Deep cuts were made at Rogers Media on June 14, when the company announced it was reorganizing its digital content and publishing team.
About 75 full-time staff were laid off as a result of the changes. “These decisions are very difficult,” said Andrea Goldstein, senior director of communications at Rogers Media, in an emailed statement. “We recognize the meaningful work by our colleagues and thank them for their contributions to the business and for sharing their distinctive voices with our audiences.”
Goldstein said that all Rogers publishing brands will continue to operate, and that the changes will not impact the frequency of print issues or quality of content.
In addition, Steve Maich, senior vice-president of the digital content and publishing, and Lianne George, editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, resigned their positions. According to Goldstein, Maich left the company to “pursue his true passion – journalism.”
“Throughout his extraordinary 14-year tenure at Rogers Media, Steve Maich has left an indelible mark on all those who have had the pleasure of working with him, and all the loyal readers who have enjoyed his writing,” said Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, in a statement. “Steve touched so many parts of our Publishing business – he won National Magazine Awards recognizing his exceptional writing for Maclean’s; he redesigned and relaunched Canadian Business magazine; he built Canada’s first national sports magazine from the ground up; and spearheaded the sale of Texture Canada to Apple. I want to thank Steve for his vision, passion, integrity, friendship, and the tremendous influence he has had on his team and all of us at Rogers Media.”
Sarah Trimble, formerly senior director of digital marketing, has been appointed vice-president of digital content and publishing.
Earlier this month, George won Editor Grand Prix at the National Magazine Awards.
It's with a heavy heart that I've decided to leave Chatelaine and Rogers. It's been the greatest joy to work for this publication, and with this wonderful, big-hearted group. I know the team will continue to do great things.
— Lianne George (@liannegeorge) June 14, 2018
Here are some of the Rogers Media staffers who were laid off today. This post will be updated with more names as they are confirmed. To submit a name or tip, please email J-Source’s managing editor H.G. Watson at email@example.com.
As you may have heard, many people were laid off from Rogers Media this morning. After four years, I no longer work at Chatelaine so I'm suddenly available for all your writing, editing or fact-checking opportunities 🙋🏻dianattduong (at)gmail(dot)com
— Diana Duong (@dianaduo) June 14, 2018
After 4 (unofficial) yrs, today was my last day at @FLAREfashion @Chatelaine. I’m going to miss working with the AMAZING teams but looking forward to the #SummerofErinn! Please contact me for all of your fashion & beauty writing and styling needs @ firstname.lastname@example.org 💓
— Erinn Stewart (@erinnstew) June 14, 2018
Today was my last day at Rogers. I loved working with my @FLAREfashion family and will miss my talented colleagues at @Chatelaine. Going away for a few days, but will get back to deep investigative celebrity journalism when I return. Email me for any writing or editing needs ❤️
— Laura Hensley (@LolaHensley) June 14, 2018
After a round of layoffs across Rogers Media this morning, I no longer work for Maclean’s. If you need a writer/producer/editor for a video project or know of any video opportunities shoot me an email at krista(dot)a(dot)hessey(at)gmail(dot)com
— krista hessey (@krishessey) June 14, 2018
It was fun while it lasted! Thank you @macleans for an amazing time! We took video to another level and I am so proud of the work we did @krishessey @angelynsayshi. That said, we’re#hotoffpress #forhire
— Elizabeth Palmieri (@Lizrrd) June 14, 2018
Man, you don’t realize how much stuff your work desk accumulates in just shy of six years until you’re suddenly forced to clean it out in one fell swoop. It’s been a slice @Chatelaine.
In related news, a super-organized managing editor is available for hire (hint, it’s me!).
— Laura Brown (@lf_brown) June 14, 2018
Hi & tx for your patience all those who’ve kindly reached out. I, too, have been affected by these cuts, though they may be slightly delayed for me (tbd & personal). Grateful to @liannegeorge & the entire team for this dream gig. I’ll miss working w such lovely & talented people. https://t.co/vIf83YJGN9
— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld) June 14, 2018
Belated layoff tweet: Yesterday was my last day at Maclean’s. I was at Rogers for 11 years, and I was extremely fortunate to work with so many talented people. I know my former colleagues will continue to produce outstanding journalism.
— Joe Castaldo (@Joe_Castaldo) June 15, 2018
Then the layoffs happened, myself and so many wonderful, smart, talented colleagues were let go from Rogers Media.
— Mandy Milks (@mandymilks) June 15, 2018