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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.

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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.

Vibe Vixen Is Wide Open to New Writers

Vibe Vixen

One of the few magazines that have authentically represented the interests and lifestyles of black and brown women, the now-digital Vibe Vixen speaks to the legions of book-and-street smart 20- and 30-somethings.

With a big digital revamp looking at a fall 2013 debut, the pub needs good writers now more than ever. “Once I get a writer who works well with me, I’ll take all of their pitches. But right now, I’m passing on a lot of them. We’re looking for fresh voices and people who’ve done this,” said editor Shanel Odum.

Wanna know what Odum really wants in content? Read How To Pitch: Vibe Vixen.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: SpinMedia Buys Vibe | Betaworks Buys Instapaper | Mercury News Layoffs


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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.  Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: SpinMedia Buys Vibe | Betaworks Buys Instapaper | Mercury News Layoffs


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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.

Vibe’s Jermaine Hall on What It Really Takes to Be EIC

In the same year that music mags Blender and Giant folded, Vibe shuttered, as well. But, luckily for the iconic mag, it was snapped up by a private equity firm, and editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall was brought on to resurrect the pub. And resurrect it, he did.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hall explains how the mag is winning again and gives advice to aspiring EICs.

“A lot of things that come with being editor-in-chief aren’t necessarily drilled down into the day-to-day tasks,” he said. “It’s a lot of schmoozing; it’s a lot of fixing relationships; it’s a lot of bartering; it’s a lot of people skills, I would say. It’s really going out there to be the ambassador of the brand on all levels.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jermaine Hall, Editor-in-Chief of Vibe?

Vibe’s Jermaine Hall on What It Really Takes to Be EIC

In the same year that music mags Blender and Giant folded, Vibe shuttered, as well. But, luckily for the iconic mag, it was snapped up by a private equity firm, and editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall was brought on to resurrect the pub. And resurrect it, he did.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hall explains how the mag is winning again and gives advice to aspiring EICs.

“A lot of things that come with being editor-in-chief aren’t necessarily drilled down into the day-to-day tasks,” he said. “It’s a lot of schmoozing; it’s a lot of fixing relationships; it’s a lot of bartering; it’s a lot of people skills, I would say. It’s really going out there to be the ambassador of the brand on all levels.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jermaine Hall, Editor-in-Chief of Vibe?

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

2. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

3. A Truly Fantastic New York Times Obituary, February 26

4. Uncertainty Pervades Time Inc. as Meredith Talks Continue, February 22

5. (Poll): Lining Up Possible WCBS Morning Anchor Candidates, February 26

6. Ashley Morrison (above) Returns to WCBS as MoneyWatch Anchor, February 27

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Source: Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Lied to the Station’ About Injured Face; May Be Fired From WCBS, February 19

2. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

3. Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations, February 20

4. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

5. WCBS-TV Anchor Rob Morrison Arrested for Allegedly Choking His Wife, February 18

6. Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments, February 15

 

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