

Get more info at How To Pitch: Redbook. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Score Up to $2 Per Word at the New Redbook

The 110-year-old Redbook is getting more than just a redesign. “I think it’s better to call it a complete re-imagination of the brand or a total brand reset,” said editor-in-chief Jill Herzig. “There are redesigns and there are redesigns, and this one not only changed how the magazine looks, but how it’s focused.”

With the change in focus comes new opportunity for freelancers. The women’s glossy is beefing up its fashion and beauty coverage, so editors are on the lookout for new writers who can cover those topics. The sections that cover personal finance, health and entertaining are also ripe for pitching, and the whole book is sprinkled with intimate personal essays.

Get more info at How To Pitch: Redbook. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Redbook Gets an Update

Redbook is getting a new look and focus, starting with its April issue. Adweek reports that the magazine’s logo has changed and the layout of the cover is brighter and more product-heavy. Inside, Redbook has cut parenting tips and added more fashion, style and beauty coverage.

Is it going to work? Well, according to Jill Herzig, editor-in-chief of Redbook, the magazine’s recently added “50 Under $50″ shopping shopping feature is its most popular section, and beauty items are consistently the most read posts on the title’s site.

Giving readers more of what they like is always a good idea, but just a heads up: Herzig said that another casualty of the revamp is crockpot recipes. Go ahead and mourn this change, but then please, move on. You can do it. We know you can.

Redbook Adds to Editorial Staff

Redbook editor-in-chief Jill Herzig has announced a trio of appointments to the editorial team. Leslie Robarge and Sarah Smith join the magazine as deputy editors, while Tiffany Blackstone has been promoted to deputy editor.

Robarge comes to Redbook after a stint at Bon Appetit, where as project manager she developed a line of branded small appliances, cookware, and kitchen tools exclusively sold on HSN.  Prior to that, Robarge was  freelance writer whose articles appeared in several periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, InStyle, and BusinessWeek. Earlier in her career, she was a senior editor at Glamour.

Smith most recently was editorial director of KIWI. During her tenure, the brand won two Folio Eddie awards. She was also a senior editor at Parenting and news editor at Psychology Today.

Blackstone has been a senior editor at Redbook where she edited the ASME-nominated Would You Get a Mommy Tuck? Prior to joining Redbook, Blackstone was a freelance writer for Glamour, Self, and Essence.

Matt Lauer, Harold Ford Jr. & Neil Sedaka

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If the scene at Michael’s today is any indication, summer vacations are so 2010. The place was full of magazine honchos (the cafeteria at Hearst must have been empty), media mavens (Does Jason Binn ever sleep?) and bold face names who were all working the room like nobody’s business. I knew this group meant business when the chatter rose to such a decibel-splitting level that I could barely hear what my lunch dates were saying. So forget about playing hooky this week because the weather is so good, get to work on making that next big deal happen!

When I arrived a little before noon today I got a chance to catch up with Harold Ford Jr. I asked the former congressman, now MSNBC analyst, what he thought of the contentious negotiations between President Obama and the Republicans on raising the debt ceiling. Will the two sides reach an agreement before the August deadline? “They’ll strike an 11th hour deal,” Harold told me. “They have to.” Harold thinks the president is “acting responsibly” while the freshman Republicans are “playing with fire.” His solution: “If I were advising the president, I’d say get out on a ten-city tour and talk to people and explain (in his plan) there would be no new taxes until the end of 2012.” When it comes to raising taxes, Harold espouses raising the tax threshold for individuals and households. Eat your peas, indeed.

I was joined today by Redbook’s editor-in-chief Jill Herzig and Hearst PR director Alexandra Carlin and we had a lively conversation that ranged from raising kids to keeping up (literally) with the Kardashians. Jill just celebrated her first anniversary at Redbook in May and has made some savvy tweaks to Hearst’s magazine for smart, style-conscious women who juggle work and family. The biggest change? A shift in tone from “commiserating to celebrating” life in all its glorious, modern day chaos. “We love it when we hear about that from our cover celebrities. Brooke Burke was very honest about it recently. She said balance doesn’t exist. It’s just life.” In the new August issue, Jada Pinkett Smith gives some very frank — and emotional — answers about raising a family of budding superstars, her “excruciating” choices and how she wouldn’t have it any other way. Who wouldn’t want to go home to Will Smith?

Speaking of celebs, Jill gave me the rundown on which cover gals have scored on the newsstand this year. The big winners were the multiple covers featuring reality/competition show queens Bethenny Frankel, Allison Sweeney and Padma Lakshmi, and the issue featuring country star Miranda Lambert right before she married Blake Shelton. The top seller? The May issue which featured the women of the Kardashian clan clad all in white. Jill tells me ‘momager’ Kris earned her complete respect by rounding up her daughters and arriving early for a 6 am call to the set. “They were incredibly professional and all genuinely seemed to enjoy each other. They were just lovely.”

Here’s a rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Niche Media’s Jason Binn (Loved the seersucker suit!) presiding over a table of young bucks.

2. Producer Francine LeFrak and some well-heeled pals.

3. Cosmo‘s publisher Donna Lagani and Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller. A little birdie told me that Bonnie and Fidelis Global’s Gerry Byrne moved their monthly ‘Influencer’ luncheon from Tuesday to Wednesday this month because Jay Penske, whose company Mail.com Media owns Hollywoodlife.com, was in town and didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. Just in case you were wondering who joined the terrific trio here’s the list: social swan and Vanity Fair scribe Amy Fine Collins , designer Stacey Bendet, Ogilvy Entertainment president Doug Scott, Maybelline’s Deborah Marquardt, ION Media Networks’ CEO Brandon Burgess, Razorfish VP of media Julie Weitzner, Charlie Corwin, founder of Original Media,  publicist Matt Hiltzik and Aly Racer, president on PMC.

4. Producer Freddie Gershorn.

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Redbook Names New Beauty Editor

Redbook has named Victoria Kirby as its new Beauty Editor. Kirby most recently worked as Editorial Director for Makeup.com, where she was responsible for all of its content.

Prior to that, she was Editorial Director at Allure, from 2006 to 2010.

Jill Herzig, Editor-in-Chief of Redbook, says that Kirby’s first day will be April 13th.