Articles about "Layoffs/buyouts/staff cuts"

Martha Stewart cuts 100 employees

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On Thursday, as predicted, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia fired 100 employees, Keith Kelly reported Thursday in the New York Post.
Included in the downsizing were some of the company’s upper-level executives, including executive vice president Daniel Taitz, who had served as acting CEO before Dienst was appointed Oct. 29.

Chief Revenue Officer Joe Lagani; Martha Stewart Living Publisher Peter Medwid; Vice President of Integrated Sales Laura Petasnick; and head of digital sales Jess Hollander.
Adweek reported Thursday on the cuts, writing that one MSLO employee said the office atmosphere was awful. "It’s really scary and terrible right before the holidays.”
Advertisingwise, Martha Stewart Living had an up year, with full-year ad pages rising nearly 16 percent over 2012. Circulation was flat in the first half of 2013, and newsstand sales dropped 13 percent. The magazine unveiled a well-received redesign in July in hopes of boosting those numbers.

Mike Forsythe leaves Bloomberg, as do others

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Bloomberg News reporter Mike Forsythe said on Twitter Tuesday he had left Bloomberg News.   Forsythe was a reporter on a story about China that Bloomberg News decided not to publish. The company maintains that story and another are still active.

Bloomberg undertook an unrelated round of layoffs Monday, shrinking its arts staff in particular. Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler told employees "the company was scaling back its art coverage and eliminating the Muse brand under which it was presented," Christine Haughney reports. "It will stop covering sports matches and focus more on sports stories that intersect with business." (more...)
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographers will become ‘multimedia visual journalists’

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Photographers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will become "multimedia visual journalists" after planned job cuts, a spokesperson tells Lou Carlozo. The cuts, once planned for Nov. 1, haven't taken place yet, AJC spokesperson Drue Miller tells Poynter, but "internal announcements will be made soon."

“The newspaper and its websites will be expected to provide video, and to engage our audience through social media, apps and any other products that might come along,” Andy McDill said. "Ultimately the model could follow what Cox did at the Dayton Daily News, which converged print, Web, TV and radio platforms in 2010," Carlozo reports.

"There, our strategy involves all media reporters with iPhones, [along with] photographers, TV videographers, and even our customers," McDill told him. (more...)

A.J. Daulerio out at SpinMedia

A.J. Daulerio is leaving SpinMedia, he confirms to Poynter in an email. The company named the former Gawker editor-in-chief to the role of editorial director in August. CEO Dale Strang told staffers Wednesday the company would be making "a number of structural adjustments," including layoffs. SpinMedia spokesperson Julia Walker told Poynter in an email the company was "neither confirming nor denying specific staff names."

SpinMedia will lay off staff today

SpinMedia is making "a number of structural adjustments" that will result in layoffs, new CEO Dale Strang told staffers in a memo Wednesday.

"As you can expect, some of these changes involve personnel reductions," Strang said. Management will be "communicating those changes" in meetings today. The company's namesake publication (where I used to work) is losing several staffers. Strang mentions no specific number of layoffs. In addition to Spin, SpinMedia owns or sells ads for quite a few publications, including Vibe, The Frisky and Celebuzz.

In an email, company spokesperson Julia Walker told Poynter that while SpinMedia is "always looking for growth, we recognize that we need to do so efficiently in order to truly scale our company."
We're taking steps that reflect that focus—we're converting select sites from the SpinMedia collection from wholly-owned to partnerships, consolidating some of our back office functions and streamlining various other parts of our organization. These steps involve personnel adjustments, which are never easy but we know that in an opportunity-rich environment, we need to constantly refine and adjust our operation in order to be our competitive best.
Strang's memo: (more...)
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Salt Lake Tribune reduces staff by about 20 percent, undergoes leadership changes

Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune is reducing its staff by nearly 20 percent, the newspaper announced Thursday evening. Editor Nancy Conway and Editorial Page Editor Vern Anderson are retiring at the end of the month, and publisher William Dean Singleton is stepping down. Tribune Managing Editor Terry Orme will become editor and publisher of the Digital First Media paper. The Salt Lake Tribune explained in an unbylined piece:
The retirements are part of a major restructure of The Tribune news operation, which will include laying off 17 full-time and two part-time employees. All told, The Tribune staff will be reduced by almost 20 percent. The cuts help position the organization to adapt and respond to changes that affect the entire newspaper industry.
Some laid-off staffers have been tweeting about the news. (more...)
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Report: HuffPost Live lays off L.A. staffers, moves operations to New York

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HuffPost Live will "essentially shutter" its Los Angeles studio, Ben Popper reports. "Some of those losing their positions on the West Coast will be offered the opportunity to move east and join the HuffPost Live team in New York," Popper writes.

The Huffington Post launched HuffPost Live, an online TV channel, last August. At the time, Brian Stelter called it "one of the most ambitious attempts yet to rethink what television should look and feel like when streamed over the Internet." The initiative also has a studio in Washington, Stelter wrote.

The channel announced Wednesday it would focus on “world coverage, including a daily hour-long look at the stories sparking conversations around the globe — featuring contributions from editors and reporters from HuffPost’s 7 (soon to be 10) international editions,” Kara Swisher wrote.

Related: BuzzFeed announced in May it would build a "social video studio" in Los Angeles

Plain Dealer plans special print section to explain shift to digital

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The Plain Dealer, which laid off about 50 employees Wednesday, "plans a six-page special section in Sunday's paper to further explain the changes ahead," Jay Miller reports.

The laid-off employees "are eligible to apply for jobs at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, a new company that will produce digital content for," Miller reports.

The paper's guild expects "about 110 guild-covered employees to remain in the newsroom following the layoffs," the Associated Press reports.

But in CJR, Dean Starkman writes that Publisher Terry Eggers "sent an answer that was non-responsive" when asked how many positions would remain. (more...)
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Plain Dealer layoffs coming today

Save The Plain Dealer
"Reporters, editors, photographers, page designers and others have been told to wait by their phones between 8 and 10 a.m. to learn whether they have been let go, or whether they should show up for work," a post on the Save The Plain Dealer's Facebook page says.

The group plans two gatherings in Cleveland Wednesday: A rally at 6 p.m. outside the Plain Dealer offices, and a get-together at the Market Garden Brewery at 7 p.m.

Plain Dealer science writer John Mangels, who helped organize the Save The Plain Dealer campaign, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that he will leave. "The PD's long, admirable commitment to in-depth science coverage was ending, so I volunteered to be among those laid off today."

Plain Dealer Guild President Harlan Spector told Crain's Jay Miller "the paper was reneging on an agreement about the number of jobs that would be retained by the newspaper company," Miller writes.
“They told us we'd have 110 jobs guaranteed,” he said. “Now it looks like they are going to do something else and bring our numbers below that.” ... In an email response to the Guild’s charges, Terry Egger, president and publisher of Plain Dealer Publishing Co., said, “We have always negotiated with them in good faith and have been able to reach and honor all agreements. This has been our practice in the past and we will continue to do the same in the future.”
A brief timeline of recent Plain Dealer changes recorded on Poynter: (more...)