CHICAGO, Ill. (December 17, 2013) — JET Magazine is proud to announce Wendy L. Wilson as the publication’s new managing editor. In this role, Wilson is responsible for generating and writing original stories, developing content ideas for the magazine and website, and assisting in the growth of the JET brand. Wilson will also assist the Editor-in-Chief with planning, decision-making, and evaluating editorial content.
Wilson is the former news editor for Essence magazine, where she was responsible for assigning and editing various in-depth feature stories, profiles, special reports, and commentaries for the news section. She also served as the news editor for Essence.com, where she provided daily news coverage and content for the site, including breaking news and exclusive stories. After joining Essence in 2005 as a staff writer, she contributed to several mainstay articles including, Essence’s “25 Most Beautiful Women,” “25 Best Companies,” “Women of Influence,” and the “12-Month Home Ownership Campaign,” which won the 2007 National Association of Black Journalists Award for best magazine business story.
“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Wendy to the JET magazine team and to the Johnson Publishing Company family,” said JET magazine Editor-in-Chief, Mitzi Miller. “She has been an esteemed industry colleague for many years. I am confident that her impressive journalistic background will only continue to strengthen the JET brand. My entire team looks forward to working with her as we continue to expand our presence in this increasingly competitive media landscape.”
Wilson is the recipient of the 2013 New York Association of Black Journalists award for Best Investigative Report for Essence’s Special Election series; the 2012 New York Association of Black Journalists award in the International Coverage category for editing a story on child slavery in Ghana and the 2010 New York Association of Black Journalists award in the Magazine Public Affairs category and in the Online/New Media category for Public Affairs. In 2012, she was appointed Chair of Diversity on the Skidmore College Alumni Association Board of Directors and Member-at-Large of the New York Association of Black Journalists Executive Board.
Wilson is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she majored in English with a concentration in creative writing. She then continued her education, graduating from New York University in 2001 with a master’s degree in Journalism. Previously, she has worked at Teen People, InStyle and George magazines.
JET is the No. 1 African-American news digest and has more than seven million readers. The publication was initially billed as “The Weekly Negro News Magazine,” and is noted for its role in chronicling the early days of the Civil Rights movement. Today’s coverage includes current events, entertainment news, healthy living tips, and fashion and beauty tips. JET was one of the first publications to report on the death of Jordan Davis and Kendrick Johnson, and to do a special investigative report on missing Black children. The magazine has been a staple in homes and businesses of Black Americans since 1951, bringing life to its popular catchphrase: “If it isn’t in JET, it didn’t happen.” JET is the beloved bible of African-Americans and ranks No. 4 in reader engagement. JET franchises include Beauty of Week, Love, and the Fantastic Fathers Father’s Day contest. JET is the first look resource for dynamic, credible and entertaining information regarding the African-American community.
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