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At least two AP sports writers laid off today

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ondeadline, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. Jesus_Muscatel

    Jesus_Muscatel Well-Known Member

    Joedy's good people. This fucking sucks. And yes I know from experience.
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  2. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    So do I. Damn straight it sucks.
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  3. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    How rare (or how common) is it for The Associated Press to lay off anyone? How rare (or how common) is it for The Associated Press to lay off a sports reporter?

    I think it laid off several entertainment reporters, including some who specialized in video, a few years ago after The AP thought increasing its entertainment coverage would lead to an improved bottom line, which it did not.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Sucks hugely. Been there. Including this week.

    'Tis the season to get the books in order.
  5. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    Good luck.
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  6. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    How many papers in the Gatehouse/Gannett chain still subscribe to AP. I would guess that Gatehouse papers would consider dropping AP and using USA Today or copy from other papers in the chain.
  7. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    And that problem just reared its ugly head today -- Aaron wasn't at Chapel Hill when Wofford upset No. 17 North Carolina ... he was in Greensboro for the N.C. State-UNC Greensboro game (another good game, mind you, but still ...)
  8. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    If GateHouse does buy AP, they'll drop USAT like a hot rock. I predicted they'll do that anyway. That's not off the table.

    ADD: A number of GateHouse papers formerly owned by Stephens dropped AP in favor of McClatchy or WaPo prior to their purchase at the end of 2014. Other chains that were bought by GateHouse subscribed to AP copy but not the photo service.

    It's a rat's nest considering how many of these papers no longer subscribe to AP and yet have their papers paginated by CND, which does use AP copy.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2019
  9. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I think the USA print edition is in the hospice. But I think that Gatehouse will keep much of the staff to provide material for their papers. I read Gatehouse already has about 50 ghost papers where there are only a couple of staffers. I think more are coming and Gatehouse will need copy.

    It is cheaper to fire 20 or 30 high school reporters and then fill with a story from a national writer.
  10. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    I've never heard of it ... but I did find something interesting on JournalismJobs.com -- it seems that AP is looking to add a staffer to cover the North Carolina legislature ... the post date is Dec. 10 ... coincidence?

    JournalismJobs.com - Job Listing - Associated Press Reporter
  11. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    It went Charlie Foxtrot in a hurry.

    Aaron was in Greensboro working NCSU-UNC Greensboro men.
    Ken Tysiac, who has been staffing some NCSU women (now AP Top 10) and Carolina Hurricanes games, was at Reynolds working Elon-NCSU women.
    That left a big hole in Chapel Hill. Then Wofford popped Chapel Hill. Again. Oops.

    Should have left Joedy alone, AP. Yes, there are stringers available. I know that Tysiac is unquestionably qualified and capable and I know BCK knows that, too. But even with Aaron and Tysiac, it left a big hole. Take a bow, AP. Was it worth it?
  12. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Did Tysiac leave the AICPA or is he freelancing?
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