OUT Magazine to lay off entire staff – but some to be hired back as contractors under same editor
It’s unclear if the subscribers to Out magazine will notice any difference due to changes being made in the way the publication is produced, but its staff certainly will.
It’s been announced that the 12-member editorial staff of the gay lifestyle magazine is being laid off at the end of the week by Los Angeles-based Here Media which bought the publication and its sister magazine, The Advocate, in 2008.
Here Media has struck a deal with current editor Aaron Hicklin to continue running the magazine under a new company he has founded called Grand Editorial.
‘Grand Editorial will include familiar faces and core talent from Out,’ Hicklin said in a statement. ‘It’s no secret that the media landscape is changing rapidly, and I think our talent will find this new approach both more flexible as well as empowering.’
Hicklin told CapitalNewYork.com that there will be no reduction in the frequency of the magazine, no major changes to its content, and that the change is ‘not a cost-cutting measure.’
He said he plans to offer long-term contracts at Grand to ‘most’ of his 12 laid off Out editorial employees. These jobs will not offer full-time salaries of benefits.
Hicklin joined Out as editor in April 2006, after serving as editor BlackBook for three years.
While Out is available on newsstands, The Advocate is now only available in a package subscription deal that also includes Out.
Advocate editor Matthew Breen said on Facebook that the changes at Out will not impact his magazine: ‘Though we’re sister publications, The Advocate magazine will continue publishing under its current structure – no changes.’