Friday, January 27, 2023

Journalists spooked by a new wave of layoffs in the US

America.- CNN, Vox Media, Washington Post, Marked by a new wave of boreal cold layoffs in the media Americans amid a bleak economic climate and declining advertising.

“I’m part of a group fired by @NBCIvestigates (NBC) (…) I’m going to miss it, but I appreciate the time I spent here,” says Emily Siegel, who didn’t want to provide more details following this tweet published on Wednesday.

Like him, many journalists in the newsroom of NBC, MSNBC Group or CNNhas taken to social media to announce its layoffs last month.

on Friday, Employees of Vox Media, which owns Vox, The Verge, SBNation and since 2019 of the prestigious new york magazineThe same email was received from President Jim Bankoff, announcing the “difficult decision to cut approximately 7% of our staff across all departments,” including the newsroom, “due to the difficult economic environment.”

“15 minutes”

affected employee According to the email, about 130 of the 1,900 received a second message “15 minutes later” with the decision.

Many announced their anger or frustration on social networks, such as Meghan McCarron, a journalist for “nine and a half years” for the specialty restaurant portal Eater, who was fired when she was “37 weeks” pregnant. vox media explained to AFP that the group offers “competitive allowances”, ie, extra weeks in case of close maternity leave.

Although the layoffs are not the same as those at big tech companies like Google, which announced 12,000 job cuts on Friday, the US media is also hit by “plunging advertising revenue and a downturn in the economy”, tells AFP’s Chris Russo , is Professor of Journalism and Dean of the School of Communication at Quinnipiac University (Connecticut).

“Many developed and developed in the hope of increasing their audience to certain levels. They did not succeed and there is little chance that they will succeed in an economic context,” he added.

less reporter

Newsroom employment has declined in the United States.114,000 to 85,000 journalists are leaving between 2008 and 2020, according to a study by the Pew Research Center in 2021. The fallout is high in the local press.

“Journalism has been under pressure for a long time and some companies feel it is the right time to reduce labor costs,” laments the Writers Guild of America East, which represents unions. NBC and MSNBC, At the two outlets, which did not respond to an AFP request, 75 employees have been fired, according to US media.

Fred Ryan, director of the Washington Post, had already announced in mid-December that the layoffs would take place in the first quarter of 2023, without specifying how many.

The editorial staff of the newspaper, owned since 2013 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, learned on Christmas 2022 of the end of the Sunday supplement, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in 2008 and 2010.


In December, the CNN According to US media it may have laid off several hundred employees, data not confirmed by the chain. They took place within the framework of the reorganization after fRelationship between WarnerMedia (CNN, HBO Max) and DiscoveryWhich produced streaming giant Warner Bros. Discovery.

In April, the group shut down its CNN+ streaming service just a month after it was launched.

After years of declining viewership and competition from pay-cable-TV customers and platforms like Netflix, says Naveen Sarma, director at S&P Global Ratings, “these companies are continuing to struggle to stand up.”

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For Chris Russo, media like CNN or the Washington Post “will not disappear, but a smaller company will have problems because it is not well established as a media brand,” he explains. And he specifically cites BuzzFeed, which laid off 12% of its staff in December, or Vice Media, whose general director, Nancy Dubuque, on Friday announced plans to sell her employees to the group.

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