An updated list of newsroom closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is getting worse day-by-day. Many newsrooms have closed down, workers are being furloughed, employees are losing their jobs and many are facing increased pay cuts.
In an attempt to keep up with the closures, Poynter has compiled an updated list as to which newsrooms have closed, laid off employees or furloughed.
Newspapers, weeklies and alt-weeklies
- On March 9, The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer announced it would cut 22 newsroom employees.
- On March 13, The Stranger in Seattle temporarily suspended print and laid off 18 staffers.
- On March 14, the Portland (Oregon) Mercury announced it was temporarily cutting print and had temporarily laid off 10 staffers
- On March 18, the Tampa Bay Times, which Poynter owns, laid off 11 journalists, noting the cuts were expected since February.
- On April 2 and 3, newsrooms that are part of Alden Global Capital’s MediaNews Group learned of layoffs and furloughs.
- On April 6, Poynter’s Tom Jones reported temporary pay cuts at The Dallas Morning News.
- On April 6, TEGNA announced furloughs and pay cuts company wide.
- On March 25, Maxwell Tani reported for The Daily Beast that BuzzFeed was cutting employee pay.
- Also on April 3, Bustle Digital Group laid off two dozen staffers and implemented pay cuts.
- And G/O Media, which includes sites such as Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root and The Onion, laid off 14 employees.
Magazines, city magazines
- On March 30, The Street reported layoffs and pay cuts at Maven Media Brands, which operates Sports Illustrated.
- On April 2, Scott Nover reported for Adweek that CQ Roll Call laid off 30 staffers.
The full list can be viewed here.