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Mike Rosenberg
Media cuts in last 2 weeks *BuzzFeed: 15% of staff laid off (215 people) *McClatchy (Miami Herald, KC Star, etc): 10% of staff offered buyouts *Gannett newspaper chain: 400 layoffs *Verizon (HuffPost, TechCrunch, etc): 7% laid off (800 people) *Vice laying off 10% (250 people)
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Scott Lucas Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
What a contagion.
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Mike Rosenberg Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
These journalism cuts come despite record readership at a lot of places - but the digital ad money goes mostly to Google and Facebook and is so puny it can't support news orgs. That's why you see paywalls everywhere now - subscriptions are the only sustainable revenue source
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Matt Orazem Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
Does anyone try to sell their own ads? Is there a reason that doesn't work?
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the second crust Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
I've wondered why so many are going to a paywall now. If companies just came out and said "we don't make jack from ad revenue, please help" I'd be far more inclined to sub
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Mike Rosenberg Feb 1
Replying to @iamLEFT
I think more are doing that now - putting messages at the bottom of stories imploring people to subscribe as a means of survival, but we as an industry dont often do a good enough job of explaining why that's so important
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Mike Rosenberg Feb 1
Replying to @rhosays
it did for print (and worked wonderfully for decades!) but my understanding is it's not the best option for digital
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Matt Orazem Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
Understood. Just curious why and if anyone has tried anyway. Thanks!
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David Silver Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
Most of these are left-wing rags with no useful purpose.
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Liz Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
That is a lot. Naive question - why all at the same time? Is this like a normal cycle in the year for media companies or is this a sad coincidence?
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Michaella Thornton Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
And, I imagine many who are being laid off from media are women and people of color. Such a bad decision on many levels--curtail a diversity of voices and experiences and reporting vantage points for homogenized media.
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Mayank Grover Feb 1
Layoffs happened in as well maybe loss of revenue is part of the problem but not all of it. Maybe trends seen in other sectors like greater use of low paid freelancer & stagnant wages are now becoming more common in news industry as well.
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Amityville Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
They should try aggregating into one subscription. If I could pay one place and get access to most newspapers and they spit it up based upon views or something it could work. News today comes from too many outlets and I am not paying each one separately.
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Mike Rosenberg Feb 1
Replying to @_lizardbird_
end-of-year is often when budgets are set so the planned layoffs usually come to fruition in the ensuing month or so
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dioforce Feb 1
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Liz Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
Got it, that makes sense. Thanks for helping me understand. It has to be so disheartening to lose your job, and then see that you can't just go get another one since everyone else is downsizing too
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Mercedes Gomez Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
Thanks 4 the info, I’ll get a subscription from my local newspaper 🗞
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Rogervanoo Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
You've covered the layoffs very well. Do you have a column on solutions? Content is absolute king right now. More people are accessing it than ever before. Personally, I subscribe to six newspapers (three print, three digital only). There must be new delivery systems for content.
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David Ziff Feb 1
Replying to @ByRosenberg
Do you have a sense of the difference in news/media jobs as a percentage of total workforce over time? I'm not minimizing these cuts, particularly for the folks who lost jobs. But there seem to be more media jobs these days and more outlets. Is that wrong?
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