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Landmark eliminates racing writer

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    My friend Dustin Long posted this on his Facebook page. Hope he doesn't mind me sharing since it is very much related to the business:

    Got word that my newspaper chain is eliminating my job AFTER this season. At least I've still got a few months. It's been a fun ride for 13 seasons. Hey, as they say, when one doors closes another opens. Can't wait to see what lies ahead. It should be an interesting and exciting time. I can't complain. My papers have been very good to me. It's been a great ride and look forward to these next few months.
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    The day is coming when there will be as many former journalists as there currently are Yankee haters.
  3. Hoos3725

    Hoos3725 Member


    I can't say I'm surprised, because this has happened to so many NASCAR writers. But there's still a bit of shock every time something like this happens.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Every sports beat has taken it on the chin in recent years, but motorsports and golf seem to have especially had the bullseye on them. For Pete's sake, Landmark's area is the heart of Nascar country.

    Dustin's one of the very best guys in the biz. As president of the National Motorsports Press Association he saw how much the membership had been hurting for work and tried like hell to help. Look at the "freelance available" board, he started a stickied thread trying to get his guys hired. I bet good karma will come his way now.
  5. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Wow. Provides original content for three fairly large newspapers in the heart of NASCAR country and still gets shitcanned? There's little hope for any of us.
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    An assbuster and a very good guy - I remember the day Martinsville was sold while the circuit was in Richmond. I got to the press center VERY early and he'd already laid out the groundwork for two of the four stories he was doing. Knows his stuff. He'll end up somewhere good. If I had the slot and the coin, I'd tell him to stay put and crank that NASCAR stuff my way.

    It is a sad commentary on the state of the business.
  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Newspapers long ago stopped spending money on covering news people need and ought to know -- like foreign news, fer instance. Now, we see newspapers stopping coverage of news they know damn well their readers WANT.
    Which brings up the question, why do they expect readers to keep consuming their product -- even for free on the Internet?
  8. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Wasn't there talk they were going to eliminate his position a few years ago but he survived?

    Good guy and a strong reporter. Does Virginia have any papers with dedicated full-time NASCAR writers (understanding that Dustin worked out of NC)? For a state with four races a year and a bunch more in easy drive, that's saying something.
  9. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Unbelievable. No, check that. Anything the suits do isn't surprising anymore.
  10. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    That's what I thought, too.
  11. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    It was, if I remember correctly. Dustin is one of the truly nicest people in that media center. He was always very helpful to me (partly because he was friends with Nate Ryan, so I think he felt some sort of necessity to help me out) but was kind and good. Still is, shouldn't say was. :D

    I wish I could say with certainty he will land on his feet; if spirit and intent and dedication matter, he will. He really is one of the best.
  12. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    In terms of NASCAR beat writers cut in recent years, off the top of my head I know of Minter, Mulhern, Woody, Pedley, Sturbin and I know I'm forgetting several. Lot of experience pushed aside. Plus you have racing publications like NASCAR Scene and National Speed Sport News cutting their print publications. On the Internet side, a couple of years ago Yahoo cut Bonkowski.
    I've never met Dustin, but I was impressed with how he works hard to find work for other writers. Like playthrough said, hopefully he gets seriously good karma for that.
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