Human Resources

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…

Condé Nast, Its Luster Dimmed by Losses, Is Looking for a New Chief
November 28, 2018 at 10:23 am

Condé Nast, the once-flush publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and other magazines, is looking for a new business leader after years of losses. The company said on Tuesday that its chief executive, Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., would step down after his successor was found.…

WikiTribune is Handing the Keys More Completely to its Users (After Laying Off its Journalists)
October 29, 2018 at 11:29 am

We’ve written a few times about WikiTribune, the Jimmy Wales-founded for-profit news site that aims to merge the bottom-up authority structure of Wikipedia with the top-down authority structure of traditional journalism. Well, now it’s doubling down on the bottom-up part: laying off its staff of 13 paid journalists and handing the keys more completely…

Condé Nast Reorganizing Ad Sales Operation
October 24, 2018 at 10:25 am

Condé Nast’s sales team is undergoing another shake-up under Chief Revenue Officer Pam Drucker Mann. The publisher has reorganized its sales teams by category such as Culture and Lifestyle, according to a memo obtained by The Post. Under each category will be division heads, and their direct reports will be subcategorized by sales specialties such…

Refinery29 Lays Off 10% of Staff as 2018 Revenue Comes Up Short
October 24, 2018 at 10:22 am

Digital media company Refinery29, facing a 5% revenue shortfall for the year, is cutting 10% of its workforce, or about 40 employees. Company co-founders and co-CEOs Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano announced the cuts in an internal memo. “While our 2018 revenue will show continued year-over-year growth, we are projecting to come in approximately 5%…

San Francisco Magazine Losing Most of its Editorial Staff
October 15, 2018 at 8:00 am

Most of San Francisco magazine’s small editorial staff gave notice or quit their jobs this week. The monthly publication won a prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence this year. It is owned by Modern Luxury of Atlanta, which publishes more than 30 other city magazines including one in Silicon Valley. The company also publishes…