The hits keep coming.  Will Sommer at WP:

The Wall Street Journal took a hatchet to its Washington bureau on Thursday, laying off roughly 20 staffers in a restructuring that adds to a brutal start to 2024 for the journalism industry. The cuts focused on the bureau’s economics reporters in Washington, which will be folded into the newspaper’s New York-based business team. The bureau’s team covering U.S.-China news will be shuttered.

The layoffs mark the latest job losses in a grueling stretch for the media. A day before the Journal layoffs, upstart news site the Messenger — which launched last year with a $50 million budget — abruptly collapsed, firing roughly 300 staffers who were left without health insurance or severance. The Los Angeles Times and digital news site Business Insider also laid off significant portions of their staff last month.