How long has Jet magazine been under Johnson?

How long has Jet magazine been under Johnson?

Jet and Ebony were sold, bringing an end to Johnson Publishing's 71-year run. According to two of their longtime leaders, the legendary periodicals that have recorded the modern African-American experience will continue to be a "beacon of hope" for black people throughout the world. The president and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET) said that he was honored by the company's involvement with Jet and Ebony.

When John H. Johnson bought the rights to publish black-oriented magazines in 1945, there were only a few other such publications on newsstands. One of them was called Ebony, which had been founded by Johnson's brother Charles. Over the next seven decades, these two magazines became staples in the lives of millions of Americans. They brought news about civil rights movements abroad and within the United States, celebrities' gossip, how-to information for black professionals, and much more.

In July 2007, Johnson Publishing announced it would sell Jet and Ebony because they were losing money every year. The company also closed its offices and laid off most of its employees. After the sale, former CEO Anthony Martinez kept Jet and Ebony operating while looking for another buyer. In August 2008, BET announced it had acquired both magazines from Mr. Martinez for an estimated $150 million. He will remain with the company as an adviser.

Jet and Ebony have always been more than just magazines.

When did John H. Johnson start Jet magazine?

Three years later, Johnson launched Ebony, a magazine fashioned after Life magazine's famous photographic issue. Johnson launched Jet magazine, a weekly publication that reported on events and issues affecting African Americans, in 1951. The first issue was dated May 14th and priced at $1.00. It included an article by Johnson called "What Is Wrong with This Picture?"

The question posed by the title refers to the fact that there were no black faces in view in the cover photo by Lewis Ellington. The image was supposed to represent America, but instead it made many people angry at Lewis Ellington for portraying such a small part of the population as slaves. Some people even threatened to boycott Ebony and Jet unless they changed the picture. However, Johnson argued that including blacks in such photographs was unnecessary because they lived their lives every day like everyone else. He also said that while it was good that there were now more black faces in view, we should not focus only on them but should look beyond our race as well.

This argument didn't sit well with everyone, especially since most issues of Jet featured an all-black cast, but Johnson believed that focusing on issues that affected all Americans, regardless of their skin color, was the way to bring about change. Within months of its launch, Jet was selling over one million copies per week.

What happened to the Jet Magazine?

Johnson Publishing Company released the final print issue on June 23, 2014, and the magazine is now only available as a digital magazine app. Jet and its sister tabloid, Ebony, were sold to private equity company Clear View Group in 2016. Ebony Media Corporation is the new name for the publishing firm. The purchase was part of an effort by Clear View to expand its holdings into black-oriented media.

Jet was launched by New York publisher Avon News in 1970 as a weekly newspaper aimed at the black community. In 1975, it became a monthly publication. In 1984, it became biweekly until it went daily in 1990. It then returned to being a monthly magazine in 1995 before becoming a quarterly in 1999 and then switching back to being a monthly in 2000.

The last print issue of Jet was dated June 23, 2014. The future of the magazine is uncertain as Johnson Publishing has not issued a clear statement regarding Jet's future status. However, since its sale to Clear View Group, the company has been focusing on developing digital content and shutting down print editions of existing magazines that it does not have any interest in maintaining.

There have been rumors that Oprah Winfrey may be interested in purchasing Jet, but these claims have never been confirmed by anyone from the company.

Is Ebony and Jet magazine still in circulation?

Johnson Publishing Company was taken up by Johnson's daughter Linda Johnson Rice after his death. Rice sold the headquarters to Columbia College in 2010. Jet Magazine published its final print edition in 2014. Rice sold Ebony and Jet to Clear View Group, a Texas-based private equity firm, in 2016. The two magazines will continue to publish online.

Ebony is an annual publication that focuses on black culture, politics, and lifestyle. It was founded in 1944 by Johnson Publishing Company. The magazine has had many editors over the years, including Mrs. Eleanor B. Wilson, who became the first female editor of a national black magazine when she took over from W. E. B. Du Bois in 1946. She stayed at the post for only three months, but during her tenure the magazine grew from six to 36 pages. In 1959, Charles Hamilton Houston and William H. Hastie were hired as co-editors. They changed the focus of the magazine toward social issues rather than beauty tips and black history.

Jet was started in 1966 by James O. Johnson. It primarily covers music news and gossip but also includes articles on fashion, television, movies, and sports. There are several other black magazines such as Essence, Vibe, and Black Enterprise; all of them have reached or exceeded the circulation levels of Ebony and Jet.

Why was the first Jet magazine called Jet?

John H. Johnson of Chicago, Illinois, published the inaugural edition of Jet magazine on November 1, 1951. Johnson named his magazine Jet because he wanted it to represent "black and speed." He also used the term as a verb: "to jet" means "to leave quickly or abruptly."

Black Americans had been reading about automobiles in publications such as The Automobile Owner and Driver since before the end of World War II. But there were no black-owned automobile magazines until Ebony began publication. So Mr. Johnson decided to start one himself.

He hired several white men to help him publish the magazine, but they were given equal pay with black employees. In addition, all of the editors were black except for one who left after six months. Although most blacks at that time worked in service jobs, Johnson wanted to show that blacks could be successful in many fields other than ministry and music. He also intended for Jet to give black Americans a voice in the industry. No black writer had ever been chosen president of the American Society of Magazine Editors before Mr. Johnson did so in 1952.

Jet was a huge success from its beginning. It became the first black-owned business to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Who is the parent company of Jet magazine?

Johnson Publishing, the parent company of the faltering Ebony and Jet magazines, is looking for a buyer for the archive, which is valued at more than $40 million. Reuters/Moneta Sleet Jr/Johnson Publishing Co. /Ebony Collection Walker and Alexander both stated that the transaction was significant to them personally as African Americans. Walker added that it also demonstrated how far Black journalism has come since he started in 1953.

Black publications on racial issues have seen their readership and revenue decline over the past few decades. In 1998, Black-owned newspapers lost 77% of their income after many were forced to cut back on quality coverage to stay afloat. Since then things have only gotten worse with a total collapse of the newspaper industry and now most communities have no choice but to read about racism in America in the Ebony and Jet magazines.

Here are some other important people who work for Johnson Publishing: Kenneth H. Cooper Jr., chairman of the board; Kenneth H. Cooper, president and chief executive officer; Phyllis N. Miller, senior vice president and publisher; John H. Johnson, former chairman and CEO who retired in 1996 after forty years with the company; and Robert L. Johnson, former chairman who retired in 1973.

They have offices in New York City and Memphis, Tennessee.

Ebony and Jet are not only valuable because they are rich with historical information but also because they demonstrate the importance that Blacks once placed on racial issues.

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