Oct
16
2009
Veteran Scribe John Hawkins Victim to Conde Firing Squad
By Stephanie Wei under General

The dismal news broke on Thursday morning that Conde Nast let go “at least ten sales staffers at Golf World” with little warning.

A tipster told Gawker:

The company “basically gutted [Golf World] and [is] merging the sales and marketing team with Golf Digest.”

But according to an industry insider, the layoffs hit the editorial team, too — John Hawkins, an award-winning senior scribe at Golf World, was ousted after 12 years of star service. The source called it “shocking” and said Hawkins was “a powerhouse guy, well-respected and talented.”

Unfortunately, Hawkins’ fate reveals the grim realities in the shrinking industry. Who’s next on the guillotine?