Reporters speak out after layoffs hit BC news publication Capital Daily

Jan 30 2023, 7:41 pm

Reporters are speaking out after layoffs at Capital Daily, a BC news publication under the Overstory Media Group brand.

Tweets from now-former employees of Capital Daily suggest that the layoffs occurred this morning, with others calling out the Overstory Media Group about its direction.

One of the reporters who lost their job took to Twitter and wrote, “Are you even a real reporter until you’ve been laid off?”

That tweet reflects the genuine anxiety that many journalists feel. Many people employed in the media sector have either been laid off or have seen a colleague get laid off. Postmedia also recently announced sweeping layoffs impacting 11% of its editorial staff.

The Overstory Media Group carries several brands, including the recently acquired Georgia Straight, Vancouver Tech Journal, The Coast, Burnaby Beacon, Fraser Valley Current, New West Anchor, Calgary Citizen, Tasting Victoria, Oak Bay Local, The Westshore, Victoria Tech Journal, Eat Tri-Cities, Calgary Tech Journal, and Capital Daily.

Based on some of the tweets from former Capital Daily employees, it seems the news was abrupt.

Another former employee previously laid off shared a tweet about today’s news.

The Canadian Association of Journalists chimed in to express its disappointment.

Layoffs were a big story in 2022, a trend that continued early into 2023, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and local tech companies announcing staff reductions.

Daily Hive has reached out to the Overstory Media Group for a statement regarding these layoffs.

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