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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, 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.

PR Fail: Barilla Chairman Says He Will ‘Never’ Include Gays in Ads (PRNewser)
Here’s a case of foot-in-mouth disease followed by a quick but debatably effective damage control operation. Guido Barilla, chairman of the pasta company that bears his name, told an Italian radio show that his brand will “never” feature gay men or women in its ads and that “if the gays do not agree, they can always eat pasta from another manufacturer.” The Guardian In response, Aurelio Mancuso, chairman of Equality Italia, accused Barilla of being deliberately provocative. “Accepting the invitation of Barilla’s owner to not eat his pasta, we are launching a boycott campaign against all his products,” he added. Within hours, the hashtag ‘boicotta-barilla’ was trending on Twitter.

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Bundled Up: Rogers Bets on A Digital Future for Magazines (The Globe And Mail)
Rogers Media is taking a lesson from its parent company’s cable division, as it bundles all of its magazines into a single digital monthly subscription package that will also include dozens of American titles such as Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. More than 100 magazines will be available to monthly subscribers through the Next Issue Canada app, a modified version of tablet software that has been available to U.S. subscribers for about 18 months. Publishers are looking to the app to help stabilize an industry that has been reeling from declining advertising revenue.

Larry King to Guest-Host Keith Olbermann’s ESPN2 Show (TVNewser)
Former CNN host Larry King will be able to add yet another line on his resume next month: ESPN host. King will be filling in for Keith Olbermann on his 11 p.m. show on ESPN 2 next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Olbermann will be covering the Major League Baseball playoffs for TBS during that time. King will be a guest on Friday’s edition of the program as well.

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger Keeps an Edward Snowden Totem in His Pocket (Capital New York)
One of the most eye-popping moments of the Edward Snowden global surveillance saga came when the British government forced editors at The Guardian to destroy computer hard drives — in their basement, using power drills — that contained secret files leaked by the former National Security Administration contractor, even though the newspaper still had access to copies of those same files stored on different computers abroad. Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger held on to a little piece of one of them as a memento. In fact, he carries it around with him.

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Sun on Sunday And Sunday Mirror Suffer Sales Drops After Cover Price Hikes
(The Guardian)
The Sun on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror are both understood to have suffered sales drops at the weekend following their respective cover price rises, according to early circulation estimates from well-placed sources. Both Sunday tabloids are said to have had sales declines of more than 3 percent, following the price rises and editorial revamps backed by advertising campaigns.

Obama Singles Out Fox News’ Obamacare Coverage During Speech (Mediaite)
President Obama will likely get the attention of some people over at Fox News after he called out the network by name during his campaign-style speech promoting the Affordable Care Act in Maryland Thursday morning. The president gave some advice to his supporters on what to do when their friends and family members come to them and say how they just saw someone on Fox News saying how horrible Obamacare is.

Your Story Is Ready: Medium Experiments With The Homepage of The Future (The Atlantic)
Medium is the enigmatic blogging-platform-editorial-operation founded by two of the guys who started Twitter. Anyone can post to it, and that shows, but some professional writers and editors are paid to put content there, and that shows too. It’s a blog, at the moment, but a blog that wants to be the magazine “of the future.”

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Yes, Some People Will Pay You for Your News — A Really, Really Small Number of People (paidContent)
As media-industry veteran Alan Mutter points out, the vast majority of newspaper paywalls are only reaching a tiny fraction of the overall potential audience, which is a problem for a growing number of publishers relying on them.

Chris Hughes Was Able to Buy The New Republic, Because He Answered Phones in Facebook’s Early Days (PandoDaily)
I didn’t have the faintest idea what Chris Hughes did at Facebook before he took the stage during Thursday’s PandoMonthly event in New York. Being listed as a co-founder offers exactly zero insight into someone’s function at a company. For all I knew Hughes could have been Facebook’s designated driver. If only I had paid more attention during The Social Network. Now I know that his primary job during Facebook’s early days was answering phones and acting as the then-startup’s customer support center and spokesperson.

Nonprofit Journalism Sites Are Proving to Be Healthy But Slow to Scale (Poynter / Biz Blog)
A recent Pew Research Center/Knight Foundation roundtable conference on the future of nonprofit journalism had the feeling of an annual physical. After three hours of poking and probing, the sector was found to be slowly getting stronger but with some serious lingering issues.

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