The staffers laid off from the LA Times last week weren’t the only ones losing their jobs. Some, like Randy Hagihara, director of the metro & summer internship program, took voluntary buyouts. Freelance budgets were slashed in multiple sections, meaning less work for struggling freelancers. We heard from Avital Binshtock, a regular contributor to the travel section, that her Tours & Cruises and Calendar columns were being killed. And we’ve spoken to other LA Times freelance contributors who are uncertain of their future with the paper and are, at this point, just keeping their fingers crossed.
Just when we thought we couldn’t hate Sam Zell any more than we already do.
Previously reported staff layoffs:
Jerry Crowe, sports columnist
Tony Pierce, blog editor
Jane Engle, assistant travel editor
Kelsey Ramos Conroy, web producer
Tim Rutten, columnist
Sharon Bernstein, assistant business editor
Mark Heisler, NBA writer
Margot Roosevelt, environment reporter