Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore is leaving the Tribune Publishing-owned newspaper.
Moore told WWD that she decided to take a buyout from the paper where she served as critic since 2004.
The Tribune said last week that about 7 percent of its staff across properties such as the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune took buyouts. Although there was no breakdown available, reports estimate that about 50 to 80 newsroom jobs will be cut at the Times. The move comes as the Times, which has a newsroom of about 500 people, works to cut costs, while transitioning to a more digitally nimble operation.
“I’ve been there for 18 years,” said Moore, who added that since she took her first front row seat at a runway show, she’s delighted in watching L.A. turn into a “fashion capital.”
“It’s bittersweet for me to leave the L.A. Times,” she lamented. “I’m rooting for them.”
According to the journalist, her move likely indicates a new direction for the paper, namely one with less staff-produced fashion coverage.
“I have not gotten any sense that there will be a future fashion critic,” she said, adding that the next steps of the paper’s fashion, beauty and shopping section, L.A. Times Image, is “in question.”
But Moore’s husband, Adam Tschorn, who covers men’s style, grooming and pop culture for the paper, will not take a buyout, she offered.
The Tribune Publishing company also inked a syndication deal with WWD over the summer to distribute its fashion content across its various newspapers.
Although Moore will be heading off into the sunset, she isn’t planning on leaving journalism. She noted that she plans on consulting and freelancing, and that already she’s had some “really interesting meetings.”
Moore will likely have some time to mull over new opportunities. According to the Tribune, employees who accepted a buyout get at least one week of pay for every year of employment up to 10 years, two weeks of pay for 11 to 20 years and three weeks for years 21 and beyond, with a cap at a year’s pay.
The paper said it is looking to slash editorial expenses by roughly $10 million, and if it doesn’t hit that target, it will have to turn to layoffs.