National Geographic has reportedly laid off its last staff writers and the magazine will no longer be sold in the US. Nineteen editorial staffers were affected by the layoffs, the Washington Post reported, and several staffers confirmed the news on Twitter.
The iconic yellow framed magazine that chronicled the natural world for more than a century, laid off its last remaining staff writers this week, multiple departing staffers said.
National Geographic, which had more than 1.7 million subscribers at the end of 2022, will continue to publish monthly issues, a magazine spokesperson told CNN in a statement on Wednesday.
“I’ve been so lucky. I got to work w/incredible journalists and tell important, global stories. It’s been an honor,” tweeted Craig Welch, one of National Geographic’s now former senior writers. The journalist Doug Main said on Twitter on Tuesday: “National Geographic is laying off its staff writers, including me.
As part of the cost-cutting measures instituted by the publication’s parent company, Disney, the magazine, with its memorable yellow border, will no longer be available on newsstands in the US as of next year, the newspaper reported.
On Wednesday, some staff writers for the magazine took to Twitter to share the news of their departure.
“My new National Geographic just arrived, which includes my latest feature — my 16th, and my last as a senior writer,” tweeted Craig Welch. “NatGeo is laying off all of its staff writers.”
“It’s been an epic run, @NatGeo,” tweeted former writer Nina Strochlic. “My colleagues and I were unbelievably lucky to be the last-ever class of staff writers.”