On Friday morning more than 50 employees, including nearly 30 from the newsroom, will know they no longer have a job at the Province and The Vancouver Sun.
One media expert is calling it a “dark day for journalism in British Columbia.”
Director and associate media professor at the UBC School of Journalism, Alfred Hermida says Postmedia, the corporation that owns the mastheads, is struggling to come to terms with a changing media industry, but adds it’s going about it the wrong way.
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“A large media organization that is struggling to make the transition from largely a print based economy to a digital one,” says Hermida.
“And for that you need to invest now, you don’t do it by cutting staff because journalism relies on the quality of the reporting, the quality of the information, and that depends on having people.”
Staff from the Province and the Vancouver Sun started tweeting about their layoffs Friday afternoon.