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The ailing news magazine is buying out 111 staffers, including several senior critics. David Gates, who wrote about music and books; movie critic David Ansen; and Cathleen McGuigan, the magazine's senior arts editor, covering architecture, books, theater, design and culture; all are gone.

There was a time when the news magazines at least made a stab at covering culture. But that has dwindled in recent decades.

This is the second major buyout at Newsweek in six years. The first one claimed senior staffers like Lucy Howard, art critic [and NAJP member] Peter Plagens, long time religion editor Ken Woodward, Jean Seligman, Joan Engels, and David Alpern.

Plagens still writes occasionally for the magazine as a contributing editor, and David Ansen (the magazine's senior--and much-loved--movie critic since 1977) and Cathleen McGuigan may also continue to contribute after they cease to be staffers this year.
March 30, 2008 10:35 PM |

Roger Catlin figured his job might be safe after his newspaper was sold by the "faceless" Tribune Co. But no:

New owner or not, it is part of the same sad march to downsizing we've been on for a decade. We've seen it before: with the best people (and those still marketable enough to get jobs elsewhere) taking off, leaving behind a lesser paper, empty desks, and the rest of us slugs to work even more to take up their duties.

I shouldn't take this personally.

Among TV writers with whom I'm associated, after all, this is not an uncommon thing. After decades of service and knowledge more vast than most network executives, they are laid off, outright fired or sent back to the tiny town bureaus where they began their careers - there are, after all, fires and car thefts to cover.

February 26, 2008 2:50 PM |

Longtime critic Terry Lawson took a buyout over the Holidays, and the newspaper isn't replacing him. Defamer has the news:

By our research, all of the other Top 20 newspapers in the United States have at least one major, well-known critic (yes, even the Arizona Republic). However, The Freep's move clearly signals that there's a changing tide in the amount of importance (and budget dollars) local newspapers allocate to coverage of the movie business. The Freep appears to be content to run wire reviews for new releases...

January 30, 2008 8:39 AM |


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