The East Bay Express, an alternative weekly newspaper in the Bay Area that gained national acclaim for its 2016 exposé of a police sex scandal in Oakland, Calif., laid off almost its entire editorial staff on Friday, the newspaper’s publisher said.
The newspaper plans to rely on freelance writers for the foreseeable future, the publisher, Stephen Buel, said in an interview on Saturday. Six employees were laid off, including five in the editorial department.
In addition to its coverage of arts and culture, the newspaper was known for local accountability journalism. Three police chiefs were fired within a week when it published its series on the Oakland Police Department, which won a George Polk Award for local reporting.
Like weekly newspapers across the country, The Express, which has existed for more than 40 years, had recently been running a deficit as print advertising revenue declined, Robert Gammon, the paper’s editor, said.
Compounding those financial troubles, Mr. Buel said, was a recent ruling from a state appellate court that said the paper had illegally denied a former employee overtime. The employee was asking for about 0,000, necessitating the layoffs, he said.
“The only other alternative that I could really see is shutting down the paper, and no one that I know of is ready to do that,” Mr. Gammon said. “We’re still committed to covering our community and producing the very best journalism that we can.”
The layoffs were not unexpected given the court ruling, said Azucena Rasilla, who was the newspaper’s associate editor until Friday.
“We knew that the paper has been having financial issues for a while now, and we also thought eventually we’re probably going to lose our jobs,” she said.
Ms. Rasilla plans to freelance for now. She said that she was unsure about the future of The Express and that having such a small editorial staff would be “unsustainable.”
Alternative weekly newspapers have struggled in recent years. The Village Voice, the left-leaning independent weekly in New York, ceased publication in August after more than six decades. Nearly all the journalists at LA Weekly were laid off in November 2017, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Because weekly newspapers are typically free, they do not have the subscriber base that could make up for lost advertising revenue, said Jason Zaragoza, executive director of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Some weeklies, he said, were experimenting with new revenue streams, such as a membership model or event hosting.
There has been a steady decline in association membership for about a decade, Mr. Zaragoza said. Last year, Pew Research Center reported that the average circulation of the nation’s 20 largest alt-weeklies had fallen to 55,000 in 2017, down from 87,000 five years before.
Alternative weeklies on the East and West Coasts had been hit particularly hard by declining advertising revenue, Mr. Zaragoza said, and the layoffs at The Express were a blow to Oakland.
“It’s a huge loss for the community,” he said.
