Monthly archives: July, 2019

Staff exodus at San Francisco Magazine beats promised layoffs to the punch

first_imgOver the past several years, San Francisco Magazine has, consistently, told some of the best-researched, best-written, and most compelling stories in this city. Sadly, its own story appears to be far less compelling — and more sadly typical of all things print media.Staffers were informed last Thursday that a number of them will soon be laid off. This comes on the heels of the magazine’s freelance budget, in the last year alone, dropping by more than one-third. It will likely soon drop further still.San Francisco Magazine purportedly spends three times as much money to put out its publication than other titles in the vast Modern Luxury chain do — and management has told local staff that it aims to bring San Francisco’s expenses more in line with the rest of the chain’s products.Modern Luxury publishes scores of titles across the nation (including Silicon Valleyand San Francisco magazines locally). You can peruse its myriad offerings here. And, in doing so, it quickly becomes clear why San Francisco Magazine outspends its sister publications.The chain’s other city magazines are not news-oriented operations; last month many — if not most of them — featured identical stories about doe-eyed Friday Night Lights heartthrob Kyle Chandler with different photos on the cover. Others featured identical stories about BlacKkKlansman heartthrob John David Washington, with different photos on the cover.San Francisco Magazine is the outlier. Its October coverboy is the not-quite-doe-eyed Gov. Jerry Brown, and its cover story is a deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked valediction of Brown’s complex and contradictory legacy. This month’s edition also features deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked stories about the internecine holy war at Glide Memorial Church; 98-year-old local dance pioneer Anna Halprin; and an analysis of San Francisco’s intricate District 6 supervisorial race.With no disrespect to Kyle Chandler or John David Washington, these are locally relevant, complicated stories about locally relevant, complicated subjects. Your humble narrator was, from 2015 to 2017, a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine and, I can assure you, the lengthy flowchart depicting the mag’s editorial process resembles the operations manual at a nuclear power plant.Deep research and painstaking fact-checking take time.And time is money.Phone calls to San Francisco Magazine publisher Paul Reulbach and Modern Luxury editorial director Stephanie Davis Smith — the media contact listed on a recent Modern Luxury press release — were not returned as of press time. But even without Modern Luxury management explicitly saying as much, it seems there’s an equation at play which will produce a desired result: Less freelance money + fewer in-house people on an already depleted editorial staff = more content of the Chandler/Washington variety.Under former editor Jon Steinberg, San Francisco Magazine won national acclaim — and multiple awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. The magazine is big and glossy and beautiful and filled with cringe-worthy, high-end advertisements — but, for quite some time now, its news stories have been of the highest caliber, and nobody who deigned to follow San Francisco goings-on could ignore it. Just a few recent highlights: Katia Savchuk on a jailed immigrant’s yearslong incarceration; Walter Thompson’s minute-by-minute recounting of the 1966 Bayview uprising through the eyes and voices of first-hand sources; Gary Kamiya’s masterful reporting on San Francisco’s homeless crisis; and an entire special issue about this city’s injection-drug epidemic — a fantastically difficult and thorough in-house effort (that required the staff to actually procure Mexican black tar heroin. And led them to win a National Magazine Award for it.).The purpose of last Thursday’s meeting at San Francisco Magazine was to announce the hiring of Steinberg’s successor: Jason Sheeler. He was, until recently, the style director at Departures, “the luxury magazine published exclusively for American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders,” as the aforementioned Modern Luxury press release describes it. Sheeler, the press release continues, “will infuse more of his keen eye for style and design into the publication.”With, again, no disrespect for Sheeler, the message being imparted here does not make it appear likely that future endeavors for San Francisco Magazine will include subjects like impoverished, jailed immigrants, deep dives into the lives of San Francisco’s oppressed communities of color, or thorough and serious examinations of rampant homelessness and drug use.Sheeler is slated to start Oct. 8. And best of luck to him. Because even if he desired to do all of the above, he’d have to do it with far less