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NYU has canceled the class "Reporting on the Far Right" originally going to be taught by Talia Lavin after only two students signed up
Lavin resigned from the New Yorker last year after falsely accusing a disabled ICE agent of having a Nazi tattoo
NYU Cancels Former New Yorker Fact-Checker Talia Lavin’s Journalism Class
Lavin left The New Yorker last year after falsely saying an ICE agent had a Nazi tattoo
Jon Levine | May 30, 2019 @ 9:11 AM
Last Updated: May 30, 2019 @ 9:16 AM
New York University has canceled an undergraduate journalism class that former New Yorker fact-checker Talia Lavin was scheduled to teach this fall after only two students signed up.
The decision to hire Lavin to teach the elective, “Reporting on the Far Right,” had drawn criticism since she resigned her New Yorker position last June after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of having a Nazi tattoo.
Adam Penenberg, director of undergraduate studies at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, said that low enrollment forced him to cancel the class. “Canceling the class had nothing to do with Talia’s writings, tweets, or anything else. We cancelled it because too few students enrolled,” Penenberg added.
Lavin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
NYU journalism electives are capped at 15 students, though the department has run courses with as few as eight students under certain circumstances.
Penenberg also said it was unlikely his department would invite Lavin back. “It would make no sense to try it again, given how few students expressed interest,” he said. “We have no plans to offer Talia another course, simply because her main focus (and the focus of her upcoming book) is the far right.”
Lavin’s official NYU faculty bio — which lauded her as an expert in “far-right extremism and social justice” — was removed sometime around April 20, 2019, according to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
In her original course, Lavin promised a fulsome exploration of the “far right,” saying she would show students how to track and identify online extremism.
“In an era when hate is on the rise, this course will provide student journalists with a thorough grounding in far-right and white-supremacist movements in the United States, briefly examining their history and delving into their sprawling present incarnations,” reads a now deleted course description, which also promised “a careful analysis of pieces that have fallen short of the mark.”
Lavin’s three-year career as a fact checker at The New Yorker was derailed last June after she tweeted an accusation that Justin Gaertner, a wheelchair-bound ICE agent, of sporting a Nazi Iron Cross tattoo over his left elbow. She later deleted the tweet and apologized after learning the tattoo represented a Maltese Cross, a symbol commonly used by members of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Though the original misleading tweet was only up for a short time, Lavin earned a public rebuke from both ICE and her employer that led to her voluntary resignation.
Lavin later worked as an “extremism researcher” at Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog organization, before being laid off in January.
Her part-time gig at NYU soon came under fire from right-wing critics as well. Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz suggested that journalism schools should be “neutron bombed” because of hires like Lavin. He later apologized. And Fox News host Laura Ingraham called Lavin and another NYU J-school hire, Lauren Duca, “little journo terrorists.”
In March, Lavin told the Daily Beast that the attention from right-wing media had resulted in death threats and harassment. “It’s very disconcerting when someone with 3 million viewers calls me a terrorist,” Lavin told the website. “I’ve gotten some death threats. I got lots of slurs. I have been called a ‘c—‘ 10,000 times.”
BuzzFeed will no longer cover local news and politics in the UK and Australia. It is shutting down the two BuzzFeed News operations, citing "economic and strategic reasons."
The hard news BuzzFeed News division is separate from the softer, entertainment-focused BuzzFeed flagship site.
“We are going to focus on news that hits big in the United States during this difficult period,” a BuzzFeed spokesperson told multiple media outlets.
The decision comes less than two months after the company cut staffers’ pay by 5% to 25%, to deal with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.
The London office was set up in 2013. About 10 U.K. employees have been furloughed until the end of June and will likely not return to work, according to the Press Gazette. Eleven U.K. staffers will remain in total, who focus on social news, celebrity and investigations.
Four in Australia were furloughed.
BuzzFeed News UK, which also oversees the company's operations in Germany, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and India, experienced a loss of about $12.3 million (£9.4 million) in 2018.
BuzzFeed’s losses in its international business quadrupled that year.
The company closed its operations in France in December 2018 and in Spain in January 2019.
In the U.S., BuzzFeed named Mark Schoofs its next editor in chief last week, succeeding Ben Smith, who left for The New York Times earlier this year. Schoofs formed the outlet’s investigations team.
Maybe they can learn to code!From fake news,
BuzzFeed Lays Off 12% of EmployeesDigital media company is letting go about 180 staffers amid "challenging macroeconomic conditions"
In a bid to cut costs as the digital media company faces headwinds including an ad-spending pullback and the completion of its integration of Complex Media.
The company informed affected employees via email Tuesday that they were being terminated. “In order for BuzzFeed to weather an economic downturn that I believe will extend well into 2023, we must adapt, invest in our strategy to serve our audience best, and readjust our cost structure,” CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in a memo to employees about the job cuts.
BuzzFeed disclosed the layoffs in an SEC filing Tuesday. The company said the layoffs are “intended to reduce the company’s costs” in response to factors including “challenging macroeconomic conditions,” completing the integration of Complex Media and “eliminating redundancies where they exist” and the ongoing audience shift to short-form, vertical video, which BuzzFeed is “still developing from a monetization standpoint.”
BuzzFeed went public a year ago, launching its IPO in December 2021 through a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company. As part of the SPAC deal, BuzzFeed acquired Complex Networks from Verizon and Hearst for $300 million. Prior to its IPO, BuzzFeed bought HuffPost from Verizon. At the end of 2021, BuzzFeed reported having 1,522 employees.
For the third quarter of 2022, BuzzFeed reported a 15% increase in revenue, to $103.7 million, boosted by Complex Networks, while its net loss ballooned to $27.0 million compared with net loss of $3.6 million in the year-earlier period. “It is clear that advertisers are continuing to exercise caution around spending as a function of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” CFO Felicia DellaFortuna said on the earnings call in discussing expectations of a “seasonal lift” in Q4 revenue but one that would be “somewhat muted” relative to prior years. She also told analysts that BuzzFeed is “focused on further optimizing our cost base” to “preserve cash over the coming quarters.”
The bulk of BuzzFeed’s layoffs occurred Dec. 6, with only a few cases of severance extending into 2023, according to the company. Restructuring charges are anticipated to be between $8 million to $12 million, recognized primarily in the fourth quarter of 2022.
In March 2022, Peretti said the company would reduce the headcount at BuzzFeed News overall by 1.7% going forward as well as laying off members of the BuzzFeed video team, Complex Networks’ editorial staff, and employees on the business and administrative teams.
Read Peretti’s Dec. 6 memo to staffers:
I am writing to announce some very difficult changes today across the company. We are reducing our workforce by approximately 12% and letting many talented colleagues go.
Talia Lavin it turns out is now Tal Lavin, because of course he/she/it is:Update on Talia Lavin's NYU course
Via Jon Levine's tweet:
Only two students signed up. :lol:
Her faculty bio has been scrubbed from the NYU Faculty website.
Via The Wrap:
Lavin grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and was raised Modern Orthodox. He attended SAR High School and graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a degree in comparative literature. He was a Fulbright scholar and spent a year in Ukraine.
Lavin is Jewish. In August 2022 he publicly came out as a trans man via his Twitter account.