Mike Forsythe leaves Bloomberg, as do others

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Bloomberg News reporter Mike Forsythe said on Twitter Tuesday he had left Bloomberg News.


Forsythe was a reporter on a story about China that Bloomberg News decided not to publish. The company maintains that story and another are still active.

Bloomberg undertook an unrelated round of layoffs Monday, shrinking its arts staff in particular. Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler told employees “the company was scaling back its art coverage and eliminating the Muse brand under which it was presented,” Christine Haughney reports. “It will stop covering sports matches and focus more on sports stories that intersect with business.”

Some of the affected arts journalists announced their departures on Twitter:

The company says it will “continue to cover the arts, but with an emphasis on luxury,” David Ng reports in the Los Angeles Times. “Muse editor Manuela Hoelterhoff said separately in an email that she is staying with the company, but will work in a different capacity, with more time for writing commentary and other articles.”

In an email to Poynter a Bloomberg spokesperson said the company wouldn’t comment on how many people lost their jobs.

Tech columnist Rich Jaroslovsky also said he got laid off:

Two in investigations went, too, Chris Roush reports: Elliot Blair Smith and Charles R. Babcock. Chris Burritt, who covered tobacco companies from Greensboro, Congress reporter Tim Homan, and Detroit bureau editor Bill Koenig are leaving as well, Roush writes.

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  • PhelpsHawk

    Isn’t it inspiring to see such commitment to facts from journalists? This somewhat reminds me of the decision by Columbia Journalism School a few years back to make major interviews on campus off-the-record. We do take care of our own.