This database shows media layoffs caused by the coronavirus

The work from the Tow Center collects months of data

September 9, 2020

The graphics of 2020 are grim ones — flattening the curve of the coronavirus, watching it spread, seeing jobs disappear.

Now, we have another — what the pandemic has done to newsrooms in the U.S.

Thanks to the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, we can now see the places and mediums hit by cutbacks, layoffs, closures and more.

The searchable database, published today by the Columbia Journalism Review, was built by Pete Brown, senior research fellow at the Tow Center, and Gabby Miller, a research fellow with the Journalism Crisis Project.

Poynter continues collecting changes caused by the coronavirus, including pay cuts, layoffs and closures.

Six months into the pandemic, we’re still updating those lists almost daily.

Kristen Hare covers the business and people of local news for and is the editor of Locally. You can subscribe to her weekly newsletter here. Kristen can be reached at or on Twitter at @kristenhare.


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