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Tulsa World lays off 26

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    This is a good shop and a good paper.
    Sad news and bad news for the people in Tulsa.
    Anyone know if any of the 26 were in sports?

  2. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    26? My god.
    This business is dead but we already knew that.
  3. Twirled

    Twirled New Member

    One of the cuts was a sports desker, Adam Daigle.

    Four graphics artists were canned, leaving only the graphics editor in that department.

    Those terminated got two weeks pay plus health insurance through the month.

    They were sent an email Monday afternoon about a Tuesday morning meeting, where they were terminated.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Two weeks TOTAL?
  5. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's my question as well.
    Back to Tulsa, this shop was seen as a place that was kind of bulletproof. Family owned and operated. Totally dominates the market and quirky in that way only a family owned paper can be. For example, they don't do a paper for Christmas Day.
    For them to be laying people off, that's a wow.
  6. Bumping this, because I can't believe it.
  7. I was the lone casualty in sports.

    As I type this 24 hours after my dismissal, no one has given me a concrete answer as to why I was chosen. Not that I wish this on anyone else, but there are people still working there who have served suspensions - some more than once. I can only assume it was since I was the last FT hired (June 06). Life, as they say, isn't fair.

    To my knowledge, they eliminated graphics, Satellite (weekly teen section), a night reporter, an internet reporter, some folks in research (don't know all of them, but there were some in there), a photographer, a A1 designer and a news copy editor. I am told the news copy editor got the news while on vacation.

    There were some bright, talented people in that room.

    And all this after a night where I was in the slot with one of the smallest crews I've ever had. We busted our ass to get a paper out on deadline.
  8. Nice that they waited until Tulsa played its bowl game to drop the hammer. Bastards.
  9. bake1234

    bake1234 Member

    Devastating news. My heart goes out to a great staff and great paper.
  10. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I second that. Tulsa's an underrated city and its paper is the same. It flies under the radar... unfortunately, today's news was for all the wrong reasons.
  11. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    My heart goes out to you because the same thing happened at my last gig as a desker. Good luck finding another gig. If anyone can land on their feet, it is you.

    I know th
  12. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Sorry. You seem like a class act. The powers that be wait until the bowl game ends then axes somebody. Great.
    Sounds like their cuts were not very classy. Good luck to you. It does suck knowing it was not job related and there's nothing you could have done.
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