Tribune's experiment with a glossy lifestyle magazine aimed at high-income Southern Californians is over. Staffers at Distinction were told that next Friday is their last day. Today they are busy shipping the May/June issue (which, curiously, I'm told has a little piece on me—no wonder they didn't make it.) Michael Peņa of Crash is on the last cover. No word yet on the fate of editor Holly Palance and the rest of the staff. They are still doing the meetings with HR.
Distinction is the magazine that began in the Los Angeles Times advertising department and later moved into Tribune hands, but it was based in the Times building. Tribune's financial stresses are also featured today in a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal that speculates about selling off parts of the company. (link via Romenesko).