The AAJA Board of Directors and our headquarters are saddened to learn about the layoffs last week at the Los Angeles Times, TIME and Business Insider, and offer our organization as a resource for those who have lost their jobs.
The devastating news at these publications comes amid cuts to newsrooms across the country, including layoffs at Sports Illustrated and NBC, buyouts at The Washington Post and the folding of Pitchfork into Conde Nast.
We echo the concerns of our Los Angeles chapter leaders in considering deep cuts to such institutions as a blow to journalism and democracy. Los Angeles chapter leaders have said the recent round of cuts have amounted to more than 20 AAPI journalists losing their jobs at an outlet that covers some of the largest AAPI communities in the nation. AAJA urges newsroom and company leaders at all institutions to continue to retain diverse newsrooms, even during such difficult financial times.
As we have during previous rounds of layoffs, our organization is activating our wide network to help, including waived membership fees:
- For those who have recently lost their jobs or are still struggling from the impact of a layoff, we are offering a free year-long membership to provide access to our chapter and affinity group networks and discounted convention rates. Please fill out the form here to be considered.
- AAJA maintains a career center that allows journalists to find job postings and connect with recruiters.
- AAJA will soon make available mental health resources and sessions for journalists affected by layoffs.
- We’ve provided a short resource guide created by members for a past panel to advise those going through layoffs
- AAJA HQ is coordinating with our local chapters, affinity groups, and programs to provide more resources in the coming months and will share updates.
– AAJA Board of Directors