One day after a series of shakeups hit Condé Nast publications Self and W, Hearst is reportedly set to make changes of its own throughout several of its women's-focused titles. On Friday, Business of Fashion reported that the media giant will combine the beauty, fashion and entertainment departments at five magazines — Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Redbook, Woman's Day and Good Housekeeping — effective in January. No word on the extent of the consolidation, or whether staffers should expect layoffs. A spokesperson for Hearst did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
As print editions continue to struggle, this decision to downsize and merge departments across titles has become commonplace within the industry's largest publishing houses. In September, Condé Nast brought in strategic advisory firm MediaLink for guidance on restructuring the company, and in October, Chief Executive Bob Sauerberg announced plans to share company resources across the fields of copy/research teams, editorial, creative, business and technology. And at the end of last year, Condé Nast "aligned" Teen Vogue (now publishing quarterly) with Vogue, and combined the business and operational teams of Self (which will publish its last print issue for February 2017) and Glamour. Meanwhile, at Time Inc., titles were recently grouped into four thematic groups, each of which is spearheaded by its own editorial director.
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