Sadly, due to the Coronovirus pandemic and the hit to the economy the Orlando Weekly had to furlough 13 staff members today.
Here is their statement:
“In light of the unprecedented economic catastrophe brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Orlando Weekly is heartbroken to inform our readers and community that we have had to furlough members of our staff today. Cuts came from every department, including editorial, events, sales, production and circulation. It’s our sincere hope that after weathering this storm, we’ll be able to bring back our incredibly valued staff. At the moment we can’t offer a timeline.“
For those of you unfamiliar with the publication The Orlando Weekly is a free publication and website. That means it relies on advertises and businesses to stay open. Now that a lot of businesses are closed it has hit the 30 year old publication hard.
Those employees that remain are “across the company are taking pay cuts and covering multiple roles for the time being.”
Orlando Weekly publisher Graham Jarrett offered this statement:
“In Orlando Weekly’s 30-year history, this is the absolutely unthinkable coming to pass. Never in our wildest dreams did we anticipate this, and I am heartbroken to have to furlough these hard-working, talented people. My hope is that in the very near future, we can go back to business as usual. We have always been a small, scrappy staff that accomplishes way more than we should, and this will never be truer than in the coming weeks and months. We remain committed to Orlando’s arts, culture, entertainment, music, dining and nightlife communities and we intend to continue working tirelessly to deliver high-quality journalism to the city we love, as well as outstanding service and results to the businesses we serve.”
We here at Pirates and Princesses are saddened to hear that this happened. We have gotten many news leads from the Orlando Weekly and we appreciate everything they and their employees have done.
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