The Sacramento Press appears poised to wholeheartedly embrace its community-contributor journalism model: The popular online local news site laid off all but one of its paid editorial employees last week.
Multiple workers for www.sacramentopress.com—which launched five years ago with a mix of staff reporters and editors, as well as unpaid, nonprofessional freelance writers—recently moved out of their downtown office and into Midtown’s Hacker Lab co-work space.
And then, last week, owner Ben Ilfeld let almost all the staff go.
“It’s unclear what happens next,” last-employee-standing and editor Jared Goyette told SN&R. “Good journalism costs money, and local banner ads don’t provide enough revenue to pay for it.”
Goyette has organized a meeting next Thursday, September 26, at
Ilfeld wrote on the site last week that Goyette will continue as editor, and that “strong content” will be Sac Press’ No. 1 priority.