There had been rumblings of potential change within Mic’s office since publisher Cory Haik penned a Recode op-ed on August 7 extolling the potential of visual journalism, according to sources within the company. VP of Content Michael Cahill left Mic the following day, according to a memo from Haik obtained by Splinter. It’s unclear whether Cahill did so of his own volition, and he’s yet to respond to requests for comment.


A phone call to Haik requesting comment was not immediately returned on Thursday morning.

Read the full text of Altchek’s memo to staffers below:


Today, we had to say goodbye to 25 very talented colleagues and friends on our full time team. We have done our best to ensure the path forward for each affected individual is as smooth as possible. Saying goodbye to colleagues is difficult and we’re very grateful for all of their contributions to Mic.

We made these tough decisions because we believe deeply in our vision to make Mic the leader in visual journalism and we need to focus the company to deliver on our mission. Visual journalism already makes up 75% of the time that our audience spends with Mic. As new platforms emerge and existing platforms continue to grow, we believe this will become a dominant form of news consumption for our audience. Our strategy to realign our resources behind this new market of ‘tap stories,’ in which we are already winning, will set us apart. In addition, we remain confident about our ability to succeed with extensions into the premium video space and already see strong traction with those efforts.

I have never been more optimistic about Mic’s future and potential. Having recently completely our Series C financing, Mic is in the strongest financial position in the company’s history.

Please join me for an all-hands at 3:00pm to discuss further and to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your continued energy, focus and commitment to Mic.