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TheScore has laid off five feature writers and one multimedia producer as it consolidates its mobile and feature-writing team into one group. 

Screen grab of TheScore's app

By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor

TheScore has laid off six staff members.

The Toronto-based company, which offers a Facebook-style feed of sports news and game data in its mobile app, said these changes are the result of a strategic change rather than financial hardship.

Its mobile app has 5.5 million active users monthly, but rather than put reporters on the ground at sporting events, TheScore functions more as a news aggregator and supplements its written content with unique visualizations built on its custom content management system. 

Going forward, TheScore will consolidate its mobile and feature-writing teams into one group of 34 members. The company also said it will hire additional news editors and expand the physical footprint of its newsroom.

“We're seeing record revenue and recently closed a $17.25-million financing round,” communications manager James Bigg told J-Source in an email. “Essentially, this is about refocusing our efforts on delivering the kind of content users are increasingly coming to us for.” 

Feature news editor Dustin Parkes and multimedia producer Ryan Eligh, as well as writers Scott Lewis, Drew Fairservice, Richard Whitall and Sean Tomlinson, were laid off.

 


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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.