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Seattle Times and Newsday: Two memos that are how layoff notices should be written

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Baron Scicluna, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Seattle Times is asking for buyouts, and Newsday is cutting a few positions. It sucks, of course, but in these cases, I give the Times editor and the Newsday union memo writer credit. No bullshit about how they're going to be just as strong, or how they'll cover the news better, or how EXCITING these times are. Just straightforward announcements, with appropriate somberness.

    » Seattle Times and Newsday offer buyouts JIMROMENESKO.COM
  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I've been through a handful of those things in two different shops, and I cannot recall ever seeing a "memo." News was delivered in a staff meeting every time.
  3. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Who gives a fuck? You're not less unemployed if they fire you somberly or "respectfully."
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  4. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Eh, I get that, but it does make it worse if they stand there and try to put a happy face on it. ("This will be a new and exciting time for the newspaper!")

    I've seen enough of that to last a couple of lifetimes.
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  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    It's bad enough being unemployed. The least they can do is be respectful about it.

    Let me guess, you cheer when people get fired by email or by a phone call, or you think having security guards walk you out with your box that you've had just five minutes to pack up is just peachy keen. After all, they're not less unemployed.
  6. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Let's play "Don't Worry, be Happy" and "Walking on Sunshine" at funerals, while we're at it.

    Who gives a fuck? They're not going to be less dead if you show proper respect.
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  7. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Sure, if you're the one who killed the person.
  8. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    The most "disrespectful" thing about getting fired is getting fired.

    My ex-boss pretending to have respect for me while he/she does it doesn't put food on my table.
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  9. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    You can't be that tone-deaf.
  10. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    We're applauding the honesty here. There's a lack of it in way too many newsrooms.
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  11. Bronco77

    Bronco77 Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't be a surprise if one of these days there's a job-cut memo that reads, "Fifteen newsroom employees are leaving to spend more time with their families/pursue other opportunities."
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    More often than not, a person's boss was the person responsible for hiring them. And they're not usually the person responsible for firing them. They are typically just carrying out orders from elsewhere.

    No, it doesn't put food on your table to know that. But the distinction is valid.
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