US news industry faces bleak start to 2024


The U.S. news industry didn’t catch a break in the new year. Over 500 news workers were laid off in January, according to an employment tracker report. This figure doesn’t include the 300 journalists cut from The Messenger less than a year after its launch. Bleak headlines have dubbed the past months a “Journalism Bloodbath,” and some suggest the news industry is facing a possible media extinction. These events escalate amid an election cycle, triggering concerns about the media’s upcoming political coverage. 

It’s an old story by now that local news in the U.S. is struggling. But as the past month has starkly demonstrated, many of the factors hurting local newsrooms are catching up to national outlets as well.

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