Exclusive: Baltimore Sun reviving Sunday magazine

The new magazine will debut September 12th.

sunday magazine The WOrld

Joseph Pulitzer’s New York “World” published a Sunday magazine; here’s how it looked on Oct. 15, 1899.

Photo by: “The World on Sunday,” Bullfinch Press, 2005. By Nicholson Baker and Margaret Brentano.

Like the ivory billed woodpecker, the idea of a colorful Sunday magazine published by your daily newspaper has been assumed to be practically extinct. But now it turns out the species is making a comeback, in at least one city — Baltimore.

Baltimore Sun Editor Mary J. Corey will be reviving the newspaper’s former Sunday Sun Magazine in the middle of September, according to Renee Mutchnik, Director of Marketing and Communications.

No official announcement from the Sun has been made, but the magazine is already in the process of selling advertising, and Sun City Hall reporter Julie Scharper mentioned the publication in a casual tweet:

“The Sun published a Sunday magazine until the 1990s,” tweeted Scharper. “Our top editor, @maryjcorey, is bringing it back.”

Mutchnik confirmed that the magazine, which will keep the former title, “Sun Magazine,” will debut Sunday, September 12th.

Why now?

“We’re doing a lot of enhancing the paper,” said Mutchnik.  “We’ve debuted a lot of new sections lately.”

She was referring to the paper’s new stand-alone business section and the Monday “Sunrise” section (“Glimpsed at Work,” “My desk, My life,” reader photos, reality TV doings), among others, additions she said are part of “meeting our clients’ needs, meeting our readers needs and being able to reinvest in our product.”

Sun reporter Jean Marbella will write one of the articles featured in the magazine’s first edition, Scharper said.

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  • Plato Hieronimus

    Good news!

  • I.J. Poole

    This is good news. But on a flight through Chicago Monday I grabbed a copy of the Chicago Tribune to see first-hand what the new ownership had done to it. Frankly, the paper was horrible: an 80-page tabloid thin on hard news and heavy on the lifestyle stuff favored by Tribune's CEO, former rock radio executive Randy Michaels. The Sun-Times was also a bit wan, but at least it gave the impression of trying to be a solid newspaper instead of being a focus-group-forged sweet breakfast cereal on newsprint. What I saw of the Tribune convinces me even more that the Baltimore Sun will never reach its full potential as long as it is under the wing of the present Tribune management.

    • Cones123

      The paper also prints a broadsheet daily and possibly that edition runs more information in it.

  • Cones123

    The paper also prints a broadsheet daily and possibly that edition runs more information in it.

  • Jamie Hunt

    Hope they bring back “Sundries” and the “Letter from Croom.” (Geez, I'm getting old.)

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