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A day of media bloodletting

A day of media bloodletting

A day of media bloodletting

In the last twenty-four hours:

Quartz announced that 80 journalists would be laid off.

Condé Nast instituted around a hundred layoffs and a hundred furloughs, affecting employees across WIRED, Vogue, and GQ.

Buzzfeed News announced the closure of their offices in the United Kingdom and Australia, shuttering two celebrated local news teams and furloughing fourteen journalists to uncertain futures.

Forbes eliminated pay-guarantees to contributors, and reduced freelance bonuses.

The coronavirus depression has only accelerated what was inevitable: the collapse of advertising-based online media. The storm is here much earlier than publishers expected.

A day of media bloodletting

In the last twenty-four hours:

Quartz announced that 80 journalists would be laid off.

Condé Nast instituted around a hundred layoffs and a hundred furloughs, affecting employees across WIRED, Vogue, and GQ.

Buzzfeed News announced the closure of their offices in the United Kingdom and Australia, shuttering two celebrated local news teams and furloughing fourteen journalists to uncertain futures.

Forbes eliminated pay-guarantees to contributors, and reduced freelance bonuses.

The coronavirus depression has only accelerated what was inevitable: the collapse of advertising-based online media. The storm is here much earlier than publishers expected.

Hey, weird, Bustle’s getting a PPP loan right after laying off two dozen staffers

Everyone’s favorite media jerk strikes again

Hey, weird, Bustle’s getting a PPP loan right after laying off two dozen staffers

Amazon reportedly planning drastic cuts to affiliate commission rates starting next week

Amazon reportedly planning drastic cuts to affiliate commission rates starting next week

Democrats and Bernie Sanders unify to drag Joe Biden across the finish line

On Bernie Sanders’ expected and disappointing endorsement

Democrats and Bernie Sanders unify to drag Joe Biden across the finish line

Democrats and Bernie Sanders unify to drag Joe Biden across the finish line

As digital media faces decimation, Vox launches a membership program

To stave off a paywall or layoffs, Vox is asking readers for donations

As digital media faces decimation, Vox launches a membership program

As digital media faces decimation, Vox launches a membership program

Bustle Digital Group Makes Staff Cuts Due to Coronavirus

Bustle Digital Group Makes Staff Cuts Due to Coronavirus

Bustle Digital Group Makes Staff Cuts Due to Coronavirus

By Sara Jerde:

Bustle Digital Group laid off two dozen staffers, ceased operating a publication and announced widespread pay cuts today, as the effects of the coronavirus continues to make its way through the media industry.

Out of approximately 300 employees at BDG, 24 people were laid off across sectors of the company, including editorial, sales, video and events as well as staffers working on The Outline, a company it acquired last year, and that executives are now “halting operations” on.

After four years, The Outline is no more. The site was born out of Joshua Topolsky’s relentless ambition after being fired from Bloomberg; a venture-backed attempt to build a “New Yorker for millennials“. That well of funding allowed The Outline to aim high in its first year, creating a daily podcast, robust video department, and stable of high-profile editors and staff writers. This was all underpinned by a divisive visual design, capable of Instagram-style card stacks and unique advertising. Plans to secure exclusive advertising from high-value brands never really materialized, and staff of The Outline endured waves of layoffs before ultimately selling to Bryan Goldberg’s Bustle Media Group.

While Topolsky founded The Outline, the site’s irrelevant and unapologetically rambunctious tone was best embodied by Leah Finnegan, a longtime editorial leader at the site. Formerly of Gawker, Finnegan crafted a strong team of editors and gave the site a reputation for publishing bold, interesting stories from up-and-coming writers. Their work at The Outline will be missed greatly.

Bustle Digital Group Makes Staff Cuts Due to Coronavirus

By Sara Jerde:

Bustle Digital Group laid off two dozen staffers, ceased operating a publication and announced widespread pay cuts today, as the effects of the coronavirus continues to make its way through the media industry.

Out of approximately 300 employees at BDG, 24 people were laid off across sectors of the company, including editorial, sales, video and events as well as staffers working on The Outline, a company it acquired last year, and that executives are now “halting operations” on.

After four years, The Outline is no more. The site was born out of Joshua Topolsky’s relentless ambition after being fired from Bloomberg; a venture-backed attempt to build a “New Yorker for millennials“. That well of funding allowed The Outline to aim high in its first year, creating a daily podcast, robust video department, and stable of high-profile editors and staff writers. This was all underpinned by a divisive visual design, capable of Instagram-style card stacks and unique advertising. Plans to secure exclusive advertising from high-value brands never really materialized, and staff of The Outline endured waves of layoffs before ultimately selling to Bryan Goldberg’s Bustle Media Group.

While Topolsky founded The Outline, the site’s irrelevant and unapologetically rambunctious tone was best embodied by Leah Finnegan, a longtime editorial leader at the site. Formerly of Gawker, Finnegan crafted a strong team of editors and gave the site a reputation for publishing bold, interesting stories from up-and-coming writers. Their work at The Outline will be missed greatly.

