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WWD Set To Take Over Jewelry Trade Pub JCK

JCK_December_Cover_2009.jpgReed Business Information has been trying to sell off part of its U.S. business, and today it looks like it has entered into a partnership with Condé Nast-owned Fairchild Fashion Group regarding its jewelry industry trade magazine JCK.

In a memo sent to RBI staffers today, obtained by FishbowlNY, RBI CEO John Poulin told staffers that the new licensing agreement will allow Fairchild’s fashion trade Women’s Wear Daily to take over operations at JCK, resulting in a new magazine, WWD/JCK Magazine. Fairchild will now start interviewing JCK staffers for positions on the new mag, with the transition set to wrap up by March, Poulin said.

Poulin’s full memo, after the jump

Previously: Reed Elsevier To Sell Part Of U.S. Business, RBI Sells Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TWICE

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More On Gawker Media’s Full-Time Status

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Monday morning Nick Denton announced that for the first time ever, Gawker Media writers would have the opportunity to become full-time employees instead of freelancers. Ostensibly good news in this wintery publishing climate, where benefits like health insurance (and even unemployment) are a thing of the past. Sheila McClear, a former Gawker editor who successfully went to court to get unemployment from Gawker told Fishbowl “I congratulate them for going legit.” Sheila is speaking of course, about the common practice for blogs (and most other media these days) to use use freelancers and permalancers in editorial roles so as not to have to dole out benefits or pay the 15% tax for full-time employees.

Many are speculating why Denton finally made the switch: certainly it doesn’t help him financially to pay writers as full-time employees, but it does make an appealing draw to Gawker for heavy-hitting journalists who may not have been willing to work under the previous conditions. Also speculated is that having full-time employees filed under 1099 status is technically illegal, and Denton may have finally gotten in some hot water with the IRS over unpaid taxes. We reached out to Gawker Media and asked them exactly what the terms and conditions of for the new W2 employees are.

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Art Director Leaves Vogue, WIntour Taps Old Staffer

cate-blanchett-vogue-december-2004-cover.jpgFishbowlNY sister site MediaJobsDaily made mention of Danko Steiner‘s exit as design director from Vogue this morning.

Steiner had been working at the Condé Nast publication for four years, but his decision to leave must have been known for quite some time. How else would you explain the quick turnaround that’s being reported, with creative director of ad agency AR New York, Raúl Martinez, already being tapped for Steiner’s position?

Of course, this will not be Martinez’s first stint at the fashion bible. He left Anna Wintour‘s side in 1996 to work for AR. His homecoming is nothing short of getting the gang back together, Don Draper-style. As Martinez told <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Womens-Wear-Daily-profile.html"Women’s Wear Daily:

“I will still have the agency and undoubtedly, the two can coexist. I can’t begin to explain how excited I am to be joining forces with Anna once again.”

Memo Pad: Steiner Exits Vogue…WWD

At Vogue, Danko Steiner Resigns, Raul Martinez Filling The Spot –MediaJobsDaily

Previously: Danko Steiner Named Vogue Design Director –UnBeige

New York Magazine Poll: Newspapers and New Media Neck and Neck, But No One Willing To Pay

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New York Magazine asked 100 residents walking down the street in SoHo where they got their news from, as part of their poll on whether information and entertainment should be free. The results were somewhat surprising: 26 answered online newspapers, while one more person answered in favor of their physical equivalent (see, traditional journalism isn’t entirely dead yet!).

Of course, that doesn’t take into account the 5 people who said “online blogs/aggregators,” which we find a surprisingly low number. Then again, this is SoHo: At least half the people still employed in the area work in couture retail, and probably retain their subscriptions to fashion mags.

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The Other Side Of Paper Circ Numbers: Top Gainers

journal logo 2.pngThis morning, the Audit Bureau of Circulation released its six-month report for newspaper circulation in the U.S., reporting a dismal 10.62 percent drop in weekly circ across the board.

But it’s not all bad news. Some papers have actually seen growth, with the biggest increases coming from the York Daily Record in Pennsylvania (up 16.45 percent from April through September) and Women’s Wear Daily, which showed a 14.31 percent jump. This is good news for the Condé Nast-owned fashion trade, which became the latest pub owned by the media company to cut staff on Friday.

Other papers to show growth included Michigan’s Oakland Press (up 7.26 percent), the Las Vegas Review-Journal (6.56 percent), the Chattanooga Times Free Press (2.18 percent) and the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah (1.89 percent).

Of the top five gainers, The Wall Street Journal had by far the highest total circulation, coming in at 2.024 million as of September 30. That’s a small increase — 0.61 percent — over the same period last year, but enough to push the Journal to the number one spot in circulation over USA TODAY, which posted a 17 percent decline during the last six months.

Earlier: Latest Newspaper Circ Numbers Show Ten Percent Drop

New Fashion Season Means Some Alterations For WWD.com

wwd.com.jpgWWD.com, the Web portal of fashion trade Women’s Wear Daily, is sporting a little bit of a new look these days.

We were tipped off to the changes by the more prominently located commenting box underneath its articles, so we caught up with online managing editor Amy DiTullio to find out what had changed.

Since unveiling an updated site last year, WWD.com has implemented a number of small changes, DiTullio said. Most recently, on September 9, the site introduced some “design tweaks” that made it easier for users to see and access commenting. “One of the things we were seeing was that because it took a couple of steps to register, we weren’t getting the number of comments we wanted,” she said.

A simple update that put the comment registration on the same page as the articles and noted the number of comments under the headlines has bumped commenting up from less than 50 a week to about 250 a week, DiTullio said.

Another recent redesign unveiled earlier this month came out just in time for the spring 2010 collections. The “fashion shows” section got a facelift making it easier to navigate, and a spring ready-to-wear special microsite offers up-to-the-minute updates about fashion shows around the world. “This was something that was my personal mission to do,” DiTullio said of the fashion shows section’s revamp. “I’m very happy with the way it came out. It’s become more of a utility for users.”

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