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5:45 PM ET, May 17, 2020


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Vice to lay off 55 in the US and ~100 globally, citing the fact that digital organization accounts for 50% of headcount costs but brings in about 21% of revenue  —  Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc on layoffs: 55 in US + ~100 globally: “The reality is that some tough decisions had to be made primarily around our digital teams. Currently, our digital organization accounts for around 50% of our headcount costs, but only brings in about 21% of our revenue”
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Boston Globe now has nearly 205K subscribers, up from 145K before the pandemic, though most new subscriptions were sold for ~$1/month for the first six months  —  The Boston Globe now has more than 200,000 digital subscribers, editor Brian McGrory said at a Zoom gathering of the Society …
Quartz CEO says even with 17K paid subscribers, the company is laying off 80 staff, closing physical offices in four locations as it seeks profitability by 2022  —  Quartz CEO Zach Seward's remarks to staff re today's layoffs: “This is no doubt the greatest challenge we have faced as a company.. I have made the very difficult decision to eliminate about 80 roles at Quartz and make other changes in order to improve the health of our business”
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with The Atlantic's Adrienne LaFrance on Shadowland, the magazine's project on conspiracies, and on its growing audience, with 34K new subscribers in April  —  “I had people believing outlandish, harmful things who were repeating back to me the values that I, as a journalist, have.
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
How The Plain Dealer's newsroom came to a close, after years of union member buyouts and staff cuts as management built up its digital-only news operation  —  As a new intern at the Plain Dealer, Scott Stephens signed his first union card in the summer of 1981.  It was a good time to be a journalist in Cleveland.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Economist Group is laying off 90 employees, about 7% of its workforce, none of whom are editorial staff, and ending the print edition of the 1843 magazine  —  The Economist Group said Friday that it is laying off 90 staffers, or just less than 7 percent of its 1,300-person workforce.
Wall Street Journal:
How “reputation managers” abuse DMCA notices to remove unwanted links from Google; Google restored 52K+ links and identified 100+ new abusers after a WSJ review  —  Dubious copyright complaints citing 1998 law led the search giant to make unfavorable articles vanish
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT is getting under the skin of BuzzFeed staff by raiding BuzzFeed talent and sometimes re-reporting BuzzFeed stories with little credit  —  Poaching employees and rereporting other outlets' stories is in the Times DNA, and BuzzFeed is now in the crosshairs.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
As outlets learn to operate remotely, distributed newsrooms can attract greater diversity of talent, often lacking in coastal media bubbles  —  New York (CNN Business)The pandemic forced many journalists who previously crowded around media capitals such as New York City and Washington DC to abandon their offices.
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WaPo publisher Fred Ryan tells staff that offices will remain closed until September; CNN's Zucker said most employees will be working from home over the summer
European Journalism Covid-19 Support Fund:
European Journalism Centre and Facebook Journalism Project announce 57 outlets receiving grants of €10K or €25K to address business needs caused by COVID-19
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