October 9, 2020

This article was originally published on April 6, 2020, and has been frequently updated since. It was last updated on Oct. 9. 

It’s getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now. But we have to. Here’s our attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs, and closures caused by the coronavirus’ critical blow to the economy and journalism in the United States. Please send tips. We’ll try to keep up.

In most cases, these entries link to previously reported stories. In some cases, where there are no links, we’re relying on tips to help show the full impact of this pandemic.

One more note: We haven’t figured out a way to track the loss of work for freelancers, but please read more about how the pandemic has hurt their livelihoods here.

Newspapers, weeklies and alt-weeklies

  • The Stranger in Seattle temporarily suspended print and laid off 18 staffers. “The Stranger has never had to do mass layoffs before, nor have we ever not put out our print edition, with the exception of the one week we skipped in 2017 when we reconceptualized the print edition as a biweekly.” (Also, read Joshua Benton’s collection of alt news in Nieman Lab. It’s extensive.)
  • The Portland (Oregon) Mercury announced it was temporarily cutting print and had temporarily laid off 10 staffers.
  • DigBoston suspended print publication. It resumed them in June.
  • Sacramento (California) News & Review, Chico (California) News & Review and Reno (Nevada) News & Review suspended print and laid off staff. They resumed monthly print editions in July.
  • Salaries were cut at the Phoenix New Times, Denver’s Westword, Dallas Observer, Houston Press and Miami New Times.
  • The Tampa Bay Times, which Poynter owns, laid off 11 journalists, noting the cuts were expected since February. On March 30, the Times reported it was eliminating five days of print and furloughing some non-newsroom staff.
  • Monterey County Weekly in California announced it had laid off seven employees. Three other staffers had salaries reduced, the CEO eliminated his salary and the publisher took a pay cut.
  • Texas’ San Antonio Current laid off 10 employees.
  • Riverfront Times in St. Louis laid off seven.
  • Shepherd Express in Milwaukee suspended its print edition.
  • The Pulse in Chattanooga, Tennessee, suspended publication.
  • CityBeat in Cincinnati, Ohio, had furloughs and pay cuts.
  • MetroTimes in Detroit laid off eight staffers. 
  • Creative Loafing in Tampa laid off seven employees.
  • Cleveland Scene in Ohio laid off five staffers.
  • Orlando Weekly laid off 13 people. 
  • And Oklahoma Gazette in Oklahoma City paused print publication.
  • Isthmus, a weekly in Madison, Wisconsin, announced it had to “go dark for an undetermined amount of time.”
  • The Fauquier Times in Warrenton, Virginia announced layoffs, reduced hours and furloughs.
  • And the Mountain View Voice in Mountain View, California suspended print temporarily.
  • Austin Chronicle in Texas went to an every-other-week print schedule.
  • Mountain Xpress in Asheville, North Carolina, laid off seven and had pay cuts.
  • The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus in Vermont laid off 20 employees and temporarily cut print down from five days to three.
  • The Durango (Colorado) Herald laid off five people from its news and advertising departments.
  • Trib Total Media in Pennsylvania combined two print editions and laid off staff.
  • Providence Business News suspended its print edition. It resumed print on Sept. 5.
  • In Vermont, Seven Days laid off seven employees.
  • The Times-Picayune/nola.com/The Advocate in New Orleans announced a temporary furlough of 10% of its workforce.
  • Valley News, which covers the Upper Valley region in Vermont and New Hampshire, announced layoffs, a cut in hours and pay.
  • Three Vermont weeklies, the Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun, had temporarily cut print.
  • The Warwick Beacon in Rhode Island cut one publication day to become a weekly and had eight layoffs, including the publisher.
  • Northampton, Massachusetts’ Daily Hampshire Gazette had layoffs, the suspension of Hampshire Life and the last print edition of the Valley Advocate until the end of April.
  • The 13-year-old Waterbury (Vermont) Record reported it printed its last edition.
  • RI Suburban Newspapers laid off employees, reduced the hours of others and cut publication days for the Narragansett Times.
  • Easy Reader News in Hermosa Beach, California laid off its entire staff, “returns to volunteer roots.”
  • Sound Publishing “which owns 43 titles across the state including the Everett Daily Herald and the Peninsula Daily News,” had layoffs and furloughs.
  • Hours were cut for “Tennessee-based Adams Publishing Group, which owns nine Washington papers, including dailies The Skagit Valley Herald and The Ellensburg Daily Record,” Khashimova Long reported.
