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Houston Chronicle

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Bearkat21, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Bearkat21

    Bearkat21 New Member

    Saw this in the business section today. Anyone know if the sports staff is hit with this?

    The Houston Chronicle today began layoffs of approximately 12 percent of its employees in an effort to reduce costs amid unprecedented change in the newspaper industry, Chronicle Publisher and President Jack Sweeney announced.

    "As our newspaper continues to report the condition of the economy, we read about companies in all business categories adjusting their size to match current and projected revenues," Sweeney wrote to Chronicle employees. "The Houston Chronicle must do the same in spite of your diligent efforts."

    The Chronicle will be providing severance packages, which include two weeks of pay for each year of service up to one year's pay, and career transition services to those employees affected.
  2. -Scoop-

    -Scoop- Member

    Anyone know who was let go?
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    A guy named Scoop is asking us!?!?

    Anyone who knows anything and isn't comfortable posting,you know the drill. Hit me with a PM.
  4. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Here's some info from the Black Monday thread:

  5. Desk_dude

    Desk_dude Member



  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Damn. I enjoyed getting to know MK Bower during college baseball postseason play, including at the College World Series. The few times I shared a press box with Michael Murphy, I liked his company too. I hope those guys -- and everyone affected -- land on their feet.
  7. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    I used to work with MK during our HCN days. Damn shame.
  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    One name I'm hearing I must confirm further before posting but it has me shaking my head.
  9. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    Fran Blinebury, who used to be a columnist, is gone.
  10. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Uh, yeah. That's the name. There is your confirmation.
  11. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Nice that they were treated like criminals when they were told they couldn't leave with anything unless they had a permission slip.
  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Fran? That's stupid even by newspaper management standards.
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