Ex-Madison editor Lizzie Renkert: Being cast aside by Bauer felt like death

lizzie renkertThe former editor of Madison magazine has suggested that publisher Bauer Media failed to do the right thing when it made her redundant after closing the magazine.

Bauer – formerly ACP Magazines before being sold to the German publishing giant last year – announced Madison’s closure in April.

In a column for today’s Sunday Telegraph, Lizzie Renkert said that having worked for the company for a decade, she had expected to be better treated – and that being cast aside was “like a sort of death”.

She wrote:

“I have officially been unemployed for six weeks. This isn’t my choice. I was unceremoniously made redundant and suffered the ignominy of losing my prestigious editorship when the fashion magazine I worked on was closed.

“Although I understand the commercial realities of the world we’re living in today and that difficult decisions must be made, I had never prepared myself for redundancy because I was such an exemplary employee. I honestly didn’t think any company would ever choose to get rid of me because I naively believed hard work and always doing the right thing by the company would prevail. I was wrong.”

Renkert edited Madison from 2010 to 2013 after joining as deputy editor on 2004. She previously worked for rival publisher Pacific Magazines in a number of roles on Marie Claire.

Renkert wrote that her exit came despite sacrifices she made for Madison. She said: “I put my health at risk by never putting myself first – I didn’t have time to exercise, I barely had time to eat lunch at my desk. Some days, I struggled to make time to go to the bathroom. I was editing a fashion magazine, which was cut-throat and stressful. Constant budget cuts, never enough staff, pressure from management to do more with fewer and fewer resources, is exhausting. I miss my job and I miss my team, but I don’t miss that level of pressure.”

And she added: “When you pour your heart and soul into your work, as I always have, it feels like a sort of death when it comes to an end.

“Being cast aside by my long-term employer has done nothing good for my sense of self and there are days when Imposter Syndrome rears its ugly head and lets me believe I was a fraud and never actually deserved my success. But these moments of self-doubt are beginning to abate and I am slowly putting myself back together again.”

Bauer has closed Madison in preparation for the launch of Elle magazine later this year.

Later in the article, Renkert said: “being made redundant isn’t the death knell it felt like at the time. This redundancy has been the career equivalent of the divorce I went through seven years ago. You do come out the other side.”

At the time of posting Bauer had not responded to Mumbrella’s invitation to comment.

Madison said a final farewell to its readers a week ago with a last Facebook post.

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