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Matt Steinmetz is the publisher and brand director of Publishing Executive.

Embracing disruption? Rethinking everything? These are frightening demands in the world of higher education, usually hesitant to change. But for journalism educators, facing those fears is now a necessary part of their work.

Before the audience he called the "most important" that he could address about the future of journalism, Richard Gingras, head of news products at Google, conveyed this message in his keynote talk Wednesday night to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), gathered for its annual conference in Chicago.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has officially said goodbye to the city where his empire was born. The iconic publisher wrote a farewell column in the Chicago Tribune this past weekend as the company's operations head to Los Angeles.

Brief, but poignant, Hefner chronicled the history of Playboy and thanked Chicago for helping shape the magazine. Hefner talked about how in 1952, his tough self-introspection led to a tearful decision to make a change, ultimately leading to the founding of Playboy magazine.

In 1926 the Chicagoan, a magazine modelled on the New Yorker, attempted to counter the city’s increasingly dodgy reputation by highlighting its literary and cultural greatness. But lacking the New Yorker’s bohemian edge (Chicago’s literati had left town by then) and with editors coming and going, the magazine succumbed to the Depression in 1935. Only one complete set of originals remains in existence.

“The covers were absolutely stunning, but the writing was a little more hit or miss because it was written to the society folks,” says J.C. Gabel of the original magazine.

After more than a half-century as a Chicago-based institution, Playboy magazine is packing up for the West Coast.

Executives confirmed Tuesday that the magazine's editorial, art and photo departments will be based out of the company's Los Angeles office by May of next year.

"Some of the magazine's Chicago employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition," Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said in a statement.

No final decisions have been made about other departments located at Playboy's Chicago headquarters,

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