- Mike Blake/Michael Kovac/Lara O’Reilly/INSIDER
- In March, New York Media announced that it was cutting 32 jobs, that brought the number of media jobs eliminated in 2019 to over 2,300.
- The cuts follow layoff announcements at BuzzFeed, Verizon, Vice Media, McClatchy company, Machinima, and Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the US.
- It is estimated that between 2014 and 2017, some 5,000 media jobs were cut from the market.
The media industry continued to announce large cuts Monday, as New York Media laid off 32 employees, and 5% of its full-time staff. The announcement followed large rounds of layoffs in February from companies like BuzzFeed, Verizon, and Vice Media.
The massive cuts so far this year represent a recent trend of cuts at digital-media companies that sprung up as newspapers around the country were shrinking and disappearing.
Here are the media jobs lost so far in 2019 »
New York Media: 32 jobs, March 11
- New York magazine
New York Media, the family-held owner of New York Magazine, Vulture, and other properties, laid off 32 employees on Monday, March 11, as part of a restructuring.
The cuts affected 16 full-time employees and 16 freelance or part-time workers, according to a statement from the company.
“The departments most especially affected include audience development/circulation, copy, fact, production, and video,” the company said.
In November, the company announced that all of its online content would go behind a paywall, which it said was part of the reason for the cuts.
“In some cases, the changes we are making reflect a need for new focus as we build out our digital subscription business; in others, they reflect an overdue integration of print and digital staff,” read the statement.
Last year, the company said it was considering a sale, and this year, its staff formed a union.
Canadian Living, Style at Home, Elle Canada: 28 staffers, February 19
- Elle magazine
On February 19, Canadian Living, Style at Home, and Elle Canada magazines, owned by Groupe TVA, cut as many as 28 staffers.
According to an email from the company’s VP of communications to J-Source, the company will move the headquarters of Canadian Living and Style at Home from Toronto to Montreal as part of the restructuring.
In a statement, the company said, “In the context of the magazine industry undergoing numerous worldwide changes, TVA Publications had to reconfigure its internal structure. This decision will allow TVA Publications to continue to offer its readers and its advertisers high-quality brands that perform well in Canada.”
Canadian Living and Style at Home were acquired in 2014 by Groupe TVA, which also owns Les Publications Transcontinental-Hearst Inc. – the owner of Elle Canada and Elle Quebec, according to J-Source.
Machinima: 81 jobs, February 1
- Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider
Machinima, what used to be one of the largest video producers online, announced that it was closing in statements to news outlets February 1.
“Machinima has ceased its remaining operations, which includes layoffs,” said a spokesperson to The Hollywood Reporter, announcing that 81 jobs had been cut.
The company, which made gaming content for YouTube, was bought by WarnerMedia and housed under Otter Media in 2016, but stopped publishing material in January.
Otter Media announced that it had cut 10% of staff in December 2018.
Vice Media: 250 jobs, February 1
The Hollywood Reporter first reported layoffs at Vice Media early Friday. According to the report, the Brooklyn-based media company will cut approximately 250 jobs across the company in the coming week, with the aim of trimming down and helping the organization become profitable.
“Having finalized the 2019 budget, our focus shifts to executing our goals and hitting our marks,” CEO Nancy Dubuc wrote in an email to staff.
Vice Media will reportedly refocus around its TV production unit, its international news team, it’s digital properties, and its original TV content.
Staff members in the US, who are unionized, are set to receive payouts of their accumulated paid time-off, 10 weeks of severance, and medical benefits.
The McClatchy Company: 450 jobs, February 1
- REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
On Friday, February 1, The McClatchy Company, which owns properties such as the Miami Herald and the Kansas City Star, emailed staffers to announce that 450 employees would be offered voluntary buyouts as part of a “functional realignment,” essentially signaling that the jobs have been marked out of the budget.
The news was first reported by the Miami New Times.
The news followed McClathy’s failed attempt to buy the Tribune Publishing company in 2018.