Mr. Buel, who bought The Express in 2017 with his wife, said it was not making any money at the time. He became its publisher and considered holding a community fund-raiser to generate new revenue.
“The paper’s economics have been poor,” he said.
Mr. Buel resigned as publisher in July 2018 after a former co-worker accused him of kissing her inappropriately. A day earlier, he had apologized in a statement following revelations that he had used a racial slur in a staff meeting and had taken down articles he said “did not live up to my editorial standards.”
Mr. Buel said on Saturday that he was again serving as publisher because there is “no alternative” given the staffing changes. The Express will begin soliciting donations from people in the community, he said.
“I’m still optimistic about the paper’s future, and I don’t believe that print media is dying,” he said.B:
波肖门图库现场报码【杜】【宇】【到】【达】【鱼】【龙】【洞】【的】【时】【候】，【基】【本】【已】【经】【人】【去】【楼】【空】，【只】【剩】【下】【一】【些】【修】【为】【低】【下】【的】【修】【士】。 【从】【他】【们】【的】【口】【中】，【杜】【宇】【也】【知】【道】【了】【天】【元】【宗】【圣】【女】【柳】【萱】【妃】【降】【临】【的】【事】【情】。 【虽】【然】【有】【天】【元】【宗】【的】【圣】【女】【参】【与】，【但】【杜】【宇】【倒】【也】【没】【有】【太】【大】【的】【担】【心】。 【他】【的】【目】【的】【主】【要】【是】【地】【狱】【毒】【蛟】【的】【能】【量】【跟】【柳】【萱】【妃】，【三】【十】【六】【洞】【天】【并】【不】【冲】【突】。 …… “【这】【地】【狱】【毒】【蛟】【不】【是】【荒】【兽】，
“【不】，【你】【不】【知】【道】，【你】【永】【远】【都】【不】【可】【能】【知】【道】，【就】【算】【将】【我】【的】【牙】【齿】【骨】【头】【全】【部】【敲】【碎】，【我】【也】【不】【会】【告】【诉】【你】【一】【个】【字】。” 【面】【对】【监】【狱】【长】【麦】【哲】【伦】【的】【威】【胁】，【草】【帽】【小】【子】【路】【飞】【不】【甘】【示】【弱】，【他】【连】【世】【界】【政】【府】【都】【不】【怕】，【又】【怎】【么】【会】【惧】【怕】【一】【个】【监】【狱】【长】。 “【是】【吧】，【你】【要】【接】【受】【的】，【可】【不】【是】【你】【看】【到】【的】【这】【些】【温】【柔】【的】【刑】【法】。【而】【是】，【比】【你】【所】【看】【到】【的】【刑】【法】，【更】【加】【残】【酷】，【百】【倍】
【顾】【望】【泞】【捂】【住】【自】【己】【耳】【朵】【的】【同】【时】，【也】【不】【忘】【提】【醒】【苏】【京】【墨】：“【我】【觉】【得】【你】【还】【是】【赶】【紧】【捂】【住】【吧】。” “【为】【什】【么】？”【苏】【京】【墨】【话】【刚】【说】【完】，【就】【听】【到】【了】【一】【阵】【非】【常】【不】【悦】【耳】【的】【歌】【声】【响】【了】【起】【来】。【说】【的】【难】【听】【些】，【那】【歌】【声】【是】【刺】【耳】。 “【我】【觉】【得】【你】【说】【的】【很】【对】。”【掰】【开】【顾】【望】【泞】【捂】【着】【耳】【朵】【的】【手】，【然】【后】【和】【她】【如】【此】【说】【道】。 【苏】【京】【墨】【尚】【且】【这】【样】，【其】【他】【人】【更】【加】【揪】【心】【了】。
“【嗯】【嗯】，【老】【公】，【只】【要】【我】【清】【醒】【的】【时】【候】，【我】【就】【和】【你】【在】【一】【起】，【好】【不】【好】！ 【我】【怕】……【我】【怕】……”【韩】【思】【桐】【这】【又】【哭】【的】【不】【能】【自】【以】【了】。 “【好】，【只】【要】【条】【件】【允】【许】，【我】【都】【把】【你】【带】【在】【我】【身】【边】！”【莫】【神】【点】【头】 【就】【是】【为】【了】【韩】【思】【桐】，【莫】【神】【回】【来】【之】【后】【就】【没】【出】【去】。 【甚】【至】【必】【要】【的】【公】【司】【文】【件】【都】【是】【让】【助】【理】【拿】【到】【家】【里】【来】【签】【的】。 【甚】【至】【真】【的】【非】【要】【出】【去】【的】【事】【情】
【顾】【欣】【妍】【激】【动】【地】【握】【住】【了】【原】【雅】【舒】【的】【手】，【和】【她】【拥】【抱】【在】【一】【起】。 【许】【嘉】【铭】【疾】【走】【着】，【他】【身】【边】【跟】【着】【血】【站】【的】【负】【责】【人】，【手】【里】【抱】【着】【存】【放】【血】【浆】【的】【保】【险】【箱】，【基】【本】【是】【被】【许】【嘉】【铭】【拖】【着】【走】。 “【妈】，【嫂】【子】，【我】【来】【了】。” 【许】【嘉】【铭】【已】【至】【不】【敢】【松】【懈】，【生】【怕】【耽】【误】【救】【治】【的】【时】【间】，【当】【看】【到】【顾】【欣】【妍】【和】【原】【雅】【舒】，【他】【紧】【绷】【的】【弦】【才】【稍】【微】【缓】【解】。 【院】【长】【走】【过】【去】，【接】【过】【血】【浆】
【第】【二】【天】……… 【酿】【雪】【睡】【醒】【之】【后】，【就】【呆】【愣】【愣】【地】【看】【了】【一】【会】【儿】【床】【帐】，【然】【后】【翻】【身】【穿】【好】【衣】【服】【走】【了】【出】【去】。 【老】【大】【娘】【看】【到】【酿】【雪】【醒】【了】，【热】【情】【的】【招】【呼】【道】：“【姑】【娘】【你】【醒】【了】，【快】【来】【吃】【早】【饭】【吧】，【老】【婆】【子】【熬】【了】【粥】。” 【酿】【雪】【愣】【愣】【道】：“【你】【是】【谁】，【为】【什】【么】【我】【会】【在】【这】【里】？” 【一】【句】【话】，【将】【所】【有】【人】【都】【镇】【住】【了】。 【刚】【出】【屋】【子】【的】【云】【若】【城】，【同】【样】【也】【听】【到】【了】