New Life For Ebony and Jet

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Johnson Publishing Co., the company responsible for Ebony and Jet magazines, saw circulation plummet over a number of years. But now, NPR reports, it’s turning things around. Readership is up, it’s hiring and company officials are celebrating the black American icon’s survival of the turmoil that shook the media industry.

The CEO of Johnson Publishing, former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, who’s been in her position for just over a year, was charged with breathing new life into the company’s magazines and its Fashion Fair Cosmetics line.

“There’s a new energy,” Rogers says, “a new excitement and a new pace. We’re taking what was and building on that to the next level.”

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