Men’s Journal Lays Staffers Off as It Moves Edit Team to California

The 27-year-old brand will keep sales in New York

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Men's Journal laid off most of its staffers today.
Men's Journal

American Media, LLC laid off what editors there said was “the entire staff” at Men’s Journal as it moves edit operations to Carlsbad, Calif.

It wasn’t clear exactly how many people were fired and the company, via a spokesperson, declined “to comment on personnel matters.” Its sales staff will still be based in New York.

“I feel nothing but gratitude for my time at the magazine, and I’ve been fortunate to work with an incredible group of writers,” J.R. Sullivan, a senior editor at the magazine, tweeted.

The magazine will move from 10 to six issues per year, a company spokesperson said. Each issue, which has had an average price of $5.99, will be on sale for 58 days, instead of for 28 days.

The magazine had a total paid and verified circulation of slightly more than 981,000 last year, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.

Men’s Journal’s circulation has fluctuated over the years. It published 11 issues in 2013, 12 in 2014 and 10 in 2015. In 2017 under American Media’s ownership, it increased back to 12 issues per year.

American Media acquired the then-25 year-old title in 2017 from Wenner Media, its creator. “At AMI, print is alive and well,” Adweek said at the time of the exchange.

American Media’s ownership of media companies included the National Enquirer, which was sold last year to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News. It still currently owns titles like OK! and In Touch.

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