Another week, another round of redundancies across a range of media publications. As reviewer and journalist Scotty Bryan said on X:
“Would love to get through just one week on here without even more news about layoffs in journalism and media.”
In the US, the Wall Street Journal took a hatchet to its Washington bureau, laying off 20 staffers in a restructuring that adds to a brutal start to 2024 for the journalism industry.
Private Eye focuses on weekly magazine the New Statesman which for some time has been criticised for its lack of female lead writers. Of six redundancies announced on the editorial side, five were of women – one of whom was reportedly let go during her maternity leave.
In a particularly eyebrow-raising line in the article, a survey reveals more cover stories over 36 editions were written by “men named Will” than women.