  • Inlander in Spokane, Washington has layoffs.
  • Gannett had furloughs and other cost-cutting measures, including 25% pay reductions for executives. In June, Gannett announced that reporters and visual journalists at its local papers and USA Today would be exempt from furloughs.
  • The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, announced it’s cutting print on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Henrico Citizen in Henrico County, Virginia, announced it was stopping its twice-monthly print edition for April “and possibly beyond.”
  • The Daily Herald in Illinois cut pay.
  • And the Palo Alto Daily Post in California switched to a four-day-a-week printing schedule.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives.
  • The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin, announced furloughs and pay cuts.
  • East Oregonian reported its parent company laid off 47.
  • The San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly announced cuts in hours and pay to staff.
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser furloughed and cut hours for some staff. The Star-Advertiser also cut its Saturday print edition
  • 22nd Century Media, which published community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs, went out of business.
  • Atlanta Magazine laid off six staffers.
  • Left Hand Valley Courier in Niwot, Colorado dropped print and is going online.
  • Pamplin Media Group, which owns the Portland Tribune and other community newspapers, had about 40 layoffs, 20 from newsrooms. It also cut employee hours by 60%.
  • Alden Global Capital’s MediaNews Group had layoffs and furloughs. Newsrooms include The Denver Post, the Boston Herald and several in California. San Jose Mercury News Guild tweeted “the entire sports staff of The Mercury News and East Bay Times are being furloughed.” There were also furloughs and layoffs at the 11 newspapers that make up Southern California News Group.
  • The Philadelphia Public Record announced it was going on hiatus on April 2. 
  • On April 4, the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, California told readers it was moving to a five-day-a-week print schedule.  The Appeal-Democrat told Poynter it laid off three positions (one was open) and hours were reduced by 20%.
  • The Jessup (Georgia) Press-Sentinel had cuts in hours and pay.
  • The Dallas Morning News had pay cuts. Pay was then restored for people making $60,000 or less, which makes up more than half the company, Poynter has learned.
  • The Rural Messenger in Haven, Kansas, told Poynter five staffers have been furloughed and it’s temporarily dropped print.
  • The Paducah Sun in Kentucky told readers that it’s dropping its Saturday print edition “for the foreseeable future.”
  • The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington announced it’s dropping its Saturday print edition “for the first time in more than a century.”
  • Forum News Service reported layoffs and the end of Monday and Friday print in its “more than two-dozen newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.”
  • Shaw Media told subscribers that it’s cutting some print. Shaw also had layoffs and furloughs, Poynter learned.
  • In Iowa, The Oskaloosa Herald and The Daily Iowegian stopped Thursday publication.
  • The Provo (Utah) Daily Herald stopped printing its Sunday edition.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. Tribune newsrooms include the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. It also had furloughs.
  • The Daily Clintonian in western Indiana stopped publishing and closed.
  • Landmark Community Newspapers, which owns publications in 12 states, had a cut in hours.
  • Aspen (Colorado) Daily News furloughed reporters.
  • Boulder Weekly furloughed some staff and cut freelancers.
  • The Anniston (Alabama) Star had one layoff, one early retirement and that one employee stepped down.
  • The Los Angeles Times had furloughs and pay cuts.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local has newsrooms in nine markets.
  • LA Times that parent company California Times closed three community newspapers and laid off 14 staff members. “Final editions of the Glendale News-Press and the Burbank Leader are planned for Saturday. The La Cañada Valley Sun sets April 23, with its final issue.”
  • The Gloucester Daily Times announced it was cutting Tuesday and Saturday print.
  • On April 23, Eden Prairie News and Lakeshore Weekly News in Minnesota announced it will stop publishing.
  • On April 24, North Jefferson News in Gardendale, Alabama, announced it was merging with sister paper The Cullman Times.
  • Washington Times instituted 10% pay cuts and most freelance contracts were suspended, Poynter learned.
