The Sun re-launched its Sunday magazine as promised, left. I'm curious to hear what readers thought of it.
It opens with a one-page rundown of Fall events, and follows with four features. The first is a four-page photo spread on Fall fashion, the next an "At Home With" piece on Sally Thorner, detailing the decor of her homes in Baltimore County and New York City. "Generation Rx" features mini-profiles of 10 local doctors under 40, while in "Thoroughly Modern Julie," Best Columnist Jean Marbella profiled Ruxton native Julie Bowen, star of "Modern Family."
To me, it seems like a fairly lightweight affair, particularly when compared to The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, or even the old Baltimore Sun Magazine, which ceased publication in 1996. The material feels even more slight when one considers that this is a quarterly. The product presented here is supposed to represent three months of work. Instead, it looks and reads like a quick sideline job for the six-member editorial staff, which is undoubtedly already quite busy with its work putting out a daily newspaper. One might hope that over the next three months, they'll have time to put together a more solid product, with at least one or two pieces with some heft. Sun editors have mentioned that they hope to make the magazine a weekly product again. Based on this quarterly effort, it's hard to imagine what kind of product they would be able to produce on a weekly basis.