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7,700 Jobs Lost as Corporate Media Bloodbath Continues

The media industry continued to execute cuts in December and November as Gannett, Highsnobiety, and the CBC reduced headcounts.

The cuts followed large rounds of layoffs earlier in the year from companies including BuzzFeed, Verizon, and Vice Media.

The massive cuts this year represent a recent trend in media that has seen upstart companies and newspapers alike shrinking and disappearing.

Here are the media jobs that have been lost so far in 2019.

Gannett: 207 jobs, December; 400 jobs, January 23

Newspaper giant Gannett laid off at least 207 employees at papers across the country following its merger with local paper giant GateHouse, who has also been known for cutting staff at local papers.

The cuts affected flagship paper USA Today, and nearly 40 other publications, according to a spreadsheet tallying the layoffs kept by Florida Times-Union journalist Andrew Pentazi.

In January, Gannett reportedly laid off journalists across the US the same day that Verizon’s layoffs were reported, following a round of voluntary buyouts.

Gannett was 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.

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