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Another gut punch...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Colton, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    It was announced at my shop last night that in 3 weeks, we will be outsourcing our press runs.

    And the hits just keep on coming -- 20 more good, hard-working people losing their jobs.
  2. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    That's a tough deal, Colton.

    I think the lack of response is simply because people are so weary of these regular dispatches of bad news for the newspaper business.
  3. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Sad but true.

    We had a staff meeting last week, and our ME tried to placate us about yet another reporter position not being filled with this:

    "This past year (2011), our advertising revenue was half of what it was in 2009. Just about any other business would be closed with numbers like that."
  4. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    That's awful, Colton. And it's sad that when I saw the thread title on the twitter feed I knew exactly what board this was going to be on.
  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Just about any other business would be happy with 5-10 percent profit margin.

    In newspapers, it's just another excuse to cut salary, furlough and/or lay off more people. And how many of the suits making these decisions are cutting or freezing their salaries in the process?
  6. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member


    I never thought I'd be able to see myself out of newspapers. Now, I'm not sure I can ever see myself at another newspaper.

    Hope all those folks getting laid off find jobs that actually pay them well and realize they are valuable assets to the company.
  7. SalukiNC

    SalukiNC Member

  8. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    Sorry to hear that.

    How will deadlines be affected? Will you be able to get in night scores?
  9. Calvin Hobbes

    Calvin Hobbes Member

    This was my first stop in the business, as well as the local paper I grew up reading. Is it odd or overly sentimental that I'm thinking of stopping by to watch one final press run there before it's all over?
  10. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    Yes, but odd and overly sentimental in a way only we can understand and embrace. I hope you do it, and maybe take the pressman out for a beverage or breakfast after. I have a few bucks to throw into the hat.
  11. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

  12. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    I always said newspapers would be a great place to work if it weren't for publishers making things as unpleasant as they could possibly be.
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