Here are the Tennessee newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures that happened during the coronavirus pandemic

Layoffs headline with other economic related news


March 9, 2021

A version of this article was first published on April 6, 2020. It has been frequently updated and reformatted since. It was last updated on March 2, 2021.

It’s getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now. But we have to. Here’s our attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs, and closures to journalism in the United States. Please send tips. We’ll try to keep up.

In most cases, these entries link to previously reported stories. In some cases, where there are no links, we’re relying on tips to help show the full impact of this pandemic. 

One note: We haven’t figured out a way to track the loss of work for freelancers, but please read more about how the pandemic has hurt their livelihoods here. One more note: Nearly a year after first publishing this piece, we adjusted the lead and headline from “…layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus” to “…layoffs, furloughs and closures that happened during the coronavirus pandemic.” We want this list to reflect what happened to our industry, including layoffs that aren’t credited to the pandemic. We don’t yet know the full impact of the last year and want to capture as many changes as we can here. 

Latest updates:

  • BuzzFeed is laying off 47 employees from HuffPost.
  • NBCU has laid off 130 employees in Los Angeles since the start of the year.


    • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 10 publications in Tennessee.
    • The Jackson (Tennessee) Sun and the Memphis (Tennessee) Commercial Appeal will close its printing plant at the end of January, resulting in the loss of 23 people’s jobs. It will be printed by the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. All three are owned by Gannett.
    • The Pulse in Chattanooga suspended publication.
    • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns nine newspapers in Tennessee.
    • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns three newspapers in Tennessee.
    • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Tennessee.
    • Community Impact Newspaper, which has newsrooms in Tennessee, laid off 21 people, Poynter has learned. It closed its southwest Nashville edition.To see full article and how other states have been affected see: