Latest NewsOverstory Media Group makes more layoffs

Overstory Media Group makes more layoffs

Overstory Media Group (OMG) has made another round of layoffs, focused on Victoria’s Capital Daily.

Jimmy Thomson

Among those caught up in Monday’s job losses were managing editor Jimmy Thomson, who’d been with the digital publication since 2020; journalist and copy editor Jolene Rudisuela; and reporters Brishti Brasu and Shannon Waters.

The cuts come less than two months after an earlier round of layoffs in December that saw Dustin Godfrey, Marco Ovies, and Kaija Jussinoja released by OMG. Godfrey was a reporter for the Burnaby Beacon and New West Anchor, while Ovies was a contributor to the Burnaby Beacon and Vancouver alt-weekly, Georgia Straight, which OMG acquired last September. Jussinoja was a reporter with Halifax alt weekly, The Coast, which the company took ownership of in April of last year.

Founded by former Daily Hive co-owner and editor Farhan Mohamed and Victoria tech entrepreneur Andrew Wilkinson, OMG launched in May 2021 with a goal to hire 250 journalists in the coming years as part of an ambitious plan for national expansion to encompass 50 outlets.

While the startup has scaled up with its acquisition of the high-profile Georgia Straight and The Coast, Overstory’s reach remains largely focused in Western Canada, with its publications including the Vancouver Tech Journal, Fraser Valley Current, The Westshore, Oak Bay Local, and Calgary Citizen, among others.

Wilkinson’s company, Tiny Capital, went public last week with an IPO valued at nearly $1B. Separate organization, Tiny Foundation, which Wilkinson runs with angel investor Holly Rohani Wilkinson, invested a million dollars in Canadaland in 2020. Wilkinson is also an investor in The Logic.

As of publication, Overstory Media Group had not responded to Broadcast Dialogue’s request for comment.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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