Wondering Sound Cuts Editorial Staff
Update, Dec. 13: A source familiar with the situation tells Billboard that editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes and managing editor Laura Leebove were not affected by the downsizing.
Online music publication Wondering Sound has cut what seems to be nearly all of its editorial staff, saying it has "scaled back" some parts of its operation in a statement to Poynter Friday.
Wondering Sound launched in March under digital music service eMusic with a focus on high-caliber, thoughtful writing about established and up-and-coming artists.
According to the statement to Poynter, Wondering Sound plans to "pursue the partnerships and funding needed to continue the growth and success that Wondering Sound has achieved since its launch earlier this year."
It added, "We strongly believe in our unique voice and positioning within the music publishing space, and with the right partner we look forward to continuing our mission of understanding music and the cultural context that it sits within."
The website's editorial staff took to Twitter to vent frustrations and give thanks to the support received in the wake of this news.
Judging by their tweets, the layoffs include senior editor Jayson Greene, news editor Lindsay Hood, productions editor Tess Duncan, features editor Claire Lobenfeld and senior editor Puja Patel. International editor Louis Pattison is the only staff member listed on the website who has not written about the firings online. The publication's future is unclear.
Incredibly gratifying to see the outpouring of support for @wonderingsound. I have never been prouder of anything I've ever done.— Jayson Greene (@Jayson_Greene) December 12, 2014
I am a blotchy, snotty mess right now. Seriously, thanks everyone.
— Laura Leebove (@leebovel) December 12, 2014
Thanks, everyone. We're devastated, but this love is so appreciated.— Claire Lobenfeld (@clairevlo) December 12, 2014
Feeling so grateful for the outpouring of love for Wondering Sound right now. Thanks, everyone. <3— Tess (@teedunc) December 13, 2014
this is fucking heartbreaking, 2014 what a year.— Lindsay Hood (@LindsH) December 12, 2014
Would like for all of our friends to know that the staff of Wondering Sound is at a taco place listening to Macy Gray's "I Try." Lol HI GUYS— Puja Patel (@senari) December 12, 2014