Morning Media Newsfeed: Traveler Lays Off 17 | NJ Paper Avoids Shutdown | Tribune Co. to Cut $100M

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Traveler Layoffs Reach 17 as Condé Nast Title Adopts A Softer Focus (Capital New York)
Fourteen Condé Nast Traveler employees were laid off Wednesday, bringing the total number of staffers cut under new editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán to 17, a source familiar with the matter told Capital. NY Post Guzmán is said to have handed walking papers to executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott, the daughter of the late famed Newsweek editor Osborne Elliot. Guzmán, raided from Martha Stewart Living, where she was the editor-in-chief, started shaking things up within days of her arrival at Condé. WWD / Memo Pad Since its inception, Traveler’s commitment to serious travel journalism was embodied in the logo coined by founding editor Harry Evans, “Truth in Travel.” The layoffs suggest that credo may too be discarded, or at least, take on a whole new meaning. FishbowlNY Dropping Doyle, Humes and Elliott might help Guzmán shape Traveler to her liking, but anyone who has been following Condé drama lately knows that these moves must’ve been approved by Anna Wintour. Wintour has been overseeing more cuts than a Jo-Ann Fabric scrapbooking class. Bloomberg “This is part of a broader restructuring effort that will shift the focus on more of a lifestyle lens and the growing digital business,” said Sarina Sanandaji, a spokeswoman for the magazine. The magazine is likely to replace some of the positions, she said.

The Star-Ledger Reaches Deal With Four Unions, Avoids Shutdown (The Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger reached a tentative agreement with its production unions Thursday night, averting a threatened shutdown of New Jersey’s largest newspaper. No details of the contracts with the four unions were released, but officials on both sides said they each made compromises. A union spokesman said the company got most of the $9 million in cost savings it was seeking. Publisher Richard Vezza said the agreements were contingent on the ratification by the membership of each union.

Tribune Boss Orders $100 Million in Cuts (Robert Feder)
It’s not clear how they’re supposed to do it, but Tribune Co. executives have been ordered to come up with $100 million in budget cuts, sources said, as the company prepares to spin off the publishing side of the business. In a meeting with vice presidents of publishing units at Tribune Tower Wednesday, Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori directed them to begin drawing up plans immediately to hit the $100 million mark in savings. The cuts will start to be put into effect Dec. 1, sources said, and are expected to affect all areas of operation, including the newsrooms.

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Allen West Out at PJ Media (BuzzFeed / Politics)
Former Congressman Allen West is leaving his job at Pajamas Media after an altercation with a female staffer in which he allegedly called her a “Jewish American princess,” BuzzFeed learned on Thursday. “In order to focus on political interests, Allen West will transition from his full-time role as director of programming for Next Generation.TV to a twice-a-month contributor of written commentary on PJMedia.com, effective Oct. 1, 2013,” PJ Media financier Aubrey Chernick wrote to staff in an email from Sept. 16.

BuzzFeed Dominates on Facebook, BBC Tops Twitter, Study Says (TheWrap)
BuzzFeed, “the media company for the social age,” has mastered at least one social network. A NewsWhip study released on Thursday showed that the social sharing-focused site had far and away the most engagement on Facebook in August 2013 out of the publishers studied. BuzzFeed had 15.9 million likes, comments and shares combined in that month. The last time NewsWhip did the study, in Sept. 2012, it had “just” 2.4 million. Huffington Post, CNN, BBC and Upworthy also made the top five.