Nov 13, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
CNN is passing out pink slips in their DC, New York, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles offices following a three-year long review of the company's workflow. Based on the wording of the internal memo sent out by CNN senior vice president Jack Womack, part of that analysis involved measuring the potential of leaning more heavily on the network's citizen journalism program.
Chris Ariens at TV Newser reports that "at least 50 positions are being eliminated [including] as many as 12 staffers in the Washington, DC bureau alone, four of whom are longtime photojournalists." These numbers pale in comparison to the mass layoffs of 2008, when CNN sacked its entire science, technology, and environment news staff, but it does throw a wrench into the resilient hope that citizen journalists aren't stealing jobs from professional journalists.