GlossMagazineOnline.com (GMO) Staff.
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Executive Summary: The staff at Glossmagazineonline strives to create a publication that embraces and explores pop culture as it is related to young, trendsetting, African American women. The publication is an interactive tool that connects woman of color and allows expression, creativity and a voice on issues that this woman cares about in an online environment that fosters this spirit.
Company Summary: Glossmagazineonline publishes news that African American women, age 18-34, cares about. The publication intends to be THE online destination for news that matters to this diverse group of women. Whether you're interested in what's going on in Hollywood or Washington, want to know the latest treatments being considered for diabetes, or if you're searching for a deal on a little black dress, Glossmagazineonline wants you to come to us FIRST! We want to make sure that the concerns of African American women that are all but ignored in other publications are answered in our virtual pages. What sets us apart from other similar publications is its cutting edge approach to pop-culture coverage. The magazine is interactive. We want you to publish and respond to news on the site. The GLOSS woman is educated and getting her life together. Whether she is enrolled in college or just getting her feet wet in her chosen career field, the GLOSS woman is in need of news that is for HER – coverage of things that are a part of HER everyday world.
Services/Products: The product is quite simply the online magazine. The service that Glossmagazineonline provides lies in its content. The magazine is for and by women of African American decent who do not always see positive images of themselves in the media, or have access to publications that focus on their individual experiences and needs as women of color. Furthermore, the development of the content is crucial to what will sets Glossmagazineonline apart. Instead of telling this group of women what they want to see in a publication for them, we asks them first! Through two rounds of surveys directed at African American women in Chicago, New York and D.C., the content that fills our glossy pages was created. Furthermore, the staff that makes up Glossmagazineonline also consists of up-in-coming writers, photographers, poets, models and designers. The hands on research combined with a young staff that keeps things fresh and smart, not only puts a face on the magazine, but continues to create the product–a service that fills a need for honest content that young African American women want to read.
Market Analysis Summary: Glossmagazineonline marketing is directed towards these target segments:
- Young African American women, ages 18-34
- Income level varies, from students making less than $10,000 a year to professional women making up to $100,000 an year.
- Suburban and city women
- College students
- Young, Urban Professionals
- Single Mothers
- Young married women
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How EXCITED am I about this issue??
Not only are we bringing you some top-notch interviews––Laz Alonso from Jumping the Broom and Breakout Kings talked to Managing Editor Frances Moffett about his career, what he's working on next, and his, um dating status; R&B sensation Ledisi gave us a little "Piece" of what she's up to with her new album; and Malik Yoba of New York Undercover fame gave us the 411 on his new Sy-Fy show, Alphas––but have you checked out our new site?
The staff at GMO is always working to bring you the latest on the up-and-coming artists, entrepreneurs, authors and more making their mark. However, we also want to bring you the news in a fresh, fun and interactive manner. I do hope this new site is a step in the right direction. Not only can you comment directly on the articles, but you can also see the authors and contact them directly, share us on Facebook and Twitter, email us to friends, view video and so much more. Let me know your thoughts, as we are always a work in progress!
You'll see all the articles from past issues throughout the categories and sections, not separated by issues like in the past. Of course, the most recent articles populate at the top of the categories so you'll have no problem finding stories from the past. This new feature will allow us to update YOUR online magazine more frequently, putting you in touch with the news you care about sooner rather than later.
Now back to the issue. Not only do we have more interviews with business owners, authors, television personalities (I know Chicago is dying to know who's taking Oprah's place—meet her here!) actresses, and more, but you will also notice that the Fashion & Beauty section is crazy this issue. We even dubbed July/August the “Fashion Issue,” as you'll meet models, designers and the people behind the scenes of a successful fashion show. The talented individuals featured here will be working with us in our upcoming Gloss:Applied fashion show (details to come).
Check out images from our Summer Model Photo Shoot and then meet the Glossy ladies individually in the profile piece in the Fashion & Beauty section. (Don't worry ladies; we are working on an all-male GMO shoot as we speak!) A special shout out to Marketing Manager Samantha Mitchell for pulling this shoot together and to the official GMO Photographer Billy Montgomery and his crew for the some amazing photos.
I could go on and on about this issue. I'm excited about the direction we are heading, and I only see great things ahead for the staff of GMO (who continues to amaze me with every issue), our affiliates, and you—the people who continue to check us out and support the vision of the magazine. My staff thanks you and we promise to continue to bring you the stories of the up-and-coming, by the up-and-coming––with a few superstars thrown in to catch your attention!
Before I sign off, a BIG thank you to my Web Designer Rick Harrigan. I told him what I wanted to do, and he helped me bring that to light with the new site. I know I'm a little neurotic and crazy to work with so I thank you from the bottom of my glossy heart (too much? lol) for all your hard work on this.
We are getting there, WE are Almost there!
What sets GlossMagazineOnline apart from other similar publications is its cutting edge approach to pop-culture coverage. The publication is interactive––the people who read it create its content. The staff that makes up GlossMagazineOnline consists of up-in-coming writers, photographers, poets, models and designers. This young, hungry aspect of the staff keeps the publication fresh and smart and fulfills a fundamental purpose of the magazine––to act as a forum for up-and-coming artists who need a platform to showcase their work.
Publisher, Editor In Chief: Publisher and Editor in Chief of GlossMagazineOnline.com (GMO), Tiffani Alexander came to Chicago in the fall of 2004 to pursue her Master's degree in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management at Columbia College Chicago. Tiffani earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked for both Cygnus Business Media and Maher Publishing before embarking on her dream to start her own magazine. In addition to publishing GMO bi-monthly, Tiffani freelances and works as an editor on a legal journal in Washington, DC.
Managing Editor: Frances Moffett is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She is currently a PR coordinator and editorial assistant for a not-for-profit organization and has written for a variety of publications, including Jet Magazine and The Chicago Defender. In addition to journalism, she also writes poetry and short stories.
Marketing Manager: Samantha Mitchell graduated from Columbia College Chicago, earning her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Public Relations. She is currently the public relations and marketing coordinator for Color Me P.I.N.K, Inc, a non-profit organization in Chicago. Samantha also freelances, does event planning, works part-time and enjoys motivating and teaching young girls about self-esteem and character.
Senior Associate Editor: Ebony L. McCline received her B.A. in journalism from Northern Illinois University and received her master’s in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She currently writes for a Midwestern-based financial company.
Associate Editor: Iya Bakare earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in print journalism. She earned her B.A. from Delta State University with a minor in English and graduated with a M.A. degree from Columbia College Chicago. In her spare time, the Chicago native continues to freelance and ponder ways to both inform and improve her community one story at a time.
Photo Editor: Billy Montgomery is the lead photographer and photo editor for GMO. He is a well-known photographer in the Chicago area, as well as a professor of journalism at Roosevelt University, where he also received his M.A. in the subject.
Web Designer: Richard Harrigan has been GMO's web designer since day one, building the original site from scratch and continuing on with the publication, leading the growth of its online presence. He has a degree in graphics and web design from The University of Maryland, College Park, as well his own web design company.
Creative Director: Anthony (Tony) Keith, Jr., originally from Washington, DC, Anthony has served as the director of Penn State's cultural center and assistant director of the Multicultural Resource Center at UNC Charlotte. Anthony holds a B.A. in communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and a M.A. in education from The Pennsylvania State University. Tony is a spoken word artist and poet and has performed in numerous places such as Tanzania and Los Angeles.
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