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Morris closing Atlanta bureau

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Shifty Squid, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Word around the campfire is Morris is closing its Atlanta bureau. They laid off five people. They won't be covering the Braves, Falcons, etc., anymore. Anybody else hear anything about this? Have any more details? I've just heard it second-hand, but I thought there would be some in-the-know people around here who could fill us in.
  2. HackyMcHack

    HackyMcHack Member

    They have blown off several Braves games over the past few weeks. If they shut down, it wouldn't surprise me....
  3. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    Wow. I thought they just hired a writer to cover the Braves. Either I am thinking of another paper, or this is horrible news for that guy.
  4. Chris_Korman

    Chris_Korman Member

    They hired Brian Costa, a Columbia j-school grad who had interned at the Miami Herald.

    Hopefully, this news isn't true.
  5. bigbadeagle

    bigbadeagle Member

    Maybe Adam Van Brimmer, a frequent poster here and a hail (or is it hale?) fellow well met can provide us some insight.
  6. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Just for the record, I heard this from someone who is VERY close to one of their main writers. Unless our signals got seriously crossed, this is legit. Costa, who was just hired in May, has reportedly been offered a job at Augusta that would cut his salary about in half. Van Brimmer left recently to take a columnist job at Savannah. Coble, the NASCAR writer, is being asked to join the Times-Union.

    If anyone has first-hand confirmation/denial of any of the details I heard, I'd be interested to learn more.
  7. bigbadeagle

    bigbadeagle Member

    Van Brimmer's gonna have to fill Tim Guidera's shoes in Savannah, but I think he can do it.
    Does this also mean that Morris is gutting its news gathering folks in Atlanta, the ones who covered the General Assembly and other such icky stuff?
  8. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    That I don't know, BBE. My contacts are all in sports. It's possible, from what I've heard, that they're just closing the sports part of the Morris bureau. But if I were to infer something from what I was told, it's that they're shuttering the whole Atlanta operation.
  9. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Thankfully, Brian's young enough to land on his own two feet at another paper. That is, if this experience doesn't sour him on the whole business. Jesus, Morris. Spend some money.
  10. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    I can totally buy this move. I mean just because you own a bunch of papers in Georgia why would you want to put reporters in Atlanta?
  11. sgaleadfoot

    sgaleadfoot Member

    wouldn't be too shocking. Honestly, with the Braves not having the high interest as five years ago, you have to weigh it more on the cost of covering them now than one used to.

    Another question, if Morris shuts its atl bureau down, is what happens to Don Coble, the nascar writer for them.
  12. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

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