The job cuts at deep-web explorer Vocativ announced today affect the entire text-based editorial staff, which has been laid off as the company shifts to a video-only site.
The announcement came in the sixth paragraph of an all-staff email that was sent out today after a staff meeting where the news was first shared. The preceding paragraphs set up the company’s all-video shift, leading to the bad news:
This means that we will be phasing out written stories. We want to assure you this is not a decision we made lightly given the impact it will have on the team. On behalf of our entire leadership team, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your contributions and for the dedication and distinction with which you have served our audiences.
The company cited its partnership with Showtime on its Dark Net series as inspiration for the direction in which it wants to move, while also adding video content across distributed channels. “We are tripling our investment in video and establishing a dedicated unit to create compelling video content, from mini docs to docu-series and feature-length films,” read the email.
Ben Reininga, who had been named EIC in January, will remain in that role.
Ryan Beckler, a growth editor at Vocativ, tweeted out a Google spreadsheet with the names and contact info of staff who had been let go, aimed at prospective employers. The list has 21 former staffers who had positions as reporters, editors, staff writers and art directors.