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It was a difficult week in the journalism industry.
On Wednesday, BuzzFeed announced plans to release 15 percent of the total workforce. The cuts are expected to affect about 200 employees – many of them in the news division of the company.
The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon's media group, which includes AOL, Yahoo and HuffPost, will release 7% of its staff. The abbreviations include the entire HuffPost section for opinion and health.
Also Wednesday, newspaper giant Gannett began to cut jobs. For Gannett, the company behind USA Today and famous local newspapers such as The Indianapolis Star and Republic of Arizona redundancies this week are part of the years of cuts and cuts for the company.
Many redundant journalists quickly went to Twitter to announce the loss of work.
"Like so many talented and wonderful journalists, I was fired today," HuffPost deputy editor of the opinion Chloe Angyal wrote.
"I'm in shock, not how I wanted to finish my 35-year career in journalism" for many years Columbus from Indianapolis Star Tim Swains.
"If you hire, my DMs are open," writes Briz Feddy, the new investigative reporter, Chris McDaniel.
HuffPost Opinion – the whole section – is eliminated.
– Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) January 24, 2019
A few minutes ago I was told that @indystar left me alone. I'm shocked. Not how I wanted to finish my 35-year career in journalism.
Hey, guys, I'm one of the many reporters fired by BuzzFeed News today. I'm proud of the work I've done here, along with some of the best investigative journalists. If you rent, my DMs are open.
– Chris McDaniel (@csmcdaniel) January 25, 2019
Included and Prolonged.
After the storm of bad news on Twitter
Following the leadership of journalists in Chicago who started a brewing fund for redundant colleagues in 2017, BuzzFeed News copy editor Emerson Malone decided to do the same for their colleagues.
On Friday he wrote "Many of my colleagues from BuzzFeed News – and friends – lose their jobs today, please buy them beer."
Malone launches a fundraising page that brought more than $ 7,800 over a 24-hour period from hundreds of donors. "I did not expect it," he said. "The maintenance system is so upbeat."
Some BuzzFeed employees in Los Angeles went out for a drink on Friday, but Malone said they were planning to use beer money when the group came out on Monday, which is the last of many people a day.
Because BuzzFeed is an international organization, Malone said he plans to distribute wealth evenly with fired journalists from BuzzFeed elsewhere. He said the redundancies affected a wide range of people in his company.
"On Monday, you can start a new editing with the amount of talent lost," he said. has announced that it will offer free drinks and tacos to journalists who have lost their jobs Friday night.
National Press Club Executive Director Bill McCarren said the intention is to give journalists not only a little relief, but also an opportunity to network and remain optimistic. "This means you can not find anything else," he said.
When looking for their next job, newly released journalists may have little help from supporters. Hundreds began publishing on Twitter, creating topics for posting ads and using #journalismjobs to advertise open positions.
Others made it even farther. Chelsea Cruzzo, Reporter of Internal Health Policy, decided to create a spreadsheet of jobs that people could add.
She remembered how he felt when he was looking for a job a few months ago. 19659008] "I was really exhausted to put applications over and over and not hear back," she said. She hopes her spreadsheet can similarly help other journalists. BuzzFeed's senior manager Kaye Toal has also created his own spreadsheet that includes both journalism and other media industries. McCarren said he was not surprised by this and spoke of a sense of solidarity in the struggle with the industry.