As you’ve probably guessed from the title, the magazine will geared toward Black professionals. Uptown Professional will also have an online hub where readers can catch up on current issues and professional news. The website, like the magazine, will serve as a resource to urban professionals, providing them not only with news, but also business tools as well as integration with Uptown’s website.
“Our goal,” Robert Ingram, the magazine’s Publisher said via press release, “is to assist forward-thinking companies and executives and help them navigate the challenging paths of recruitment, retention, marketplace and development in a new and more diverse workplace.”
Uptown Professional’s first issue will debut in March and will be polybagged with Uptown. It will feature an in-depth look at minority business executives in the United States. The follow-up issue, coming in June, will highlight the U.S.’s top companies for diversity and inclusion in the U.S. Announcements about the companies that made the list are expected sometime next month. The magazine will begin with a quarterly publishing schedule that could be expanded depending on the magazine’s success.
In addition the announcement about Uptown Professional, the company also announced that they’ll be bumping up Uptown’s own publishing schedule. The magazine, which is available in local editions for cities like Atlanta, New York, Chicago and D.C., will increase it’s frequency from eight issues a year to bi-monthly in March.
Intermedia Partners and Uptown Media, the owners of both titles, are also the force behind the resurrection of Vibe Magazine and Vibe.com in 2009. InterMedia, if you recall, was also behind the purchase of the rights for the groundbreaking music program Soul Train.