The media layoffs are here. It’s new media’s sky-is-falling moment. Instead of the promised golden age, we’re seeing rolling cutbacks and massive layoffs at digital darlings like VICE and BuzzFeed. Is that it for workers rights? Are unions any match for advertising pressure from Google and Facebook?

Kim Kelly is a labor reporter with bylines in VICE and Teen Vogue, who helped to organize VICE Union. Nastaran Mohit is the organizing director for NewsGuild NY. Albert Samaha is a BuzzFeed News investigative reporter who has been active in their unionizing process.

Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders hosts the The Laura Flanders Show, where she interviews forward thinking people about the key questions of our time. The LF Show airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English & Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”) and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). The Laura Flanders Show first aired on Air America Radio 2004-2008. You can find all her archives and more at Lauraflanders.com or via Twitter @GRITlaura.