Entertainment Weekly lost eleven staffers Wednesday, including four editorial. My old Premiere colleague Christine Spines is out at the West Coast office. What's telling is that she specialized in writing features, something the magazine isn't interested in running anymore, as their stories get shorter and shorter and they waste their best writers on chasing celeb news online. It's rare to see a feature longer than 1800 words; more are in the 800-word range.
Spines will do fine on the magazine feature circuit. (Check out this Babel story as an example of what we no longer see in EW.) But if the magazine continues to head in the direction of USA Today, why buy the print edition?
Also gone from the LA bureau: TV writer Alynda Wheat. And from the NY office: Mark Bernardin and Christine Fenno, who edited the Must List.