Saturday, June 05, 2010

7702: Rogers Consults With Johnson Publishing.

From The Chicago Sun-Times…

Desiree Rogers hired as Johnson Publishing consultant

By Sandra Guy, Staff Reporter

Former White House social secretary and Illinois Lottery director Desiree Rogers is working as a consultant with Johnson Publishing Co., owner of Ebony and Jet magazines, to help with corporate strategy, a Johnson Publishing spokeswoman said today.

The news comes just two days after Johnson Publishing Chief Executive Officer Linda Johnson Rice hired author and magazine turnaround expert Amy Dubois Barnett as the new editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine and declared that the company is not for sale.

A Johnson Publishing spokeswoman declined to give details about Rogers’ role.

Rogers left the Obama administration earlier this year after she got caught up in controversy over a White House security breach.

Johnson Publishing, the world’s largest African-American owned and operated publishing company, based at 820 S. Michigan, is facing the same dilemma as much of the print-media world—sharply declining advertising revenue. The company has recently redesigned Ebony and Jet magazines to appeal to younger readers and to reflect diverse opinions.

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