money than even a short while ago, and far fewer staffers. I was, full disclosure, laid off from the magazine in 2017 due to cost considerations; Kamiya was this year jettisoned, also for cost considerations. The current staff consists of about 10 full-time-equivalent employees. Any losses on a staff this small are significant — and the impending departures may be significant indeed.After six and a half years at San Francisco Magazine, former editor Steinberg left in August to take a creative director position at Epic Digital. Regarding the magazine, he said, “I knew the writing was on the wall in the first part of 2018 when I had to slash our editorial budget by one-third — and that included laying off our executive editor, Gary.”Steinberg claimed that Modern Luxury management repeatedly informed him that San Francisco Magazine was profitable — but not profitable enough. It was not clearing the margins the chain would have wished.“I hate to say it — and they can certainly prove me wrong — but I think the days of hard-charging, deeply reported, stylishly written, well-produced magazine journalism are dead in San Francisco,” Steinberg continued. Modern Luxury “doesn’t have a desire to support it. Even if it made them money for many years. And continues to.” Earlier this month we wrote that San Francisco Magazine was primed to be gutted and redirected away from in-depth news coverage. And, last week, that happened.On Thursday, ahead of promised staff reductions, four staffers gave notice or out-and-out walked off the job. A fifth staffer gave notice on Friday and, sources inform Mission Local, a sixth did so today. The magazine’s freelance budget, in the course of a year, has dropped by one-third and is poised to drop further still. With fewer in-house personnel and less money to pay outside freelancers, it’s a near-foregone conclusion that the magazine will in the future feature more of the shared content from the Modern Luxury chain, which is par for the course among Modern Luxury city magazines.Suffice to say, this content is not the sort of in-depth, deeply reported, fastidiously fact-checked content that won San Francisco Magazine multiple National Magazine Awards in recent years — nor is it even locally focused.Last week, in what appears to have been an uncoordinated move, articles editor Ian Stewart; associate editor Lindsey Smith; senior editor Scott Lucas; and style and design editor Erin Feher all gave notice on Thursday. Following an interchange with incoming editor Jason Sheeler, Feher says she was “inclined to pack up my desk and leave,” adding “I imagine it was a pretty shitty day for him, too.” Email Address Mission Local is told that photo director Jodi Nakatsuka gave notice on Friday and copy chief Lynn Rapoport gave notice today.Former staffers say the chain has flown in some manner of relief editor to help push out December’s edition. Calls to publisher Paul Reulbach and Sheeler have not been returned. Staffers say Sheeler is out this week, potentially handling the logistics of his move to San Francisco.Former editor Jon Steinberg told the Chronicle that his erstwhile colleagues were quitting ahead of layoffs, and also took the opportunity to bemoan San Francisco Magazine‘s increasing penchant for late payments to its freelancers and contract workers — which not infrequently are delinquent up to six months or more. Full disclosure: I was a San Francisco Magazine senior editor from May 2015 to June 2017, at which time I was laid off for what was described as a cost-saving move. Last week, Steinberg said, however, that Modern Luxury executives have long told him San Francisco Magazine was profitable — just not profitable enough.As both an editor and, later a freelancer, I personally experienced the problematic pay schedule. As an editor, it led to great frustration from freelancers and actively drove off potential writers from working with the magazine, despite the publication’s healthy pay rate of a dollar per word. As a freelancer, I did wait as long as five or six months for payment.With far fewer freelance dollars, with a troubled reputation for late payments, and with a new editor who comes out of a style and design background — and not news — it remains to be seen what manner of stories will be in January’s San Francisco Magazine (December’s stories are already assigned).Or maybe it doesn’t. As Steinberg told us earlier this month, “I hate to say it — and they can certainly prove me wrong — but I think the days of hard-charging, deeply reported, stylishly written, well-produced magazine journalism are dead in San Francisco,” Steinberg continued. Modern Luxury “doesn’t have a desire to support it. Even if it made them money for many years. And continues to.”That Oct. 3 article is pasted below:Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez.Former editor: “I knew the writing was on the wall.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

