Cooking Light’s Ann Taylor Pittman Wins Yale Publishing Course Scholarship

April 27, 2015


New York, NY – The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is pleased to announce that Ann Taylor Pittman, Executive Editor of Food for Cooking Light magazine, is the recipient of the 2015 ASME Scholarship to the Yale Publishing Course (YPC) “Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media” program, which will take place July 12-17, 2015, at Yale University.

“ASME was founded 50 years ago in part to provide training for editorial leaders,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. “Now in its fourth year, the ASME scholarship at the Yale Publishing Course is one of the best ways to accomplish this goal.”

The Yale Publishing Course is designed for mid- to senior- level publishing professionals from around the world. Its mission is to provide participants with a unique educational experience that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective leaders in a rapidly changing global marketplace. 

After much deliberation, the scholarship committee—which included Dorothy Kalins, Director, Dorothy Kalins Ink, and Founding Editor, Metropolitan Home and Saveur; Dick Stolley, Founding editor of People, Managing Editor of Life, and Editorial Director of Time Inc.; and Tina C. Weiner, Director, Yale Publishing Course—chose Pittman from an exceptional field of applicants. Pittman has worked for the Cooking Light brand for 16 years, occupying various posts including Copy Editor and Food Editor, and has built a great foundation for a career in the publishing industry there. Pittman’s background, enthusiasm and thirst for enrichment made her an outstanding choice.

“Ann Taylor Pittman, who has won many industry accolades for her writing and editing, stood out among this year’s applicants, due to her fierce dedication to the Cooking Light brand and its mission to help its readers marry their love of good food with good health,” said Weiner. “Her eagerness to attend YPC in order to hone her skills as a manager and acquire the knowledge that will help her implement her strategic plan to transform her publication, especially on the digital front, matches perfectly with the goals of the program.”

The week-long course includes focused lectures and interactive sessions with 30-plus distinguished faculty from the Yale School of Management and industry leaders, including Michael Clinton, President, Marketing and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines; Kevin Delaney, Co-President of Quartz; Duncan Edwards, President and CEO of Hearst Magazines International; Kim Kelleher, Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of Wired and Ars Technica; Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour; and Michela O’Connor Abrams, President of Dwell Media, among many others. 

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

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