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AMI Promotes Publisher

American Media, Inc. (AMI) has promoted Kristen Elliott from publisher of Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health to Vice President, Group Publisher of the AMI Women’s Active Lifestyle Group. In her new position, Elliott will oversee the Shape, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health brands.

“Kristen’s performance and work ethic since she has been with AMI merited this promotion,” said David Pecker, CEO and President of AMI. “As publisher of Fit Pregnancy, she never once missed her budget and succeeded in making the brand a must buy for advertisers in the parenting category. She has worked closely with the Shape staff in the past on integrated programs and thoroughly understands the health & fitness marketplace.”

Elliott will also assume the role of Publisher of Shape, which will be vacated by Brian Gruseke in April, as we noted this morning.

The Personal Stories Editors Want to Publish

After talking with at least 60 editors for our four-part series on pitching personal essays, we’ve learned a lot about what they expect in a publishable story.

Paula Derrow from Self wants fresh and relatable while Whole Life Times’ Abigail Lewis puts extra emphasis on humor and a tie into their L.A. home. And for Shape, editor A.J. Hanley says it’s all about tone, tone, tone.

Our latest installment adds 15 more magazines that are gunning for a first-person narrative. Find out what these editors and others crave in the pitch in Personal Essay Markets, Part  III. [sub req'd]

The Personal Stories Editors Want to Publish

After talking with at least 60 editors for our four-part series on pitching personal essays, we’ve learned a lot about what they expect in a publishable story.

Paula Derrow from Self wants fresh and relatable while Whole Life Times’ Abigail Lewis puts extra emphasis on humor and a tie into their L.A. home. And for Shape, editor A.J. Hanley says it’s all about tone, tone, tone.

Our latest installment adds 15 more magazines that are gunning for a first-person narrative. Find out what these editors and others crave in the pitch in Personal Essay Markets, Part  III. [sub req'd]

Moves at Self

Nicole Catanese has been named Fitness Director for Self. She succeeds Meaghan Murphy, who was promoted to Deputy Editor at the magazine. Catanese, who has been with Self since 2008, was most recently Senior Beauty Features Editor.

I have always believed that beauty and fitness are connected, and Self drives home that message in every issue,” said Catanese. “I can’t wait to start my new assignment.”

Self Promotes

Self magazine has promoted Anita Maiella from Advertising Director to Associate Publisher, Advertising. Maiella came to Self from Vogue, where she was American Fashion Director and Beauty Director.

Laura McEwen, Vice President and Publisher of Self, said that Maiella is well suited for the new position. ”Anita has demonstrated that she has what it takes to move our business forward,” explained Maiella. “Her creativity, focus and drive, combined with her enthusiasm for her work and her ability to deliver results made it the right decision for me to make.”

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius, September 20
  2. The New York Times Has Smart Commentators, CNN Doesn’t, September 21
  3. Brides EIC Out After 25 Years, September 16
  4. Self Names New Managing Editor, September 21
  5. Conde´ Nast Continues Changes, September 16
  6. Food Network Magazine Toasts Bobby Flay, September 20
  7. The Onion is Leaving New York, September 22
  8. Bill Keller Tackles Obama in First Op-Ed, September 19
  9. Veteran Anchor Mike Schneider to Helm NJTV Nightly Newscast, September 19
  10. Former WNYW/Channel 5 Reporter Andrea Day ‘Excited’ to Take Career in ‘Different Direction,’ September 21

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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.

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