Reports: National Geographic Completes Layoffs of Remaining Staff Writers

Image Source : NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC National Geographic lays off last of its staff writers: Reports

National Geographic magazine has recently decided to lay off 19 of its editorial staff writers, as reported by the Washington Post. This move also entails the discontinuation of the yellow-bordered publication from newsstands starting next year.

The renowned National Geographic magazine, which has been showcasing the best of science and the natural world, has been in circulation since 1888. According to sources, the magazine’s future editorial work will now be assigned to freelance writers, with only a few editors remaining on staff, as stated in the report.

This decision has been taken as a cost-cutting measure by its parent company, Walt Disney Co. However, the magazine will continue to release monthly issues.

These layoffs mark the second round of job cuts in the past nine months, and the fourth since a series of ownership changes began in 2015. In September, Disney underwent an extraordinary reorganization of the magazine’s editorial operations, resulting in the removal of six top editors, as reported by the Washington Post.

Taking to Twitter, National Geographic writer Craig Welch expressed his thoughts on the situation, stating, “My new National Geographic just arrived, which includes my latest feature, my 16th, and my last as a senior writer. … I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with incredible journalists and tell important global stories. It has been an absolute honor.”

National Geographic was originally launched by Washington’s National Geographic Society, a foundation consisting of 33 academics, scientists, and aspiring adventurers, including Alexander Graham Bell. Initially, the magazine was offered to the public as a perk for joining the society. Over time, it grew steadily and became a standalone publication, reaching 1 million subscribers by the 1930s.

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