An Interview With Jack Shafer

Slate columnist talks about being laid off, and his future

Slate media critic and Press Box columnist Jack Shafer lost his job on Wednesday. He was, along with three others, part of a round of layoffs at the online news magazine. The news was met with much consternation. Just that day, an article praising Shafer as a "fearless media critic" was published on the website of the American Journalism Review, and that praise was echoed by his readers and peers, who turned to Twitter to express shock, dismay, and a little outrage. Adweek spoke with Shafer shortly after the news broke and found him in good spirits.