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, shed more writers and other staff members this week in a round of layoffs that had been announced in April.
The round of layoffs is the second at the Washington-based magazine in the last year, after a number of top editors were laid off in September, and comes during a tumultuous time for the media industry as several news outlets have decreased head counts, including Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Vox Media and The Washington Post.
The company that manages the publication, National Geographic Partners, said in a statement on Thursday that National Geographic “will continue to publish a monthly magazine that is dedicated to exceptional multiplatform storytelling with cultural impact.”
“Staffing changes will not change our ability to do this work, but rather give us more flexibility to tell different stories and meet our audiences where they are across our many platforms,” the company said, without specifying the number of people being laid off. “Any insinuation that the recent changes will negatively impact the magazine, or the quality of our storytelling, is simply incorrect.”
Those who were laid off had been informed in April and reached their final week of employment with the company this week. The magazine still has writers and editors on its staff, but the company would not say whether they are employed full-time or on a contractual basis.