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Another small Southern paper gutted

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by e_bowker, May 16, 2013.

  1. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    Hell came to our shop today. The Vicksburg Post, a 12K-daily in Mississippi, had somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 people laid off (not sure of the exact number since they were doing them over the course of two days). Newsroom casualties included a photographer, a part-time copy editor and two production people. Two of the five news editors had already given their two weeks notice and a third left two weeks ago.

    Paper was family owned for 130 years. Boone bought it on May 1. Two weeks later, a third of the workforce is gone.
    This week has sucked.
  2. Five news editors for a 12K?
  3. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    Might not have been the proper terminology. The five includes a very hands-on ME and two who mostly did some of the miscellaneous pages -- schools, religion, entertainment, weddings, obits, things like that -- while also working the occasional weekend news shift.
    We might have been a bit overstaffed in that area. Our former owner was very good to us, often to his own detriment.

    In any event, a lot of good people got the axe this week. I know it's not as big a deal as other, bigger shops, but it still sucks. I needed to pour out a digital 40 for my fallen comrades.
  4. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Happens at all sizes of publications. Some have speculated that in 10 years, all that will remain will be major metros and small county weeklies/bi-weeklies. Not sure, but it wouldn't surprise me.
  5. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    So sorry to hear about the cuts in Vicksburg. Its a good down and a good paper. Well it was a good paper before May 1.
  6. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Yeah, sounds like a hell of a down.
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Vicksburg bought me drinks once...
  8. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    150 years after Grant laid siege to the town, some carpetbagger lays siege to the paper.
    Sorry to hear it. Best of luck.
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I called it a down Riptool because I've been down losing at the casino. It's an inside joke. Sorry, you're not in the loop.
  10. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    You're an idiot.
  11. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Sounds like a good down in which to get your ass kicked.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    You don't even lie well, Drippy.
    But you shit all over yourself like a pro. :D
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