More Editor to Reader’s Digest: “The domestic edition of Reader’s Digest has replaced its editor in chief, Jacqueline Leo, hiring Peggy Northrop away from the Meredith Corporation’s More
magazine, the magazine announced Friday,” reports The New York Times.

“Ms. Northrop, who was editor in chief at More since 2004, will see Reader’s Digest through a redesign planned for 2008 — one in a series of changes since the Reader’s Digest Association, the magazine’s
publisher, went private under new owners this year.”

More, the lifestyle magazine geared toward women over 40, was recently named runner-up in Advertising Age’s annual magazine competition.

Former NBC Today show anchor Jane Pauley on Monday received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. “Well, now I’m history,” she said in a speech at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

Pauley was the first woman to anchor a weekday evening newscast and became co-host of NBC’s Today show at the age of 25.

Lifestyle Magazine for Jewish Women: Also from the NYT: “Daniel Zimerman, a former advertising executive, noticed a shortage of information specifically for Jewish women in the popular homemaking magazines, and set out to supply it. Jewish Living, which makes its debut this week, aims to be the lifestyle magazine of choice for women 25 to 54 with a median household income of more than $125,000.” Its editor in chief, Liza Schoenfein, was previously editor of Saveur and

“Lifetime Networks is attempting to morph its Web site into a
women’s portal/community site through a comprehensive relaunch that
appears to take direct aim at NBC Universal’s,” reports MediaWeek. “To kickstart the transformation, has shifted to become, which will ultimately mix advanced social networking functionality with broad interest women’s-aimed content licensed from partners such as Hearst, About and Glam Media.”

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Here’s coverage of an interesting lecture by Georgetown professor and NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan, who discussed women’s adventure stories last week at University of Delaware. Adventure is broadly defined — looking back at heroines from 19th-century literature, Corrigan said the women “took emotional adventures of endurance.”

And though these adventures, she said, might have taken place in parlors and kitchens and bedrooms and involved the care of sick parents or the terrors of the marriage market, they nonetheless “were devoted to a woman quietly keeping her nerve, day after day, year after year. Climbing Mount Everest looks like a snap compared to the quotidian pain of caring for a sick parent,” Corrigan said.

She emphasized that although such novels are often thought of as melodramatic, they entail profound sacrifices and differ from typical men’s adventure stories in what is being risked.

“Men risk their lives, and women are threatened by their loss of sanity and sense of self,” she said. “And as men typically seek adventure in packs and women alone, these heroines face a deep sense of isolation and loneliness. Their struggles are internal and psychological and emotional.”


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