Vice Begins New Round of Layoffs After Latest Pivot to Video

The latest round took place Thursday, following massive layoffs last year

Vice co-founder Shane Smith and CEO Nancy Dubuc in 2019 (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for VICE Media)

Vice Media saw yet another round of layoffs Thursday, just weeks after declaring another pivot to video content.

The layoffs included the heads of various desks and initiatives, including digital managing editor Meredith Balkus, Life editorial director Casey Johnson, features editor Kate Dries and writers Josh Terry and Jelisa Castrodale, who confirmed their departures on Twitter.

Last month, the New York Times reported that Vice would be “putting a greater emphasis on videos and other forms of visual storytelling,” in a move that was described as yet another pivot to video.

Representatives for Vice did not return multiple requests for comment on how many staffers are affected. In May of 2020, Vice laid off about 155 staffers as the coronavirus pandemic decimated the media industry.

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