• ESPN has announced the layoffs of 300, network president Jimmy Pitaro said in a memo to staff, USA Today Sports reported Nov. 5. Also, 200 open jobs won’t be filled.

• WSJ. Magazine is lowering its print editions to 12 to eight, WWD reported Oct. 23.

• The New York Times has partnered with creative agency Droga5 and media agency Hearts & Science on a Snapchat augmented reality lens, Adweek reported. The lens is part of the Times’ “The Truth Is Essential” campaign.

• Insider has purchased a majority stake in Morning Brew, a startup that deals in business newsletters and podcasts, Axios reported.

• San Francisco Chronicle owner Hearst extended offers of voluntary buyouts to staff Oct. 20, the paper reported.

• Michael Bloomberg may take his media business public through a company run by hedge fund manager and billionaire Bill Ackman, The New York Post reported Oct. 20.

• Batavia Newspapers started offering digital subscription models on Nov. 1 for its two papers, The Daily News in Batavia and The Livingston County News in Geneseo (both in New York), the Livingston County paper reported.

• The Williston Observer (Vermont) has new owners. Paul and Marianne Apfelbaum have sold the paper to Susan and Rick Cote.

• The Pilot(Southern Pines, North Carolina) has bought Walter, an arts and culture magazine covering Raleigh, from McClatchy.

• Southwest Journal (Minneapolis) says its final issue will be out Dec. 24. The publication blames COVID-19. The paper has been looking for a buyer for the Southwest Journal and its two magazines, Minnesota Parent and Minnesota Good Age.

• The Rantoul Press (Illinois) stopped publication with its Sept. 30 issue, the paper says. Community Media Group bought the paper in 2019.

• The Nation magazine has done a redesign.

• The weekly Philomath Express (Oregon) is ceasing publication. Mid-Valley Media Group owns the paper.

• California Sunday Magazine is stopping publication and will cut staff, the LA Times reported. Two years ago, its publisher, Pop-Up Magazine Productions, was bought by Emerson Collective, founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs. Emerson Collective also took majority ownership in the Atlantic.

• Santa Cruz’s Good Times (California) weekly has bought the Press-Banner from Tank Town Media.

• Detroit-based Outlier Media has decided not to finalize a merger with the MuckRock Foundation.

• The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg and The News & Advance in Lynchburg (Virginia) have laid off workers, Virginia Business reported Sept. 14. Two editors, a designer and two circulation clerks have were cut at The News & Advance. The Free Lance-Star’s digital editor said that he was laid off as well. Last week Virginia Business reported that at minimum five newsroom employees at the Richmond Times-Dispatch were being laid off. Sister papers Greensboro News & Record and Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina) also saw at least five layoffs, Triad Business Journal reported. Lee Newspapers owns the papers.

• The Detroit Jewish News is becoming a nonprofit news organization, the paper announced. The paper is being hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus, it said.

• Hilton Head Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Editor and President Brian Tolley announced in September that McClatchy would voluntarily recognize their union, according to the NewsGuild. It’s is the first voluntary recognition by a McClatchy paper in recent years, says the guild.

• Hedge fund Alden Global Capital plans to boost its stake in Tribune Publishing as soon as Jan. 1, 2021, according to internal company documents obtained by DFMworkers. org, says the NewsGuild.

• Windy City Times, a Chicago-based LGBTQ newspaper, moved to a digital-only format beginning in October, the paper announced.

• The Daily Republic (Fairfield, California) stopped its Thursday and Saturday print editions beginning on Sept. 17 and Sept. 19, the paper announced. McNaughton Newspapers owns the paper.

• Capital Newspapers has stopped print production of the Reedsburg Times Press (Wisconsin). Capital Newspapers is based in Madison and owned by Lee Enterprises and The Capital Times Company.

• Starting Oct. 6, The Herald-Whig (Quincy, Illinois) is using the U.S. Postal Service for home delivery. With the change, The Herald-Whig will become a morning newspaper. Quincy Media owns the paper.

• The Mores family has sold the Harlan Newspapers (Iowa). Louie Mullen, owner of Blackbird, is the new owner of the business.

• The Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota) went to six-day print starting Oct. 10, the paper announced. The paper will stop printing a Sunday edition. The Saturday edition will be the biggest paper of the week. Lee Enterprises owns the paper.

• The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and its parent company, WEHCO Newspapers (Little Rock), have bought The Pine Bluff Commercial, the paper announced.

• The Witness (archdiocesan newspaper in Dubuque, Iowa) put out its final issue Oct. 4.

• California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that gives a one-year extension for papers to comply with California’s new gig-worker law.

• The Union Times (Union, South Carolina) published its final edition on September 30.