New York Magazine is restructuring. WWD reports that the publication has laid off eight full-time staff members focusing in areas of “audience development/circulation, copy editing, fact-checking, production and video.” Additionally 16 part-time employees and contracted contributors have been let go.
“In some cases, the changes we are making reflect a need for new focus as we build our digital subscription business; in others, they reflect an overdue integration of print and digital staffs,” a spokeswoman told WWD. “The restructuring reflects tough decisions made by our CEO and management team over the past several months in order to focus our efforts where we see the most opportunity for future growth.”
— New York Mag Union (@NYMagUnion) March 11, 2019
The staff of New York petitioned to unionize last December, and was officially certified with the NewsGuild of New York in January. Both the Guild and New York Magazine’s Union have Tweeted that they were able to negotiate on behalf of those effected in regards to severance pay, health care coverage, and over the rights of published work.