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Kara J. Philp headshotEach and every Monday, we post a blog to help our readers get to know the media just a little bit better.

With a TURN and maybe a TWIST! No, we aren’t posting pitch tips or media lists, but instead great stories from the media themselves about their lives, their work and other little known facts! Think of it as your first “networking” opportunity of the week!

Today we hear from Kara J. Philp, the new managing editor at Echo Magazine. Kara is a U.S. Air Force public affairs veteran with a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kara is also a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, a Kappa Tau Alpha inductee and a U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal recipient.

Originally from the Seattle area, Philp and her wife, Veronica, live in Phoenix with their two dogs Pike and Koa.

So, Kara, take it away!

What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?

Well, the most appropriate place to begin seems to be when I first moved to Arizona (on military orders) and began my journalism career. It was then (2001) that I first came across Echo and I've been a reader and an admirer ever since.

In fact, I have many fond memories of making the trek from Luke Air Force Base to central Phoenix to pick up a copy of the magazine—only to have to hide it under lock and key in my dorm room during the days of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

Yes, times have changed. Now, Echo is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new-and-improved, an active social media presence (see below) and a significant rebrand of the print magazine (stay tuned for that).

What this means for our community of readers and contributors is that these changes allow us to expand our area of expertise, increase our digital capabilities and, hopefully, reach a broader audience. From fashion and professional networking to sports and family matters, we’re working to incorporate all aspects of the LGBT and allied communities in Phoenix and beyond.

The reason I believe this is worth mentioning as part of #MediaMonday, is because I consider this an audience of experts. So, whether it’s a press release or a story pitch, I invite anyone reading this to keep Echo in mind for future collaborative opportunities. Similarly, if there is anything you’d like to invite us to be involved in, just ask. Let’s work together.



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Rachel Brockway
Rachel Brockway
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

1 Comment

  1. Great post, Kara. Our San Francisco agency, LCI, is gay-owned and operated and accredited by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). We are also proud to be representing Out and Equal, which advocates for workplace equality for LGBT business professionals. Thank you for paving the way! Cheers, David

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