In a somewhat tumultuous year for the legendary publication, which includes over 60 years of archived history being put up for sale to raise funds to save the magazine, EBONY is facing yet another big change. Editor-In-Chief Mitzi Miller is stepping down from her post. Details inside…
After almost one year in the position, Mitzi Miller is out as Editor-In-Chief of EBONY Magazine. The former JET Magazine Editor took the reigns at EBONY last April after the departure of Amy Dubois Barnett. And after being charged with doing everything possible to help save the print publication that has been hurting (like almost all print media) for several years, Mitzi has decided to move on to new endeavors. The author of the 2006 bestseller The Vow (which the 2015 Lifetime movie With This Ring was based upon), said via a press release today:
“I’ve always subscribed to the principle of living in the present and remaining open to all of life’s opportunities,” says Miller.
“So I believe that now is an exciting time to start a new chapter in my life. It will always be an honor to have been a part of the Johnson Publishing Company legacy. Having served as the editor-in-chief for two of the oldest and most successful African American publications, I take pride in the issues the team was able to explore and expose to the readers. And now, I look forward to continuing to tell our dynamic stories in a new way with my next venture.”
Mitzi brought in fresh faces to grace the many covers her team developed, as well as put the spotlight on even fresher faced game changers for the 2015 EBONY Power 100 list.
But folks have been up in arms about the Publisher’s decision to sell the historic archives of the magazine to raise capital. The Chicago Tribune recently reported the following:
Looking to raise cash ($40 million to be exact), the Chicago-based publisher of Ebony magazine has put its entire photo archive up for sale. The historic collection spans 70 years of African-American history, chronicling everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Sammy Davis Jr.
Johnson Publishing has had its collection appraised and recently hired a consultant to shop its wealth of iconic images, including a 1969 Pulitzer Prize winning photo of King’s widow and child, taken at his funeral.
“It’s just sitting here,” said Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers. “We really need to monetize that in order to ensure growth in our core businesses.”
Raising capital is crucial for the company, which is facing declining revenue and a rocky transition from print to digital under Rogers…
Social media was in an uproar last month when the news surfaced that so much Black history wouldn’t be preserved by the original owner, but instead sold off to the highest bidder. EBONY’s publishing team has stood firm to the notion that the revenue from the sales of the photo archive will help rectify their losses in ad revenue and circulation numbers.
Regardless of the many major changes taking place, we’re sure the legendary EBONY brand will stand the test of time. And we wish Mitzi the best of luck in her next endeavors.
Photos: EBONY/Lucy Hewett