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'Bloody Monday at Kansas City Star'

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Simon, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Who wants to open a newspaper in Olathe? Those 3 guys who got laid off could put out a good one I bet.
  2. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Eventually it's got to dawn on the bean counters that there are five managers in departments that now have maybe 12 staffers. (Not saying here, just in general -- like letting the student-teacher ratio in a school drop to 6-to-1 or something. Sooner or later, some teacher gets the ax.)
  3. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    I would assume it was Boyce's beat(s) that made him a target. IIRC, he was the small colleges and Royals backup guy. Big 12 is king in KC, so I doubt people will complain if there is less coverage of UMKC or other smaller instate schools.

    Good luck to him and everyone else that got laid off today. I was laid off a few months ago so know the situation they are in.
  4. sgaleadfoot

    sgaleadfoot Member

    Ditto what Poole said about Pedley. Heck of a guy and writer.
  5. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    I think The Star had two ASEs for high schools, one for Kansas schools and one for Missouri schools. I'm pretty sure Mike was one of those editors.
  6. Larry Graham

    Larry Graham Member

    Best of luck to Boyce and Mike Fitzgerald. My prayers are with you. Fitz was my first boss out of college and one of the nicest guys in the world to work with. I really just don't have the words.
    And Boyce, back in the day, the guy averaged about three bylines a day and sometimes he'd have three different datelines as well. He was just a beast at cranking out stories.
    Good luck guys. Best of luck to all of you back home.
  7. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Journalism only topics on the front page right now:

    "Bye-Bye PI"
    "...On Death of newspapers"
    "Bloody Monday at KC"
    "Seattle PI announcement to come..."
    "Tucson Citizen closing up shop"
    "Staff layoffs, pay cuts in Raleigh"
    "Today is layoff day at my shop"
    "More cuts at McClatchy"
    "Herald to cut 175"
    "Fate of Rocky (was) announced"

    The only other subjects are ESPN ombud moving on (bad news), angry parents (always bad news) and, as usual, steroids. At this point, wouldn't some of you welcome a punk kid coming on here and asking for resume advice?
  8. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Where's Pickle Juice when we need her?
  9. lono

    lono Active Member

    I echo everything said previously about Pedley - smart, inquisitive, hard working and a great guy. Damn, damn, damn.
  10. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    More names posted:

    Eric Palmer, Deputy Business Editor
    DeAnn Smith, Investigative Reporter
    Rick Alm, Gambling & Tourism Reporter
    David Hayes, Technology/Internet Reporter
    Malcom Garcia, Reporter
    Don Allmon, IT
    Greg Peters, Photo Desk
    Katie Middleton, Northland Editor
    Jim Pedley, Motor Sports Writer
    John Mark Eberhart, Books Editor
    Ward Triplett, Wire Editor (credit Pitch)
    Robert Folsom, Features Copy Editor
    David Boyce, Sports Reporter
    Mike Fitzgerald, Asst. Sports Editor
    Stephen Winn- Deputy Editorial Page Editor
    Trudy Hurley- Editorial Assistant
    Kirk Weber- Night City Editor
    Dennis Boone- Jackson County Editor
    Russ Pulley- Independence Bureau Reporter
    Bill Graham, Platte County Reporter/Columnist
  11. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    if vac says it, it must be true. sad times for all. go get 'em, vac!
  12. sptwri

    sptwri Member

    With all the familiar names, this seems to have become a KC Star sports blog. So as the oldest guy on that sports staff, I feel comfortable wading in. Can't remember a worse day in my 37 years at the KC Star. Kent Pulliam particularly is in my thoughts. Nobody deserves this. Everybody hurts.
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