GateHouse Media: at least 60 jobs, since January 30
- Leon Neal/Getty Images
GateHouse Media, one of the largest local newspaper publishers in the US, has been quietly laying off journalists across the country since the end of January. Business Insider has confirmed at least 60 layoffs.
The layoffs have largely focused on local sports coverage and photographers, some of who have worked at their papers for over thirty years, but workers across the newsroom and beyond have been cut.
The cuts seemingly began after the $30 million acquisition of Schurz Communications Inc., which immediately resulted in 11 cut jobs at three publications in Maine and Indiana.
Since the late-January acquisition, at least 50 other jobs have been claimed at at least 15 other publications.
GateHouse is known for its corporate strategy of buying up local papers to digitize them, and making quick cuts.
GateHouse has not responded for comment or made any official announcements about the layoffs.
Verizon (Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost): 800 jobs, January 23
- Thomson Reuters
In late January, it was reported that Verizon would cut 7% of its staff at its media companies (an estimated 800 people), which include Yahoo, AOL, and The Huffington Post.
“These were difficult decisions, and we will ensure that our colleagues are treated with respect and fairness, and given the support they need,” said Guru Gowrappan, CEO of Verizon Media, in a memo to staff.
It’s estimated that 20 employees were laid off at HuffPost last Thursday, including opinion writers, political reporters, and others. Nearly 100 corporate Verizon employees were reportedly laid off in San Francisco.
The layoffs are in addition to the 10,400 employees that Verizon is looking to shed by the middle of 2019 as part of a buyout program announced in December.
Gannett: 400 jobs, January 23
- Thomson Reuters
Newspaper giant Gannett reportedly laid off journalists across the country the same day that Verizon’s layoffs were reported, following a round of voluntary buyouts.
Gannett has been quiet about the layoffs, but Poynter reported on cuts that affected editors and senior journalists at local papers owned by Gannett in regions across the US. The New York Post reports that cuts affected as many as 400 people. In total, Gannett owns over 100 news entities.
The layoffs came after Alden Global Capital made a $1.3 billion hostile takeover bid to take control of the company, which it says it’s reviewing.
BuzzFeed: 200 people, January 23
- Thomson Reuters
BuzzFeed announced last Wednesday it would lay off approximately 220 employees, slashing jobs in its news, LGBTQ, international, and other divisions.
The layoffs ruffled feathers among media-watchers when employees working outside of California were not offered payouts for their accrued paid time off, a decision that was eventually reversed after BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti met with the BuzzFeed Staff Council and was called out on the publisher’s own streaming show AM2DM.
Laid-off BuzzFeed employees also received a notable amount of harassment from trolls online, NBC News reported.
In a memo published by Digiday on Tuesday, Peretti said the company would refocus its efforts on BuzzFeed Originals (home to quizzes and viral videos), commerce content, branded content, and branded production and publishing.
Condé Nast: 10 jobs, January 10
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Job cuts hit Condé Nast in January, which quietly eliminated several positions across its properties.
Slate reported that on January 10, the day Condé Nast’s Wired magazine moved onto a new floor of One World Trade Center, five employees were let go. In November, Wired cut five staffers devoted to its Snapchat channel.
WWD reported cuts also hit editors at Glamour and junior staff at GQ magazine.
The Dallas Morning News: 43 jobs, January 7
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The Dallas Morning News eliminated 43 jobs, according to the Columbia Journalism Review, half of them in the newsroom, on January 7. The cuts affected journalists who covered immigration, transportation, the environment, and the courts.
In a letter, publisher Grant Moise said the cuts would reduce costs and begin a refocusing of the paper. Moise said the editorial and opinion section would be merged, and arts coverage would be reduced.
It’s estimated that between 2014 and 2017, some 5,000 journalism jobs disappeared from the market.
- Alison Millington / Business Insider
The January and February cuts represent a seismic shift in the media landscape. According to the Pew Research Center, a total of 5,000 media jobs left the market between 2014 and 2017, including growth in the digital sector.