Is Coronavirus is Speeding Up the Collapse of Local Newsrooms?

The Detroit Metro Times started the year on a celebratory note, having reached its 40th anniversary. This week, its staff was slashed from 16 to eight employees after its parent company Euclid Media Group announced layoffs across its seven newspapers as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the country, crippling businesses in its wake.

Music editor Jerilyn Jordan was told in a conference call on Wednesday that she was one of the remaining employees but staying on would mean a 10% pay cut.

“Everything changed in a week,” Jordan told CNN Business. “For a minute, I could comfortably glide into work and know that I had some concert announcements to post. But then it became writing about cancellations and postponements and rescheduling. Now that’s come to a halt because guess what? Let’s just assume everything was f**king canceled.”

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One thought on “Is Coronavirus is Speeding Up the Collapse of Local Newsrooms?

  • March 23, 2020 at 9:24 am
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    The headline is quite misleading. The alternative newsweeklies, the vast majority of which are in metro areas, are a tiny part of “local newsrooms” overall. The headline should have said it was about “altweeklies.”

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