After more than three decades, The Washington Post will stop publishing its Sunday print magazine on December 25, 2022. In a statement, Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee said the decision to cut the long-running print magazine was prompted by “economic headwinds” and will help usher in the publication’s “global and digital transformation.” Tragically, this change will cut the positions of ten staffers and there is no confirmation that those employees will be shifted toward other roles at the outlet.
“We will be shifting some of the most popular content, and adding more, in a revitalized Style section that will launch in the coming months,” Buzbee said, per DCist.
“We remain committed to long-form journalism across newsroom departments and platforms…We deeply appreciate the contributions this staff has made to our print readers over the years.”
The Washington Post is far from the only news outlet to undergo changes amid “economic headwinds.” CNN has begun prepping many of its employees for layoffs while NPR has indicated that it all but undergo a hiring freeze for the foreseeable future.
“News companies are also seeing a significant traffic slowdown in response to a Post-Trump news cycle that’s riddled with depressing headlines,” Saras Fischer of Axios stated.
“The Washington Post is on track to lose money year this year and has lost subscriptions in the Biden era. The Atlantic is staring at another year of roughly $10 million in losses. Other billionaire-backed publications, like The Los Angeles Times, are still struggling to find their footing in the digital era.”