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More Tribune layoffs

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SF_Express, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

  2. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    I know it's a private matter to many, but I sure am curious to know who the folks are who got laid off. (From what I read, those who get dumped involuntarily receive the same package as those who left "voluntarily.")

    Stunning that, as recently as 2005, that newsroom had an estimated 670 bodies. Now it will be down to 480. And you just know that the "worst" 190 weren't the ones shed.
  3. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    I continue to shake my head at this.

    This was once my favorite paper. A lot of the people whose stuff I read are gone. And I have friends there who are worried they're next.
  4. Death

    Death Member

    It's truly sad that Tribune Co. -- especially Chicago -- is being run into the ground so hard and fast. The Randy Michaels story recently was one of my all-time WTFs? With Michaels and Lee Abrams spreading the gospel, Zell won't be turning in quarterly losses much longer. ::)

    So the late shift at the Chicago Tribune was putting the paper to bed in the newsroom last night when they were surprised by a guest visitor: Randy Michaels, chief operating officer of the Tribune. Michaels was leading a group of people on a tour. Apparently wishing to amuse the unidentified gawkers, the ex radio deejay decided to crack some jokes about his reporters and editors.

    "Oh, look--they're just making up the news,'' he said, walking by one editor's desk. He told the group that the editorial staff were too "serious" and that "things will lighten up soon"—a reference that some took to refer to the impending layoff and buyouts.

    That story's been told here plenty. It's one of the most disappointing I've read. If only Mike Royko had been there to kick him in the balls.

    Fuck, maybe my shop should hire Shadoe Stevens to run the show here.
  5. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    How many tall buildings does Chicago have? Maybe someone could lure Randy up to the top of one and...
  6. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Still waiting, and still expecting, to see a salty, veteran journalist absolutely laying out one of these bozos in one of these newsrooms. Royko probably would have kicked Michaels in the balls. At their best, guys like Will McDonough or John Schulian might have decked one of these jackasses, too.

    And when it happens, the jackass CEO/owner who pees in his pants as he gets his nose bloodied will be fortunate that the angry newsroom vet wasn't packing heat.
  7. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    Brings up an interesting question.
    It's human nature to break up a fight when you see some poor slob getting his ass kicked in a major way.
    But if it were one of the jackass CEO/owners, who wouldn't just stand there and watch?
  8. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Hell, no!

    I'd join in the fun.
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    After all, Shadoe saved Hollywood Squares money by being the announcer and a panelist. He'd fit right into current newspaper culture.
  10. GeorgeScott

    GeorgeScott Member

    Do we know what friends of ours in sports got whacked?
  11. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    This was very interesting.
  12. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Via The Pipeline:

    Here are the latest Sports layoffs (involuntary) at the Chicago Tribune. Allegedly, layoffs are over for now.

    Wally Tokarz (part-time copy editor)

    Lew Freedman (former Outdoors columnist who had been on the desk)

    Dave Surico (former prep writer who had previously been demoted to inside work for the prep staff)
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