A series of massive layoffs and uncertainty about the future of the medium.
With an email, Conde Nast announced the integration of Pitchfork to the magazine GQ. A decision that, in the words of Anna Wintour, “was taken after long consideration of the performance of Pitchfork”, added to this a series of massive layoffs and the departure of its editor-in-chief. He knows the details.
Magazine Pitchfork will be restructured as part of GQ, both acquired by the publishing group Conde Nast. Although it was stated that the magazine will continue publishing, for its workers it is a short or medium term statement, putting their jobs and the permanence of their jobs at risk. Pitchfork.
News: In a note to staff, Condé Nast announces that Pitchfork is being moved under GQ. pic.twitter.com/8NzvtYKFLB
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Added to this was that its editor-in-chief, Puja Patel, resigned from her position after the announcement of this decision, and she was not the only one, different employees of Pitchfork They reported on social media a series of massive layoffs: ending the careers in music journalism of many of their editors. Conde Nast He added in his notice that it is “the most beneficial path to continue with music coverage.”
Pitchfork was a key medium for independent music journalism, from its creation in 1996, until its acquisition by the group Conde Nast in 2015. Being recognized by music journalism in the United States as a unique platform, which began the careers of various generations of journalists.