Some personal news: After a layoff, David Clinch isn’t done with journalism

David Clinch was working in his Atlanta residence workplace in February when he acquired the name.

His spouse, Kelly Clinch, overheard her dialog with Storyful higher-ups and walked in, giving him a wide-eyed “what the hell” look from the doorway.

Clinch, a founding companion of Storyful, was being laid off.

The subsequent day, he acquired a separation supply he may reside with, and virtually instantly, Clinch and his spouse went from disbelief to reduction. After 11 years, their marriage and reputations had been intact.

With a startup, Clinch mentioned, that’s as a lot as you’ll be able to hope for.


This isn’t a layoff story like most layoff tales, and Clinch is aware of that. He’s been within the business for a very long time. He works, and will get paid, on the government degree. People who run information organizations take his calls. He’s white. He’s a man.

Still, getting laid off was stunning, he mentioned, however not stunning. He’d been fascinated about leaving Storyful for a whereas.

But — “I didn’t really want to get laid off.”

It was a kick within the ego. But as soon as the sting wore off, Clinch realized he had a possibility to put in writing the ultimate chapters of his profession (between 5 and 15 years’ price, he figures) himself.


Clinch labored for Independent Television News in London throughout the first Gulf War. When the bombs began falling, his boss mentioned, “Call NCS.”

Clinch did, and he realized for the primary time that the work wasn’t nearly information itself, however about connecting to the world. A number of months later, he interviewed over the cellphone for a job at NCS and shortly moved to Atlanta. There, he acquired married and labored at NCS for 19 years on the worldwide desk, the place he acquired to cowl and journey the world.

In 2009, Clinch was a founding companion of Storyful, a pioneering mission that started off verifying video, pictures and textual content on social media. He managed partnerships with main tech firms. News Corp. bought Storyful in 2013. In February, News Corp laid off dozens of Storyful staff, Business Post reported.

The pandemic was tough on all sizes and shapes of newsrooms, together with youthful digital ones equivalent to VICE, Medium, HuffPost, The Outline, The Skimm and Quartz.

Now, Clinch is taking his time to determine what comes subsequent. NCS let him cowl the world. At Storyful, he helped construct techniques to determine what’s actual and what isn’t. Like with the remainder of his profession, he is aware of he’ll discover what comes subsequent the place know-how and journalism meet.

As a longtime resident of Atlanta, Clinch additionally cares about the way forward for his native newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and is spending a few of his time engaged on methods to help native, dependable information.

News firms are coming into a post-Trump, post-COVID future whereas a lot of them are in the midst of hiring new leaders. Clinch want to work with the individuals who transfer into these roles and assist them determine what comes subsequent.

“I want to grab onto the idea that we’re coming into a new age of quality news and information and I want to help quality news organizations seize that opportunity,” he mentioned. “That’s what I want to do. And I may be ridiculously optimistic, but that’s the opportunity that I see.”

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