Here Media, which publishes The Advocate and Out today announced that it was promoting Jon Barrett, editor-in-chief of The Advocate and Advocate.com, to editorial director of the newly created Advocate Group, which will now oversee all of the magazine’s print, online and TV content as well other Here Media brands such as SheWired.com and PlanetOut.com.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after Here CEO Paul Colichman announced plans to bundle The Advocate‘s print magazine with Out for subscribers.
In his new position, Barrett will be in charge of growing the Advocate brand, an undertaking that includes oversight of an upcoming hour-long television magazine series aimed at the brand’s LGBT audience. Before joining The Advocate, Barrett worked as features editor for O magazine spin-off O at Home and served as senior editor at Cargo and Real Simple.
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Jon Barrett Named Editorial Director of The Advocate Group
Barrett now guides the editorial voice for the iconic news brand’s multiple platforms
November 30, 2009 (LOS ANGELES) — Here Media, the world’s leading multimedia company targeting the LGBT consumer, announced today that Jon Barrett has been named Editorial Director of the newly formed Advocate Group. Barrett now oversees the editorial voice for the brand’s numerous extensions, including The Advocate’s print, online, and television iterations and the HIV Plus brand as well as SheWired.com and PlanetOut.com, which also now operate under The Advocate Group banner.
“For 40-plus years The Advocate has grown, evolved, and transformed becoming the LGBT community’s news source of record,” said Stephen Macias, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Here Media. “As Editor in Chief, Jon Barrett injected a fresh and distinct editorial voice into The Advocate and Advocate.com. As The Advocate continues to embrace technological advances, we created The Advocate Group to encompass the new dimensions and platforms for delivering the award-winning content produced by our outstanding staff of writers and editors. We look forward to Jon’s innovative leadership extending to the expanded Advocate Group.”
In his new role Barrett will grow the iconic Advocate brand as it continues its high standards of print journalism, breaks and reports news multiple times a day online, and debuts its monthly hour-long television magazine turning the Advocate lens on issues important to the LGBT audience. Barrett also takes over the editorial direction for the HIV Plus brand, which continues to provide provides the advice, tools, and personal stories to motivate readers to make the best of their friendships and relationships, work and leisure time, treatment, and overall sense of health and wellness.
Additionally, Barrett will guide the editorial direction of PlanetOut.com, which provides entertainment, travel, and lifestyle news, as well as SheWired.com, a leading women’s website providing exclusive, informative content on everything from pop culture and politics to travel, health, and lifestyle.
With more than 15 years’ experience as a journalist and in publishing, Barrett most recently served as Editor in Chief for The Advocate and Advocate.com. Prior to that, he was the Features Director for O at Home, an Oprah Magazine published by Hearst. He also has 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 served as The Advocate’s Senior News Editor from 1997 to 2003. Before first coming to The Advocate he was an Assistant Editor at the Windy City Times, Chicago’s premier LGBT weekly newspaper.
Barrett’s writing credits also include three 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, and Judy Shepard’s memoir The Meaning of Matthew, published by Hudson Street Press in September.
The Advocate brand is currently available to consumers as a monthly publication print publication or by logging on to its award-winning websites at www.advocate.com, www.planetout.com, www.shewired.com, or www.hivplusmag.com.