Today in Chicago, Oprah tweeted for the first time. “HI TWITTERS,” she said. “FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY!” Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, several newspapers said good-bye to staff.
• Fashion editors are suffering, and not even just because they’re hungry. Yesterday, the Times cut the weekly fashion spreads in its Sunday magazine (T is still going). Today comes news that Hearst cut loose the Houston Chronicle style critic of fifteen years, Clifford Pugh, and offered San Francisco Chronicle fashion editor Sylvia Rubin a buyout, which she accepted. [WWD]
• Media General, which owns the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Tampa Tribune, cut its workforce by nearly 300 jobs the week of March 31 and plans to freeze its pension plan at the end of May. [AP via NYT]
• Movie execs think young people don’t read print, which is why they no longer pay for paper ads. [Big Picture/LAT]
• Burdened by both debt and rapidly falling demand for its products, AbitibiBowater (yes, it’s really called that), the world’s largest newsprint maker, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday. [NYT]