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I just got out of our monthly editorial staff meeting, and although it's a little unlike the ones you've probably seen on TV in Lipstick Jungle or Ugly Betty--there's
no name-calling, cattiness or fighting--we still get down to business
like the characters playing us. A staff meeting is a lot like being in
class. The top editors--people I do consider my mentors--tell us what we
have to get done in the next few weeks and how to write better stories.
(And whispering to a friend is just as frowned upon as when you were
high school too!) But today's top order was discussing the current
situation with the economy and the magazine industry. It seems like
every other day we hear about another popular magazine coming to an end--CosmoGirl, Men's Vogue, Radar, and lastly O at Home
adds to the list--and as a magazine editor it's really scary to know
more glossies are folding, wondering everyday could mine be next? But
given Shape has been around for 28 years and has 19 international editions, our editor in chief assured us that because of our dedicated readers (all of you!), we're
not going anywhere--November's Kelly Ripa issue was even a super seller
at newsstands! I think I heard a sigh of relief from the other staff
members and we swiftly moved on with business.

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