The Wall Street Journal is pulling the plug on its Greater New York section, which focused on local news, effective July 9. The section, which currently employs eight journalists, was launched in 2010. Those employees will “have the chance to apply for other jobs,” according to an internal memo from Journal editor-in-chief Matt Murray. The WSJ is also launching two new sections. Life & Work, which it says will be staffed by more than 60 journalists, will focus on education for personal lifestyle choices related to the economy, and “Speed & Trending,” which will cover breaking news.
Condé Nast agrees to a contract with unionized employees at The New Yorker, tech platform Ars Technica and music website Pitchfork, ending over two years of negotiations and averting a threatened strike. In addition to placing a cap on healthcare cost increases and formalizing a 40-hour workweek, the contract also mandates that employees can only be fired for cause. The contract is the first labor agreement made by Condé Nast in the company’s history. At The New Yorker, it covers copy editors, fact checkers and designers, but not the magazine’s writers. Negotiations are still going on between Condé Nast and the unionized employees at Wired.
Former first son-in-law Jared Kushner has signed a book deal with Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Broadside says that Kushner’s book, which is scheduled to be published in early 2022, “will be the definitive, thorough recounting of the administration—and the truth about what happened behind closed doors.” It also noted that Kushner was a key player "in the administration's most significant accomplishments." The New York Post’s Keith Kelly writes that “more importantly, perhaps, for a publisher, [Kushner] and first daughter Ivanka Trump were also reportedly urging Trump as early as November 9 to concede the 2020 election to Joe Biden.” Kushner is just one of several Trump administration vets writing books. Ex-vice president Mike Pence is working with Simon & Schuster, and Post Hill Press planning to release former ex-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s “For Such a Time as This: My Faith Journey through the White House and Beyond” in December.