We were expecting there to be some pain with the sale of @LAWeekly. But we weren’t expecting the Red Wedding. That’s how deep the cuts are. 1/
— Mara Shalhoup (@mshalhoup) November 29, 2017
On November 29 Semanal Media laid off nine of the paper’s 13 editorial staffers, an event then Editor-In-Chief Mara Shalhoup compared to the infamous Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones. While this mass firing didn’t explicitly violate any ethical guidelines, it was a significant loss of institutional knowledge and reflected disregard for the journalists who helped build the paper. It’s worth noting that Semanal has continued repurposing content from staffers that were fired. Leaked emails suggested there was no editorial strategy in place for the new staff going forward.