Local news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist were shut down yesterday by owner Joe Ricketts. The decision comes one week after the New York offices of the company voted to unionize, and will affect 115 employees. In a post on the website, Ricketts wrote that while he was proud of his reporters for covering “tens of thousands of stories that have informed, impacted and inspired millions of people . . . DNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business, and businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure.”
Condé Nast is ending the print edition of Teen Vogue, and will be reducing the print frequency of several other magazines. At least eighty jobs will be cut as part of publisher-wide cost-cutting measures.
Novelist Andrew Durbin has been hired as the senior editor for the Americas of Frieze magazine.
Julianne Moore has signed on to play Gloria Steinem in the film adaptation of Steinem’s memoir, My Life on the Road.
Flatiron has announced the title and publication date of former FBI director James Comey’s upcoming book. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership will be released next May.
Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo looks at the rift between the Wall Street Journal’s reporters and opinions writers. Although the paper’s news staff aren’t usually bothered by the editorial page’s more conservative views, Pompeo writes that the latest articles into the Trump campaign’s connection to Russia, particularly the Journal’s call for Robert Mueller to resign, has left some news writers frustrated. “We could disprove half the stuff [the opinion writers] are saying if they just read our own reporting,” said one anonymous reporter. “It’s like living in some alternate universe.”