NJ Regional Mag Cancels Ill-Conceived Panel | Industry Notes
Rachael Ray Everyday gets a redesign, a jaded UK columnist goes for some creative revenge, and more news of interest from around the magazine world...
In New Jersey, a regional magazine learns a fast lesson in optics…
As part of a series of upcoming events on the topic of female empowerment, Maple Shade, New Jersey-based regional title SJ Magazine revealed yesterday a panel discussion set for Nov. 6 and featuring the nauseating title, “Women in Business: A Man’s Point of View” — a conversation consisting of, you guessed it: four men.
After immediate criticism on social media, SJ initially defended the panel, arguing that the men’s panel was one of just four discussions, the rest of which, held on future dates, featured only women.
“Men have a responsibility to step up & support women & we want to start the discussion,” SJ added, in a tweet.
But the backlash was enough for N.J. State Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, who pulled out of the panel Monday evening, tweeting, “I was asked to participate on a panel for an issue I care deeply about … In light of a full understanding of the composition of this panel, I will be withdrawing from participating and offering my seat instead to someone who can bring a more diverse and inclusive point of view to this critical issue.”
SJ has subsequently cancelled the event, issuing the following statement:
“As a woman-owned business, women’s empowerment has always been part of our mission. We believe it is helpful when everyone is part of the conversation about women’s empowerment and feminism. It was never our intention to offend anyone. We have canceled the Nov. 6 panel.”
SJ, of course, has a point that men have a role to play in female empowerment. But the magazine could have easily spared itself criticism — and preserved its legitimately impressive lineup of speakers (shoutout to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio) — by including a woman’s perspective on a panel ostensibly about women.
Rachael Ray Everyday gets the redesign treatment…
The November issue of Rachael Ray Everyday, the first under the Meredith Corp. magazine’s newly announced redesign, arrives on newsstands today.
The brainchild of editor-in-chief Lauren Iannotti — promoted from executive editor just a month ago — as well as art director Phoebe Flynn Rich and Allrecipes creative director Mike Belknap, the magazine’s new look is meant to provide readers with a “more contemporary and personalized experience,” according to a statement.
Newly reorganized sections include “On Our Radar,” a front-of-book section featuring “news and trends spotted by Rachael herself;” “Real Food,” consisting of “visually distinct recipe franchises;” “The Well,” with more long-form pieces; and “Real Life,” devoted to Ray’s other main passions: interior decorating, DIY, and pet care.
“We studied feedback from readers, talked a lot with Rachael about the evolution of her brand, and followed the market, and then decided it was time for an update,” added Iannotti in the statement.
The announcement also notes that the issue’s front cover features a “first-to-market double die-cut [ad] unit from Swanson on the front cover.”
From the job board…
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See this and other current openings at careers.foliomag.com.
At Doctor Who Magazine, a copy editor’s worst nightmare…
Management at UK-based Doctor Who Magazine — the longest-running TV tie-in magazine, according to Guinness World Records — is evidently none-too-pleased with a hidden message, left by one of its columnists, that made it all the way into the magazine’s most recent print issue before being detected.
One need look no further than the first letter of each sentence in the passage below to see that the writer of an anonymous monthly column credited only to “The Watcher,” clearly feels some type of way about DWM publisher Panini Group and BBC Worldwide, which produces the long-running TV series on which the magazine is focused.
For the lazy, I’ll get you started: PANINI AND BBC WORLDWIDE ARE …. a derogatory term for a part of the female anatomy that this reporter prefers not to reproduce in Folio:.
In case folks weren’t paying attention, “The Watcher” included a friendly kicker to his column: “If you look hard enough, there’s always something hidden in plain sight.” Indeed.
One is inclined to feel sorry for DWM editor Marcus Hearn, who is just four issues into his tenure after taking over for the book’s longtime editor, Tom Spilsbury, in August.
The online version has been edited to remove the hidden message, but the permanence of print is not always a beautiful thing.