Stephen Adler, the president and editor in chief of Reuters, announced during a staff conference call this morning that the news service will be cutting around a five percent across the board in editorial. Read More
MSN Movies told longtime writers that they no longer had jobs in an especially harsh way. Kent Laird, the editor of Microsoft Entertainment’s movie blog, sent a mass email to the many writers, editors and reviewers who freelanced steadily for the site, informing them that the freelance budget had been cut completely.
“Unfortunately, I am writing you to let you know that effective 10/1/2013 our freelance budget has gone away entirely,” Mr. Laird wrote in an email obtained by IndieWire. “I wish I could say it’s been lowered substantially and we’d just be reducing the work we are doing, but to be honest, it has been taken away and is at $0 for the remainder of the fiscal year.” Read More
On Wednesday, nearly a third of the journalists at Cleveland’s main daily newspaper, The Plain Dealer, were laid off.
The Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild Local 1, the sector of the Communications Workers of America union which represents workers in The Plain Dealer’s newsroom, told The Observer that either 47 or 48 people lost their jobs, leaving only 110 employees left in the newsroom. Although the union declined to release their names, an unofficial “PD Hit List” has circulated online. Read More
First, it was The Ann Arbor News that faced the cost-cutting buzzsaw. Then The Birmingham News, New Orleans’s Times-Picayune and Cleveland’s Plain-Dealer. And today, Advance Publications—the media conglomerate that owns a few dozen regional newspapers, the web site Reddit, and the magazine empire Condé Nast—is gutting The Oregonian, the Portland area’s d0minant daily newspaper.
The Oregonian, like the other Advance papers hit before it, will be transformed from a daily newspaper into a website and a scaled-down print paper that will only be delivered four days a week—Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It will also lay off a bunch of print reporters, all of whom are currently meeting with executives to find out who will get axed. The Oregonian, as such, will cease to exist, replaced by the “Oregon Media Group.”
The new company will run OregonLive.com and The Oregonian starting on October 1. Read More
The New York Post is eliminating 13 full-time positions, editor in chief Col Allan announced today in an email to the newsroom. The news comes in advance of the expected June 28 News Corp split, when the book and newspaper assets will separate from the more lucrative TV and film properties. The shakeout is expected to be rough.
“As we continue to strengthen the business of the Post, and as part of the staff reduction initiative announced a few weeks ago, I am writing to let you know that we will be eliminating 13 full-time positions today throughout the organization,” Mr. Allan wrote in an email to the newsroom, which was first obtained by Jim Romenesko. “We have already contacted those who will be departing, and I want to express my sincere thanks for all of their contributions to the Post.” Read More
We knew this day would come. The Village Voice has made good on its threats and fired three longtime writers: nightlife columnist Michael Musto, theater critic Michael Feingold and food critic Robert Sietsema. Last week, which was particularly devastating for New York media, two top Village Voice editors–Will Bourne and Jessica Lustig–resigned rather than lay off five writers, as Read More
End of an Era: J. Hoberman is Out at the Village Voice, Staffers Mourn Former Critic and Labor Leader’s Departure
The Village Voice‘s longtime chief film critic and an institution at the paper, J. Hoberman, is out, his tenure ended by Village Voice Media as yet another in a long, ongoing series in staff reductions at the paper. The reactions from fellow staffers and among his contemporaries have been swift and unilateral in their disappointment and sadness. Read More
The bad news keeps coming at the New York Daily News. Another two staffers have been let go, and the rumor is that there are more to come. Read More