Read at www.theguardian.com
The Messenger, a new journalism outlet that began less than a year ago, recently shut down without warning, leaving its staff unemployed and without severance or benefits. The outlet had promised to be unbiased and indispensable, but was criticized for its dubious business model and the quality of its journalism. Many staff members complained about long hours and poor editorial practices.
On a human level, it was soul-crushing...he couldn't help it since the whole industry was tanking.
Critics of the Messenger accused the outlet of producing low-quality journalism and relying heavily on copying and pasting work from other news organizations. One former reporter claims to have written 630 stories in just eight months, with most of them consisting of copied content. As a result, many of the staff have found themselves without a portfolio or marketable work for future job prospects. Despite the criticism, some staff members noted that they were proud of their own reporting and did not experience significant editorial interference.
This company worked its news and audience reporters to the bone...copying and pasting work from other news organizations.