East Bay Express Slashes Newsroom Staff, Calling Its Future into Question

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The 40-year-old East Bay Express laid off six employees Friday, including most of its editorial staff. The weekly newspaper, which has been struggling financially for the last several years, will now rely on freelancers for content. The newspaper has won national recognition for its local watchdog journalism, including its 2016 expose of a sex abuse scandal in the Oakland Police Department. We'll discuss the future of the East Bay Express, and what the lay-offs say about the future of local journalism in the Bay Area and nationwide.


Ken Doctor, news industry analyst

Robert Gammon, editor, East Bay Express