CNN Lays off Environment/Science Staff

by kespeland on December 4, 2008

Workers across the country are facing lay-offs, and the media business is no exception. But you may not read about the media’s struggles in their own newspapers or on their own channels.

But the journalists who post on a listserv to which I belong are giving me the real picture. For instance, the media conglomerate Gannett is striking 10% of its workforce from the payrolls nationwide, including at Louisville’s Courier-Journal.

But here’s the most surprising round of cuts: CNN laid off its entire science and environment reporting team yesterday. It strikes me that nixing environment reporting in times like these is to handicap an organization’s ability to cover some of the biggest stories, period.

Thankfully, the C-J did not cut its environment reporter, and I’m grateful to have a job as well.  But you might see news coverage in other outlets shrinking. It all raises the question: what is truly expendable when it comes to news?

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Barbara Mathieson December 5, 2008 at 8:14 am

I’m very surprised. Laying off environment and science reporters sounds like something Fox News would do if they had any science staff.

David Anderson December 14, 2008 at 11:38 am

I review science books for a national book review publication, and I’m astounded that CNN would lay off its entire science staff. This just goes to show (again) how conglomerate control of important media outlets like CNN furthers only the bottom line, not journalism. But, then, Pulitzer and Hearst in the early 20th century were doing pretty much the same thing. This does provide opportunities for bloggers and independent, responsible journalists.

wally evans January 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

what’s the point of living?

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