  • M Roberts Media, with six newspapers in Texas, cut Monday print editions and instituted temporary pay cuts for employees making $30,000 or more, Poynter learned.
  • The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania laid off three from the newsroom, Poynter learned, plus positions in pre-press, circulation and advertising. It also cut down to four days a week of print.
  • Jewish Week told Poynter that as a direct result of the coronavirus, it laid off two full-time employees and one part-time employee.
  • The (La Grande, Oregon) Observer reported layoffs from parent company EO Media Group.  “EO Media Group, the parent company of The Observer, Baker City Herald and 11 other newspapers across Oregon, announced on Wednesday it is laying off 47 employees.”
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees company-wide, Poynter has learned.
  • Sound Publishing in Washington state laid off 70 people in its Washington and Alaska newsrooms. Sound Publishing owns 49 newsrooms, and the layoffs make up 20% of its workforce. Sound also suspended four print publications in Kitsap County and reduced staff.
  • The Nashua (New Hampshire) Telegraph ended all but Sunday print.
  • The New Hampshire Union Leader furloughed 24 employees.
  • The New York Post had furloughs and laid off 20 staffers at the end of April. Three months later, in July, the Post cut 5% of its staff.
  • The Edmond Sun in Oklahoma told readers “effective May 6, The Edmond Sun will merge with our sister newspaper, The Norman Transcript.
  • CNHI, which has newspapers in more than 20 states, had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs.
  • Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, New Mexico had layoffs, Poynter learned.
  • The Elkhart Truth in Indiana had furloughs and a reduction in hours, Poynter learned.
  • Southern Community Newspapers Inc. had layoffs and pay cuts.
  • The Daily News in Galveston, Texas, cut down to five days of print.
  • The Facts in Clute, Texas, cut down to five days of print.
  • The Bolivar Commercial in Cleveland, Mississippi, closed at the end of April.
  • The Zionsville (Indiana) Times-Sentinel merged with The Lebanon Reporter and cut print from five days to three. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Pella (Iowa) Chronicle and The Oskaloosa (Iowa) Herald will merge. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Journal Express in Iowa will merge with The Oskaloosa Herald. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Janesville (Wisconsin) Gazette will stop printing on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Hastings Star Gazette, a weekly in Minnesota owned by Forum Communications Company, closed.
  • The Bulletin of Woodbury and Cottage Grove, a weekly in Minnesota owned by Forum Communications Company, closed.
  • Lake County News Chronicle in Two Harbors Minnesota, will publish its last issue on May 22. It is owned by Forum Communications Company.
  • The Daily Iowegan will merge with the Ottumwa Courier. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Zionsville Times-Sentinel in Zionsville, Indiana merged with the Lebanon Reporter. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Morehead News in Morehead, Kentucky merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Grayson Journal Times in Grayson, Kentucky merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Greenup County News-Times in Greenup, Kentucky merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Rushville Republican in Rushville, Indiana merged with the Greensburg Daily News in Greensburg. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Batesville Herald Tribune in Batesville, Indiana merged with the Greensburg Daily News in Greensburg. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Niagara (New York) Gazette cut down to five print days a week. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Forum (Fargo, North Dakota and Moorehead, Minnesota) will cut to two print days a week and use the mail to deliver the newspaper, eliminating carrier jobs and most of circulation. It is owned by Forum Communications.
  • NUVO, a 30-year-old alt-magazine in Indianapolis, closed. It later announced it would reopen as online-only.
  • The Duluth News Tribune will cut down to two print days a week. It will be sent via mail. Circulation and delivery jobs will be cut. It is owned by Forum Communications.
  • The Merkel (Texas) Mail closed. It started in 1890 and was locally owned.
  • Seven McClatchy newspapers will move out of their newsrooms and work remotely for the rest of the year. They are the Miami Herald, the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer, the McClatchy D.C. office, The State in Columbia, South Carolina, The Modesto (California) Bee, the Merced (California) Sun-Star and the San Luis Obispo (California) Tribune.
