SPECIAL EXIT: The streamlining of editorial duties continues at People, which has pruned its workforce as part of Time Inc.'s drive to cut 289 employees. The weekly has reorganized its Specials department, in charge of producing stellar newsstand performers like Sexiest Man Alive and Hottest Bachelors, so that the regular weekly staff will also produce the themed titles. Previously, a group of about a dozen photo editors, reporters and other full-time staffers, along with a team of freelancers, produced those issues, reporting to Specials editor Liz Sporkin. "We aim for flexibility, so all staff has an opportunity to be involved with the Weekly, Specials and people.com," said a spokeswoman about the move.
The Specials department used to sit on the 29th floor, but now its office will be taken up by People's Stylewatch staff. Stylewatch started as a column in the magazine but has grown to a ten-times-a-year spin-off and has its own staff helmed by editor Susan Kaufmann. Meanwhile, nutritional spin-off Your Diet is apparently on hold for now, the last issue being in spring 2005. A source said the title took a lot of manpower, but failed to generate the ideal mix of advertisers.
Sporkin will continue to oversee Specials, though it is unclear if employees from the department will be dispatched to other People assignments. However, a memo from managing editor Larry Hackett on Friday regarding the closures of the Austin, Chicago, Washington and Miami bureaus said People had received enough voluntary departures among its Newspaper Guild-covered staff in all categories except for the copy department, where the volunteer window will remain open for another two weeks. — Stephanie D. Smith
ALL HAL, ALL THE TIME: Another glimpse of that promised digital future over at Time Inc: In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein is lending his voice to the cacophony of online fashion week coverage. His daily videos on instyle.com boast far higher production values than the average blogger or YouTuber, though they also fall prey to the unfortunate jungle-lite scoring that so often accompanies runway footage. Rubenstein opines about each designer's offering, interspersed with runway-side commentary from celebrities like John Legend and Katharine McPhee. He'll cap it off with a tips-heavy roundup Monday. — Irin Carmon
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