Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus

We're updating this list almost daily

June 2, 2020

This article was originally published on April 6, 2020, and has been frequently updated since. It was last updated on June 1. We’ve also cut dates and other details, which you can find in the related links.

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 using relying on tips to help show the full impact of this pandemic.

Newspapers, weeklies and alt-weeklies

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Digital media

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Magazines, city magazines

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Correction: 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. We apologize for the error, it has 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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