Our latest roundup of hiring news and features highlighting women’s roles in the evolving media landscape spans a variety of publications. Here’s the scoop:

  • Rachel Hardage Barrett has been named Editor in Chief of Country Living. Barrett’s previous roles include Executive Editor at Southern Living and Deputy Editor at Real Simple. Her appointment coincides with the news that Hearst is moving Country Living‘s editorial operations from New York to Alabama.
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  • Melina Gerosa Bellows has been promoted to Publisher of National Geographic Books. She will retain her current role as Chief Creative Officer for Books, Kids and Family. (Learn more about Bellows’ successful track record at Nat Geo in a TFP Q&A with her earlier this year.)
  • Julie DeGarmo, formerly Associate Publisher at More magazine, has been named Associate Publisher of Sales at Real Simple.
  • Kristen Schultz Dollard is the new Director of Brand Strategy and Digital Project Development at Yoga Journal. She was previously Digital Director at Self magazine.
  • Laura Brounstein has been hired as Special Projects director for Cosmopolitan. She comes to Cosmo from Bauer Publishing, where she was Editorial Director of its Teen Group.
  • Margaret Wheeler Johnson has left The Huffington Post to join Bustle magazine as Deputy Editor. Her previous roles at The Huffington Post include Senior Lifestyle Editor and Women’s Editor.
  • Atlantic Media Strategies announced that Kristin Hume is its new Director of Marketing and Branding, and Stevie-Nicole Belchak is now Strategy and Communications Manager.
  • Kira Bindrim is the new Managing Editor for Newsweek. She was previously the Homepage Editor for Reuters.com.
  • Last Week, a Washington Post article profiled Cosmopolitan Joanna Coles, spotlighting the magazine’s inclusion of “less fluff” in favor of coverage of more serious topics—including politics and social issues affecting women—since Coles came on board as Editor in Chief last year.
  • Exceptional Women in Publishing will be hosting its 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference in March and is  accepting proposals for session topics now through Nov. 15. The conference’s  theme will be “How to Move Forward: Women Leaders in Media.”

Technology for Publishing’s Women in Media blog highlights the news and achievements of female leaders and role models in the publishing and media industry. Look for our monthly in-depth profiles and interviews of top women to watch. Is there someone you’d like to nominate for an upcoming Q&A? Drop us a note!

Posted by: Gina Barrett