Deja Vu All Over Again?

While searching I came across this dated, but telling, list of media layoffs from 2000-2003.  If you are looking for work, take heart.  Our business is cyclical, times will get better!

Job prospects for journalists have improved in 2003, but some companies are still cutting jobs or leaving some jobs unfilled. Below is a list of layoffs in the past 2 1/2 years, with the news source listed after each item. The list totals about 30,000, and includes editorial and business side cuts. The list only reflects published reports of layoffs.

February 2003

  • Red Herring says March 2003 will be its last issue after publishing for more than 10 years; 31 staffers lost their jobs.
    (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 28, 2003).
  • San Francisco Examiner fires most of its staff (about 40 staffers); two reporters, three editors and two columnists remain. The paper may become a free city daily.
    (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 22, 2003).
  • Reuters reports record loss, plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs worldwide. (Reuters, Feb. 16, 2003).
  • Missoula, Montana’s Missoulian, a Lee Enterprises paper, lays off nine workers. (Missoula Independent, Feb. 10, 2003).


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