Heads Rolling at ‘Rolling Stone’ With Round of Layoffs

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NEW YORK, NY -- Looks like heads are rolling at iconic music magazine Rolling Stone. That's because its parent company laid off more than a dozen staffers Wednesday.

Wenner Media owns not only Rolling Stone but Us Weekly and Men's Journal.

One of the most notable cuts from the magazine is former senior writer David Fricke. He will still contribute as a freelancer.

But one of the names most noticeably absent from the guillotine is deputy managing editor Sean Woods. He's most famous for overseeing the 9,000-word article, A Rape on Campus. The piece was written in 2014 about a rape at the University of Virginia that turned out to be false.

And as if layoffs aren't enough to worry about, the print industry now has something else to take issue with, Apple. Publishers are criticizing an email they received from the tech giant about their yet-to-be released News app.

The email lets participating publishers know that if they don't want their RSS feeds included in the news app they must reply “No”.

It basically forces publications to follow suit or get the boot. And with layoffs already looming over the industry, there's not much of a choice.

Only time will tell if magazines will be able to flip the page into the future.

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