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In this 1993 file photo, lead singer of Nirvana Kurt Cobain is photographed. Seattle police in April 2014, plan to release new photographs discovered during a re-examination of the death of Nirvana's Cobain. Cobain, who was 27 when he died. (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill, file)

What it was like to report on Kurt Cobain: Talk about music. Don’t mention drugs

Craig Marks does not remember who was supposed to be on the cover of Spin's June 1994 cover -- probably not Pearl Jam ("that would be too ironic," he said when reached by phone). But he does remember the extraordinary circumstances under which Spin staffers put together the magazine issue referred to internally for years as "Dead Kurt."

Marks was the magazine's music editor at the time and was in Indiana when he heard that Cobain's body had been found on Friday, April 8, 1994. He flew back to New York to help crunch out a tribute issue. "There was no doubt we were going to put Kurt on the cover," he said. But as the magazine (for which I later worked) mustered its forces, one of its employees, Research Editor Daniel Fidler, died of a heroin overdose.
Nirvana in 1991. (AP Photo/Chris Cuffaro, File)
"These two things were at the very least cosmically related," Marks said, "and so while we were trying to put out this issue we were dealing with the death of a friend and a co-worker, so it was a very emotionally rough time period." The magazine dedicated the June 1994 issue to Fidler. Marks also remembers that Spin had someone on the ground in Seattle at the time -- Jim Greer, then a senior contributing writer, who Marks recalled begged off writing something. "He kind of choked," Marks said. "I remember having a lot of animated conversations with Jim Greer about why he couldn't file a story."

Reached by email, Greer said, "Kurt was a friend and I never had any intention of writing about his death for Spin. I didn't talk to Craig until several days afterwards, at which point we had a conversation that could be characterized as animated." (more...)

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.
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SpinMedia puts A.J. Daulerio in charge of its music and entertainment properties

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A.J. Daulerio tells Jason Whitlock he will be an editorial director at SpinMedia. Among his charges, he says: Spin, Vibe, Celebuzz, The Frisky.

Daulerio tells Whitlock Spin and Vibe are "publications most people have heard of, just in their current iteration it doesn't seem like they actually have a lot of readership online." Spin, where I used to work, dismissed Editor-in-Chief Caryn Ganz in May and named Jem Aswad as her replacement.

Daulerio, Gawker's former editor-in-chief, began consulting for BuzzMedia, the former name of SpinMedia, in March. He'll "drive the direction and voice of several of our properties," SpinMedia CEO Steve Hansen tells employees in an memo, saying Daulerio's title will be Editorial Director of Entertainment and Music.
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Spin lets its editor-in-chief go

Spin has parted ways with Editor-in-Chief Caryn Ganz. Jeff Leeds, the editorial boss of parent company SpinMedia, gave the news to staffers in a meeting Wednesday night in Spin's New York office.

Reached by phone, Ganz confirmed her departure, which she called "surprising," noting that Spin's website had just had the second-biggest month traffic-wise in its history. Ganz worked for Spin from 2001 to 2006, and returned in October 2011 after stints at Yahoo! and Rolling Stone.

"Before I came back there was a large rift between the editorial visions of the site and the magazine," she said. "Now that we only had digital concerns, we were amping up the quality and the aesthetic and the humor of the old Spin." The publication, Ganz said, "had restored the faith of our peers in what we were doing." (more...)
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Steve Kandell is BuzzFeed’s new longform editor

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Former Spin Editor Steve Kandell will edit BuzzFeed's longform content, the publication announced Monday. In a press release, Kandell said "the conversation-provoking longform journalism and profiles that have long been a staple of magazines are as vital as they’ve ever been, and I'm thrilled to help make this kind of writing a working part of the social web at BuzzFeed.”

Last month, Caitlin Johnston wrote about the buzz surrounding BuzzFeed's advertisement for this job and suggested "the addition of longform stories to a site that posts photos of NFL players who look like Muppets can be jarring." But BuzzFeed Executive Editor Doree Shafrir told her, “Why should we take for granted that a sort of quote, unquote ‘longform,’ serious piece won’t be shared on social media, as if the two things can’t exist in one ecosystem?" (more...)

Spin magazine to go bimonthly
Spin will publish only six issues in 2012, down from 11 this year. The music magazine also plans to cut its rate base to 350,000 to 450,000, "an acknowledgment that the Web is replacing print for its mainly young, male readership," reports Lucia Moses. Spin Media CEO Alan Nichols tells her the decision was more about responding to changing reader habits than cutting costs. “It’s right-sizing for print,” he says. Moses writes:
While cutting back on print, Spin has been ramping up digitally. Earlier this year, it introduced a $1.99 iPad app called Spin Play, featuring a streaming playlist. In 2012, it plans to redesign with a greater focus on reviews, blogs, and news.

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