Layoffs/buyouts/staff cuts

Al Jazeera America journalists built a site to help co-workers find their next job

Shortly after news dropped that Al Jazeera America was shutting down, journalists on its digital team started a side project. "The Best of Al Jazeera America Digital" showcases the work of journalists there who will soon be unemployed. The site, which is hosted independently, is at least the third high-profile example of journalists helping each … Read More

One journalist's journey from ESPN to shining shoes

Screengrab from the Jeff-Bradley.com post about the sportswriter's out-of-work life. For the bulk of his professional life, Jeff Bradley has spent his summers at a Major League ballpark. He had high-profile beats covering baseball for ESPN The Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger. But last summer was different. Struggling to make ends meet ever since being let go by the … Read More

What's behind this fall's wave of layoffs and buyouts?

Mid-September to mid-November brings changing leaves and football but also rampant newsroom downsizing, and this has been an especially cruel season. Just last week saw 46 layoffs to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and the Philly.com website plus deep cuts at National Geographic. That's not counting the 75 in process at the Los Angeles Times … Read More

Veteran sportswriters struggle to come to terms with being laid off by New York Daily News

Filip BondyFilip Bondy started hearing rumblings last Wednesday that the New York Daily News was making massive cuts. Despite generating high-quality work during his 22 years on the sports staff, he knew everyone was vulnerable. "I didn't wait for the call," Bondy said. "I called them and asked, ‘Am I still working there?' [The person on the other end] … Read More

Big cuts coming to L.A. Times, likely other Tribune papers amid tumult

The Los Angeles Times newspaper buildings, where cuts are expected. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Significant newsroom cuts are being planned at the Los Angeles Times one week after the ouster of its publisher. The company is looking to reduce editorial expenses by about $10 million and the cuts could amount to 80 positions, according to an executive from Tribune Publishing, which owns … Read More

Newspaper industry lost 3,800 full-time editorial professionals in 2014

The American Society of News Editors annual newsroom census, released this morning, found that job losses accelerated in 2014, falling by more than 10 percent in a single year. The net job loss of 3,800 brings the total number of news professionals to 32,900 -- with additional losses clearly taking place so far in 2015.  That total is down just … Read More

Opinion: Journalism companies are dead. Long live journalists.

We’ve talked endlessly about the future of journalism. It’s time to talk about the future of journalists. The Orange County Register’s new owner thought the way to turn the paper around is through better reporting to lure new and former readers to a revived product. He has since stepped away from managing the paper. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) … Read More

What journalists should know before taking a buyout

Buyouts have become commonplace in the journalism industry. For instance, The New York Times announced it was requesting 100 voluntary buyouts last year and the Chicago Sun-Times announced earlier this month it plans to cut 22 percent of newsroom staff through buyouts and layoffs. Experts say there are things journalists should consider before signing a buyout or severance agreement with … Read More