In late August, the fashion industry was rocked by the announcement that Condé Nast was selling Fairchild Fashion Media, the company that puts out Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News, to Penske Media Corporation. It appeared that Penske was trying to make a name for itself as the leader in trade publications — it also owns Variety, making WWD a great addition to the company’s roster. Plus, Fairchild was selling for $500 million less than what Condé Nast bought it for back in 1999 — a great deal for the folks at Penske.
As with any major change in management, Fairchild is about to go through staff and logistical shakeups. Racked reported that Penske is encouraging the paper to be a little more critical in its coverage and now it looks like the publication is scouting a ton of new staffers to fit that model. In today’s issue of WWD, there is a full page ad from Fairchild announcing that it is hiring for several staff positions — 37 to be exact.
“We’re hiring,” it reads at the top of the ad in bold white lettering against a black background, adding, “Yes, you read this correctly,” just in case you didn’t believe the paper the first time.
WWD is looking for a deputy fashion editor, reporters in both New York and Los Angeles, a Europe editor for Footwear News, a social media director and several other positions. We’re not sure if this means there will be some people at WWD and Footwear News who should watch their backs, but the assumption is for a mass hiring like this one, there may be some people let go.
Anyway, if you’re looking to work at WWD, now’s the time to send in your resume.