Tech Site Protocol Goes Through Round of Layoffs 2 Months After Launching

The so-called cousin of Politico is feeling the effects of Covid-19

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Protocol, the tech site that shares a founder with Politico, laid off 13 staffers today in response to the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on the business, execs told employees today.

The site went live at the beginning of February with more than 25 reporters who had worked for newsrooms like The Wall Street Journal, Vox Media, The New York Times and Forbes, and was staffed with five sales reps.

The layoffs are split between business and editorial.

“The coronavirus crisis has done nothing to shake our faith in Protocol’s mission or our long-term opportunity, but there’s no denying that the pandemic has profoundly changed the economic realities of the present—for tech, for journalism and for Protocol,” according to a memo to employees that was signed by president Tammy Wincup, executive editor Tim Grieve and publisher Robert Allbritton, who is also the publisher of Politico.




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