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Good Magazine’s Editorial Department Decimated by Layoffs

Bad news for Good readers – The bulk of the Los Angeles-based magazine’s editorial staff was laid off today. According to Poynter, those handed pink slips include executive editor Ann Friedman, managing editor Megan Greenwell, senior editor Cord Jefferson, lifestyle editor Amanda Hess, business editor Tim Fernholz, and associate editor Nona Willis Aronowitz. Wylie Overstreet stated on Twitter that he was leaving voluntarily.

Last night Good magazine threw a launch party for their latest issue, and it may have been a last hurrah. How can they publish without a staff? The company has released no statement about the layoffs, just a vague tweet at 7:57 this evening, several hours after the news broke:

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Good Shakes Up Editorial Staff

Good magazine strengthened their edit team today with the promotion of three veteran staffers and the addition of two new editors.  Editor-in-chief Zach Frechette announced the moves and is confident the changes will bolster the title’s value for readers:

These additions to the team represent our first significant investment in the editorial product in a number of years.  With new voices helping us add depth in key content areas, the goal is to transition from a well-curated selection of the most interesting people and ideas moving the world forward to a vital resource for those people that helps them achieve their goals.

Read on to see the changes taking place at Good.

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Oh My Blog: GOOD Seeks Motivated Staff Writers

If you have a your own WordPress, Tumblr or Blogger account and love to write out of sheer passion, GOOD needs you. The company is on the hunt for full-time staff writers to pump up the volume on its business, design, environment, food, cities, politics and technology coverage for print and online. Do you consider yourself an expert in one of these areas? Keep reading.

As a staff writer, you’ll be responsible for creating, aggregating and editing your content, which includes a potpourri of short items, straight links, slideshows, lists, original reporting, analysis and opinion pieces. You’ll be expected to publish 175-plus posts per month (that’s about 8-9 items per day, people), so you should be full of ideas, and be able to bring a consistent level of enthusiasm to work each day.

To be considered, you’ll need several years of reporting and writing in a breaking news environment for both print and the Web. You should be able to churn out impeccable copy quickly, understand GOOD’s mission and voice and have sound news judgment. A little social media know-how wouldn’t hurt either. Interested? Apply here.

The Best Mags On Twitter

twitter.pngPaste magazine needs assurances that Twitter is more than just a waste of time, so its set about compiling top 10 lists of the best microbloggers out there. Yesterday, the magazine released its list of the top 10 magazines to follow on Twitter.

Topping the list are Wired (@Wired) and Good magazine (@GOODfeed), with favorite Tweets such as “Q: How many helium balloons would it take to lift a house? A: http://is.gd/Jht5″ (from Wired) and “You Stay Classy, G. Gordon Liddy http://ow.ly/aqiw” (that’s a recent Good Tweet).

Smaller pubs like beer magazine Draft (@draftmag) — home to FishbowlNY contributor Noah Davis — indie music magazine Under The Radar (@Under_Radar_Mag), and hip hop/electronica publication Urb (@Urb@URBMAG) also got a shout outs from Paste.

Please hold while we update our Twitter feed.

Good Housekeeping Says Forget Trends, Environment; Enlarges Mag

10071016A~Good-Housekeeping-April-1922-Posters.jpgRolling Stone went small. Good went tiny (if only for one issue). Hearst Corporation‘s Good Housekeeping thought, “Screw it. We’re getting bigger.”

Starting with the January 2010 issue, the magazine will celebrate its 125th anniversary by increasing its size 10 percent. The new dimensions: 8-1/4 x 10-7/8 inches (up from 7-7/8 x 10-1/2 inches).

Considering magazines are responsible for the destruction of 63 million trees a year in the United States alone, we’re not sure a bigger issue is really what we need.

The magazine will raise its cover price and drop its rate base from 4.6 to 4.3 million.

Lara Logan: Not Just a Pretty Face?

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GOOD mag lays it on thick when writing about swimsuit model turned journo Lara Logan:

in today’s tepid TV news world, female correspondents are expected to look like models

Amazing that Christina Amanpour had any sort career, drab hag that she is.

And as the CBS publicists made sure to let everyone know, Logan travels with the most important tools of her trade:

her suitcase with bikinis and other beachwear made it to Islamabad; the suitcase with the rest of her clothes did not

But while GOOD’s Sibohan O’Connor is determined to play up Logan’s reporting accumen, she keeps mentioning the eye candy:

It’s like a scene out of Full Metal Jacket, with the addition of the gorgeous and utterly composed Logan.

All this dwelling on Logan’s assets leads one to wonder just how she did get that interview with Pervez Musharraf. Maybe he had his staff dig up some old British tabloids.

Craig Shapiro to GOOD Digital

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GOOD magazine is ramping up their digital branch, with the addition of Craig Shapiro. Shapiro had his own publicist send out the press release, catching the magazine’s reps. a tich off guard. The new endeavor will focus on extending the online presence of the film and magazine groups and create original programming.

Shapiro comes to GOOD from Helio, where he led content strategy and acquisition efforts. Prior to Helio, he served as Vice President at Proteus, a leading developer and publisher of web and mobile content. At Proteus, he spearheaded development of an exclusive partnership with ABC Television to launch their direct-to-consumer mobile portal.

GOOD: July/August Issue

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The July/August issue of GOOD hits the streets soon. This issue, the 5th, explores, in the words of the press release:

how our government works, how it works for us, and the people who work for it. The federal government may have its shortcomings, but we must also recognize the men and women who strive to make this country better.

If any of those earnest strivers happen to have government jobs, we think it’s a coincidence, but we’re far more jaded than the people at GOOD.

In the issue:

Volunteers well-chosen photo essay on men and women in the armed forces; best part of the book.

Portraits: Danica McKellar and her math-mad activism. Fun read.

Transparency: Getting to Know the Homeless data by graphics is not very informative.

The monthly back-of-the-book project invites readers to make a mix tape with a theme. Unfortunately, someone already had our idea.

Reviewing Good‘s Media Issue Like A Rock Record

good_media_2007.jpgGood, the Los Angeles-based startup for “people who give a damn,” has made it to its 3rd issue, and already has the gumption (nay, balls) to put out a “media issue.” They seem to have a fan in Vanity Fair‘s Graydon Carter, who contributes a foreword-style essay on his favorite all-time magazines before Good editors pick 51 of theirs. A rock-and-roll style review:

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