The entire editorial staff of Out Magazine is being laid off but some may be hired back under a new business arrangement for the monthly gay lifestyle publication, editor Aaron Hicklin said Wednesday (18 April).
The US-based magazine is the sister publication to The Advocate and is owned by Here Media which bought the titles in 2008. Here Media has struck a deal with Hicklin to continue running the magazine under a new company he has founded called Grand Editorial.
'Grand Editorial will include familiar faces and core talent from Out,' Hicklin said in a statement. 'It’s no secret that the media landscape is changing rapidly, and I think our talent will find this new approach both more flexible as well as empowering.'
Hicklin told CapitalNewYork.com that there will be no reduction in the frequency of the magazine, no major changes to its content, and that the change is 'not a cost-cutting measure.'
He said he plans to offer long-term contracts at Grand to 'most' of his 12 laid off Out editorial employees. These jobs will not offer full-time salaries of benefits.
Hicklin joined Out as editor in April 2006, after serving as editor BlackBook for three years.
Joe Landry, senior vice president and group publisher of Here Media, told CapitalNewYork.com: 'The media landscape is a rapidly evolving. I’m confident that the model we’re utilizing will offer us the best opportunities to remain competitive. We continue to have complete confidence in Mr. Hicklin and his team, most of which will continue to work with him on the Out brand as he adds new staffers to continue to grow and evolve the brand.'
While Out is available on newsstands, The Advocate – the national gay and lesbian news magazine founded in 1967 – is now only available in a package subscription deal that also includes Out.
Advocate editor Matthew Breen said on Facebook that the changes at Out will not impact his magazine: 'Though we're sister publications, The Advocate magazine will continue publishing under its current structure – no changes.'