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The American Prospect Will Fold Unless it Comes up With $500,000

The American Prospect, the liberal magazine that publishes 10 times a year, is in dire straits. The Huffington Post reports that, unless the title comes up with about $500,000, the July/August issue, which closes in May, will be its last.

Kit Rachlis, the American Prospect’s Editor-in-Chief, is currently pulling out all the stops to make sure that doesn’t happen. She told HuffPo that staffers are “making an all-points effort to fill that gap with individual donors, institutional donors, as well as readers and subscribers.”

If you think the American Prospect hasn’t made much of an impact, thus it won’t be missed, here are just a few journalists who got their start there: Ezra KleinSuzy Khimm, Joshua GreenNick Confessore, Garance Franke-Ruta, Jonathan Chait and Ann Friedman.

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Financial Woes May Mean the Death of The American Prospect

The American Prospect, a left-leaning political magazine, is facing the possibility of shutting down at the end of May. To keep the lights on, the nonprofit rag is in need of $500,000. Prospect editor Kit Rachlis (previously an editor at the LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and LA Weekly) told Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post that the publication hopes to raise the needed funds through donors and readers.

Still, Rachlis thought the situation was serious enough to inform staffers last Thursday of the magazine’s current financial woes.

Rachlis said Prospect editors “thought it was important to be fair to the staff, to let them know there was a possibility that if we didn’t fill it, the Prospect‘s last issue as currently constituted would be the July/August issue.” The Prospect, which has a robust website, publishes 10 print issues annually; the July/August double issue closes in late May.

Here’s hoping they pull through. The world doesn’t need any more unemployed journalists.

Kit Rachlis Goes to The American Prospect

Kit Rachlis is one of those journos who if asked what publications in LA he’s worked for can say, “All of ‘em.”

And he’d be mostly right: LA Weekly, the LA Times and Los Angeles magazine.

Now he’s off to The East as the new editor of The American Prospect.

Congrats on the new gig, Kit. Enjoy those DC summers!

The American Prospect Announces New Editor:

Kit Rachlis, Former Los Angeles Magazine, LA Times, LA Weekly and Village Voice Editor to Lead Progressive Magazine of Policy and Politics

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Editor-In-Chief Resigns From Los Angeles Magazine

lamagjune.jpgAfter nine years at the helm, Kit Rachlis is quitting Los Angeles magazine. Executive editor Mary Melton will take his place. Folio reports that Rachlis leaving had nothing to do with the June cover story of LA Mag that declares mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a failure. LA Observed has the press release from Emmis Communications, parent company of the magazine:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Kit Rachlis, editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine since June 2000, has decided to step down. Mary Melton, executive editor of the magazine, has been promoted to editor.

“Kit has done a remarkable job elevating Los Angeles magazine to must-read status. We are deeply grateful to him for sharing his vast talent with Emmis and with the loyal readers of Los Angeles magazine,” said Deborah Paul, Emmis Publishing Executive Vice President/Editorial Director. “The appointment of Mary Melton as editor ensures that Los Angeles magazine’s tradition of high-level magazine journalism will endure. We look forward to the intelligence and spirit she will bring to every page.”

During Rachlis’ tenure, the magazine was nominated for a National Magazine Award seven times and received more city and regional magazine awards than any other publication.

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FBLA Goes to the Party: Los Angeles magazine

Los Angeles magazine threw a deb party for Amy Saralegui , the new publisher. Charming and affable in a long black coat (designed by her brother in law), Salagui had been with Texas Monthly (another Emmis Publishing title), but moved to LA in a flash, and is renting Timothy Leary’s old pad.

There was talk about the WGA strike, but not enough to be a conversational trend.

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Mickey Kaus, Anna Soellner (Center for American Progress), Roland Wiley (RawInternational), Bob Johnson (WithoutABox.com/producer/attorney), Linda Deutch

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Amy Alkon, Ron Kaye

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Kit Rachlis, Amy Saralegui and Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas