National Geographic, the science and nature magazine that for more than a century has sent its writers and photographers to explore and document some of the most remote corners of the Earth, has hired more writers and other people in a round of layoffs this week. Staff members have been fired. Announced in April.
This is the second round of layoffs at the Washington-based magazine last year after several top editors were laid off in September, and it comes at a time of turmoil for the media industry as many news outlets downsize. Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Vox Media and The Washington Post.
National Geographic Partners, the company that manages the publication, said in a statement Thursday that National Geographic will continue to publish “a monthly magazine dedicated to exceptional multiplatform storytelling with cultural impact.”
“The staffing change will not change our ability to do this work, but will give us more flexibility to tell different stories and connect with our audiences,” the company said without revealing the number of people laid off. where they are on many of our platforms.” “Any suspicion that the recent changes will negatively impact the quality of the magazine, or our storytelling, is absolutely wrong.”
Those who were laid off were notified in April and reached their last week of employment with the company this week. Writers and editors are still on the magazine’s staff, but the company would not say whether they are employed full-time or on a contract basis.
The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, which own the magazine and its news site, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.
The Society, which is a non-profit organization, announced a deal with 21st Century Fox in 2015, valued at $725 million, to form a for-profit joint partnership named National Geographic Partners. Fox owned 73 percent of the partnership, and the National Geographic Society owned 27 percent. The partnership became part of Disney in 2018 when the group acquired the assets of 21st Century Fox in a $71.3 billion deal.
The magazine remains well read even at a time when other magazines have lost subscribers or ceased their print publications altogether. The magazine had more than 1.7 million subscribers as of the end of last year, according to Coalition for Audited MediaOne who audits publications.
National Geographic, easily recognized on newsstands because of the yellow border on its cover, continued to report on natural wonders and archaeological discoveries from locations around the world, such as a meeting place Elephant near Mount Kilimanjaro in tanzania and its ruins Machu PicchuIn 1911 the Inca city was discovered in Peru.
The magazine, which was founded in 1888, grew from a single magazine to a multifaceted media outlet over the course of decades. magazine edition For Kids, a TV channel, podcasts, documentary series and international campaign,