Human Resources

After Backlash, BuzzFeed Says it Will Pay Out Earned Paid Time Off to Laid Off Employees
January 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm

BuzzFeed will pay recently laid off employees for the paid time off they had earned but not used, it said Monday, reversing course after hundreds of current and former staffers signed an open letter demanding that it do so. Employees were informed of the decision in an evening email from Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed's founder and chief executive.…

More Than 1,000 Media Jobs Lost in One Day
January 25, 2019 at 9:15 am

The media industry's current round of cuts and consolidation is accelerating. Sizable layoffs at Buzzfeed, Gannett and Verizon Media (home of AOL, Yahoo, HuffPost and others) were announced Wednesday, totaling over 1,000 jobs cut. Why it matters: If the headlines signal anything, it's that the news media…

Goodbye, New York. Adam Moss Is Leaving the Magazine He Has Edited for 15 Years.
January 16, 2019 at 10:04 am

Adam Moss, whose visual savvy and ear for the zeitgeist made him one of the leading magazine editors of his generation, said on Tuesday that he would step down from New York magazine, his canvas for the past 15 years. The departure of Mr. Moss, the longest-serving editor in chief in the title’s half-century history,…

Layoffs Hit 'Hollywood Reporter-Billboard' Media Group, 'Refinery29' Unionizes
January 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

This week, the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group and its corporate owner Valence Media laid off approximately 22 people as part of a company reorganization at the company. According to The Wrap, CMO Dana Miller was let go, along with some of her New York-based staff, as was Billboard magazine managing editor Jayme Klock. In addition, employees from a possible five…

Hearst Rolls Out Broad Publisher-Side Shake-up
January 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm

A few days into the New Year and already a string of Hearst Magazine titles have new publishers. Shortly after revealing that longtime Cosmopolitan publisher Donna Lagani was stepping away from her role as publisher of Cosmopolitan after more than 20 years to take up a position within Hearst Foundations, the philanthropic arm of the broader corporation, Hearst Magazine’s is…

As Digital Media Companies Brace for Change, Unions Try to Cushion the Blow
December 27, 2018 at 4:19 pm

2018 has been a bumpy year for digital media publishers. Several newsrooms have had to downsize, restructure and, in some cases, sell or shut down altogether. 2019 could be worse. Which is exactly the scenario union advocates spelled out as they organized digital publishers — including Vice, Gizmodo Media Group and Recode parent company Vox Media — over the last few years. If times got…

Time Magazine Staffs Up Under New Ownership
December 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

Time Magazine is going on a shopping spree — for journalists. Under the new ownership of Salesforce billionaire Marc Benioff, the company posted openings for 25 fresh positions, of which 22 are in editorial. Among the new openings, two national political correspondents, two health reporters, two technology reporters, and even a fact-checker (a position that has almost vanished…

Who and What Can Save Condé Nast?
December 5, 2018 at 10:48 am

Condé Nast is effectively at a standstill until it finds a new chief executive officer to run its troubled publishing business, but there are at most a handful of executives around who can meet all of its current needs. The combined list of characteristics and experience that industry and executive search experts said is required…

Mic has Laid Off the Majority of its Staff
November 30, 2018 at 8:51 am

Mic is laying off the majority off its staff while the digital publisher works on a deal to sell the remainder of its assets to Bustle Digital Group. Mic CEO Chris Altchek announced the layoffs at a staff meeting this morning. Until today the company had employed more than 100 people. I’ve asked Mic to provide…