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Jon Barrett New Editor At The Advocate

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Big news from gay mag The Advocate.

After 15-years as editor, Anne Stockwell has “stepped down,” thus making room for new EIC Jon Barrett, who will apparently be leading the long-running pub in a “new direction.” And here! networks, which bought the PlanetOut periodicals earlier this year, couldn’t be more excited about the regime change. Said honchos Stephen P. Jarchow and Paul Colichman:

We are thrilled that Jon Barrett will bring his talent to this important brand and continue the historic tradition of The Advocate. Barrett will provide the magazine with a provocative new perspective around the critical issues affecting the lives of the LGBT community as well as expand Advocate.com into a definitive, daily online news source.

Like Stockwell, Barrett’s an industry veteran and previously worked as senior editor at Real Simple, O at Home and Cargo.

Full release, after the jump…

LOS ANGELES – May 23, 2008 – here! Networks is pleased to announce that, upon its final purchase of the LPI Media properties from PlanetOut Inc., it will name Jon Barrett as Editor in Chief of The Advocate and Advocate.com, the world’s leading news and entertainment destinations for the LGBT community.

“Over the past 40 years The Advocate has become the publication of record for the LGBT community,” said Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow, CEO and Chairman of here! Networks, respectively. “We are thrilled that Jon Barrett will bring his talent to this important brand and continue the historic tradition of The Advocate. Barrett will provide the magazine with a provocative new perspective around the critical issues affecting the lives of the LGBT community as well as expand Advocate.com into a definitive, daily online news source. ”

Barrett replaces Anne Stockwell who has resigned to pursue new opportunities after 15 years of strong leadership at the magazine, most recently overseeing its major redesign and 40th Anniversary Issue. Stockwell will continue writing for The Advocate as Editor at Large, in addition to story assignments for sister publications Out and Out Traveler.

“The Advocate has always mirrored the needs of its readership, whether that meant advancing the explosive push for civil rights in the 1960s, documenting the heady liberation of the 1970s, or assuming the serious—and necessary—mantle of newsmagazine in the 1980s and ‘90s,” said Barrett. “What it means to be a member of the LGBT community continues to evolve, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to carry on with Anne Stockwell’s incredible work, ensuring that The Advocate and Advocate.com are in step with—and ahead of—these changes.”

With over 15 years experience as a journalist and in publishing, Barrett most recently served as the Features Director for O at Home, an Oprah Magazine published by Hearst . Prior to that, he worked as the Senior Editor for Cargo, from the Conde Nast group, and as a Senior Editor for Real Simple, a Time Inc. publication. Barrett now comes back to The Advocate after having served for six years as the publication’s Senior News Editor from 1997-2003. Before coming to The Advocate he was an Assistant Editor at the Windy City Times, Chicago’s premier LGBT weekly newspaper.

His writing credits also include two books: 2002’s Hero of Flight 93: Mark Bingham, from Alyson Books, and working as a writing collaborator on Evan Wolfson’s Why Marriage Matters, published by Simon & Schuster in 2004. Barrett has worked extensively as a freelance writer and has been published in titles including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, People, Teen People and Paper.

Barrett will report directly to Aaron Hicklin, Editorial Director of Out and The Advocate. “In these extraordinary times for the LGBT community, I can’t think of a better steward for a magazine that continues to chronicle, and advance, our struggle for equality,” said Hicklin. “Jon Barrett is a proven talent who brings with him experience, perspective, and passion. I look forward to working together.”

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           May 23, 2008
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  • 11 Comments
    • hell's kitchen guy
      hell's kitchen guy

      two questions:Does he have the news chops? And is he relocating to LA?

      May 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      He won’t have much of a tak just keeping up the same old pastiche for -60 I.Q’s lets hope that he has the balls and gumption to traffic some relivant and much needed journalism to the current rag.

      The Mag has been in survitude to superficial consumerism as long as I remember. lol

      May 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rock
      Rock

      Let’s hope it leads to a better magazine!

      May 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek
      CitizenGeek

      Looking forward to the upgrade for Advocate.com :)

      May 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jack
      jack

      shane, much as i agree with you… and i do, it would serve your communications skills well to find spell check. nothing destroys credibility so much as fourth grade spelling errors. it only takes a minute.

      May 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek
      CitizenGeek

      Eh, I don’t think you’re in any position to criticise someone else’s writing, JACK; you’ve clearly forgotten even the most basic grammar.

      May 23, 2008 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sm
      sm

      he does have the chops, including pieces with Judy Shepard after her son was lost and yes he is relocating to Los Angeles

      May 23, 2008 at 9:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      Legability is an ungoing problem for me mainly because I think much faster than I can conceivably type. That’s an embarassing function of having been in a “gifted ” section where we were told that our time would never be wasted typing. Suprise: computers!
      Mainly I need to slow down. Thanks

      May 24, 2008 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Moore
      Rob Moore

      Regardless of anything else, I did enjoy reading the piece on Thomas Roberts. In addition, I think there has been gradual improvement in The Advocate over the last four or five years.

      May 25, 2008 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rick
      Rick

      I like the Advocate a lot and think both the magazine and website have improved under Ms. Stockwell’s leadership. Will be interesting to see what’s to come.

      May 26, 2008 at 9:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • matt123
      matt123

      how hot he is! i’m gay and i’d love to explore my fantasy on *** FindBilover dotcom *** hope to meet you for some fun!!

      May 26, 2008 at 8:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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