Essence Lays Off Digital Team [Updated]

After relaunching their website last week, Essence magazine laid off its web team today citing budgetary reasons.

“They told us it was downsizing,” says one Essence employee. “We’re very confused. We worked so hard for the relaunch.”

Another insider tells J’sticks: “This is normal practice. Companines relaunch with new [site] schemes that allow them to do more with less, then they cut staff.”

In addition to letting go of the web team, Essence also let go of some magazine staffers.


The site’s managing editor, Emil Wilbekin, is still on staff. Steven Psyllos, deputy editor for remains as does the photo editor.

Otherwise the ENTIRE web team is gone, appx 12-15 ppl.

4 cuts from Essence staff include: Fashion Assistant,Work & Weath Assistant, one of 3 deputy editors and a special projects director who’s been with the magazine since the 70s.