media deathwatch

Tabloids, Newspapers, Blogs Tell Employees to Freak Off

OK! is saying “freak it” and only publishing double issues over the traditionally ad-slow winter months. [NYP]

• The other day it was rumored that “a lot ” of people at Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt would be losing their jobs. The Journal twisted some arms and got the more specific “at least several hundred.” The company, which is owned by Irish private-equity firm Education Media & Publishing Group Ltd., has not yet confirmed or denied. [WSJ]

Newsday is cutting 5 percent of its workforce, or around 27 positions. “Travel, entertainment and supply budgets have been reduced,” editor John Mancini wrote in an e-mail to staff. “Open positions have been eliminated and the freelance budget has been cut dramatically.” [NYO]

• The alcohol-and-fear-fueled bloggers at Gawker have printed an unsubstantiated rumor that Outside: Go will fold. Also, in addition to the partial retiring of gossip columnists Rush and Molloy, they report that “Full Disclosure” gossip columnist Jo Piazza has resigned. [Gawker]

• They confirm that Jossip is shutting down two blogs: Mollygood and Stereohyped. [Gawker]

NBC layoffs have spread to the Washington bureau; around seven people have been Auf’d, including reporter Kevin Corke, who blogged about it on Facebook: “Kevin just got laid off! So why is he still smiling?” We don’t know, but we’re glad he is. Smile, Kevin. Smile for everyone. [TVNewser/Mediabistro]

Tabloids, Newspapers, Blogs Tell Employees to Freak Off