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All Sections of Ebony are Open to Pitches

Historically, most journalists writing for Ebony have been black, but it’s not a requirement to score a byline. The pub has recently run stories by writers who aren’t black, and also hopes to reach beyond the black community by tackling key issues from a wide variety of viewpoints.

The magazine is enjoying the fruits of a well-executed redesign spearheaded by editor-in-chief Amy DuBois Barnett, who works with CEO Desiree Rogers and Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. Barnett told NPR she’s working to balance fashion, entertainment and news that is empowering “and also still very rooted in the coverage of social issues and political issues that Ebony has always done so well.”

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All Sections of Ebony are Open to Pitches

Historically, most journalists writing for Ebony have been black, but it’s not a requirement to score a byline. The pub has recently run stories by writers who aren’t black, and also hopes to reach beyond the black community by tackling key issues from a wide variety of viewpoints.

The magazine is enjoying the fruits of a well-executed redesign spearheaded by editor-in-chief Amy DuBois Barnett, who works with CEO Desiree Rogers and Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. Barnett told NPR she’s working to balance fashion, entertainment and news that is empowering “and also still very rooted in the coverage of social issues and political issues that Ebony has always done so well.”

Bonus? Over 50 percent of the pub is written by freelancers. Find out how you can win over the editors in How To Pitch: Ebony. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Terry Glover, Managing Editor of Ebony, Dies

Terry Glover, managing editor of Ebony, died on December 24 from colon cancer. She had been with the magazine since 2006, when she joined as a senior editor for Ebony.com. Glover was named managing editor in 2009.

“Terry was the heart and soul of the Ebony team,” said Amy DuBois Barnett, editor-in-chief of Ebony, in a statement. “She was one of the best editors I’ve ever worked with, and had a lovely kind demeanor and a fabulous sense of humor. The Ebony team will feel her absence every single day.”

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing, added, “Terry touched many with her warm spirit and glowing smile during her six years with Johnson Publishing. Her contributions to Ebony were innumerable and her passion shone through in everything she did. Terry will be greatly missed.”

Will Magic Johnson Buy Ebony And Jet Publisher?

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Rumor of the day: Magic Johnson, retired NBA superstar and mogul is in talks to buy Johnson Publishing Co., producers of African-American magazines Jet and Ebony. There were whisperings last year that Ebony may have been up on the auction block (publisher Kenard Gibbs bowed out in 2008), but considering that Jet rolled out a new redesign just two weeks ago, Johnson is doing everything in its power to make their titles look salable.

This new rumor about Magic buying the paper can’t hurt (the company wouldn’t even need to change its name!): According to Bloomberg News, it’s Magic’s group that issued the statement “There’s no definitive agreement,” while Johnson CEO Linda Johnson Rice said she has never even had a discussion about Magic Johnson buying the publisher. Interesting power play…you’d think Johnson Publishing would be eager to see Magic’s name attached to its title.

Read More: Magic Johnson in Talks to Buy Publisher of Ebony, Jet Magazines

Previously: Is Ebony For Sale?, JET Magazine Rolls Out Redesign, Kenard Gibbs Out as Publisher of Ebony, Jet

Is Ebony For Sale?

ebony.jpgIs Johnson Publishing, the owner of Ebony shopping around its flagship publication?

That’s the news coming out of Newsweek today. Citing “media and investments executives familiar with the developments,” Johnnie L. Roberts reports that Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing and daughter of its founder John H. Johnson, has reached out to Time Inc., Viacom and private investors like buyout firms to see if she could find a buyer or financial partner for the title.

Like so many magazines in today’s economic climate, Ebony has been struggling in the past year. Although the title was among those that saw the biggest newsstand growth during the first half of the year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s recent numbers, Roberts reports that Ebony has seen some pretty grim advertising numbers in recent years:

Ebony‘s advertising pages and ad revenues have declined in each of the last three years, even during periods when the industry was flat to positive. Among the 243 magazines tracked by the Publishers Information Bureau, ad pages plunged an average of 28 percent, with revenues falling by 21 percent, in the first half of 2009 compared with the same period a year earlier. But Ebony‘s decline was sharper, as advertising dived almost 35 percent, dragging revenues down almost 32 percent, to $18.8 million from 2008′s $27.7 million…And according to industry tracker Media Industry Newsletter, things have only turned grimmer for Ebony since the first half. Total ad pages sank by 40 percent this year through the October issue, now on newsstands.”

And earlier this month, Ebony cancelled its Fashion Fair event for fall 2009, citing economic challenges.

Still, despite all of Ebony challenges, executives have denied that they’re in talks to sell the magazine, Roberts said. These sorts of things have a way of shaking out and revealing themselves over time, so we’ll keep you posted.

Ebony: Up For Sale?Newsweek