lays off everyone—almost

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—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 Downtown Plaza (at the south plaza area near the Flywheel store, 5:30 p.m.) “for anyone interested in trying to save Sac Press.”

Ilfeld wrote on the site last week that Goyette will continue as editor, and that “strong content” will be Sac Press’ No. 1 priority.

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