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More on the latest EE Times layoffs

Posted on | May 30, 2008 | 2 Comments

The latest count, from multiple sources, is seven in the EE Times cuts at TechInsights. After some initial mixed messages I’ve confirmed that longtime EE Times, TechWeb and CMP stalwart Tim Moran was the top editor on the list, notified yesterday in Manhasset. Tim was editor of EE Times.com and played a decades-long role in developing web strategies and content for EE Times and TechWeb, stretching back to November 1994 when Times first launched online.
In addition, Tim Shannon, webinar project manager for TechOnline, TechInsights, and EETimes was let go.
One of the others unnamed in yesterday’s post who is leaving of his own accord is Brian Carlson, who held various web-development roles over the years at EE Times and lately had most of editorial reporting to him. He’s moving to CIO.com.
So what does it all mean when an organization loses three web-focused people, especially when information is moving online? (George Leopold continues to run the online news operation out of D.C.) It could simply be that the center of gravity for that work moves from Manhasset. (TechInsights CEO Paul Miller and I kicked around the idea perhaps three years ago). TechInsights, through acquisition (How Machines Work, which is now TechInsights Studio), has an emerging development center in Chicago. The West Coast is not unaccustomed to building all things Web. We’ll see.
To see old colleagues lose jobs or move on — especially people you’ve worked with for a long, long time — is tough. In a lot of the B:B shifts or downsizings in recent years, you have to wonder why bigger cuts weren’t made and more dramatic moves made. But then again, we’re in an era of fundamental media changes. Old Media is not collapsing, but it’s certainly evolving and budgets shift or reduce gradually.
Print remains a big question for B:B publishers. Frequency, which has been on the table for more than two years, gets another look as page counts shrink. Two years ago, the mantra was “biweekly is the new weekly.” Perhaps it’s time. That’s a difficult calculus in electronics, though, when subscriber re-ups are more robust than ever.
What about online though? The big challenge that B:B publishers face today is that the Web has become widgetized. This is a major change that few people have begun to grasp. B:B publishers in general are still in Web 1.0 land when the world is moving past Web 2.0.
That’s the ominous news; the good news is that marketers are just beginning to think about it as well, so publishers have a small window to get out in front of this and lead again.
As we lament the past, we also look forward what rabbits TechInsights, or Hearst or Reed or Penton have up their sleeves.
Never a dull moment in publishing, eh?
P.S. In yesterday’s post I quoted EET Publisher David Blaza as saying no editors were laid off. He was texting at the time at probably meant no “other editors” in addition to the one I’d mentioned to him in a note.

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2 Responses to “More on the latest EE Times layoffs”

  1. Kerri
    May 30th, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

    I start my new job 23 June. 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    June 27th, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    Why all the layoffs only to rehire again?

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/sls/732152544.html

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