Citysearch Goes Freelance

Word came yesterday that CityGrid Media, the parent company of Citysearch, is laying off all of its local editors. The New York-based company is becoming a freelance network.

CityGrid’s decision was unexpected, according to editor Lauren Sloat, who divulged news of the change in an e-mail to colleagues. “ will soon automate the ingestion and display of content from their network of CityGrid publisher partners,” Sloat wrote. “As such, they will be evolving Citysearch in-market editorial operations to a local freelance network model. What this means: No more local editors.”

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