Top Ten Editors Talk Trends
Meet editors from Angeleno, Boulevard, Nurses World, and more!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Today, the most successful specialized magazines are taking a cue from their online competitors and are building “communities” of devoted readers.
Angeleno magazine Editor in Chief Degen Pener moderates a panel of editors from Boulevard, Gorgeous, and Nurses World. They’ll discuss the Los Angeles magazine scene and opportunities in their publications for writers. Pener joined Angeleno in April. Previously, he did staff editing and writing stints at Entertainment Weekly, Details, Santa Barbara magazine, and New York magazine.
The editors will tell you how to get their attention and which departments are looking for fresh ideas. Each editor will describe what the magazine is broadly about, and what kinds of things it does cover and does not cover. They’ll tell how to contact them, and will provide a calendar of upcoming topics.
Moderator DEGEN PENER began his career at New York magazine, where he was an associate editor of the “Intelligencer” gossip column. At age 25, Pener was tapped by The New York Times to write a column, “Egos & Ids,” for the newly created “Styles of the Times” section. During his career, Pener has been editor at large for Elle and a staff writer for Entertainment Weekly. Among the personalities he’s profiled are Oprah Winfrey, Drew Barrymore, Paris Hilton, are Jessica Simpson. He’s also the author of “The Swing Book,” a guide to the swing music revival.
SEAN O’MEARA is the editor in chief for Nurses World, a bi-monthly, hybrid glossy trade magazine distributed in California. Its editorial focus includes both professional/practice/clinical and consumer articles, with an eye to balancing home and work lives. Readers, mostly women, are interested in exercise and healthy lifestyles, travel, reading, and home design, along with health industry stories.
RASPIN STUWART is the owner and editor of both Boulevard and Gorgeous magazines. Boulevard is “the very finest source for where to go, what to do, and what you like” in Los Angeles. Its primary readership is women. Gorgeous tastefully celebrates gay, lesbian, trans-gender and alternative lifestyles. It focuses on West Hollywood, Silverlake, the San Fernando Valley, and Palm Springs. Both publications are large format, with colorful, distinctive covers, celebrity profiles, and a calendar of local events.