Layoff Season

For years, the journalism industry has been in financial decline. In March, when the coronavirus pandemic shot through the United States, business imploded. Reporters lost their jobs at an alarming rate; some outlets folded entirely. All through the spring, with a presidential election in sight, media workers—deemed “essential”—were thrown into unemployment.

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