Opinion | No, Not Sanders, Not Ever

Opinion | No, Not Sanders, Not Ever

Opinion | No, Not Sanders, Not Ever
Opinion | No, Not Sanders, Not Ever

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Variety is reporting that Vice will relaunch its nightly newscast, Vice News Tonight, on March 4th. It’ll air Monday through Thursday at 8PM on VICE TV. The show previously aired for three years on HBO, before it was cancelled last year.

Following the departure of Vice News chief Josh Tyrangiel and Executive Producer Madeleine Haeringer, this new iteration will be run by MSNBC veteran Nikki Egan. The show will run for an hour—twice as long as it did on HBO—and include live in-studio segments in addition to the field pieces VNT is commonly known for.

After a year of uncertainty, Vice News is establishing its post-HBO future. The organization is focusing on projects funded by partners, building out its online presence, and serving as the centerpiece of the relaunched Vice TV cable channel. Formerly known as Viceland, the struggling network is pivoting from lifestyle content to news coverage.

We broke the story of Vice TV’s rebranding earlier this year. (Someone should tell AdAge.)

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Variety is reporting that Vice will relaunch its nightly newscast, Vice News Tonight, on March 4th. It’ll air Monday through Thursday at 8PM on VICE TV. The show previously aired for three years on HBO, before it was cancelled last year.

Following the departure of Vice News chief Josh Tyrangiel and Executive Producer Madeleine Haeringer, this new iteration will be run by MSNBC veteran Nikki Egan. The show will run for an hour—twice as long as it did on HBO—and include live in-studio segments in addition to the field pieces VNT is commonly known for.

After a year of uncertainty, Vice News is establishing its post-HBO future. The organization is focusing on projects funded by partners, building out its online presence, and serving as the centerpiece of the relaunched Vice TV cable channel. Formerly known as Viceland, the struggling network is pivoting from lifestyle content to news coverage.

We broke the story of Vice TV’s rebranding earlier this year. (Someone should tell AdAge.)

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

The Axios redesign makes some Choices

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density
Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

To preserve The Ringer, Spotify needs to get into words. Will it?

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

Via Claire Malone, confirming reports circulating around Twitter over the last 24 hours:

  1. Sanders 22%
  2. Warren 18%
  3. Buttigieg 16%
  4. Biden 13%

This is the most respected Iowa poll, but it’s still only one poll, so treat it with a massive grain of salt. That said: this could be a real bad night for Biden.

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

Via Claire Malone, confirming reports circulating around Twitter over the last 24 hours:

  1. Sanders 22%
  2. Warren 18%
  3. Buttigieg 16%
  4. Biden 13%

This is the most respected Iowa poll, but it’s still only one poll, so treat it with a massive grain of salt. That said: this could be a real bad night for Biden.

Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple

Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple

Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

A new service for circumventing ads shows promise, yet is hampered with limitations

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist

Trump May Skip Debates, or Seek New Host, if Process Isn’t ‘Fair’

Trump May Skip Debates, or Seek New Host, if Process Isn’t ‘Fair’

The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

Who is up? Who is down? Our minds are broken!

The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ

G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ

G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ
G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ

How Our Primary Model Works

How Our Primary Model Works

How Our Primary Model Works
How Our Primary Model Works

Crisis in our Backyards

Crisis in our Backyards

Crisis in our Backyards
Crisis in our Backyards

How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading

How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading

How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading

Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

Editor At Newsweek Demoted After Trump Thanksgiving Article Mishap

Editor At Newsweek Demoted After Trump Thanksgiving Article Mishap

Editor At Newsweek Demoted After Trump Thanksgiving Article Mishap

Introducing Flags

Introducing Flags

Introducing Flags

Starting today, you’ll start to see a new post type appear on Video Loss: Flags. Flags are meant to be a blogroll style link to articles that I find interesting or noteworthy. Unlike link posts, they only contain a few comments from me, with an emphasis on linking readers back to the original source article.

As I’ve said before, my goal with Video Loss has always been to create a evolving journal and guide to this bizarre, fascinating, and revolutionary time in American media, politics, and culture. To fit flags into this metaphor, imagine them as newspaper clippings glued into a journal.

Flags are part of a larger set of backend and visual updates coming to Video Loss over the next few days. More information on that will be coming soon!

Introducing Flags

Starting today, you’ll start to see a new post type appear on Video Loss: Flags. Flags are meant to be a blogroll style link to articles that I find interesting or noteworthy. Unlike link posts, they only contain a few comments from me, with an emphasis on linking readers back to the original source article.

As I’ve said before, my goal with Video Loss has always been to create a evolving journal and guide to this bizarre, fascinating, and revolutionary time in American media, politics, and culture. To fit flags into this metaphor, imagine them as newspaper clippings glued into a journal.

Flags are part of a larger set of backend and visual updates coming to Video Loss over the next few days. More information on that will be coming soon!