News – “Save Your Local Food Writers”

eater.comThis post originally appeared on December 2, 2017, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

This past Wednesday, LA Weekly food editor Katherine Spiers lost her job alongside everyone else on staff (save one editor). On November 3, Houston Press food editor Gwendolyn Knapp lost her job alongside everyone else on staff (save the editor-in-chief). One day earlier, all of the reporters and editors at the DNAinfo and Gothamist networks around the country — many of whom covered restaurant openings and food-related stories in their beat reporting — lost their jobs when the owner of their publications laid everyone off.

We’re seeing belt tightening and consolidation in other major national food brands, but it’s the local and regional pubs I worry for. I may or may not even notice if two sister food magazinescombine recipe testers or copy editors or even editors-in-chief, as sad as it is. But goddamn you if you take away an alt weekly restaurant critic. Or that reporter attending the liquor license hearings. Or if you trim the pages of my food section.

Listen: An excess of useless food and restaurant content persists across print, digital, and social platforms. Not all food media needs to exist. But I’ll never celebrate the demise of a local rag or the layoff of a great beat reporter, even if they compete with one of Eater’s own local sites.

Agree with everything written in this article, besides the obvious reasons

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