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The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. invited recently laid-off journalists for free tacos and drinks to offer support and camaraderie in the face of job cuts. Newsrooms in Washington, D.C. have been hit hard by layoffs, with Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and online news outlet The Messenger all making staffing cuts in recent months. Many journalists expressed shock and uncertainty about the sudden loss of their jobs.
We had a conversation a few months prior that we felt pretty stable in our jobs, said Sam Murray, 25, formerly a data journalist for Bloomberg. One morning it all ended. Very unexpected. So, to the bar, for camaraderie and condolence.
Emily Wilkins, the new president of the National Press Club, acknowledged that the taco night was not a solution to the industry's challenges but emphasized the importance of taking action and supporting each other during difficult times.
"I know this isn't the solution," Emily Wilkins, 33, the National Press Club's new president, said of the taco night. "But you can't just do nothing."