editor janice min stepping down from us weekly

Yesterday, it was announced that Janice Min, the editor who turned Us Weekly into one of magazine publishing's major success stories, will step down next week after seven years there: Top Editor at Us Weekly Is Departing.

After publicized contract haggling in 2005 and 2007, with speculation each time that one of the field's biggest stars might just walk away from Us, Ms. Min said that this time she had decided not to renew her contract, which expires August 1.

Ms. Min has been credited with keeping the drama at Us Weekly to a minimum -- a rare feat in the field -- running a relatively calm and happy operation, and avoiding battles with publisher Jann S. Wenner.

She apparently doesn't have her next move planned, though she talked about online ventures and television as fields that would appeal to her. Whatever she does, I'm sure she'll be highly sought after.

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