Style changes are afoot at <i>MCP Magazine</i>,
but it still has the content you're asking for.
- By Linda Briggs
[The changes mentioned in this article refer
to the print issue of the magazine. Design changes to
the Web version will take place over the next few months.
— Michael Domingo, Web Editor.]
If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably already noticed
that we’ve made some big changes to the look of the magazine—including
revamping our familiar MCP Magazine
logo on the cover. Our redesign effort, headed up by talented
Art Director Michele Seibert, is intended to make the
magazine easier to read—and to make it easier for you
to find what you want.
The new design allows us to include more content without
impairing readability. I hope you’ll find the magazine
better organized and more reader-friendly, but still recognizable.
For the most part, we’ve left articles in the same places
throughout the magazine that you’d expect to find them,
but we’ve made the opening pages of your favorite columnists—like
Michael Chacon, Roberta Bragg, and Chris Brooke—easier
to spot. And our ever-popular Exam Spotlight will continue
to review an exam a month under its new look—an especially
important feature this year, as all of you re-certify
on Windows 2000.
In six years with MCP Magazine,
I’ve written some tough columns on crazy deadlines—on
planes, in hotel rooms at conferences, late at night.
In fact, six years adds up to something like 60 articles
(we were bi-monthly for our first two years, since you’re
all probably doing the math). But this column is the hardest
by far, because I’m saying goodbye. I’ve accepted another
position at our parent publishing company, 101communications,
and although I’ll still be overseeing MCP
Magazine and MCPmag.com
indirectly, along with a bunch of other IT publications
and online properties that 101 owns, I won’t be directly
involved in its day-to-day operation.
But don’t worry—I’m leaving your magazine in very competent
hands. The same gang of talented columnists, contributing
editors and writers who give the magazine and Web site
its content and personality will continue to show up on
your desk monthly, marshaled along by the same group of
incredibly capable editors. Heading them up will be Dian
Schaffhauser, formerly the magazine’s Executive Editor.
Di’s been covering the IT business for many years, the
last several of them with us (we like to say she’s been
the power behind the throne at MCP
Magazine, so to speak). So don’t expect any changes
— except some good ones, since she’ll bring a fresh eye
and new energy to the helm.
For me, one of the biggest losses in moving on is that
I’ll no longer receive volumes of e-mail directly from
readers. The thousands of letters you’ve sent me since
the magazine launched six years ago have helped shape
my thinking about who you are, how deeply you care about
your IT careers and certifications, and what you struggle
with daily—and thus what the magazine should be about.
So keep ‘em coming—Di and the rest of the staff want the
same sort of feedback. Let them know what you think at
To all of you, best of luck in your career and certification
endeavors. I promise you that MCP Magazine
will continue to serve as your mentor, community forum,
and personal companion in your quest for ever-greater
IT career success.
Linda Briggs is the founding editor of MCP Magazine and the former senior editorial director of 101communications. In between world travels, she's a freelance technology writer based in San Diego, Calif.