Human Resources

'You're Fired!': Familiar Refrain At Conde Nast, Time Inc. Too?
August 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Nervous about their place in a world of massive media transformations, magazine publishers keep changing the lineup of editorial team players — a trend certainly evident last week, which saw personnel shifts at both Time Inc.’s InStyle and Condé Nast’s Glamour. InStyle’s editorial director Ariel Foxman said his resignation — effective in August, after he puts to…

How Can the Publishing Industry Compete to Attract the Brightest Young Talent?
July 13, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I’m not a recruiter; I’ve never been a recruiter. I’ve hired a lot of people over the years and when I look back I can honestly say that I’m not great at it and I’m the first to admit it. I’ve completed courses and read books, often with contradicting advice. I’ve followed the steps and…

How Top Media Companies Are Making Data a Part of Their Culture
May 31, 2016 at 12:20 pm

In today’s digital media landscape, publishers are collecting mounds of data on a daily basis, gleaning insights about how consumers interact with content through social media, newsletters, websites, and apps. But what do publishers actually do with all this data? How do the people within publishers’ organizations access this data and put it into action?…

Digital Media Layoffs Continue, This Time at VICE News
May 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

This afternoon brought additional fodder for predictions of a tremulous bubble in digital media: VICE News, the edgy outlet that's expanded to become a global presence, announced it's axing 15 jobs in New York and Los Angeles. Harriet Salem, a foreign correspondent at VICE News, indicated that the layoffs don't stop at the U.S. border,…

Harris Publications Folds, Lays Off 85 Staffers
April 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Harris Publications, home of dozens of enthusiast-focused magazine titles including Celebrity Hairstyles, Dog Newsand Fresh Quilts, has announced to employees that it is shutting down immediately. Founded in 1977, the New York-based company cited the "rapid ascendance of digital media, changing consumer content preferences, magazine wholesaler struggles and consolidation in the supply chain" for the decision.…

Vice Media is the Second Big Digital Publisher to Unionize
April 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

When Gawker Media editorial workers successfully reached a contract agreement at the end of February, Gawker.com staffer Hamilton Nolan told Re/code that part of the goal of unionizing at all was to empower people at other digital media shops to do the same. Nolan might be getting his wish. Today, Vice Media and the Writer’s Guild of…

Guardian Media Group Announces 250 Job Cuts
March 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

The Guardian Media Group has announced plans to cut 250 jobs in a bid to trim operating losses which amounted to 58.6 million pounds or $84 million. The group has confirmed that the workforce will be reduced by 18 percent, which includes the 250 expected redundancies, as well as an additional 60 editorial and commercial…

Hybrid Staffing Key to Wired’s High-Quality Native Content
February 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Wired Brand Lab, which launched its first native content programs in 2015, has already become a significant revenue driver for the media brand.. Wired publisher and chief revenue officer Kim Kelleher told an audience at Publishing Executive's Evolution Summit last fall that the lab, which provides native content strategy, creation, and distribution for clients, accounts…

Time Inc. Hopes to Improve Culture with "One Time Inc." Cards
February 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Last October I attended and reported on the FIPP 40th World Congress in Toronto. The overwhelming topic of the event, which was repeated many times by most of the speakers there, was the need for corporate culture change in the media workplace. Joe Ripp, CEO of Time Inc., said it. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, Chairman of the…

Managing Change Requires More Than Empty Rhetoric
November 9, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Every company in every industry ever talks about the need to change, transform, evolve, adapt, etc., etc., etc. But change is a concept that easily falls into emptiness. Without substantive action taken to alter behavior, simply talking about change is pointless. In fact, for organizations it may actually be counterproductive. The disparity between rhetoric and…