  • The De Smet News in De Smet, South Dakota closed, and The Lake Preston Times in Lake Preston, South Dakota closed. But community volunteers took over and combined them to create the Kingsbury Journal.
  • The Glasgow Daily Times in Glasgow, Kentucky told readers it was going online only and closing its building. A newsroom staffer tweeted that staff had all been terminated. It is owned by CNHI.
  • Mineral Wells Index in Mineral Wells, Texas closed. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Kokomo (Indiana) Tribune will cut down to five days of print a week. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Seattle Times will have a cut in hours and pay.
  • Gannett closed the Edinburg Review and the Valley Town Crier in McAllen, Texas.
  • Wayne County Outlook in Kentucky converted to digital only. It is owned by CNHI.
  • C-ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Virginia laid off one third of its staff.
  • The Honolulu Star-Advertiser announced it would cut 29 positions. After an agreement with the guild, it cut 12.
  • The New Sharon (Iowa) Sun will close on June 18. It is owned by Mid-America Publishing.
  • The Keota (Iowa) Eagle will close June 17. It is merging with The News-Review. Both are owned by Mid-America Publishing.
  • The Independent-Enterprise in Payette, Idaho will close on June 24. It is owned by Wick Communications.
  • The Argonaut, a weekly in California, laid off staff.
  • San Diego City Beat, an alt-weekly, has paused publication.
  • The Minneapolis Star Tribune has had four days of furloughs in both quarter two and quarter three for newsroom and non-newsroom employees, excluding production plant employees and fleet drivers, the Star Tribune told Poynter.
  • Bay Area News Group, which includes The Mercury News in San Jose and the East Bay Times in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, had four layoffs. It is owned by Alden’s Media News Group.
  • The Chicago Reader will now print every two weeks instead of weekly.
  • M Roberts Media cut several positions in a restructuring, including the editor of the Longview (Texas) News-Journal and the editor of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate.
  • The New York Times cut 68 jobs, mostly in advertising.
  • The Elkhart Truth in Indiana laid off a reporter, an editor and a position in advertising, Poynter learned. It is owned by Paxton Media Group.
  • The Press & Journal in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, published its final edition on July 3. It was 166-years-old.
  • The Boston Herald, which is owned by MediaNews Group, had a second round of layoffs. About half a dozen were cut in the first round.
  • The Washington Daily News in Washington, North Carolina cut down to printing twice a week.
  • The Suwannee Democrat in Live Oak, Florida, The Jasper News in Jasper, Florida, and The Mayo Free Press in Mayo, Florida, all merged with the Valdosta Daily Times in Valdosta, Georgia. They’re owned by CNHI.
  • Miami Herald is closing HCP Media, a custom publishing subsidiary focused on travel and tourism. It cut 19 jobs. The Herald also cut 12 jobs in advertising. It is owned by McClatchy.
  • McClatchy laid off 84 staffers who’d previously been furloughed.
  • MLive Media Group closed its Grand Rapids printing facility, resulting in the loss of 71 jobs. It is owned by Advance Publications.
  • The Staten Island Advance is selling its building, moving to a new one and its press operations will be consolidated with other papers in New Jersey. It is owned by Advance Publications.  
  • The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, laid off four people, Poynter learned.
  • The Great Falls Tribune in Montana shut down its printing press, ending 21 jobs. It will print in Helena. It is owned by Gannett.
  • The Chillicothe Gazette in Ohio will move out of its building in September. It is owned by Gannett.
  • The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia is laying off its four-person copy desk. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • Community Impact Newspaper, which has publications in several communities, laid off 21 people, Poynter has learned. It closed its Atlanta and southwest Nashville editions, and before that the Las Colinas-Valley Ranch-Coppell edition in the Dallas metro area.
  • North Jersey Jewish News closed. It was 74 years old.
  • Mid-Atlantic Media, which contracts with Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia, laid off one person from that newsroom and reassigned another to a different newsroom, Poynter learned.
  • Tribune Publishing is closing several newsroom buildings, including the (Annapolis, Maryland) Capital Gazette; the (Westminster, Maryland) Carroll County Times; the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel; the New York Daily News; and The (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Morning Call.
