I try to understand a subject before I write about it. So I won’t have much to say about the changes taking place at TBD.
Here’s what I will say:
- Working at TBD has been a highlight of my career. I am proud of what we have achieved. Working with the staff and the colleagues here has been a delight and a privilege.
- I could not be prouder of the community engagement staff: Mandy Jenkins, Jeff Sonderman, Lisa Rowan, Dan Victor and Nathasha Lim. They are stellar, pioneering digital journalists. If they want any of the jobs that remain, I hope TBD will keep them. If they choose to leave or lose their jobs, someone should hire them swiftly.
- My other TBD colleagues amaze me every day.
- I have great admiration for Jim Brady, who hired me, and Erik Wemple, who has led TBD since Jim’s departure.
- TBD has not failed. A venture has to be given a chance to succeed before it can fail. And the staff who remain will excel at WJLA.com and the smaller TBD.com.
You can read lots of news reports and blog posts about what’s happened at TBD and I don’t have the energy after a long day to curate them all here. So I’ll just pass along two:
- Mallary Tenore of Poynter compiled a nice history of TBD.
- Jeff Sonderman, in a classy move to tell the story even when he was part of it, curated Twitter reaction to today’s news (thanks to all who shared kind words on Twitter and by email and elsewhere).
Addition: Since people have asked, I should say that I did not lose my job today. But I ache for colleagues who will be losing their jobs.