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WAMU abruptly shuts down DCist site, lays off 15 journalists

Posted on AllSides February 23rd, 2024
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The D.C. NPR affiliate, WAMU, shut down its web-based local news site, the DCist, Friday morning and laid off 15 journalists. WAMU General Manager Erika Pulley-Hayes did this, she told Axios, to refocus on the core radio product. “We’re making the choice to invest in what we’re better at than anyone else in this town, and that’s audio,” Pulley-Hayes said. Thursday, DCist staffers received an email announcing an all-staff Zoom meeting to discuss a “new strategic framework.” When visitors try to access the site, a message appears: “Thank you for...

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