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More Layoffs and Hires at Self

Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.

When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.

Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.

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Self Adds Associate Publisher, Editor, Directors

SelfMay2014_CoverAccording to Self vice president and publisher Mary Murcko, the publication is entering a “completely new phase editorially, in our partnerships with brand marketers and through the two-way conversation we have with our audience.” To support that push, Murcko and Self EIC Joyce Chang have announced a quartet of senior appointments.

“In the cultural moment right now, women crave motivation to feel, look and be their best,” says Chang. “We will show them that having an aspirational body, career and life are actually totally attainable. These appointments will help create the new Self as a 360-degree guide to a well-rounded woman’s life.”

  • Eric Johnson, associate publisher, marketing: Johnson was formerly a vice president of ad sales marketing with NBC News Digital Group, where he oversaw properties including today.com and MSBNC.com. He will join Self May 21. Johnson has also worked as a VP, client solutions for USA Today and as VP, group marketing director at Rodale Publishing.
  • Barbara Reyes, creative director: Reyes was previously art director for O, The Oprah Magazine, which recently won a 2014 National Magazine Award for Leisure Interests. She has also worked at Radar and for Rodale’s special projects division, as well as art director at Domino, Manhattan File, Teen People, Cargo and Lucky.
  • Suzanne D’Amato, executive editor: She comes over from People StyleWatch, where she was an executive editor since 2009. D’Amato started her career at New York magazine and later moved on to fashion writer at Vogue, fashion news editor for Teen People, deputy editor at The Washington Post and features editor at Domino.
  • Rebecca Sinn, entertainment director: Sinn was previously a senior entertainment editor at Glamour and, prior to that, entertainment editor at Interview magazine and a member of the Vanity Fair special events and features teams. She began her career in a place many successful people have – the mailroom at CAA in Los Angeles.

Sweeping Changes at Self

We have a suggestion for Self staffers — duck, because the axe is swinging. Mary Murcko and Joyce Chang — the glossy’s publisher and editor, respectively — have only been on the job for three weeks, but they’re already making sweeping changes.

According to Adweek, Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing have all been cut. Yikes.

The moves are a result of Chang’s goal to change Self from a fitness magazine to more of a women’s general interest title.

Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Journalists Shot | Schultz’s Legal Woes | Blade Sues U.S. Gov’t

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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded in Afghanistan (The Associated Press)
An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in Afghanistan. FishbowlNY Niedringhaus and Gannon were covering the nation’s election when a policeman opened fire on their vehicle. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was shot twice and later underwent surgery. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Niedringhaus and Gannon were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. BBC News The attack came as Afghanistan intensified security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliban. The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term. The run-up to this historic election had already been the bloodiest, and fears of electoral fraud are pronounced. NYT Niedringhaus, a German citizen who was based in Geneva, first came to Afghanistan after joining the AP in 2002, and she quickly formed a partnership with Gannon. They were among a band of female photographers and correspondents who persevered through many years of conflict in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan. In the process, they helped redefine traditional notions of war reporting. Even as they covered the battlefield, they also focused attention on the human impact of conflicts known for their random, unpredictable violence against civilians.

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Mary Murcko Named Self Publisher

The Self upheaval is complete. Condé Nast just announced that Mary Murcko has been named vice president and publisher of the magazine. Murcko was formerly the Gannett Company’s president of national sales. She also previously served as a VP and group publisher at Rodale. 

Murcko’s appointment comes a day after Lucy Danziger and Laura McEwen were sent packing. Danziger was replaced by Joyce Chang, and Murcko is McEwen’s successor.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to cultivate one of Condé Nast’s most dynamic brands,” said Murcko, in a statement. “Reaching the Self audience is more important to marketers than ever before – and creating those opportunities through print, digital, mobile and experiences is truly exciting.”

Murcko’s appointment is effective May 1.

Rodale Departures Blamed on Discontent with CEO Maria Rodale

Uh oh.  Rodale has been experiencing some staff departures lately. And sources are telling Fortune that the culprit is discontent with the leadership of Maria Rodale, who became CEO in 2009.

