California Sunday Magazine, the ambitious publication inspired by the culture of the western United States, has ceased publication and laid off 11 employees, according to a statement by the Pop-Up / California Sunday Guild.
The move came after the Emerson Collective, a philanthropic and policy organization headed by Laurene Powell Jobs, decided to pull funding from California Sunday after five years, returning it to an independent company.
Neither the magazine nor the Emerson Collective offered an explanation for the split, though the latter released a brief statement: “In August, Emerson Collective and Pop-Up agreed to a mutual separation that included an additional substantial contribution from Emerson Collective to allow Pop-Up to operate independently and do so without oversight or control by Emerson Collective.”
Douglas McGray and Chas Edwards launched California Sunday in October 2014 with big ambitions. The goal was to produce long-form feature journalism, the sort that often happens