The Washington Business Journal reported that “all but a handful of the two dozen or so current positions will be eliminated within the next four to six weeks, with TBD.com employees eligible to apply for eight available jobs, said the employee who asked not to be identified.”
TBD Editor Erik Wemple told Washington City Paper that “TBD will become a niche site on arts and entertainment” and that it will have a “big new presence” on WJLA.com.
Though there hasn’t yet been an official announcement about whose jobs will be eliminated, some staffers have been tweeting about the news and their search for a new position.
Social Media Producer Mandy Jenkins tweeted, “I quit my job & moved 500+ miles for an experiment I was pretty excited about. Now I’m looking for work again. Oh journalism, you slay me.”
Community host Daniel Victor expressed similar sentiments: “Soooo…who’s hiring these days? I hear wonderful things about the job market.”
Here’s a look at the brief history of TBD, which launched six months ago.
Oct. 29, 2009 – Albritton to hire dozens for new D.C. site
Brady: ‘You can’t take 10 people and create a local site as a business’
March 29, 2010
Brady: There is money to be made on mobile
April 15, 2010 — New hires announced for D.C. site, including community engagement team
Brady: New D.C. site to rely on 3 things for delivering news on every block
April 22, 2010 — Editor Erik Wemple comes up with TBD
Allbritton’s new D.C. news site now has a name
Aug. 9, 2010 — TBD.com launches
Aug. 17, 2010
TBD iPhone app launches
Nov. 5, 2010 – Jim Brady, TBD part ways
Brady: Multiple, minor disagreements led to resignation
Dec. 1, 2010 — TBD ends ad sales for blog network
TBD was serving ads on about 25 percent of 200+ local blogs (Lost Remote)
Dec. 14, 2010
TBD team describes what “engagement” means to them
Feb. 9, 2011 – WJLA takes over TBD
General Manager Bill Lord becomes responsible for website
Feb. 16, 2011 – WJLA’s Bill Lord explains TBD decision
Lord on TBD’s future: ‘We need to be more cost conscious, and we need more page views
Feb. 23, 2011 — Most TBD jobs to be eliminated
Report: Dozens are laid off
Julie Moos contributed to this report.