News broke today that (almost) the entire editorial staff of Los Angeles-based GOOD Magazine has been fired.
Just last night was the launch party for the magazine's latest issue featuring, somewhat ominously, articles on the theme “Migration.” Among those laid off were executive editor Ann Friedman, senior editor Cord Jefferson, lifestyle editor Amanda Hess, business editor Tim Fernholz, managing editor Megan Greenwell, and associate editor Nona Willis Aronowitz. We are awaiting confirmation that education editor Liz Dwyer and assistant editor Zak Stone will be staying on.
Departing staffers tweeted their farewells:
Thanks all for the love and headhunting. Peace to the edit team. Exciting new things TK. That's what creative destruction is all about.
— Tim Fernholz (@TimFernholz) June 1, 2012
A sanguine conclusion. Best year of my life. So much love for my brothers and sisters. Now, cervezas in the sunlight and big plans. Holla.
— Cord Jefferson (@cordjefferson) June 1, 2012
It's been an impossibly tough day.
— Dylan C. Lathrop (@unequaldesign) June 1, 2012
i am alone and despondent in an airport! livin' the cliche.
— Amanda Hess (@amandahess) June 1, 2012
— Wylie Overstreet (@overstweet) June 1, 2012
…GOOD's own Twitter account meanwhile, remained oddly silent on the issue:
— GOOD(@GOOD) June 1, 2012
We've reached out to founder Ben Goldhirsh for comment about what these changes mean for GOOD, and will update as information becomes available.