Center for Independent Media says it is streamlining operations with cuts


The Center for Independent Media finally released a statement addressing the cuts to their news sites across the country, including the Minnesota Independent.

Read the statement below. This week, CIM laid off MNIndy full-timers Molly Priesmeyer and Andy Birkey and their freelance budget disappeared.

Publisher's note, from MNIndy:

As we gear up for a new year, the Center for Independent Media is reorganizing in order to better fulfill our mission of impacting public debate and advancing the common good through quality journalism.

We are streamlining operations with a more centralized editorial system to support the entire news network as it grows, with more full-time writers and fewer part-time writers. Our reorganization will allow us to deepen and strengthen coverage in the states we serve and lay the foundation for expansion to new states in 2009 and beyond.

We are grateful to those talented and creative people who have helped us reach our goals thus far, and we look forward to continuing our history of excellence in journalism as we grow to meet the demands of the future.

David S. Bennahum is President & CEO of the Center for Independent Media, which publishes the Minnesota Independent.


Yesterday we reported on the memo released by CIM to employees warning them they could be fired for speaking to the media. This statement comes days after no word from the organization and no returned calls for comments.