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SPIN Appoints New EIC

CraigMarksPicCraig Marks, who worked as an editor at Spin magazine from 1991 to 1999, is back. Starting June 23, the New York-based journalist will serve as editor-in-chief of SpinMedia’s all-digital version of the brand, now simply called SPIN.

The mandate for Marks is clear. Pick up the SPIN pieces and get the magazine in robust shape for 2015, the publication’s 30th anniversary year. From today’s announcement:

“I’m thrilled to lead a music brand whose best days, I’m certain, still lie ahead,” said Marks. “This is the greatest era ever in which to be a music fan, and SPIN will continue to inform, engage and entertain those fans with the very best digital content.”

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SpinMedia to Cut Workforce by 15 Percent

spinmediaSpinMedia, owner of Vibe and Spin, is planning to cut 15 percent of its workforce, resulting in about 30 staffers losing their jobs. The New York Post reports that the company will also drop some of its smaller online properties, like absolutepunk.com.

Dale Strang, SpinMedia’s CEO, said that sites such as Idolator, CeleBuzz and The Superficial will stay around. The company is also sticking with its plan to publish Vibe as a quarterly magazine.

This is the second round of layoffs at SpinMedia in the last seven months. In February the company cut 50 people, hoping that would help make it profitable. Unfortunately for SpinMedia staffers, it appears the company is still short of that goal.

SpinMedia Resurrects Vibe, Will Print Four Issues Per Year

It appears Vibe in print isn’t dead after all. SpinMedia, which bought Vibe in April and then promptly announced that it would fold the magazine, has reversed its decision. According to Ad Age, Vibe is alive, and will be printed as a quarterly magazine from now on.

Ironically enough, the decision to keep publishing Vibe came about from SpinMedia’s shuttering of Spin. “My thinking about print goes all the way back to Spin,” Steve Hansen, SpinMedia’s CEO, told Ad Age. “The way the editorial group was configured didn’t make a lot of economic sense. It was a money losing proposition. We couldn’t figure out a way to make Spin work.” Luckily for Vibe fans, Hansen believes a pared down version of Vibe is the right way to go.

The first of the quarterly Vibe’s will be its 20th anniversary issue. However, don’t get too excited about this rejuvenation. Hansen mentioned that Vibe would continue to exist in print ”as long as it makes economic sense.” In other words, grab an issue while you can.

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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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

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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.

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SpinMedia Adds Vibe Magazine to Its Digital Portfolio, Minus the Magazine (AllThingsD)
SpinMedia is buying Vibe, the 20-year-old hip-hop and R&B magazine, from a consortium led by Intermedia and Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies. It plans on ending Vibe‘s print run in the coming months, and will add Vibe.com to its roster of 40+ pop culture and music sites. This will be bad news for some of Vibe Media’s 52 employees, who were told Thursday that layoffs will accompany the change of ownership. FishbowlNY SpinMedia’s official statement implied that this is what Vibe readers want. They’re accessing the magazine online and through their phones, the company said. And maybe that’s true. But still, it’s always sad when a magazine disappears. NYT After it bought Spin last summer, Buzz Media promptly shut down the print magazine and laid off a third of its staff. It said it would concentrate on the website and consider eventually reviving the print version of Spin in some form. Since then, Spin‘s online traffic has doubled, but Mr. Hansen said that the company was no closer to reviving the magazine.  Ad Age / Media News Time Inc. sold Vibe in 1996; the buyers sold Vibe again 10 years later. It went out of print in 2009, but returned within months under yet another set of owners, investors led by InterMedia Partners. Last summer the magazine said it would embrace electronic dance music along with its usual hip-hop and pop culture coverage.

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SpinMedia, Which Bought and Folded Spin, Just Bought and Folded Vibe

Make that two. SpinMedia (formerly known as Buzz Media) has now bought two iconic music publications and quickly folded their print editions. The company announced today that it had purchased Vibe, and as part of the deal, the magazine would cease to exist. Vibe will continue as an all digital publication. Late last year, SpinMedia did the same thing with Spin.

SpinMedia’s official statement implied that this is what Vibe readers want. They’re accessing the magazine online and through their phones, the company said. And maybe that’s true. But still, it’s always sad when a magazine disappears because “the intent is to continue to deliver a high quality digital product” and “there are no plans for print.”

As with any print publication folding, there will surely be plenty of layoffs. And speaking of unfortunate news, 2013 is Vibe’s 20th anniversary.

Buzzmedia Folds Spin

The print version of Spin is done. We knew it was coming as soon as Buzzmedia bought it, but it still sucks to get the official word. The September/October issue will now forever be known as the title’s last issue ever.

Here is the statement from Spin:

Following the September/October issue, SPIN has halted publication of our print edition to invest more deeply in our digital properties, including SPIN.com, SPIN Play for iPad, and SPIN mobile. SPIN has been a pioneer in music journalism since 1985 and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy our leading editorial, photographic, and multi-media content online. Special arrangements have been made with alternative publishers to fulfill your SPIN print subscription for the remaining term: you will automatically receive your new magazine in the mail, with the option to ask for a full refund. We appreciate your patience during the transition of your subscription.

Those “special arrangements?” Sending Spin subscribers issues of Car and Driver instead. Ugh. What a shitty way for such an iconic magazine to go out.

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