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Self Names New Managing Editor

Erin Hobday has been promoted from Features and Projects Director to Managing Editor at Self. Hobday, who has been at the magazine since 2007, replaces Kate Lewis. Lewis is now the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources at Condé Nast.

Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief of Self, said Hobday was a natural choice to take over for Lewis. “I’m thrilled to promote Erin to this key role at a time when Self is moving full steam ahead on every platform and reaching a total audience of more than 12 million,” said Danziger. “Her skills, talent and dedication are vital to Self’s content and to our many exciting editorial projects. I look forward to many years ahead with Erin helping to navigate and facilitate the growth of the Self brand at this dynamic time in our business.”

The moves are effective immediately.

Jennifer Hudson to Self: ‘I’m Prouder of My Weight Loss Than My Oscar’

Jennifer Hudson is the cover girl for Self’s September issue, and in the feature accompanying the picture, she talks about how much her weight loss means to her. As if to quantify that, she explains, “I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar.” As you might remember, Hudson won an Oscar for her stellar performance in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.

While we’re in no position to judge, that’s kind of sad, isn’t it? You’d think that earning an award for her craft would be one of the highlights of her life, but instead, she’s more focused – or maybe we should say forced to be focused by the media – on being skinny.

Hudson is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, so maybe she just got a little overzealous. We just wish that she considered her accomplishments first, and her weight second. Or maybe even third or fourth.

The 10 Best iPad Magazines

According to Business Insider, there are some iPad magazines that are just doing it better than others. Today it gathers the 10 best, along with a brief explanation why it deserves to make this list. While all the magazines featured are great, some of the reasons for them being selected fall short.

There’s The New Yorker, included for its simplicity, Self, for the various interactive features, and People, which boasts double the pictures that are included in its print version. Those are all great reasons for being included on the list.

But then, Business Insider says Esquire is in the top 10 because it has “Men’s fashion tips, videos of beautiful women.”

Uh, so does the website. We’re thinking the writer got bored at this point, because that doesn’t really do much for us.

Work It Out as Self‘s New Fitness Editor

If you’re all about healthy living, we have the perfect job for you. Conde Nast is on the hunt for a creative and dynamic fitness editor for Self magazine –  the great glossy with all of those eye-catching covers and must-read features. Yep, that one.

If you land the gig, you’ll be overseeing all front-of-book fitness content, including assigning items, editing copy and writing pieces. You’ll be responsible for recruiting talented writers, and building relationships with fitness experts. Of course, you’ll be expected to stay on top of industry trends, but that won’t be hard for an connoisseur like you.

The ideal candidate will have three to five years of editorial experience with a national publication, and related experience with fitness content. You should be a self-starter with a proven history of curating fitness coverage, including lineup, ideas and research and re-packaging. Think you have what it takes? Apply here.

Food Network Magazine Brings The Heat To Hearst

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Despite the shuttering of O at Home and the company layoffs in 2008, Hearst may be one of the few publishers (along with Rodale and Meredith) that came up as a winner for 2009. And by “winner” we mean “did less terribly than everyone else.” Yesterday Keith Kelly reported that the company’s Food Network Magazine — which plans to print 10 issues this year — may be “one of the fastest starting magazines in publishing history.” That doesn’t mean the magazine hasn’t had its share of problems: there has been a constant revolving door at the title despite only having 5 issues in total, with managing editor Tara Cox (who was poached from Every Day at Rachel Ray) took the same job at Men’s Journal after test-editor Jennifer Dunn ditched out after the first trial issue in 2008.

A source quoted in the piece also admits that several mid-level editors have given notice, designer Sarah Goldschadt may be heading overseas to be replaced by Shira Gordon of Self. That’s a lot of revolving doors for a magazine whose total paid circulation in 2009 was 1,196,835 for four issues.

Read More: Food Network cooks up a hit, despite turnover – New York Post

Previously: Hearst Consolidating O at Home Into O: The Oprah Magazine, Hearst the Latest to Layoff Staffers Company-Wide

New Magazine for Cancer Support and Survivors

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SPOT ON media and LIVESTRONG are joining together in the fight to battle cancer with LIVESTRONG Quarterly, a new online, print, and print-on-demand publication that highlights individuals battling with cancer, support groups for the disease, as well as cancer resources. LIVESTRONG is part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support. The first issue features swimmer Eric Shanteau‘s heartfelt story about his diagnosis right before he reached the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Co-sponsored by the Mayo Clinic and Genentech BioOncology. Editor Curtis Pesman comes to LIVESTRONG after working at Esquire and as an editor at SELF magazine. He is also a cancer survivor himself.

Read the full press release after the jump.

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Industry Vet Stephanie Dolgoff Joins Health

Steph-June 09.jpgFormer Self magazine features director Stephanie Dolgoff has joined Health magazine as special projects director.

Dolgoff, the founder of the blog formerlyhot.com, joins the Time Inc. title with more than 20 years of industry experience, including stints at Glamour, Real Simple, Parenting and Cosmopolitan. A book based on her blog, Formerly Hot…Finally Content is due out this fall.

Full release after the jump

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Self Hires Digital Director

selfmag.jpgThis week being the first week of the New Year, the hiring news sets the stage for things to come. And so far this year, we’ve seen publications’ Web sites Newsweek.com and RealSimple.com create new positions to head up their digital efforts. Could this be a trend for 2010?

Today, we have news of yet another digital appointment: Self has named Kristen Schultz Dollard digital director of the magazine, where she’ll oversee the Self.com team and any integrated digital and online editorial partnerships and promotions.

Dollard joins the Condé Nast fitness title from Rodale, where she served as digital editorial director for Rodale International. She has previously works as the editor of iyogalife.com and YogaLife magazine, and helped launch Womens’ Health magazine. She’s also a certified yoga instructor and co-authored the upcoming book The Yoga Body Diet.

Full release after the jump

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Taste of Home Expands East Coast Sales

simply.jpgTaste of Home, the section of the Reader’s Digest Association behind such titles as Healthy Cooking and Simple & Delicious, has proved the adage that even when down, home and food titles are ahead of the industry game. We saw this last year with Meredith Corporation taking away major accolades for their multi-platform strategy of development, and so far 2010 is shaping up to reinforce this idea, with Reader’s Digest hiring Piper Goodspeed to head up their Eastern Accounts for Taste of Home.

Before working at Taste of Home, Goodspeed was the executive director of food and beverage for Self magazine.

Full press release after the jump.

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Condé Nast’er Jumps To Fitness

fitness-magazine.jpgIf you had a choice between working for two similar titles, one which was owned by a publishing company that was publicly cutting staffers down to bare bones, or one that was winning awards and actually gaining ad pages in 2009, which would you choose?

Yeah, we doubt Eleanor Langston had to think too long about it either: the former beauty editor of Condé Nast-owned Self has just been named beauty director of Fitness magazine, which is owned by Meredith Corp. We say: smart move.

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Meredith Turnaround Wins Publisher Of the Year, Tallying Up The Condé Nast Layoffs — So Far

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