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Sun-Times: Happy New Year! You're fired!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by steveu, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    From the crosstown Tribune. I imagine it's not a good day in Sun-Times land. A total of 40 positions gone, including 35 reporters, columnists and section editors. No names.

  2. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Why can't they ever do this shit in May?
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Jesus f ch.
    Will it ever end?
  4. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    The beginning of the year seems to be a popular time to pull this crap.
  5. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    Since you asked:

  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Don't know what's worse, doing this at Christmas time or right after you've charged hundreds of dollars for presents.
    Until newspapers find a way to increase revenues rather than just maintain profit margins, this stuff will continue. And all I see from management types is a lot of wasted energy, spin and poorly thought out "reorganizations."
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Doubt it. They just did layoffs in Yakima.
  8. The question, and I know there have been countless threads on this: Is it time for young people to get out now? Law school, MBA, whatever it is. And maybe try to come back in if things improve?

    Or is this the time you have to stay aboard because once you've staked out position, you'd be nuts to let it go in this environment?

    For someone with a wife and thinking about a family, this is getting very, very scary.
  9. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    What indications are there that there'll be a reversal, especially with the national economy gradually going to hell?
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Like most newspaper companies, Sun-Times Media has been hurt over the past several years by the march of readers and advertisers from print to the Internet. In addition, Sun-Times Media has been hurt financially by huge legal and investigative costs associated with the scandal and subsequent fraud convictions of former CEO Conrad Black and Sun-times publisher David Radler.

  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Sun-Times has also been very slow to embrace its Web presence, unlike the Trib, whose site is one of the best for a daily newspaper.
  12. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    the economy is in the toilet. if all you want is paycheck and you don't care how you make it, it's easy to figure out what industry to go in - nursing, IT, etc.
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