Last week was scary for American media: About 1,000 people were laid off by major outlets, including Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post. Nearly 400 were let go from news giant Gannett alone.
These people are editors, support staff, and writers—including at least one Pulitzer Prize finalist—who worked to report news stories, check facts, edit, and promote important content getting too little attention. In the age of Trump, this work is absolutely critical.
We pulled through those dark times and emerged stronger for it because of the strength and dedication of our amazing community, but this week’s news reminds me that things weren’t always so good and that we could again in the future face some tough decisions.