Staff massacre at Good magazine

good-mag-cover-summer2012.jpgOn Thursday night, Los Angeles-based Good threw a party at Atwater Crossing for its latest issue. The next day, executive editor Ann Friedman and at least five other editors got the axe. "GOOD appears to be exploring a community-based publishing system with a public beta site described as 'a platform for 21st century citizenship' that includes aggregation (GOOD Finder) and a tool for mobilizing locally (GOOD Maker)," Poynter's MediaWire reports. Good is the magazine launched here in 2006 by Ben Goldhirsh, at the time the 26-year-old son and heir of Inc. magazine founder Bernie Goldhirsh.

"Executive Editor Ann Friedman, who was named to her post in March 2011, Managing Editor Megan Greenwell, Senior Editor Cord Jefferson, Lifestyle Editor Amanda Hess, business editor Tim Fernholz and Associate Editor Nona Willis Aronowitz are among the people who’ve lost their jobs," Poynter says.

Friedman hasn't yet been heard from on her various personal web presences: on Twitter, her blog or her Tumblrs LadyJournos and #realtalk from your editor. Good posted on its Twitter feed: "Today was a big & difficult one. We lost great people as we evolve our platform to better serve you. Stay tuned, #GOOD things are ahead."

On Thursday, Fishbowl LA's Pandora Young enthused about the party in Atwater. "We haven’t seen the new issue, but we can tell you Good throws consistently good parties," she posted. Late Friday she observed, "the bulk of the Los Angeles-based magazine’s editorial staff was laid off today...how can they publish without a staff?"


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