  • The Washburn County Register in Shell Lake, Wisconsin will close at the end of September. It’s owned by the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association.
  • GFR Media in Puerto Rico laid off 85 people in a reorganization.
  • The Bennington (Vermont) Banner will cut its Monday print product.
  • The Roanoke Times will lay off 10 people from its copy desk. The Times is owned by Lee Enterprises, which is consolidating design work.
  • Mount Vernon (Ohio) News, which was locally owned, was sold to Metric Media LLC, cut down to two print days a week and took down its paywall online. The new owner has been criticized for “‘political messaging’ and that they are ‘partisan outlets masquerading as local news organizations.’”
  • The Tama (Iowa) News-Herald and Toledo (Iowa) Chronicle merged, creating The Tama-Toledo News Chronicle. It is owned by Ogden Newspapers.
  • The Gladbrook (Iowa) Northern-Sun Print and the Reinbeck (Iowa) Courier merged, creating the Sun Courier. It is owned by Ogden Newspapers.
  • The Traer (Iowa) Star-Clipper and the Dysart (Iowa) Reporter merged, creating the North Tama Telegraph. It is owned by Ogden Newspapers.
  • The (Lynchburg, Virginia) News & Advance laid off five people. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Fredericksburg, Virginia) Free Lance-Star laid off one person. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch laid off at least five people. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Charlottesville, Virginia) Daily Progress laid off two people. It will lay off its four-person copy desk in October. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Newport News, Virginia) Daily Press will permanently close its office. It is owned by Tribune Publishing.
  • The (Greensboro, North Carolina) News & Record laid off at least five people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal laid off seven people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • News Corps will start printing the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Barron’s at The New York Times’ plant in Queens. The move could cost as many as 400 people at the current plan their jobs.
  • Three copy editors took buyouts at the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Gannett.
  • The (Palm Springs, California) Desert Sun will close its printing plant and move production to Phoenix. About 36 people will lose their jobs. It is owned by Gannett.
  • The Tulsa (Oklahoma) World laid off 10 people. It previously laid off seven from its design desk. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Casper (Wyoming) Star Tribune laid off one person. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Omaha (Nebraska) World Herald laid off two people. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Scottsbluff (Nebraska) Star-Herald laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Grand Island (Nebraska) Independent laid off one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Bloomington, Illinois) Pantagraph laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Decatur, Illinois) Herald & Review laid off one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • Capital Newspapers in Madison, Wisconsin laid off at least one person, Poynter has learned. It is co-owned by Lee Enterprises and The Capital Times Company.
  • The Philomath (Oregon) Express closed and laid off one person. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Quad-City (Iowa) Times laid off at least one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Jewish Advocate in Boston has suspended publication.
  • The (Bamberg, South Carolina) Advertizer-Herald is closing. It’s owned by Trib Publications. At least seven people were laid off.
  • The Holly Hill (South Carolina) Observer is closing. It’s owned by Trib Publications.
  • The Santee (South Carolina) Striper is closing. It’s owned by Trib Publications. A total of two people were laid off from the Striper and Observer.
  • The St. Louis Post Dispatch eliminated a digital sports editor position, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Roanoke (Virginia) Times laid off two editors. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Glens Falls (New York) Post-Star laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Missoula, Montana) Missoulian laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) Sentinel laid off one person and eliminated two open positions, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Union (South Carolina) Times closed. It is owned by Champion Media.
  • The Sioux City Journal laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer is closing its printing plant, which will result in the loss of 500 jobs. The Inquirer will contract production with a Gannett newspaper in New Jersey.

