Newsweek Cuts 12

Jon Meacham: “I have no spin to offer you.”

Last Updated: November 12, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

Newsweek, a magazine still struggling to make the shift from a “newsweekly” to a “thought leader,” Economist-style publication, announced today that it is laying off 12 staffers.

Jon Meacham, Newsweek’s editor, sent this refreshingly blunt memo to his staff:

To the Staff

From Jon Meacham

This has been a tough day for the magazine. Because the economic climate in publishing has become ever more difficult, we have been compelled by business considerations to eliminate about a dozen positions. We are parting company with colleagues who have done much to serve the magazine and its readers. As much as we would like it to be otherwise, market conditions mean that we are going to have to do our work with fewer people.

I have no spin to offer. I will say this, though: our new magazine and website have been well received by readers. The different direction we undertook earlier this year continues to appear promising in terms of building and retaining an engaged audience that we hope will be attractive to advertisers while we, like so many other organizations, seek new sources of revenue in order to fulfill our mission. Our situation is not unique. But we will keep working as hard as we can to find solutions that are.

In the meantime, thanks to you all for the work you have done and will do. To those who are leaving, we will miss you, and we wish you the very best.