I can confirm that I have left Bloomberg News. That’s all I’m going to say for now.
— Mike Forsythe 傅才德 (@PekingMike) November 19, 2013
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:
Not sure how to put this so here goes: Bloomberg is cutting arts coverage, including books, so today was my last day there.
— Laurie Muchnick (@lauriemuchnick) November 18, 2013
Bloomberg News ended its culture coverage today. Godspeed to all my great colleagues.
— Jeremy Gerard (@jbgerard) November 18, 2013
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:
Highly unwelcome news: I was just laid off from Bloomberg News. It's been quite a ride.
— Rich Jaroslovsky (@richjaro) November 18, 2013
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.