This certainly doesn’t seem like a coincidence:

A spokesperson for Rodale confirmed that the following people left or were fired in 2011: chief information officer Ken Citron; Jack Essig, publisher of Men’s Health; Andrew Livingston, director of consumer engagement; David Marchi, senior vice president of global marketing; chief marketing officer Gregg Michaelson; Mary Murcko, executive vice president and group publisher; Karen Rinaldi, executive vice president and books publisher; Bill Stump, senior vice president and editorial director; and Valerie Valente, a vice president in custom publishing. Rodale.com general manager David Kang, communications executive vice president Robin Shallow and executive vice president and group publisher MaryAnn Bekkedahl also left after Rodale became CEO.

This is in addition to the recent departure of  senior vice president of international operations, Michelle Meyercord, and vice president James Kreckler.

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Rodale Splits Into Three New Groups

Maria Rodale, the CEO of Rodale Inc., has made some big changes at the publishing house. Adweek reports that the company is now split into three groups: Healthy Living, Active Living and Digital/Brand Development.

The Healthy Living Group includes Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening. It will be overseen by David Zinczenko, who now holds the title of Excutive Vice President, General Manager. Active Living, which includes Runner’s WorldBicycling, and Running Times, will be overseen by David Willey, who is now a Senior Vice President, General Manager. The third group, Digital/Brand Development, doesn’t have a General Manager in place yet.

As with any major changes, someone will be displaced. Mary Murcko is leaving Rodale, and she will be replaced by Chris Lambiase, who has been promoted to Publishing Director.

Women’s Health Gets New Publisher

Rodale has announced that Laura Frerer-Schmidt has been named Publisher of Women’s Health. Frerer-Schmidt was most recently Associate Publisher of Self. At Women’s Health, she will be tasked with leading all advertising sales and will oversee marketing efforts related to the title.

Mary Murcko, Rodale’s Executive Vice President, Group Publisher, said Frerer-Schmidt will bring a wealth of knowledge to Women’s Health. “Laura has an outstanding record of achievement across all platforms – digital, print, events and licensed products, explained Murcko. “She is a true brand strategist with experience in launching alternative revenue streams that utilize marketing services and mobile applications. Her skills coincide perfectly with the brand’s next phase of aggressive growth, after five impressive years as one of the fastest-growing titles in our industry and worldwide.”

Frerer-Schmidt’s first day will be September 6.

Ronan Gardiner Promoted to Publisher of Men’s Health

Rodale Inc. today announced that Ronan Gardiner has been promoted to publisher, Men’s Health magazine, effective immediately. In his new role, Gardiner will lead print and digital advertising sales and marketing efforts across the brand. He will report directly to Rodale EVP, Group Publisher, Mary Murcko.

“Ronan is a rising industry star with impressive digital expertise and business savvy,” said Murcko. “He has a genuine and infectious enthusiasm for the brand that will serve him very well as he builds upon the continued growth of the world’s largest men’s title.”

Gardiner has played an integral role in the business success of Men’s Health across print, digital and mobile platforms, including Gatorade’s recent presenting sponsorship of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon, a multiplatform deal that includes print, digital, mobile apps, live Q&A’s, and sponsorship of three signature events across the nation.
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Prevention Sees Ad Pages, Revenue Climb In March

preventioncover.jpgMarch may be a dull month for the rest of the world, but at least one magazine has something to celebrate.

Today, Rodale pub Prevention boasted that its March 2010 issue saw advertising pages and revenue rise by 31 percent and 27 percent, respectively — making it one of the top five March issues in Prevention‘s 60-year history. The issue also includes 44 advertisers who hadn’t been in the magazine a year ago.

Said publisher Mary Murcko:

“We are thrilled to announce these monumental rebounds. The proof-positive commitment of our advertisers — and consumers — is a testament to Prevention‘s unwavering demand and its always fresh and relevant editorial content. This success is just a peppering of what’s yet to come in 2010.”

After couple rough years, we’re hoping Prevention‘s numbers become more of a trend as other magazines start to close their March issues and report their numbers for the beginning of 2010.

Previously: Prevention Names Pilates Expert Fitness Editor

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