Publisher Condé Nast is making significant changes to some of our favorite magazines as jobs continue to be cut.
If you haven’t been paying much attention, there has been a significant shift in the world of publishing in this past year. Many well known and established publications have been closing their doors or becoming entirely digital which has cause droves of writers to lose their jobs.
Condé Nast, one of the biggest publishers in the world, is not above this wave of devastation. According to WWD, the publisher has just made more staffing cuts. This time, the layoffs hit men’s lifestyle and fashion journal GQ. Digital director Mike Hofman, fashion director Madeline Weeks, digital entertainment editor Ashley Fetters and several others from print and digital areas of the magazine were let go.
Fetters along with Luisa Rollenhagen and Liza Corsillo who were also axed by GQ took to Twitter to announce their layoff woes but seem to be taking things in stride and injecting a little humor.
So: Yesterday GQ laid me off, alongside a slew of extremely talented others. Still not the worst Nov. 9 of my life, somehow?! But a sad one nonetheless.
Anyway, if you need a writer/editor (and don’t mind working with a chronic midnight emailer), hit me up.
Also wow 280 rules
— Ashley Fetters (@AshleyFetters) November 10, 2017
Hey friends. So I, along with a number of extremely talented writers, got laid off from GQ yesterday. But silver lining is that I now am available to write for [insert cool pub here]! So if ya need a writer, ▶️🙋🏼
— Luisa Rollenhagen (@lulurollenhagen) November 10, 2017
On a serious note, if you're looking for a writer/illustrator with expertise menswear, art, design, and jokes hit me up.
— Liza Corsillo (@LizaCorsillo) November 10, 2017
This roll out of extreme cuts is going on company-wide as Condé Nast prepares to cut 80 jobs throughout. Some divisions are expected to get reduced as much as 20 percent which is staggering. Some branches were closed altogether. Teen Vogue announced earlier this month that they would be getting rid of their print magazine. Other publications under the Condé Nast umbrella include Allure, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, Architectural Digest, Tatler, and others.
As the world moves increasingly to the digital stage, we wonder, in ten years will print become entirely obsolete? We hope not; there are still some of us who love the smell of printed books and magazines. We wish all of the talented creatives who lost their jobs due to these cuts well. We hope they can find new homes for their excellent work as they continue their careers.