GQ laid off at least six editorial staffers on Thursday, including one of its most recognizable faces, Senior Digital Editor John Jannuzzi, Fashionista has learned. The layoffs affected both the print and digital departments.
A spokesperson for GQ declined to comment when reached by phone.
The men's publication performed layoffs around this time last year as well, cutting five of its digital team members, including GQ.com Multimedia Editor Kevin Sintumuang, who is now the digital director for life and style at The Wall Street Journal.
It's been a tough year for print-led media. Publishers like Condé Nast, which owns GQ, as well as Time Inc. have struggled to make up for ongoing declines in print ad revenue with less lucrative digital ads. In recent weeks, both Nylon and Maxim have changed editors in chief, Cosmopolitan for Latinas shuttered its print operation and Lucky fired its remaining editorial staff. Outside of the fashion vertical, Grantland, an ESPN-owned long-form sports writing website, also bid farewell to its readers at the end of October.
Will there be more unexpected shufflings and shutdowns in the media industry before the end of the year? It's certainly possible — and that's an uneasy feeling.
Update: It looks like GQ wasn’t the only style pub to cut ties this week. StyleCaster laid off two senior-level staff, Rachel Adler and Samantha Lim, on Thursday. Adler was with StyleCaster for seven years, climbing the ranks to become beauty director. Lim, who’s been with the website since 2014, served as the creative projects director, overseeing features, events and branded content.
StyleCaster Editor in Chief Jessica Teves provided the following comment:
"StyleCaster, under the corporate umbrella of SheKnows, is committed to bringing in top-tier talent and delivering the smartest content and digital experience to consumers and advertisers. As part of this, we have welcomed four new editors over the last several months, as well as former Style.com publisher Matt Rice. We are thrilled to announce an upcoming relaunch in January, and excited about the new direction we’re taking the brand."