We didn’t want this to be true, so we kind of hesitated in reporting it, but Robin Givhan, a Pulitzer-prize-winning fashion journalist for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, has been laid off. Givhan confirmed the cut with Journal-isms (via The Grio) over the weekend writing, “Sad to say that yes, it is true. Quite the ‘Merry Christmas.’ . . . I’m in New York as we speak doing book research and happily following up on any new career opportunities.”
Givhan won her Pulitzer in 2007 while working with The Washington Post. She left after reported disagreements with the Style editor in 2010. She was with the paper for 15 years. She joined Newsweek at the tail-end of the magazine’s 80-year run. It will be moving to an all-digital format next year. Givhan is one of a series of layoffs as the magazine expects to lose $22 million.
The media industry, particularly print outlets, have been in turmoil for the past few years as audiences increasingly turn to the real-time coverage of social networks like Twitter and online outlets like The Daily Beast. Even for venerated outlets like The New York Times, making money through the traditional advertising business model has been difficult, with layoffs happening throughout the industry.
Givhan spoke with our friends on StyleBlazer this summer for an episode of “How I Made It.” Check it out here.