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Holiday Proximity Not Enough to Slow Media Layoffs

"Well, that's done with. What next?"

Today, publishing companies faced financial troubles, newspaper editors resigned, magazine writers were laid off, and an adorably grumpy online magazine writer intellectualized the ordeal. Onward!

• American Media Inc., the parent company for the National Enquirer, is cutting its costs by firing a gang of ad and marketing staffers, with editorial layoffs expected soon. [Ad Age]

San Diego magazine has laid off a handful of editorial and art-design staffers, including its executive editor, Ron Donoho, and art director, Laurie Miller. The receptionist at the magazine’s San Fran HQ was pink-slipped, too. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

• Somehow, magazines like Private Air and Corporate Leader — what they sound like — are still standing. But alas, their readers will now have to receive their big-spending tips only quarterly (and online), as the magazines’ publishing home, Doubledown Media, is facing financial concerns. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]

USA Today editor Ken Paulson, the sixth editor in the paper’s history, is leaving his job to become president of the Newseum, the museum of newspapers! There’s a metaphor somewhere in there. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]

• “Digital technology” is killing off all the print publications, and all the “self-pitying” laid-off journos are only as sad as “the misery of a sacked bond trader,” says Jack Shafer, working writer for a successful online magazine. [Slate]

• Yesterday it was announced that financial newsweekly The Deal cut 10 percent of its overall workforce. (Disclosure: The Deal is owned by Bruce Wasserstein, who also holds up the roof over our heads.) [Folio]

• Macmillan Publishing has eliminated 64 staffers, 4 percent of the company’s workforce. The company also plans to merge its children’s book imprints into one division. [Publishers Weekly]

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