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New development in Allentown

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mocheeks10, May 21, 2012.

  1. mocheeks10

    mocheeks10 Member

    For those who might be interested, the decision has been reached to eliminate the sports editor's position at The Morning Call, meaning Bill Kline is out of a job. ASE Ernie Long is now in charge.
  2. Wait .. so they ELIMINATED the SE post but are keeping the ASE?
    Or did they fire the SE and promote the ASE?
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    That's so shitty I can't even bring myself to do a Billy Joel pull.
  4. mocheeks10

    mocheeks10 Member

    As I understand it, they just eliminated the SE position.
  5. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    No knowledge of Allentown, but I have heard of other, small- to mid-size papers doing the same. Cut the SE and split the work between an ASE, a news editor and a senior sports staffer.

    Obviously it doesn't help the final product, but it allows for cutting a FTE at the management level while splitting the work up between several people and not giving them any more $$$$$ for that extra work.
  6. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    that's what led to me getting the axe a few months back. They cut the SE (me) and split it between the part-time ASE and the city hall reporter
  7. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    So it's basically a salary dump?

    SOMEONE is still going to have to do the work, regardless of what their title/salary is.
  8. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Yes, just a salary dump. It's just like 99 percent of the other layoffs. Same amount of work, split between fewer people. And if the product suffers so the bottom line looks better ... oh well.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    In that case, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Well we are living here in Allentown
    And they took the sports editor down
    On the agate desk they're killing time
    Clearing their desks, left in a bind
    Well we covered all the Second World War
    Spent our comp time on the Jersey Shore
    Scooped those mothers at RKO
    Then the Net came, killed us real slow
    And we're living here in Allentown

    But the circulation's going down
    And it's getting very hard to stay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay.

    And we're waiting here in Allentown
    For the backup plan we never found
    For the promises our bosses gave
    If we worked hard, if we behaved
    So the APSEs hang on the wall
    But they never really helped us at all
    No they never taught us what was real
    Profits and links, mergers and deals
    And we're waiting here in Allentown

    But they've ran the paper into the ground
    And the reeeaders crawled away-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

    Every newshound had a pretty good shot
    To get at least as far as deputy slot
    Something happened on the way to that place
    They threw an SEO tag in our face

    Well, I'm living here in Allentown
    And it's hard to keep a good man down
    But I won't be filing slugs today-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

    And it's getting very hard to stay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay
    And we're living here in Allentown
  11. not funny, not clever, not appropriate
  12. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Yup. I'm guessing there is a minimum salary for the SE position, so they just eliminate it and dump the work in the ASE, just ignoring the lack of logic behind having an assistant to a job that no longer exists. Fraud.
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