|The situation has gotten even worse. Business Insider is now reporting that the number of media layoffs has reached 2,900 so far this year.|
That’s 2,900 reporters, fact-checkers, editors, and support staff who were working to investigate, write, report, explain and share the news. This is a scary thing. Scarier still that it’s happening now, with a wannabe dictator in the White House pushing conspiracy theories and attacking facts as “fake news.”
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Traditional media outlets have been shrinking for years with the growth of the internet—that’s not the big news here. The alarming thing about this year’s layoffs is the increase in how fast it’s happening—5,000 media jobs were lost between 2014 and 2017, and right now the country is on track to lose more than that this year alone.
And it’s not just traditional media outlets taking the hits anymore. Digital outlets are shrinking now too, as tech giants Facebook and Google gobble up ad dollars that used to fund operations for online outlets.
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Founder and Publisher, Daily Kos
Wed 18 September 2019 9:33 AM