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Houston Chronicle "position-elimination program"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by FileNotFound, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Just saw this on Romenesko. Not that another layoff is news, but come on ... "position-elimination program?" Just once -- just ONCE -- I'd like to see a publisher type up a memo that gets a message across without the corporate bullshit. Is that too much to ask?
  2. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Would corporate let him pull that off?

    No buyouts in this one, either ... only open-position whacking and layoffs.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    That's cute. Soon to be abbreviated to "pep" to further baffle employees into thinking it's a worthwhile thing. When your editor calls you into his office for a pep talk, you're done.
  4. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

  5. I think it's time to involve the publisher and the beancounters in my Testicle Relocation Program.
  6. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member


    Um, your ideas do not intrigue me and I do not wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
  7. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Soon "leave the gun, take the cannoli" might be uttered in many newsrooms. :)
  8. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    Fenian, that's too much information for me...

    IJAG, I wonder what the subscription numbers are for Fenian's newsletter?
  9. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    I wouldn't know. He lost me at "Testicle Relocation."
  10. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    Yeah, I got creeped out by that and he lost me there too...

    I bet we aren't the only ones who got lost after "Testicle Relocation" ;) ;D
  11. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    IJAG, you have testicles? I'm so disappointed now.
  12. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Hearst is in a world of hurt. The company (which is private) thought it was insulated from the industry challenges because of monpolies in growing places like San Antonio and Houston, but with two layoffs this year in San Antonio, this process in Houston and the ongoing disaster in the Bay Area, Hearst is getting a bad taste of what everyone else is eating.
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