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Jem Aswad Named EIC of Spin

Jem Aswad has been named the new editor-in-chief of Spin. Aswad comes to Spin from Billboard, where he served as editor of Billboard.biz since 2011. Prior to that, he was managing editor of MTV News, from 2004 to 2010. Aswad was also a senior editor at Time Out New York for three years.

Aswad’s work has been featured in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, New York and The Village Voice.

Aswad is succeeding Caryn Ganz, who was cut by SpinMedia last month.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sun-Times Staff Laid Off | Spin Fires EIC | New Robin Roberts Gig?


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Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Its Photo Staff (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video going forward, the newspaper said. A total of 28 full-time staffers received the news Thursday morning at a meeting held at the Sun-Times offices in Chicago, according to sources familiar with the situation. Crain’s Chicago Business The Chicago Newspaper Guild, the union that represents the photographers, immediately said it would consider taking action against the company over the cuts. It’s in negotiations on a new contract for the reporters, photographers and other workers it represents. Before the cuts, it had about 150 members at the company. Gawker A photojournalist is a photojournalist, even in times when he maybe shouldn’t be. Which is why when Sun-Times photographer Al Podgorski discovered Thursday morning that his entire department was being wiped out, the first thing he did was reach for his camera to capture the moment. National Press Photographers Association The layoffs included Chicago photojournalism icon and Pulitzer Prize-winner John H. White. Rob Hart, a Sun-Times Media photojournalist at the suburban Pioneer Press and an adjunct faculty member at the Medill School of Journalism, was in the room Thursday morning with the entire staff when they were told of the layoffs. “Being in the room with John White when we got laid off was a highlight of my career,” Hart told News Photographer magazine. MediaJobsDaily Apparently the 10th largest circulating newspaper in the country plans to rely on freelancers and reporters using their smartphones. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Sun-Times Staff Laid Off | Spin Fires EIC | New Robin Roberts Gig?


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Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Its Photo Staff (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video going forward, the newspaper said. A total of 28 full-time staffers received the news Thursday morning at a meeting held at the Sun-Times offices in Chicago, according to sources familiar with the situation. Crain’s Chicago Business The Chicago Newspaper Guild, the union that represents the photographers, immediately said it would consider taking action against the company over the cuts. It’s in negotiations on a new contract for the reporters, photographers and other workers it represents. Before the cuts, it had about 150 members at the company. Gawker A photojournalist is a photojournalist, even in times when he maybe shouldn’t be. Which is why when Sun-Times photographer Al Podgorski discovered Thursday morning that his entire department was being wiped out, the first thing he did was reach for his camera to capture the moment. National Press Photographers Association The layoffs included Chicago photojournalism icon and Pulitzer Prize-winner John H. White. Rob Hart, a Sun-Times Media photojournalist at the suburban Pioneer Press and an adjunct faculty member at the Medill School of Journalism, was in the room Thursday morning with the entire staff when they were told of the layoffs. “Being in the room with John White when we got laid off was a highlight of my career,” Hart told News Photographer magazine. MediaJobsDaily Apparently the 10th largest circulating newspaper in the country plans to rely on freelancers and reporters using their smartphones.

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SpinMedia Cuts Spin Editor-in-Chief Caryn Ganz

SpinMedia is certainly an active company. Whether those actions have been good, well, that’s up for debate. The company — which bought and then folded Spin, then bought and folded Vibe — just cut Caryn Ganz, Spin’s editor-in-chief. Poynter reports that Ganz was surprised by the move, especially considering the site had just posted its second-biggest traffic month.

Here’s what a SpinMedia spokesperson had to say about Ganz’s firing:

Spin has grown steadily as a result of a concerted team effort since SpinMedia purchased it in July 2012. But we felt it required new leadership to help take it to the next level as a digital brand. Personnel shifts are never easy, and we’re deeply respectful of the enormous contribution Caryn made to help us get this far.

Ganz had been with Spin from 2001 to 2006, then rejoined the magazine in 2011.

Spin Adds to Team

Spin is preparing for its expanded online presence by making some additions to its team. Caryn Ganz, who most recently was with Yahoo and once worked for Spin in 2001, is being brought back to fill the newly created position of Editor-in-Chief, Online. Ganz will oversee all online content and work with Digital General Manager Jeff Rogers on the magazine’s redesign that is planned for 2012.

Christopher Weingarten will also join Spin as a Senior Editor. Weingarten is a published author and has contributed to a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Spin.

David Bevan will now be an Associate Editor at the magazine. He comes to Spin from Pitchfork.

Yahoo! Hires New Entertainment Writers

Yahoo! is adding four seasoned writers to its entertainment section. Will Leitch will write about film, Erin Carlson will cover celebrity news, Caryn Ganz will focus on music, and Lindsay Robertson will be all over boob tube reporting. From Variety.com:

“I wanted people who had original voice content you couldn’t get anywhere else,” said [Managing Editor Courtney Reimer], whose previous posts include MTV, VH1 and New York Magazine. “I was careful to make sure they would hit this voice.”

The four writers will be responsible for generating original content, full time, in the form of editorial pieces, commentary and even video. Reimer said they were hired partly for their popular and respected bylines in the industry.

A nice break from the online trend of hiring young, inexperienced writers that will work for slave wages. Boo-ya, Yahoo!