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Keija Minor, Editor-in-Chief of Brides, on Her Legacy

keija-minor2Keija Minor has gone through quite a few career reinventions in her life. She started out as a corporate lawyer, decided it wasn’t her passion, and then took a major pay cut to became an intern at a startup magazine, Travel Savvy. Boy, did it pay off. Minor went from intern to EIC in three years, then, after stints at Niche Media and Uptown magazine, on to Condé Nast, where she is currently editor-in-chief of Brides.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Minor talks about taking a leap of faith in her career, her advice for freelancers pitching to Brides and her unique position at the top:

You are the first African American to hold a top title at a Condé Nast publication. Is that something you think about?
I think the industry has been changing generally just over the years, as all of corporate America has been changing, to some degree, to reflect more women and more diversity. I think with the title at Condé, you know, it’s fun to be the first. It’s exciting to be the first in any sort of category, and it’s an honor. But I don’t wake up every day thinking, ‘Okay, you’re the first black woman to hold this title.’ I think about, ‘What are you going to do to move the magazine forward?’ At the end of the day, yes, I will have been the first, but I also want to be the woman who knocks it out of the park as an editor.

To hear more from Minor, including what she thinks of Anna Wintour, read: So What Do You Do Keija Minor, Brides Editor-in-Chief?

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Lauren Iannotti Named Exec Editor of Brides

Lauren Iannotti has been named executive editor of Brides. Iannotti was most recently the deputy articles editor at Glamour, a role she had held since 2010.

Prior to her time at Glamour, Iannotti held various editorial roles at Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine and Allure.

Iannotti is succeeding Keija Minor, who was promoted to editor-in-chief of Brides.

Keija Minor Named EIC of Brides

Keija Minor has been named editor-in-chief of Brides and Brides.com. Minor had been Brides’ executive editor since late last year, and acting editor-in-chief since Anne Fulenwider left the magazine.
“Keija’s contribution to Brides over the past several months has been invaluable and will enable her to step seamlessly into the role of editor-in-chief,” said Condé Nast editorial director, Tom Wallace. “She is a gifted editor. Brides will benefit from both her energy and her passion.”
 
Minor’s appointment is effective immediately. 

Big Changes at Brides

Anne Fulenwider, the Editor-in-Chief of Brides since September, has begun to make the magazine her own. According to WWD, there is a redesign coming next spring, and to prepare, Fulenwider has made several changes.

Amy Rosenfeld, the Creative Director at Brides since last year is out; she’s being replaced by Cybele Grandjean, who is joining the magazine from Real Simple. Likewise Sally Kilbridge, the Deputy Editor at Brides, is being succeeded by Keija Minor, the former Editor-in-Chief of Uptown.

Fulenwider has also added Lisa Harman Gooder as Brides’ first Digital Content Director, and Denise Penny as a Senior Editor.

Star Jones New Editor-At-Large of Uptown Magazine

Star Jones has a new gig as Editor-at-Large for Uptown, which bills itself as an upscale publication aimed at highly-affluent African Americans.

Jones’ first column will appear in the special Weddings and Travel issue, which hits newsstands on January 20th. Her writing will cover a variety of subjects from politics to entertainment.

Keija Minor, Editor-in-Chief of Uptown, is excited about what Jones’ name will mean for the brand:

As an accomplished attorney and television personality, Star represents Uptown’s readers and will bring added ‘star power’ to our consumers.

Let’s hope that’s the last time that “star” pun is used.

Uptown Magazine Increases Circulation

Good news coming from Uptown Media: the lifestyle magazine serving affluent black readers in Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta, NYC, Charlotte, Detroit and Philadelphia is boosting its circulation from six issues per year to eight, kicking off with the March 2011 issue. The rate base will also increase, from 200,000 to 225,000.

Says Uptown‘s editor in chief, Keija Minor:
The fact that Uptown has doubled the number of issues published annually since our start in 2004 is a clear sign of the ongoing growth of the affluent African American consumer.  Our recent decision to devote additional pages to local content underscores our commitment to reaching consumers and advertisers on a local level.