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WWD | KALI HAYS
Cuts at Glamour as Condé Nast Transformation Continues
It’s shaping up to be another year of change at Condé Nast, as a number of titles at the magazine are being hit with staff reductions. This week, Glamour cut a handful of staffers, including its executive beauty director and an assistant editor. It’s only been a year since the last round of layoffs at the outlet and about two months since the publication officially decided to end its run in print. However, editor-in-chief Samantha Barry is said to be looking at bringing in a few new faces, all focused more on digital content and operations as the title settles into an online-first mentality. Elsewhere, there have been a small number of cuts at Wired and at GQ. Allure, which is about to roll out its first broad redesign under editor-in-chief Michelle Lee, is also said to be losing at least a couple of full-time positions, while Vogue is not looking to replace its former style director.
Also transitioning to digital: The Jewish-American publication, The Forward, is ending its print run after 121 years.
NEW YORK POST | KEITH J. KELLY AND JOSH KOSMAN
Why Hearst May Be Angling to Buy Chunk of Tribune Publishing
Media empire Hearst is angling to buy a chunk of Tribune Publishing, the newspaper giant that owns Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and New York Daily News. In a twist, sources said Hearst – which already owns a slew of daily newspapers, including Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle — doesn’t appear to be interested in Tribune’s biggest papers. Insiders said Hearst instead is mainly eyeing smaller outfits like Orlando Sentinel, South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, The Morning Call, and The Virginian-Pilot. Hearst likewise appears interested in buying Tribune’s Hartford Courant, although some insiders have flagged possible antitrust worries, as Hearst already owns Connecticut Post, New Haven Register, and The Advocate in Stamford. Although less likely, there’s a chance Hearst also could be interested in the Chicago Tribune.
NBC NEWS | TIM FITZSIMONS AND BROOKE SOPELSA
Grindr Shuts Down Its LGBTQ News Site, INTO, After 17-Month Run
INTO, the online LGBTQ magazine owned and operated by gay dating app Grindr, terminated on Tuesday its editorial staff, effectively ending the digital outlet’s 17-month run. According to a joint statement from several INTO employees, the company will be “refocusing its efforts on video and, as such, the editorial and social teams were let go this morning. The magazine, which launched in Aug. 2017, published news articles, op-eds, and advice columns geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer readers. In a statement shared with NBC News, a Grindr spokesperson said the decision to dismiss INTO’s staff was a “strategic shift in focus.”
Grindr also made the news last month when the company’s president said he believed marriage is between a man and woman.
THE WRAP | MATT LOPEZ
Facebook Beats out YouTube as Video News Source for Millennials and Gen Z
When it comes to daily video news consumption, Facebook has become a top choice among millennials and Gen Z, according to a Wibbitz study released last week. Thirty percent of Gen Zers and 56 percent of millennials said Facebook was their top choice for watching news coverage, while only 27 percent and 22 percent, respectively, said YouTube. The data is good news for the social media giant, which has been increasing its investment in news content over the past seven months. In June, the company funded news-focused programming from multiple networks, including ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Univision, and ATTN. The initiative was part of an effort to stop the spread of fake news on the platform, which became a subject of conversation during the 2016 election when thousands of Russian-backed ads appeared on the platform.
BLOOMBERG | NATALIA DROZDIAK
Google Considering Pulling News Service From Europe
Google is considering pulling its Google News service from Europe as regulators work toward a controversial copyright law. The European Union’s Copyright Directive will give publishers the right to demand money from the Alphabet Inc. unit, Facebook Inc. and other web platforms when fragments of their articles show up in news search results or are shared by users. The law was supposed to be finalized this week but was delayed by disagreement among member states. Google News might quit the continent in response to the directive, said Jennifer Bernal, Google’s public policy manager for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The company has various options, and a decision to pull out would be based on a close reading of the rules and taken reluctantly, she said.
In other Google news, Google Hangouts is shutting down for some users in October.
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