GET down to Saints Superstore or log on to wwwsai

first_imgGET down to Saints Superstore or log on to today to grab yourself a post-season reduction on Saints 2015 Replica Kit.Adult shirts have been reduced to £25 and Kids down to just £20.Most sizes still available but in very limited numbers due to the phenomenal success of this year’s Home and Away Kit.Shorts and Socks are also available again in limited supply too.Grab yourself a Saintly Saving!last_img

JUNIOR Memberships are the best way to get your mi

first_imgJUNIOR Memberships are the best way to get your mini Saint involved with the greatest game.We have a fantastic reputation for investing in our young players and this extends to our junior fans!Renewals are FROZEN in all stands and Membership starts from just £50 – that’s as little as £3.33 per home game with a top 4 finish!They also offer unbeatable value to gain access to all First Utility Super League regular home games, as well as up to 15 Saints away games.That’s up to 29 games in total for less than the cost of some computer games.Early bird Memberships start from £61 too and like renewals, fans receive a whole host of exclusive benefits including 50 per off Magic tickets and the chance to win a trip to State of Origin in 2017.Our Junior Members also have the chance to walk out with their heroes – our matchday mascots are selected from the Membership.To find out more log on to or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052.Remember, the renewal deadline for all Memberships is Monday October 31.last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgCaptain Roby was rested in the win over Catalans last weekend, whilst Makinson missed out due to a back problem and Knowles was suspended after picking up a one match ban the previous week, but all three senior figures return to the squad ahead of Sunday’s clash in Hull.Youngsters Aaron Smith, James Bentley and Joe Batchelor are the three that make way in what must have been a tough decision for Holbrook given the impressive showing against Catalans last week.Matty Costello retains his place after picking up a hat-trick as does Jack Welsby who impressed at full back. Adam Swift is also included again, despite the return of Makinson, whilst Holbrook has the luxury to choose from three halves with Danny Richardson, Theo Fages and Jonny Lomax all named.Luke Thompson, Mark Percival and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook are still out with injury.St.Helens 19 man squad:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 23. Lachlan Coote 24. Matty Costello, 29. Jack Welsby.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Hull KR 19 man squad:2. Craig Hall, 3. Ben Crooks, 4. Jimmy Keinhorst, 5. Ryan Shaw, 7. Danny McGuire, 8. Robbie Mulhern, 9. Shaun Lunt, 13. Weller Hauraki, 17. Chris Atkin, 19. Junior Vaivai, 20. Danny Addy, 21. George Lawler, 22. Ryan Lannon, 23. Kane Linnett, 24. Josh Drinkwater, 25. Will Oakes,  31. Adam Rooks, 33. Harry Bardle, 34. Antoni Maria.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints had to battle for their 22-16 victory and Holbrook admitted he was happy to progress in what was a “very tough” game. Despite not being able to kick clear of the Giants, Holbrook was pleased with how his side controlled the game.“I am happy to get the win, but obviously a very tough game and that is what the Challenge Cup does. It puts everyone on a level playing field and everyone wants to get to Wembley and Huddersfield had the same plan as we had. We expected a tough game and we got it.“We would have liked to have finished them off, but the ruck was the slowest I have ever seen so that made it very difficult, but look it was just a hard game and the pleasing thing was we couldn’t quite kick clear and finish them off, but we controlled the game and that is what I have said a number of times this year..“The second half we couldn’t kick away, but on the whole we controlled the game. We were only six points ahead and it never felt comfortable, but the way we were playing and obviously some of our last plays we need to improve on, but generally we were in control of the game and that was the most pleasing thing. One is to win the game and two we controlled it quite well. ”Saints have been drawn at home to Wakefield in the quarter final of the Coral Challenge Cup and Holbrook is expecting another tough encounter.“It’s another tricky game, like today. They are really capable of playing really well and they can always test any side in the competition so it’s another tough game.”last_img read more

