Lauren Walker at WP:

The Texas Tribune, the pioneering digital news organization, laid off 11 percent of its staff Wednesday, renewing worries about the sustainability of local nonprofit journalism.

“There is no media company — commercial, nonprofit or public — that isn’t experiencing some version of this,” chief executive Sonal Shah wrote to her 100 employees, explaining that the “difficult choices now” will position the newsroom to deal with challenges posed by artificial intelligence, “uneven news readership and engagement, changing audience behaviors and the growing phenomenon of news avoidance.”

While layoffs in the moribund local news sector are routine at this point, the Tribune’s business model has largely insulated it from cutbacks that have whittled local and regional journalism in recent decades. These are the first layoffs in its 14-year history.

Founded in 2009, the Austin-based company’s solid financial grounding and focus on civic engagement made it a shining example for the Baltimore Banner, the City and hundreds of other nonprofit newsrooms that have sprung up in recent years as traditional local newspapers circle the drain. The Tribune, which is free to read, covers public policy, immigration, health care and the environment; its reporters have won national awards for coverage the school shooting in Uvaldethe 2021 winter storm and other major Texas news events.