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Digital media

  • BuzzFeed cut employee pay, cut AM to DM, its morning news show. Eight people lost their jobs, and had furloughs of some staff. BuzzFeed News staff also took pay cuts and will implement a workshare plan to prevent further furloughs.
  • VTDigger, a nonprofit digital news site in Vermont, announced its first three layoffs since launching 10 years ago.
  • Vice cut some pay and stopped 401K matching and promotions.
  • The Outline laid off its staff.
  • Bustle Digital Group laid off two dozen staffers and implemented pay cuts, according to Sara Jerde in AdWeek.
  • G/O Media, which includes sites such as Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root and The Onion, laid off 14 employees.
  • Group Nine laid off 7% of staff. Group Nine publications include The Dodo, Thrillist and NowThis.
  • The Hill was implementing pay cuts.
  • Altice’s i24 and Cheddar had layoffs. On April 24, J. Clara Chan reported for The Wrap that Cheddar shut down its Los Angeles studio.
  • Vox furloughed more than 100 people for three months.
  • Protocol had layoffs.
  • The Skimm cut 20% of editorial staff.
  • Curbed Atlanta, a Vox Media newsroom, will stop publishing for three months. Its editor was furloughed.
  • Quartz will lay off 80 employees.
  • Vice will lay off 55 people in the U.S. and 100 outside the U.S.
  • Playboy laid off its editorial staff.
  • Microsoft laid off 50 journalists in the U.S.
  • The Athletic laid off 46 people.
  • “Numerous editorial staffers” at SB Nation took buyouts.
  • The Weather Company had dozens of layoffs. Its publications include Weather.com and Weather Underground.
  • Atlas Obscura laid off 15, including five in editorial, the company confirmed to Poynter.
  • Vox Media laid off 72 people, including from the editorial departments of Curbed and SB Nation.
  • G/O Media laid off another 15 staff from its video department.
  • Bleacher Report laid off at least 10 people. It is owned by Turner Broadcasting.
  • The Poynter Institute laid off one person on the administrative staff.
  • Bloomberg Industry Group, which publishes Bloomberg Law and Bloomberg Tax, laid off 21 people.
  • Digital Trends in Portland laid off 17 people.
  • California Sunday Magazine will stop publishing online, and 11 people from that publication and Pop-Up Magazine will be laid off.
  • CNN has closed Great Big Story, a streaming video hub. Up to 30 people could lose their jobs.

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Magazines, city magazines

  • Washingtonian magazine laid off fellows and had 10% pay cuts.
  • Time Out group suspended print editions of 40 city magazines.
  • San Diego Magazine laid off nearly its whole staff.
  • D Magazine in Dallas reported layoffs and salary cuts.
  • Maven Media Brands, which operates Sports Illustrated, had layoffs and pay cuts.
  • CQ Roll Call laid off 30 staffers.
  • Condé Nast had pay cuts, furloughs and potential layoffs. It publishes magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. Layoffs did follow.
  • Valence Media had layoffs. It owns trade magazines, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.
  • Fortune Magazine had layoffs and pay cuts.
  • Meredith, which owns magazines including People and Entertainment Weekly and 17 local TV stations, had pay cuts.
  • San Diego Home and Garden closed. It was 41-years-old.
  • The Atlantic laid off 68.
  • Outside Magazine had furloughs and pay cuts.
  • California Sunday Magazine will go online only.
  • Pittsburgh Magazine laid off most of its staff.
  • Cruise Travel magazine closed.
  • Scalawag Magazine will cut its print product.
  • Metro Corp. laid off eight employees and furloughed another 13 at Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine combined.
  • American Media, LLC, which publishes magazines including US Weekly and inTouch, laid off about 20 and had pay cuts in April. It’s now merging with Accelerate 360 LLC and becoming A360 Media. In September, it furloughed staff.
  • Meredith Corp. laid off 180 people, 130 from its local media group, which includes broadcast, and 50 from its national media group, which includes People and InStyle magazines.
  • Entrepreneur Magazine didn’t publish its June edition due to the pandemic. It also laid off two people since the pandemic began.
  • Ladue News, a lifestyle magazine in St. Louis, Missouri, laid off at least one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • Essence Magazine furloughed staff.
  • Condé Nast has reversed earlier pay cuts.

Kristen Hare covers the transformation of local news for Poynter.org and writes a weekly newsletter on the transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can subscribe here. Kristen can be reached at khare@poynter.org or on Twitter at @kristenhare.

Correction: The Hendricks County Flyer was included erroneously on this list. It closed before the pandemic, in May of 2019. An earlier version of this story reported the weekly papers in Vermont, the Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun, had layoffs. That is incorrect, they just temporarily cut print. Also, one mention of the Daily Progress in Charlottesville bungled the name. We apologize for the errors, they have been corrected.

Update: We’ve removed one item from this list –The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer announced it would cut 22 newsroom employees because it was announced before the coronavirus hit. According to the AP, “The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland has been reduced as an organization to little more than the name atop its front page after owners laid off 10 of its remaining 14 union journalists.”

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