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Layoffs and furloughs have begun hitting national media companies, many of which have a portfolio of publications, amid the international coronavirus crisis that’s sure to put a strain on many—if not all—industries.
These staffing changes are especially hitting alt-weeklies, a business model dependent on advertisements from local businesses and editorial content largely centered on events and experiences from their communities. That strain is also making its way to small daily newspapers and tabloids that depend on print ads.