Massive layoffs; arbitrary firings; mergers; more layoffs; more firings; union busting. Different weeks, same story: successful media company owners decide they need even more money and maven their companies... or buy up other companies and skinsuit those.
Last week, it was Deadspin that got skinsuited: the tenured editor was sacked by a dumb-ass private equity dickhead because dickhead wanted to muzzle the talented team. That was the shot that killed Deadspin. The mass walkout afterwards was mere formality.
The month previous, it was Splinter News.
And before that, it was Mic, who fired their entire staff ahead of transferring ownership to noted herb, Bryan Goldberg (who had already mavened multiple websites).
Once again, this week's round of job losses were at Bustle, owned by noted herb Bryan Goldberg, who decided to sack entire divisions and replace with foreign-based freelancers and interns. For the second time.
It isn't just digital media; last year, Post Media merged with Sun Corp and killed hundreds of jobs across Canada, replacing local writers with corporate conservative hacks based out of a centralized conference room. In the US, news companies have been continuing to cut jobs for decades.
In Canada, a new outlet - FreshDaily - went into zombie mode after just two weeks, sacking their senior writers and borrowing content from the owner's other outlet.
Rude Media Strikes Back
Canadaland, a Canadian news team and podcast producer, recently hit a new high water mark: 5,000 subscribers on Patreon. Their recent podcast series on Thunder Bay won awards - and they've won the hearts of an estimated 50,000 listeners. It's taken them five years to get to this point.
But they're not the loudest voice in podcast media, nor the largest: Chapo Trap House recently hit a new high-water mark as well, almost matching 2005-era Gawker in terms of monthly income: 31,795 subscribers, contributing a total of $142,000/month.
Both have rapidly, recently expanded - aggressively so. The future is not corporate - the future is a thousand little digital empires, fighting for mindshare and the pocket change of their listeners/readers.
What You Can Do
• Follow your favorite writers on twitter. Deadspin's (former) team posts to @UnDeadspin on Twitter, for example
• Subscribe to your favorite outlets