According to Gawker.com, life got a little less glamourous today as Conde Nast, fresh from shutting down Gourmet, gave the heave-ho to a half dozen folks at Glamour, all on its sales force. Still, that can't be a good omen for the glamourpusses on the editorial side. One of those let go today was a guy who was on "The Real World: New Orleans." Reality bites.
Probably not following Glamour's lead, The New York Times today announced it's going to cut 8 percent of its newsroom staff - 100 people - by the end of the year. According to the Times itself, the paper "will mail buyout packages to the entire newsroom staff on Thursday. The employees have 45 days to decide whether to apply for the buyout. Under the Newspaper Guild contract that covers most newsroom employees, buyouts generally offer three weeks’ salary for each year of service."
Finally, New York Magazine does a brilliant job of explaining how a news story changes and expands as it moves through people and institutions and other news sources by choosing a random date (Sept. 21) and showing how its top stories - including one about John Edwards' love child, General McChrystal's leaked report on Afghanistan, and the murder of a Yale student - got to actually be that day's top stories. Click here and here for PDFs of the really cool illustrations.