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Another round of layoffs in Philly

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Drip, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Bad news in Philly. I know one guy who has gotten his notice and he was doing a helluva job covering the Sixers.
    http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/35412-layoffs-hit-philly-papers-union-pledges-a-fight-&Itemid=1
     
  2. 1HPGrad

    1HPGrad Member

    Damn. I'm in the press box with the Phillies guys every day this spring.
     
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Wait - didn't the Sixers guy just start recently?
     
  4. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Yes he did.
     
  5. Dog8Cats

    Dog8Cats Member

    From the guild's letter:

    • Whether Osberg wants to admit it or not, the print editions of the
      Inquirer and Daily News, which he offensively labels "legacy products,"
      are responsible for generating more than 90 percent of the revenue.

    Anyone know if that figure is 1) true and 2) representative of metro dailies?
     
  6. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Dude just got hired and now he's getting laid off? That sucks.
     
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, it does. But that's the risk. Last in, first out.
     
  8. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Publisher mentioned to us about a year ago that print accounted for 87-89 percent of revenue, and that figure was amazingly consistent everywhere.
     
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    That figure is pretty close to being correct. Yes, Mile High is right but this guy is a grizzled veteran who did a great job on the Sixers. He got caught in a numbers game because the staffs of the Daily News and Inky merged. He was vulnerable because the other guy has been at the Daily News for 20-plus years. And to be honest, he's really just getting an opportunity to coverthe beat full time. He's a great guy but the new guy was better.
    Bottom line, the whole thing sucks.
     
  10. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Here we go again in the City of Brotherly Love.
    http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/off-mic/item/35932
     
  11. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    I know. Last in, first out has slowed down a lot of movement in our profession in the last several years.
     
  12. podunk press

    podunk press Active Member

    Last in, first out has resulted in some older metro newsrooms that are getting their butts kicked more often by the community dailies that compete against them in my area.
     
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