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It has been a difficult week in the journalistic industry. [Buzzfeed] announced on Wednesday that it would dismiss 15 percent of its total workforce. The layoffs are expected to affect around 200 people, many of them in the company's news department.
The same day, The Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon's media group – including AOL, Yahoo, and HuffPost – is laying off 7 percent of its workforce. The layoffs include the entire HuffPost opinion and the health area.
Also on Wednesday, the newspaper giant Gannett began with the reduction of jobs. For Gannett, the company behind USA Today and prominent local newspapers such as The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic the layoffs this week are part of years of job cuts and cuts for the company.
] Many dismissed journalists quickly went to Twitter to announce the loss of their jobs.
"Like so many talented and endearing journalists, I was released today," tweeted HuffPost, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Chloe Angyal.
"I'm shocked, I did not want to end my 35-year journalism career," tweeted Indianapolis Star columnist Tim Swarens.
"When you hire, my DMs are open," tweeted Buzzfeed News investigative reporter Chris McDaniel.
For those who wonder @ HuffPost The opinion – the entire section – is deleted. The beautiful, varied, including baby we have built from scratch is gone.
– Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) January 24, 2019
I was told a few minutes ago @indystar fired me I'm shocked. I did not want the career of 35-year journalism to end.
– Tim Swarens (@tswarens) January 23, 2019
Hey guys, I'm one of the many reporters that were fired today from Buzzfeed News. I'm proud of the work I've done here, along with some of the best investigative reporters around. When you hire, my DMs are open.
– Chris McDaniel (@csmcdaniel) January 25, 2019
On and on.
But in the midst of the bad news Twitter storm, some tweets followed.
Following the leadership of journalists in Chicago who founded a beer fund for laid-off colleagues in 2017, Emerson Malone, the editor of BuzzFeed News, opted for his own colleagues.
Malone launched a Plumfund site to raise money, bringing in more than $ 7,800 from hundreds of donors over a 24-hour period.
"I did not expect it," he said. "The support system is very confident."
Some employees of BuzzFeed in Los Angeles went out for a drink on Friday, but Malone said they plan to use the money from the beer fund if the group goes down on Monday, which is the last of many days.
Since BuzzFeed is an international organization, Malone said he also intends to evenly distribute wealth with dismissed BuzzFeed journalists elsewhere. He said the layoffs affected a large proportion of the people in his business.
"You could start a new newsroom on Monday with the amount of talent lost," he said.
National Press Club Executive Director Bill McCarren said he intends not only to give journalists some relief, but also the opportunity to network and remain optimistic.
"Just because you're laid off somewhere That does not mean you can not get anywhere else," he said.
In search of their next job, recently released journalists may receive some help from followers. Hundreds have started posting on Twitter, creating job entry threads, and using #journalismjobs to publish vacancies.
Others went one step further. Chelsea Cirruzzo, a reporter at Inside Health Policy, decided to create a table of jobs to which people could contribute.
She remembered how it felt when she was looking for a job a few months ago. 19659008] "It always felt exhausting to submit applications and not listen anymore," she said.
What helped her track all her applications was spreadsheets. She hopes her spreadsheet can also help other journalists. Kaye Toal, Senior Manager at BuzzFeed, also started his own spreadsheet, which included both journalism and other jobs in the media industry.
Many of those who support dismissed journalists were themselves journalists. McCaren said he was not surprised, and spoke to a sense of solidarity in the fighting industry.
"Many people who work have gone through this at some point in their careers," he said.