Here’s our regular update on the moves, hires and promotions in Canadian journalism. Want your job move featured? Tweet it to us or use the hashtag #cdnmediamoves.
So far, it’s been a tough year in media labour news.
In its fourth round of layoffs in the past year, the Canadian Press cut six journalists in three cities.
“Unfortunately these announcements continue to mark a worrying trend,” said @caj president @karyn_pugliese in the wake of last week’s @CdnPress layoffs. “Canada’s national news organizations cannot cut jobs in key regions and expect to cover the country.” https://t.co/nItuqMbUZD pic.twitter.com/8ycJ7FRwOL
— J-Source (@jsource) February 11, 2019
Count me among the unlucky ones, who will soon be saying goodbye to @CdnPress. It’s been an absolute blast working with the small but mighty @CdnPress_Biz team and getting to cover tech, retail and before, real estate. I’ll miss this gig a lot.
— Tara Deschamps (@tara_deschamps) February 8, 2019
Today I was laid off from my dream job. I love being a reporter, but averaging a layoff every two years is brutal. It’s hard seeing amazing journalists and such an important industry struggling.
— Brett Bundale (@bbundale) February 8, 2019
Almost a year ago, I accepted my dream job of writing for The Canadian Press.
This morning, I found out that I will be laid off in a few weeks, along with 3 of the most talented journalists in NS – roughly half our Atlantic desk.
— Alex Cooke (@ACookeHFX) February 8, 2019
I also just got the news that I’ll soon be saying goodbye to @CdnPress I haven’t been here long, but I’ve learned and grown so much as a journalist.
— Alanna Rizza (@AlannaRizza) February 8, 2019
The Canadian Press wasn’t the only organization to start shedding staff in February.
I was asked to not say anything until now, as other people were also being let go, and I was asked, simply as a gentleman, to allow that process to unfold. I was happy to grant that request. I don't know about any further impacts — turns out I'm off the email distribution list! +
— Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) February 8, 2019
The week after Vice Media announced it would be scaling back its workforce by 10 per cent across the board, the impacts reached staff at Vice Canada.
I’m among the layoffs at VICE Canada today. Lots of people to thank and many who I will miss, especially the amazing editorial team and all the talented freelancers I got to work with who helped make VICE Sports special. It was a challenging and fun run.
— Chris Toman (@Chris_Toman) February 5, 2019
Here are all the rest of the media on the move from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13:
I have asked Barbara to take on this role because of her vast experience as a network executive and her keen understanding of Canada’s ever-changing media landscape. https://t.co/DUkTBaXw4r
— Catherine Tait (@PresidentCBCRC) February 6, 2019
Personal news: After almost a decade at @CdnPress_Ott , I am moving on to @TorontoStar to write a column about economic policy and how it affects who's up and who's down. An exciting new challenge. I will deeply miss this stellar team and their relentless dedication to #cdnpoli .
— Heather Scoffield (@hscoffield) February 6, 2019
~job news~ i’m @tvo’s new indigenous hub editor.
i’m excited for the stories i’ll be able to tell in this new role! my dms are open so please let me know what you’re looking to see/any tips are welcomed!
— Haley Lewis (@haleylewis_) February 1, 2019
some personal news:
so pumped to join this team & bring SJ a fun/informative/entertaining morning show on 91.3 FM as of march 4.
can’t wait to wake up SUPER early with all of you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KIgbf3w0f8
— Julia Wright (@thewrightpage) February 6, 2019
Small update: pic.twitter.com/pa2xN51NgD
— Jacob Boon (@RWJBoon) February 4, 2019
That's right, I'm @RWJBoon now.
— Caora McKenna (@caora_mck) February 4, 2019
A bit of personal news: I’m returning to Calgary to join the @calgaryherald and @calgarysun newsroom. It’s bitter sweet to leave #Ottawa but I’m so excited to start another great adventure! Have a news tip? Thoughts on the pipeline? Wanna grab a coffee? DM ya girl!
— Alanna Smith (@alanna_smithh) February 5, 2019
Today was my last day @CdnPress. Thanks to the new wire and the editors who allowed me to work on great, worthwhile journalism all these years. If you believe in the freedom of the press, please pay for your news. Support newspapers, TV, radio and reputable news sites. -30- pic.twitter.com/NpMtDeEVTs
— Linda Nguyen (@LindaNguyenTO) February 8, 2019
Jazzed/stoked/elated to share I'm joining @TheStarPhoenix as a multimedia reporter in the next few weeks. Saskatonians, I can't wait to meet you!
— Amanda Short (@acs_short) February 8, 2019
Some news: I’ll be moving to Saint John later this month to start a career in radio with Acadia Broadcasting!
I’m going to miss Halifax with all my heart, but I am so excited to start this new adventure 💫
— Danielle McCreadie (@danwearshats) February 4, 2019