Disney just murdered National Geographic Magazine

Started by Rai, June 30, 2023, 08:32:08 AM

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Rai

QuoteLike one of the endangered species whose impending extinction it has chronicled, National Geographic magazine has been on a relentlessly downward path, struggling for vibrancy in an increasingly unforgiving ecosystem.

On Wednesday, the Washington-based magazine that has surveyed science and the natural world for 135 years reached another difficult passage when it laid off all of its last remaining staff writers.

The cutback — the latest in a series under owner Walt Disney Co. — involves some 19 editorial staffers in all, who were notified in April that these terminations were coming. Article assignments will henceforth be contracted out to freelancers or pieced together by editors. The cuts also eliminated the magazine's small audio department.

The layoffs were the second over the past nine months, and the fourth since a series of ownership changes began in 2015. In September, Disney removed six top editors in an extraordinary reorganization of the magazine's editorial operations.

Departing staffers said Wednesday the magazine has curtailed photo contracts that enabled photographers to spend months in the field producing the publication's iconic images.

In a further cost-cutting move, copies of the famous bright-yellow-bordered print publication will no longer be sold on newsstands in the United States starting next year, the company said in an internal announcement last month.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2023/06/28/national-geographic-staff-writers-laid-off/

National geographic without long photography assignments and staff writers will cease being National Geographic.

Meanwhile, cutting loose the podcasting department is extremely stupid with the current popularity of the genre.

Disney, meanwhile is making record profits so it has no justification whatsoever for butchering a magazine with a 135 year history and a massive global readership.
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Quote from: Rai on June 30, 2023, 08:32:08 AM
QuoteLike one of the endangered species whose impending extinction it has chronicled, National Geographic magazine has been on a relentlessly downward path, struggling for vibrancy in an increasingly unforgiving ecosystem.

On Wednesday, the Washington-based magazine that has surveyed science and the natural world for 135 years reached another difficult passage when it laid off all of its last remaining staff writers.

The cutback — the latest in a series under owner Walt Disney Co. — involves some 19 editorial staffers in all, who were notified in April that these terminations were coming. Article assignments will henceforth be contracted out to freelancers or pieced together by editors. The cuts also eliminated the magazine's small audio department.

The layoffs were the second over the past nine months, and the fourth since a series of ownership changes began in 2015. In September, Disney removed six top editors in an extraordinary reorganization of the magazine's editorial operations.

Departing staffers said Wednesday the magazine has curtailed photo contracts that enabled photographers to spend months in the field producing the publication's iconic images.

In a further cost-cutting move, copies of the famous bright-yellow-bordered print publication will no longer be sold on newsstands in the United States starting next year, the company said in an internal announcement last month.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2023/06/28/national-geographic-staff-writers-laid-off/

National geographic without long photography assignments and staff writers will cease being National Geographic.

Meanwhile, cutting loose the podcasting department is extremely stupid with the current popularity of the genre.

Disney, meanwhile is making record profits so it has no justification whatsoever for butchering a magazine with a 135 year history and a massive global readership.

Podcasts might seem popular but they are money-losers now. Advertising in all media has essentially dried up.

National Geographic makes money with its TV network and series. That should have been enough to keep the magazine going. But, Disney.
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National Geographic has been on a downhill slide for years, long before Disney took over.
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