Amy DuBois Barnett

*Financially struggling Ebony magazine has named Amy DuBois Barnett its new editor-in-chief. Barnett is replacing outgoing editor Harriette Cole at the Chicago-based company.

The Brown University graduate was previously deputy editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar.

In a statement, Johnson Publishing Company Chairman Linda Johnson Rice said of Barnett, “She brings with her a wealth of experience, a keen journalistic and solid editorial judgment.”

However, the magazine needs currently appear to be more in the area of sales.

Reportedly, Ebony and its sister publication Jet have lost significant amounts of advertising revenue over the past two years. There have even been discussions centered on selling the publications.

Among those who had discussed buying Ebony and Jet was former basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson. But those discussions fell through. (source: Taylor Media Services –