Reporters: You’ve Been Laid Off. Now What?

If you’re a journalist who was laid off, check out the Education Writers Association’s webinar video to get advice.

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The statistics about layoffs in journalism are becoming depressingly common.

Beginning in mid-August, Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain, laid off 400 employees and cut 400 open positions. A third of large newspapers experienced layoffs in 2020. Between 2008 and 2019, newsrooms in the U.S. lost about 27,000 jobs.

If you’re a journalist who was laid off (or is worried this might happen to you), what do you do? Check out the Education Writers Association’s webinar recording to get advice.

Several experts explain how reporters can best prepare before and after layoffs occur. They also provide tips for networking, freelancing and ways to practice self-care.