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Illustration: Katie Carey

The Human Toll of the 2019 Media Apocalypse

More than 3,000 journalists lost their jobs this year. These are some of their stories.

Having a number to point to at the end of the year can still feel meaningless — the tale of 2019 is that nobody was spared.

“I can’t plan my life more than three or four weeks at a time. I’m always forced to reinvent myself in the first job I can find.”

Along with the consolidation and merging of media companies came the realization that the valuations assigned to these companies were ultimately meaningless.

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