Cascade Public Media fires Crosscut managing editor

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Crosscut, the digital news site owned by Cascade Public Media in Seattle, dismissed Managing Editor Florangela Davila last week. 

Kelsey Tomascheski, a spokesperson for Cascade Public Media, confirmed that the organization “parted ways” with Davila because of “differences in the strategic outlook in the newsroom.” 

The Aug. 5 dismissal came less than a week after employees of the news site voted unanimously to form a bargaining unit under NewsGuild, a sector of the Communications Workers of America. As managing editor, Davila was not part of the bargaining unit, Tomascheski said.

The Crosscut Union criticized the decision to dismiss Davila in a letter sent Monday to Cascade Public Media’s top managers and posted on social media. 

“The timing is particularly alarming given that the newsroom voted to certify its union less than a week before Florangela’s firing and will soon begin contract negotiations,” the letter said.

Davila was the “glue that held our newsroom together” and she made deliberate efforts to create a newsroom “where journalists of color felt empowered, safe, and seen,” the letter said.

The union’s letter also noted that “a pattern of firings without warning played a key role in the newsroom’s decision to unionize.”

“We wish Florangela the best in her future endeavors,” Tomascheski said, but declined to comment further, citing personnel matters.

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