The editorial staff at LA Weekly was hit with massive layoffs Wednesday as Voice Media Group completed its sale of the alternative newsweekly to a newly created company, Semanal Media, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Nine of the 13 members of the editorial staff lost their jobs, including all the top editors and all but one of the staff writers.
“We were expecting there to be some pain with the sale of LAWeekly. But we weren't expecting the Red Wedding. That's how deep the cuts are,” tweeted Mara Shalhoup, who until the layoffs was the editor of LA Weekly.
Shalhoup tweeted that her “dream team” has been “eviscerated,” and urged others in the news business to hire the newly fired writers.
LA Weekly was put up for sale in January and Semanal Media bought it in October. The buyer, Semanal Media, was a newly created entity that no one knew who owed it or where it was based.
LA Weekly’s print edition is distributed throughout Los Angeles and is free for readers to pick up.
According to the LA Times, the print edition for Thursday is already finished, and Shalhoup’s team had prepared to hand off additional articles that are in various states of completion. However next week’s print edition maybe in jeopardy as any new staffers will have to figure out a lot of operational and logistical things very quickly.
But first let me say what an incredible honor it has been to work at this legendary place, with this dream team of journalists. 2/— Mara Shalhoup (@mshalhoup) November 29, 2017