Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Deputy editor Jackie Kovacs the latest to abandon ship at Today's Parent

The exodus by staff of Today's Parent magazine, which has long been one of Canada's most successsful and respected magazine brands, continues with the imminent departure of deputy editor Jacqueline Kovacs. She has accepted a job as the managing editor of Professionally Speaking, the publication of the Ontario College of Teachers. 
Kovacs's departure means most of  the senior editorial team under editor-in-chief Karine Ewart (who joined the magazine in June) is going or gone. 
As reported here, the magazine's art director Jo-Anne Martin Grier was laid off in a surprising move a few weeks ago, followed soon after by the resignation of managing editor Laura Bickle and the move of senior editor Dafna Izenberg to join Rogers's new Sportsnet magazine.
It was abruptly announced last January that longtime and highly respected editor Caroline Connell was  leaving the magazine. It took months before the job was filled by Ewart, who had been a freelancer and had previously been EIC of Fashion 18 and features editor of Fashion magazine.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

They let that talent leave the building? Shame, shame, shame.

11:39 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like such a waste (of money)... to invest in all that professional development and then hire outside? (and leave the staff in a disgruntled fog).

4:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe Jackie Shipley gets her A.D. position back now that Glow's jumped to St. Joe's...

7:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Jackie! She should have been the editor of TP and everyone knows it... except the Rogers brass.

11:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Jacqueline was THE person for the EIC job at Today's Parent: smart, funny, good looking and great on Tv and radio (too bad if you missed her countless 680 spots or many appearances on CBC, CTV, City and so on). But no, let's bring in stale talent from the outside... As mentioned here early, what a shame. Kerry Mitchell strikes again.

5:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a shame that such great talent is leaving due to the current office environment. These are the editors that won the magazines numerous awards, gave TP a face in the media, and has been Canada's #1 parenting magazines for years. You no longer see the Today's Parent on TV or hear them on the radio because the great talent is allowed to leave or is being forced out. How's the bottom line looking now... I wish JK the best of luck.

9:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anon #6. Agreed, but best look at the bottom line a year or so from now once the changes, etc under the new EIC and the current publisher (Mitchell) have kicked into gear. The mag is still running on steam generated by Kovacs et al (and Martin, who is still there, I believe.

12:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's give the new editor a chance to prove herself. I'm sure she will bring some fresh innovations. Example #1: Brand new cover approach on the October issue. Maybe it will open new doors for the brand...

3:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marshmallows, icing and sprinkles: the perfect formula for newsstand success. She might get lucky.

9:47 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the "new" cover approach is incredibly flat and derivative. It looks like a poor imitation of Women's Day or Better Homes & Gardens.

1:59 pm  

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