Layoffs, firings, shutdowns, and other forms of downsizing in the media industry are nothing new, but the pace seems to be picking up speed. Or perhaps it’s just something that comes in waves; and if so, we are in the middle of a big one. Whatever the case may be, there seem to be more announcements every day, and there are fears Facebook’s recent decision to de-emphasize news on the platform could accelerate the damage.
Just a day after CJR wrote about the difficulties some foreign journalists are having with selling their freelance reporting, the director of the International Reporting Project at the public-policy foundation New America announced the project is shutting down, effective next month. The IRP has funded reporting for more than two decades in over 115 countries. No reason was given for the decision.
Meanwhile, significant layoffs are underway at Digital First Media, a chain of newspapers, many of which are in California, that includes The Orange County Register. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists expressed its “sadness, frustration and dismay” at cutbacks at the company’s Southern California News Group. “People often complain about unresponsive, unaccountable local government and vanishing local news is a large part of why this is able to occur,” SPJ wrote.
More cuts have also come to The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper, with 11 staffers losing their jobs, in the
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