The Washington Post Lays Off 20 Staffers

The Washington Post began laying off staffers on Tuesday morning, according to a source familiar with the situation, early cuts that have had the newsroom on edge for weeks and heightened frustration with management. Impacted staff were notified via email, the source said. A spokesperson for the Post did not immediately respond to a request … Read more

Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post Visit Brings More Questions than Answers

With anxiety running high in the washington post newsroom, what better time for Jeff Bezos to show up? The billionaire owner made an appearance, for the first time in over a year, at the Post on Thursday, sitting in—along with publisher Fred Ryan—on the morning news meeting. The glass conference room was, unsurprisingly, packed. “I’m … Read more

Will Elon Musk’s Crackdown on Journalists Lead to a Media-Twitter Breakup?

On Thursday night, Elon Musk suspended the Twitter accounts of about a half dozen journalists, including several who cover him, and his company, for The Washington Post, CNN, and The New York Times. The sudden purge—what looks like blatant censorship of the press on Twitter, a purchase Musk purportedly made in the name of free … Read more

“Democracy Dies in Darkness, Huh?”: Washington Post Publisher Stuns Newsroom With Layoff Bombshell—And Hasty Exit

The washington post Guild went into Wednesday’s town hall with a plan. Anticipating that publisher Fred Ryan wasn’t going to take live questions—he wasn’t so happy the last time he was publicly confronted by a staffer in such a forum—they’d crowd-sourced a list of questions in advance and got more than 70 staffers to send … Read more

“The Sulzbergers Must Hate This”: Scenes From The New York Times Picket Line

A sea of ​​red shirts filled the half block outside The New York Times headquarters in Manhattan, spilling out onto the street; Scabby, the 12-foot inflatable rat with bloodshot eyes and a festering underbelly sat next to a cardboard box of extra signs: “NEW YORK TIMES WALKS OUT.” On Thursday, after months of building newsroom … Read more

What do Indians think about Rishi Sunak’s rise? Like UK-India relations, it’s complicated

CNN — As Rishi Sunak made history this week by becoming Britain’s first Prime Minister of Indian descent, many in the South Asian nation were quick to congratulate the new leader – with some in the media even claiming him as their own. India was once part of a British empire that stretched so far … Read more

Political Super PACs Are Benefitting from the Local News Crisis

Last month, the Chicago Tribune reported that political mailings resembling legitimate regional news outlets were circulating across Illinois. Various local-sounding titles, such as Chicago City Wire, DuPage Policy Journaland Will County Gazettecontained misinformation about the impacts of new criminal justice laws under Governor JB Pritzkerthe Democrat who is running for reelection against conservative state Sen. … Read more

Is the Newspaper Endorsement Dying?

The Hartford Courant and Boston Herald had a similar message for readers on Friday morning, the publications owned by Alden Global Capital—the second-largest newspaper publisher in the country—began adopting a new endorsement policy. “Herald stands for the people, not pols,” read the headline of the Herald‘s editorial, which went on to announce that the paper … Read more

Forty years on, Hezbollah is isolated but more powerful than ever

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN — Hezbollah capped off the 40th anniversary of its founding on Monday with large-scale celebrations on a stage in southern Beirut that featured … Read more

“Feels Like a Real Slap in the Face”: There’s New Money in Local News, Just Not at the Papers

The situation looked grim as soon as Gannett reported its quarterly earnings in early August. Gannett’s leadership warned layoffs were imminent. All week, reports of the cuts have trickled out; journalists, including some executive editors, have been laid off in New Jersey, Georgia, Massachusetts, Indiana, and more than 20 other states. The Columbus Dispatch‘s longest-serving … Read more