LABusinessJournal.com reports: The new owner of the LA Weekly, Semenal Media of downtown, axed more than half the alternative weekly’s staff Wednesday, according to the paper’s now-former editor.
Mara Shalhoup said the entire LA Weekly staff was let go, but some employees were rehired. Only four of 13 editorial staffers were brought back. The rehires include a copy chief, a creative director, a music listing coordinator and one staff writer.
Shalhoup said that about 20 of approximately 40 non-editorial Weekly staff also were not rehired.
“I can’t speak to what plans the new owners have, I have no idea,” Shalhoup said. She said the staff cuts result in a major loss of institutional knowledge, as well as the bulk of a committed team “who cared so deeply about their work, they lived and breathed all things L.A.”
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