Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Publishing Bad News

Reed Business Information, the publisher of Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal, has restructured their staff, laying off about 7% of employees.

The highest-profile job loss is Sara Nelson, the occasionally-too-perky editor-in-chief of PW.

[via New York Times ArtsBeat]


The e-mail newsletter Shelf Awareness has further details of the Reed cuts: the Spanish-language magazine Criticas will be folded and its senior editor, Aida Bardales, laid off.

Also let go by PW are executive editor Daisy Maryles, bookselling editor Kevin Howell, children's reviews editor Elizabeth Devereaux and director of business development Rachel Dicker.

The remnants of the group -- PW, Library Journal, and School Library Journal -- will be overseen by SLJ editor-in-chief Brian Kenney, who becomes editorial director.

Best wishes for a speedy and successful job search to all of those let go, especially Bardales, who was a book-club colleague some years back.


Michael A. Burstein said...

Did PW mention this is one of their emails? I didn't see it...

Becs said...

Michael, nor did I.

I read about this in the NY Times today and was really shocked. I think Nelson turned PW around in a good way.

Is Reed looking to completely take the teeth out of PW?

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