Since its 2007 debut, Politico has expanded its newsroom quickly while some legacy media outlets, like the Washington Post, have scaled back. But Politico isn't immune from having to restructure in the face of industry demands, and in recent days, it has laid off some staffers.
“So, now I'm self-employed,” photographer Jay Westcott tweeted Saturday. “Just got laid off by Politico.”
Jess Kamen, a technology reporter for Politico and Politico Pro, was also laid off, according to newsroom sources. There are believed to have been more layoffs, the sources say, but it's unclear how many at this time.
Kim Kingsley, Politico's chief operating officer, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
It's not uncommon for a news organization that obsessively covers politics to reevaluate staffing after a major election. And there's already been some turnover at Politico in the new year.
Last week, reporter Dave Catanese -- who sparked controversy in August after tweeting in defense of then-Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) comments about "legitimate rape” -- resigned from the company.