3 2 1 Cutest memory made at Lake Linda Christmas Lights

first_img It’s a countdown this kiddo will never forget.“This will be the first year we have a special grand opening,” Tonia Register said. Tonia and her husband create a massive holiday display each year called Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights.“When we found out about Kayleigh and all the special stuff she goes through,” Tonia said. “She’s just too adorable so we decide this year normally we just cut em on and ok come through when you want to but we decided we wanted to do something special for her.”Related Article: First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender CountyThey did. Each year organizers of the Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights show in Pender County put out holiday decorations galore and flip the switch for all to enjoy.This year Kayleigh Andrews got the honor.“I hope like a lot of people are here and I hope they like it,” she said of the big event.Organizers even made Kayleigh a special elf outfit and a new dinosaur light display with a blue bow for juvenile arthritis. It’s a condition she is lives with along side her service dog, Bailey. “He’s the best, my best friend.”  And her best friend was there as the crowd began a countdown that will forever be a memory to Kayleigh and her favorite place to visit during the holidays.It’s a community continuing their tradition with something a little extra special this year. Merry Christmas, Kayleigh, and everyone who made opening night at Lake Linda’s in Hampstead one to remember.Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights is located at 218 Old House Road, Hampstead NC 28443. It is free to go through the lights, but you can donate a toy for Toys for Tots.Video of Kayleigh turning on the lights is courtesy of Tonia Register. HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Over the Thanksgiving weekend, some magic happened in Hampstead. We told you about a special 6-year-old girl who lives with juvenile arthritis earlier this month and how a community was creating a memory for her. Today we take you to it.“This is a special Christmas for me,” she told WWAY’s Jenna Kurzyna earlier this month.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Is housing actually affordable in the Cape Fear Area leaders discuss topic

first_img They had guest speakers to share statistics and tips from other areas on how to handle our problem.Coalition Chair Paul D’Angelo says Wilmington is a destination and a place where people want to live. However, that can create issues when it comes to affordable living.“Naturally that is going to drive up costs,” D’Angelo said. “That’s going to drive up housing costs, but when you have a tourism economy and perhaps an economy where a lot of people are retiring, it creates service sector jobs. Those don’t pay great. They pay $8 an hour, $10 an hour, $12 an hour, so until we can see those wages rise, we are going to have an affordable housing issue here in Wilmington.”Related Article: UNCW students return for another fall move-inD’Angelo says the Cape Fear Housing Coalition is partnering with UNCW in March for the Poverty Conference where they will be talking about wages and housing. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Affordable housing in the Cape Fear is a topic that brought dozens of community leaders and elected officials together Thursday morning in Downtown Wilmington.The Cape Fear Housing Coalition holds an annual legislative breakfast to update the community on affordable housing in the area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NCDOT crews brine roads ahead of possible winter weather

first_imgNCDOT brine roads ahead of winter weather (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may have seen NCDOT trucks out today ahead of possible winter weather Wednesday.Division 3 DOT officials say they were brining the roads to prepare for any possible threat of winter weather in our area. They say brine is being spread across bridges and overpasses in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Further north, Pender, Duplin, and Onslow counties are getting brine on the roads as well.- Advertisement – The brine is a mixture of salt and water that keeps the snow from adhering to the road.The DOT is monitoring the track and says they will move resources to the areas impacted by the storm.Click here for the latest weather forecast.last_img read more

Mojotone expands in Burgaw creates new jobs

first_img “I think we had maybe 20 people to 62 now. So it’s been a pretty exciting ride,” Guitar Parts Manager David Shepherd said.The company already tripled employment while creating new jobs for music lovers.“Records are being made with stuff I have a hand in getting out. So it’s pretty neat,” employee Chris Millard said. “I’ve always said if I couldn’t make my money playing music then I wanted to make my money making these guys. So it’s kind of a dream.”Related Article: Man arrested following high-speed crash in Pender CountyMojotone sells equipment across the nation and in Europe.“We’ve done stuff for you know Rush, Green Day, ZZ Top. You name it we’ve probably done something for these guys,” Shepherd said.Rep. David Rouzer (R-7th District) said the expansion is a true demonstration of the American dream.“It’s a great example of commitment and drive and the American spirit,” Rouzer said. “It’s gonna create more jobs, bring more jobs to the community, increase the tax base, and help raise the standard of living for those folks who are employed here.”The Town of Burgaw, Pender County, Wilmington Business Development, and Four County Electric Membership Corporation among others helped make this expansion possible.“It’s a reflection of all the great partnerships in this area. A lot of people coming together to make it work and to help the community,” Rouzer said.Mojotone has operated in Pender County since 2005 but outgrew its last facility.The company has an additional 40,000 square-feet in the back of the building which they plan on using to create even more jobs in the future. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The sweet sound of new jobs could be heard this afternoon in Pender County as Mojotone got a major upgrade.Mojotone is a company that makes components for electric guitars, amplifiers, and sound systems. Dozens of people including staff, local and state leaders were there as the company held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new 40,000 square-foot home in Burgaw.- Advertisement – last_img read more